Brainerd Concerts in the Park presents Daybreak

Daybreak, one of central Minnesota’s most versatile music groups, will perform at 7 p.m. Thursday, July 11, at Lum Park in Brainerd, as part of the Concerts in the Park series.

Typically these concerts are hosted at the Gregory Park Bandstand in Brainerd, but due to construction of the warming house the location changed for the concert.

Daybreak plays hits from the ‘40s through today’s top classics. The group of four musicians features Karla Jensen on vocals, Joe McGowan on guitar and vocals, Jim Hanson on keyboard/bass/vocals and Jim Henkemeyer on drums.

People may bring lawn chairs or blankets and may enjoy a night of music. The free concerts are rain or shine, with rain site at The Center, 803 Kingwood St., Brainerd. Concerts in the Park are a collaboration between Brainerd Parks and Recreation Department and The Center. Concerts

are made possible by funding from grants. Thank you to the Brainerd Community Foundation and the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Five Wings Arts Council, thanks to Legislative appropriation from the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

The acoustic trio of Menten, Thunem & Nye will perform at 7 p.m. Sunday, July 14, at Northern Pacific Park, as part of the Music in the Park Series in Staples. Submitted Photo
The acoustic trio of Menten, Thunem & Nye will perform at 7 p.m. Sunday, July 14, at Northern Pacific Park, as part of the Music in the Park Series in Staples. Submitted Photo

Acoustic trio to perform in Staples

STAPLES -- The acoustic trio of Menten, Thunem & Nye will perform at 7 p.m. Sunday, July 14, at Northern Pacific Park, as part of the Music in the Park Series in Staples.

Featuring violinist Jeff Menten, guitarist Paul Nye and bassist Keith Thumen, the trio offers a blend of acoustic music that weaves modern and old time classics, and Celtic and Scandinavian tunes with ragtime, blues, gypsy jazz, along with classical pieces and some original music as well.

The group lightheartedly refers to their music as “funky folk, punky polka, grassy blues, cool classical and gypsy jazz,” it stated in a news release.

As seasoned veteran musicians, Menten, Thunem and Nye have individually logged tens of thousands of miles and performed nearly as many shows in their respective musical careers.

Menten graduated with honors from University of Minnesota, Mankato, with a music degree in violin performance. He has performed with several symphony orchestras and has played professionally for more than three decades. In 1995, he was awarded “Instrumentalist of the Year,” “Best Classic Country Performance,” “Best Band” (The Radio Flyers) and the “Archie Hill Horizon Award” at the Minnesota Country Music Association competition.” Menten operates the Pine-to-Prairie School of Music and has been teaching string instruments to students of all ages for more than 30 years.

Thunem has been playing professionally since the early 1970s. In his career, he has recorded close to 35 albums worth of material, in addition to several of his own recording projects. Currently residing in Bemidji, Thunem has performed and recorded with a number of regional and national artists. He has performed on the main stage at both Minnesota’s WeFest and Moondance Jam music festivals. Thunem joined up with Menten and Nye in April 2019, and plays double bass, bass guitar, harmonica and vocals.

Nye’s professional career has taken him from coast-to-coast with numerous touring groups and has shared the stage with a number of national groups. Early in his career Nye recorded several projects at the legendary Sound 80 Recording Studio, as well as Creation Studios. He has released six recordings of original music in his career, including three recordings of music for kids in that time. One of Nye’s songs from his latest kids’ recording, “Who Put Mascara on My Zebra,” was nominated for two international music awards in the “Best Children’s Song” category.

Both Nye and Menten performed for a number of years with the Woodtick Musical Theater Band in Akeley during the summer months.

For more information on the Music in the Park series as well as the regular concert series, check out www.staplesmotleyarts.org. In case of rain, the concerts will be moved to Faith Lutheran Church.

The Music in the Park series is funded by the Staples Host Lions Club. The series is organized by the Staples Motley Area Arts Council, with the assistance of the Staples-Motley Public Schools and the City of Staples.

Brainerd library features local artist’s work

Brainerd lakes area artist Carole Hendershott’s watercolor paintings are on display in a

new exhibit at Brainerd Public Library through Sept. 30.

This exhibit of 29 paintings is the first for The Crossing Arts Alliance member.

Hendershott learned to paint from one of her neighbors, Russ Norberg.

“He said he could teach anyone to paint a birch tree,” Hendershott stated in a news release. “He showed me how. I painted one, ripped it up. Painted another one and then Russ framed my third attempt. I was hooked.”

Although Norberg was no longer officially teaching, he let Hendershott watch him paint subjects such as trees, flowers, lakes and skies. Two of the paintings in this exhibit were done looking

at a Norberg original.

“For those, I can only take credit for my copying skills. The others reflect my shift to using what I learned,” she stated.

“I will turn 80 next year and plan to keep playing with watercolors because I am having so

much fun. Don’t be afraid to try things; you might be surprised by what you can do.”

Exhibits of work by local artists are coordinated by the Brainerd Area Art Guild and the Brainerd Public Library. For more information, contact the library at 218-829-5574.

