Jazz quintet to perform in bandstand

The Blue Moon Jazz Quintet will perform at 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 23, in the Gregory Park Bandstand in Brainerd.

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Blue Moon is a quintet of veteran local musicians playing improvisational versions of jazz classics with some Latin and rhythm and blues. The quintet is comprised of Greg Breen on bass, Mike Sommerness on saxophone, Malcolm Rosenberger on drums, Henk Henkemeyer on vibes and Adam Glenski on keyboard. This is the group's sixth appearance at the concert series.

Bandstand concerts are free and open to the public. People can bring a lawn chair or a blanket and be ready to enjoy the music. The rain-out site is at The Center, 803 Kingwood St., Brainerd.

If the concert is moved indoors, signs will be posted on the bandstand and it will be announced on WJJY radio.

Concerts in the park are a collaboration between Brainerd Parks and Recreation Department and The Center. Concerts are made possible by funding from grants from the Brainerd Lakes Area Community Foundation and the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Five Wings Arts Council and the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

CLC band and ensemble to rehearse

The Central Lakes College Community Band will begin rehearsing for its fall season Sept. 10. Rehearsals are 7-9 p.m. Mondays in the band room.

Jazz Ensemble will begin rehearsing Monday. The ensemble rehearses Mondays and

Wednesdays 4-5:30 p.m. in the band room.

Each group is comprised of community members of all ages and students-both high

school and college.

Advanced high school wind, percussion or jazz students who are interested in playing and receiving credit in college music should contact Jonathan Laflamme at jlaflamme@clcmn.edu.

TCAA seeks painters

The Crossing Arts Alliance seeks community painters for a mural project.

Local artist Tony Powers designed a mural for the side of The Crossing Arts Alliance building on Laurel Street in Brainerd. The public is invited to come and paint a portion. Paint and brushes will be provided.

Painting the mural will be noon to 8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 24, and 1-4 p.m. Saturday. If it rains, the event will be rescheduled.

This project was made possible by Brainerd Restoration through the deTour Downtown social crowdfunding campaign.

Visit www.crossingarts.org or call 218-833-0416 for more details.

TCAA to host workshops

The Crossing Arts Alliance will host the following workshops:

Lily Atwel will teach an altered books workshop 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 25. Using a discarded old, unreadable book, participants will explore this art form and begin their own project. The book may be developed with a theme, a tale, a journal, a photo album, or free form/experimentation. Atwel will introduce many materials and techniques to alter different kinds of books. All materials are provided, but students may bring their own bits of ephemera and supplies if desired. Cost is $25 for TCAA members, or $30 for non-members.

A second workshop, Polymer Clay and Buttons, will be 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Sept. 14. Atwel and Diane Runberg will teach students how to make their own polymer clay buttons and beads to use on garments and in other projects. All clay, materials and tools are provided. Each student will take home a batch of finished buttons or beads. Cost is $35 for members, $40 for non-members

A third workshop, Needle-felted Sheep, will be 9 a.m.-noon Sept. 19. Lisa Jordan will lead students through the process of creating a sculptural form over an armature using the needle-felting process. This class is for those who have taken a needle-felting class before, but determined beginners are welcome. Cost is $35 for members, $40 for non-members. All tools and materials are included.

Call TCAA at 218-833-0416 to enroll.

CLC announces its Cultural Thursday season

Central Lakes College announced its fall Cultural Thursday season lineup. Each event is free, open to the public and is on the first Thursday of the month.

The Cultural Thursdays series was started almost 20 years ago as a way for community members to learn more different world cultures, with the goal of developing understanding and building bridges between people, a news release stated.

The lineup:

• September: CLC Travel Study Abroad: Past and Present. CLC instructors Dave Kobilka, Jane Peterson and Anne Nelson Fisher will present their recent CLC/Habitat for Humanity trip to Guatemala in March 2018. While there, they had the opportunity to participate in service-learning by connecting with Guatemalan families and helping to build cooking stoves in their homes. Other CLC instructors will share upcoming travel/study opportunities.

