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Local artist Kreitz helps out Camp Knutson fundraiser

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Brainerd MN 506 James St. / PO Box 974 56401

People don’t have to travel far in the lakes Region of north central Minnesota to see the work of Breezy Point artist Jeff Kreitz.

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Camp Knutson, on the Whitefish Chain of Lakes, has been showcasing Kreitz’ work during the past decade.

Kreitz, as he has done in past years, also donates a piece of his one-of-a-kind artwork to the camp for auction at the Night Under the Stars event Saturday. This year’s piece is a maquette of a larger sculpture done for the cardiovascular wing at Essentia Health-St. Joseph’s Medical Center in Brainerd.

Kreitz was immediately taken in by the campers who visit throughout the summer, Camp Knutson reported. Kreitz said people can’t be working on the grounds during a camp session and not just stop and admire these kids. Camp Knutson serves children with severe skin disorders, Down’s syndrome, heart disease, or autism. Much of his work is done from what the artist sees around him and according to Kreitz, “Camp Knutson campers provide the heart and soul of each piece I envision for this camp. They are my inspiration. They touch my heart.”

Kreitz began metal sculpting at the young age of 7 literally at his father’s knee, metal scupturist and entrepreneur Lloyd Kreitz. His mother, Eva Kreitz Clow, is also an artist using oil paints to create her works on canvas. Kreitz’ artistic talent took him toward metal as his medium expressing his abilities. A little college, coupled with welding school, and a whole lot of hard work brought him to his successful artist’s studio in Breezy Point. He and his wife Julie have raised their two children here and his oldest child, daughter Jessica is planning to pursue a degree in industrial arts at Stout University this fall. Son Jeff, a high school student, also shows interest in the arts.

“I have been richly blessed and it is just a natural extension of my time and God-given talent to support Camp Knutson and the lakes area,” Kreitz said in a news release.

A chance to view Kreitz’ work at Camp Knutson and to place a bid on his donated art work is available Saturday at the Night Under the Stars gala located on the camp grounds. For ticket availability, contact Sharon at 218-692-1142. Inquire about tickets for both the silent auction and wine bar or for the entire night’s events. This is the 60th anniversary for Camp Knutson and the community is invited to celebrate with a Night Under the Stars.

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