Marly Simmons plays the Tin Man in “The Wizard of Oz.” Lamplighter Community Theatre is presenting the play Thursday-Saturday, July 11-14, at the Staples Motley High School Centennial Auditorium in Staples. Submitted Photo
Marly Simmons plays the Tin Man in “The Wizard of Oz.” Lamplighter Community Theatre is presenting the play Thursday-Saturday, July 11-14, at the Staples Motley High School Centennial Auditorium in Staples. Submitted Photo

Staples theater company presents play

STAPLES -- Lamplighter Community Theatre presents “The Wizard of Oz” with four days of performances, Thursday-Saturday, July 11-14, at the Staples Motley High School Centennial Auditorium in Staples.

Performances will be 7 p.m. Thursday-Friday and at 2 p.m. Sunday. Advance tickets are available online at lctstaples.com or at Nelson Insurance, Timberlake Hotel and Staples True Value Hardware, all in Staples, for $10; or $12 at the door. Tickets for ages 6 and under are $5 or $6 at the door.

The play, written by L. Frank Baum, is being sponsored by Lakewood Health System, with music and lyrics by Harold Arlen and E.Y. Harburg and background music by Herbert Stothart. Dance and vocal arrangements by Peter Howard and the orchestra is being directed by Larry Wilcox.

“The Wizard of Oz” is being presented by arrangement with Tams-Witmark.

 The bookcover of "Escape to Fort Abercrombie” by Candace Simar. The author will speak about the book Tuesday at Lutheran Church of the Cross in Nisswa. Submitted Photo
The bookcover of "Escape to Fort Abercrombie” by Candace Simar. The author will speak about the book Tuesday at Lutheran Church of the Cross in Nisswa. Submitted Photo

Pequot Lakes author receives awards

PEQUOT LAKES -- "Escape to Fort Abercrombie” by Candace Simar is a finalist for the Will Rogers Medallion Award in juvenile fiction. She will travel in October to Fort Worth, Texas, for the awards ceremony where the winner will be announced. Simar also received the Peacemaker Award from the Western Fictioneers. “Escape to Fort Abercrombie” is Simar’s eighth publication. All of her books are available at Timeless Appeal in Pequot Lakes, Cattales in Brainerd and Turtle Town in Nisswa.

A book discussion on “Escape to Fort Abercrombie” with Simar will be 1 p.m. Tuesday, July 16 at Lutheran Church of the Cross in Nisswa. The event is free and open to the public.

Photographer Doug Ohman
Photographer Doug Ohman

Photographer Doug Ohman to visit Brainerd library

Photographer Doug Ohman will share his visual presentation, “Down the Mississippi: Itasca to Little Falls,” the first in a three-part series at noon Monday, July 15, at the Brainerd Public Library, as part of the library’s Brown Bag Lunch Author Series.

Ohman’s photographs are featured in the Minnesota Byways series, which includes “Barns of Minnesota” and “Cabins of Minnesota.” His most recent published work is “Prairie, Lake, Forest: Minnesota’s State Parks,” with Chris Niskanen.

People who attend are welcome to bring a packed lunch or may enjoy the light refreshments provided.

The presentations are sponsored by the Friends of the Brainerd Public Library through their volunteer and fundraising efforts. For more information, contact the library at 218-829-5574 or visit the library’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/brainerdpubliclibrary.

Gull Chain of Lakes Association annual gala set

NISSWA -- The Gull Chain of Lakes Association is hosting its eighth annual gala and fundraiser July 21 at Grand View Lodge in Nisswa. The social hour and silent auction will begin at 5 p.m., and dinner and entertainment at 6:30 p.m.

Gala event tickets are available for purchase for $50, which includes dinner and entertainment with “Deuces Wild -- Dueling Pianos” to perform. There also will be a silent action and new this year will be a “Wine Pull” and several “Bucket Raffles.”

This year’s platinum sponsors include the Dive Guys, Nisswa Marine, Loide Oils & Vinegars, Minnesota Inboard Water Sports, The Harbor at East Gull Lake, Power Lodge and Grand View Lodge.

There will be a “Trip Raffle,” with the winner to be drawn the night of the event. Winner receives choice of a trip to Croatia/Slovenia, Portugal, Barbados or the person can plan their own trip up to a $4,000 value. Only 100 tickets will be sold at $100 each and the person does not need to be present to win.

The silent auction website is open for early bidding and items can be seen at GCOLA19.GIVESMART.COM. People can register to bid on an item. The gala is GCOLA’s only fundraising program during the year.

To purchase event tickets or for more information go to gcola.org or contact Rosemary Goff at togogt@charter.net. For one of the 100 trip raffle tickets contact any of the GCOLA board members or Linda Harrier at lharrier922@gmail.com.

The Gull Chain of Lakes Association is an alliance of 1,000 individuals, families and business owners in the Gull Chain of Lakes in Cass and Crow Wing counties. The association is devoted to the restoration and continued preservation of the highest water quality and environmental standards achievable, promotion of the responsible use of land and water resources and recreational safety on the Gull Chain of Lakes.

