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Local entertainment briefs- June 2

Lakes Area Summer Organ Series kicks off Wednesday

Brainerd High School graduate Joe Trucano will kick off the ninth season of the Lakes Area Summer Organ Recital Series at noon Wednesday at Trinity Lutheran Church in Brainerd. 

Trucano, a recent graduate of Concordia College in Moorhead, will perform pieces that he played for his senior recital as part of the requirements for his bachelor of music degree in organ performance. Composers include Bach, Brahms, Duruflé and Messiaen.  

The Lakes Area Summer Organ Series will host concerts throughout the summer on Wednesdays in the Brainerd lakes area.

Salute to the Arts reception set Friday

The Crossing Arts Alliance will host an opening artists reception for Salute to the Arts at 5 p.m. Friday at the Q Gallery located inside the Franklin Arts Center, 1001 Kingwood St., No. 222. Reception admission fee is $15, or $10 for Crossing Arts members. 

The Salute to the Arts exhibition is free and open to the public beginning Monday and open through July 9, Tuesday through Friday from 12-4 p.m. and Saturdays (June 11 and July 9) from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Q Gallery.

Enjoy a variety of fresh creations by artists Carolyn Abbott, McKenzie Bass, Kathy Braud, Jess Cavazos, Millie Engisch-Morris, Haddie Hadachek, Joey Halvorson, Carol Hanson, Gary Harris, Sharon Harris, Mary Hendricks, Lonnie Knutson, Kerry Kupferschmidt, Judy Kuusisto, Tom Larson, Yolanda Martini, Evelyn Matthies, Steven McKnight, Nancy Palmer, Brenda Pfeffer, Cindy Potvin, Greg Rosenberg, Margaret Rosenberg, Diane Runberg, Steve Seevers, Mona Warren, Diane Whiting and Jim Whiting. Work ranges from traditional to contemporary of encaustic, acrylic and watercolor paintings, mixed media, mobiles, pottery, sculpture, photography, fiber art, turned wood, beadwork and stained glass.

Crossing Arts Alliance activities are funded, in part, by the Minnesota arts and heritage fund and grants from Target, Forecast Public Art and the Anderson Family Legacy Fund.

For additional information, contact The Crossing Arts Alliance at 833-0416 or

Holst to make two book appearances

Crosslake writer and columnist Mike Holst will make two book appearances for his newly release book, “The Last Trip Down The Mountain.”

From 1-4 p.m. June 8, Holst will be at Little Apple Bookstores in Walker, and from 11 a.m. to noon June 25 he will be at the Pequot Library.

This is Holst’s seventh book and the first that takes place outside of Minnesota. The story takes place on the slopes of Mount Denali, in rugged Alaska. It’s a survival story involving three men who attempt to climb the mountain and get caught in a spring storm. Their loved ones are waiting for them at the bottom of the mountain, not knowing if they are coming back. Holst is an armchair mountain climbing enthusiast.

The book is published by iUniverse publishing and will be available at area bookstores, and the Barns and Nobles website.

Reetz work on display at Brainerd Public Library

 Brainerd artist Kathy Reetz’s art work will be on display at the Brainerd Public Library through August. The display is sponsored by Encore Art Club.

Reetz enjoys painting in oils and acrylics and has done some watercolor. Her work also is on display at Auto Import, A-Z Store and other local stores.

Five Wings Arts Council to host artist reception

STAPLES — The Five Wings Arts Council will host a reception for the Middle Ground Gallery display, Grantees of 2010, from 6-8 p.m. June 13.

Exhibitors include David Rickert, Staples; Douglas Wolff, Wadena; Kayleen Horsma, Menahga; Candace Simar, Pequot Lakes; Ann Marie Ethen, Royalton; Charmaine Donovan, Brainerd; and Kent Scheer, Wadena.

A meet and greet with the artists is scheduled from 7-8 p.m. Artists Kayleen Horsma and Mary Warner will offer Mentorship Moments and Horsma will share her arts marketing experiences with Artprize and Ugallery. Warner, who recently was named a Springboard Artist Career Counselor for the Five Wings area, will give an overview of her services, which offer strategies to advance artists’ careers.