• October: Venezuela: Economic and Political Perspectives During Economic Crisis and U.S. Sanctions. Larry Fisk visited Venezuela for three weeks in May 2018. During his visit, he stayed in an opposition neighborhood, spent time with Venezuelan friends, explored Caracas, visited medical facilities and met with intellectuals and authors to discuss the past, present and future of Venezuela.

• November: Exploring Modern Anishinaabe Culture and Identity through Film In Conjunction with Native American Heritage Month. Lyle Mitchell Corbine Jr. will talk about his short film "Shinaab." According to the Walker Art Center, which ran the film as a part of their exhibit titled "DNA/Memory: Storytelling and Cultural Heritage," "Shinaab" follows a young Anishinaabe man as he struggles with his place in the inner city. This short film premiered in competition at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival. Corbine, the recipient of several grants from the Sundance Institute and the Minnesota State Arts Board, is a Sundance Institute-Time Warner Story Fellow, as well as a Sundance Institute Native and Indigenous Program Feature Film Fellow.

• December: Serving Colombia in the Peace Corps and Central Minnesota in Teach for America. Abby Edin, an English as a second language instructor in Little Falls, will speak on her Peace Corps experiences in the country of Colombia. She spent five months in 2016 experiencing community and culture while teaching English with the Peace Corps. She'll share what she learned and how her time on the Caribbean coast of Colombia influenced her future travels and career plans.

For more information about the Cultural Thursday Series, contact Tracey Kloeckl-Jiménez, CLC Spanish instructor, at 218-855-8183.

Open Mic event set

Youth on Stage Open Mic event will be 6:30-8:30 p.m. Monday, Aug. 27, at the Brainerd Eagles Club No. 215.

This event is sponsored by Brainerd Elks Lodge 615 through an Elks National Foundation grant and by the Brainerd Eagles Club. This monthly youth-oriented event is geared for those age 25 and younger who have a "family friendly" talent to share on a year-round basis.

Talent may include singing, playing an instrument, storytelling, essay reading, poetry, tap dancing, comedy, magic, a band or ensemble to perform to live audiences. Eight 15-minute time slots are open on a first come basis. People may sign up through the website at www.YouthOnStageMn.org or may do so at the Eagles Club.

Music in Crosby park set

Dariann Leigh and Gawker Slowdown will perform in Cuyuna Lakes Chamber's Music in the Park Series finale event 5-8 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 23, in Crosby's Memorial Park.

Leigh, 19, is a small town Minnesotan singer, songwriter and just signed to do her first extended play record in Nashville. Gawker Slowdown plays acoustic versions and multiple cover songs.

People are encouraged to bring lawn chairs or blankets and enjoy live music while overlooking Serpent Lake.

Music Center programs start

LITTLE FALLS-Fall lessons for piano, organ, guitar, bass guitar, banjo, ukulele, percussion, trap set, all band instruments, violin, viola, cello, bass, accordion and voice are now open at St. Francis Music Center in Little Falls.

Lessons are for all ages and levels of ability, from beginners to advanced students.

The Music Center's groups also will begin this fall. The St. Francis Preparatory Orchestra, St. Francis Concert Orchestra and St. Francis Chamber Orchestra will begin rehearsals Sept. 11. All area string players are invited to be part of the orchestra program.

The St. Francis Community Chorale will meet 7 p.m. Thursdays, beginning Sept. 20. This group is open to all teens and adults who love to sing. No auditions are necessary.

The Music Center has new ukulele classes for adults, a percussion ensemble and a brass ensemble.

For more information, contact the Music Center at 320-632-0637 or register for lessons and

classes at www.sfmusiccenter.org. Financial aid is available.

Jaques offers workshop

AITKIN-The Jaques Art Center will offer an oil painting portrait workshop Aug. 29-30, taught by Tom Page of Cohasset.

Page is an accomplished oil painter and sculptor. He creates art for public places and private collections. He recently exhibited his art at the Hopkins Center for the Arts. The workshop is for all levels of artistic talent. In July, Page demonstrated his portraiture talents to a group at the Jaques Art Center, completing a paint from a live model.