GCOLA was established in 1973 and programs include maintaining the buoy system, sponsoring youth boat safety classes, conducting water quality testing, facilitating the

An Invasive Species boat and lake inspection programs, promoting shoreline restoration and loon protection programs and educating the public on lakes environmental and safety issues.

Artist Donna Spade Meyer's artwork titled "Greenline" will be on display as part of the "2019 Biennial Juried Exhibition" at Great River Arts in Little Falls. Submitted Photo
Artist Donna Spade Meyer's artwork titled "Greenline" will be on display as part of the "2019 Biennial Juried Exhibition" at Great River Arts in Little Falls. Submitted Photo

GRA features ‘2019 Biennial Juried Exhibition’

LITTLE FALLS -- Great River Arts announces “2019 Biennial Juried Exhibition,” featuring work from 45 artists from across the state, will be on display through Aug. 31 in its main gallery in Little Falls, with an opening reception from 6-8 p.m. Friday, July 12 and an awards presentation at 7 p.m.

Artwork was selected which represented the breadth and depth of Minnesotan art and was created at a high caliber of execution, and the show features a wide selection of media, including painting, photography, sculpture, installation and mixed media work.

Artist Kristine Domier artwork titled "Triplets" will be on display as part of the "2019 Biennial Juried Exhibition" at Great River Arts in Little Falls. Submitted Photo
Artist Kristine Domier artwork titled "Triplets" will be on display as part of the "2019 Biennial Juried Exhibition" at Great River Arts in Little Falls. Submitted Photo

Exhibiting artists include John Beaudine, Sandra Bot-Miller, Kathy Braud, Tim Broda, Raymond Caron, Diane Casey, Marilyn Clement. Vince Cook, Amanda Craft, Kristine Domier, Sarah Drake, Cathy Durso, Tyler Evin, Donna Fromm, Bev Gold, Ralph Hanggi, Anita Hendrickx, Terry Honstead, Douglus Jenkins, Vatsalaa Jha, Alexus Jungles, Dennis Kalow, Barb Kellogg, Kerry Kupferschmidt, Patricia Lintner, Donna Spidie Meyer, Judith Meyeraan, Hannah Moller, Ka Moua, Chuck Norwood, Erik Olson, Melissa Peterson, Timothy Peterson, Laura Ruprecht, Kelly Schamberger, Bethany Schilling, Patricia Scott, Rebecca Simpson, Douglas Stuckle, Dennis Vanderpoel, Jeff Varner, RoseAnn Virnig, Colton Vittetoe, Chris Welch and Mary Wolke.

GRA is open from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday-Friday and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday

Wadena County Museum hosts Minnesota Voices

WADENA -- Annette Gagliardi will be the speaker for this month's Minnesota Voices series at noon July 18 at the Wadena County Museum.

Gagliardi is the editor of a book published by the League of Minnesota Poets, called “Upon Waking: 58 Voices Speaking Out From the Shadow of Abuse.” This is a recently published collection of work from 58 poets who have experienced sexual or physical violence in some way. Several of the poets will be on hand to read their work.

The collection grew out of “Let’s Talk About It!" a poetry project that seeks to overcome society’s unwillingness to acknowledge survivors of sexual violence and to assure abuse survivors they are not alone.

Space is limited for this program that is open and free to the public. Call or email to reserve a seat at 218-631-9079 or 603wchs@arvig.net.

Artist Stuart Loughridge art piece titled “Lake Near Ely, MN” will be among the work displayed July 17 through Aug. 11 at Ripple River Gallery near Bay Lake. Submitted Photo
Artist Stuart Loughridge art piece titled “Lake Near Ely, MN” will be among the work displayed July 17 through Aug. 11 at Ripple River Gallery near Bay Lake. Submitted Photo

Ripple River Gallery hosts artist work

AITKIN -- Painter and printmaker Stuart T. Loughridge’s work will be on display July 17 through Aug. 11 at Ripple River Gallery near Bay Lake, featuring an exhibit of paintings and etchings. A reception for the artist will be 4-7 p.m. July 19.

Building on his skill as a draftsman, Loughridge creates intimate landscapes, portraits and figurative work using oil, water-based paints and copper-plate etchings. A consummate craftsman, Loughridge carefully creates his artwork from substrate to the finish, often hand-crafting unique frames carefully matched to the piece, it stated in a news release.

Based in St. Paul, Loughridge is a second-generation artist and has been making a living from his art age 22. His earliest memories are of looking over the shoulder of his father, also a painter and print-maker, as he laid in washes to bring a landscape to life.

“Like many children, I just drew and drew,” Loughridge stated. “The big thing is I never stopped.” The artist acknowledges the importance of being surrounded by art as a child and commends his high school art teachers for keeping him on track and encouraging him to pursue his training at the Atelier in Minneapolis.

Loughridge’s process begins with small studies, often watercolors made outdoors. Those small field sketches or paintings foster new ideas, which he develops into oil or watercolor paintings, pencil drawings or etchings.

Ripple River Gallery is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday; and from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sundays. For more information call 218-678-2575 or e-mail ripplerivergallery@gmail.com.