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Horsma 1st Five Wings Arts Council Master Artist

A piece created by Kayleen Horsma, who was selected as this year’s Five Wings Ar

 The Five Wings Arts Council recently announced that Kayleen Horsma was selected as this year’s Master Artist.

Horsma, of Menahga, paints in oil and watercolor. Over the last 20 years, her work has been displayed at the New York Mills Regional Cultural Center, the Hubbard County Museum, the Vertin Gallery and Artprize (both in Michigan), online at Fine Art America and Ugallery and the Affordable Art Fair in New York. 

The newly inaugurated Master Artist program, made possible with funding from the McKnight Foundation, honors artists who live in the five-county area of Cass, Crow Wing, Morrison, Todd and Wadena who have shown dedication to and skill in their artistic pursuits, given back to their communities and have defined goals for their future. The Master Artist is chosen from a list of candidates compiled by nomination. The selection is made by board representatives from each of the counties and the staff of the arts council after viewing nominee profiles, work samples and video presentations. In addition to Horsma, nominees for 2011 include Jim Daly, Royalton; Karen Knierim, Breezy Point; Jeff Kreitz, Breezy Point; Scott Lykins, Lake Shore; Laura Paycer, Nisswa; and Wayne Renn, Staples.

Horsma is a member of the Menahga Arts Guild and the Menahga Chamber of Commerce. As the Master Artist, Horsma will receive a $5,000 cash honorarium, the Gilded Feather Award, a professional digital portfolio and recognition throughout the year. She also will be the charter member of the FWAC Master Artist Guild. 

Daly attended the Columbus College of Art and Design. He paints in pastels, watercolors and oils, from small portraits to large scale murals. He also carves stool seats and canoe paddles. 

Knierim is a designer of clothing made from organic cotton. She creates the patterns, dyes the fabric and sews the garments, even making the clay button closures. She also weaves leftover scraps into rugs.

Kreitz learned the complexity of metal work as a factory welder but turned to the production of fine art nearly 20 years ago. From small sculptures to large corporate commissions, Kreitz manipulates and combines stainless steel, copper, bronze and other metals. He works in his studio workshop near Breezy Point.

Lykins is a Brainerd High School graduate and earned his master’s degree in cello performance from Eastman School of Music this spring. Lykins also is the founder of the Lakes Area Chamber Music Festival.  

Paycer discovered a passion in working with stained glass 10 years ago and more recently in fusing glass to create her own material. She is a member of the Jacques Art Center and the Crossing Arts Alliance. Her studio overlooks a Nisswa area lake. 

Renn is a country musician and songwriter. His recording studio is in the lower level of the old Lincoln Model School in Staples. The building is a large-scale undertaking that Renn is gradually transforming into a facility for artistic pursuits.

Lakes Area Summer Organ Series kicks off

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.

Kathy Reetz work on display

 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.