Cost for this workshop is $100 for 12 hours of instruction. For people who need supplies, Page will furnish them for $20. Participants will learn how to compose and paint a portrait from start to finish, and will learn tips and techniques that will transfer to all types of painting. To register or for more information, contact Angie Barnhart at 218-678-3344 or the Jaques Art Center at 218-927-2363. Class size is limited.

Annual fiber arts tour set

Weaving Waters Fiber Arts Trail Fall Tour, an annual arts and cultural tour, will be Sept. 21-22 with stops in Little Falls, Randall, Brainerd, Staples, Wadena and New York Mills.

"Whether you love to view exhibits, visit arts spaces, take a fall drive through the countryside, tour a woolen mill or fabric dyeing business, get your hands dirty or take a class; the best part of visiting Fiber Arts Trails are the conversations with local people making the fiber art scene happen," a news release stated. Trail members include fiber artists, businesses, arts centers, shops and nonprofits whose work and focus is on fiber and textile arts.

New this year is the Weaving Waters Fiber Arts Trail Fall Tour Passport. Complete the tour to receive a commemorative pin and be eligible for bonus prize and grand prize drawings. Bonus prizes include two Fiber Art Almanac Quilt Maker Stories books, a Commemorative Cherrywood Challenge book, a table runner from Piecemakers Quilt Club and two tickets to a concert at the New York Mills Cultural Center. Grand prize drawings include a fiber basket from Old Creamery Woolen Mill, a Cherrywood Fabric pack and an Arts Center individual membership for a year. Passports will be available at each location on the tour or download the passport PDF and see the rules on Midwest Fiber Arts Trails website.

Tour events include:

Pam Collins, an artist from Staples, will give the annual Artist Talk Sept. 21 at Great River Arts in Little Falls. Doors open at 6 p.m. and the talk begins at 7 p.m.

The talk is titled "The Way of Water." Collins will talk about her experience of turning fabric, mosaic and paint into art that depicts the western shores of Ireland. Collins is mostly a self-taught artist, who works in watercolors, mosaics and fabric. She has studied under nationally known artists in pursuit of her favorite medium. Collins has led numerous watercolor and mosaic workshops in her studio, at area art centers and school districts.

Tickets are $8 in advance or at the door.

Three regional arts centers will present fiber arts exhibits in Brainerd, Little Falls and New York Mills.

The Crossing Arts Alliance's exhibit in Brainerd is called "Art to Wear 2," featuring local textile artists in a showcase of wearable art using a variety of approaches. The show prioritizes creativity over practicality and highlights pieces made from traditional and nontraditional materials, a news release stated. The exhibit runs Sept. 7-29.

Great River Arts will have quilts from local Prairie Point Quilt Guild in their front exhibit space. The New York Mills Cultural Center will present "Ripping the Seams: Unique and Activist Fibre Art" exhibit highlighting fiber artists on the cutting edge of the fiber art world. The center is hosting a gallery reception 5-7 p.m. Sept. 22 and then at 7:30 p.m. Bill & Kate Isles will perform a concert. Tickets for the concert are $12 in advance, $15 at the door, $5 students.

The Cultural Center will debut a special quilt exhibition of an original 1800s antique quilt in the Chimney Sweep pattern with nearly 70 classic 19th century prints. The Minnesota Quilt Project then recreated the fabric prints and made a replica of the original Lavina Fedderly quilt. Both will be on display side-by-side.

Cherrywood Fabrics in Baxter and TCAA in Brainerd are offering workshops this year's tour. There will be two workshops Sept. 22: "Mark-Making with Thickened Dyes," taught by Carolyn Abbot at Crossing Arts, and "Color Wheel Make and Take Class," taught by Karla Overland at Cherrywood Fabrics. "Make a Spirit Doll" and "Sleepy Baby Mouse Needle-Felting" workshops taught by Lisa Jordan will be Sept. 22 at TCAA.

In Randall, The Old Creamery Woolen Mill celebrates its one-year anniversary. The woolen mill is owned by The Old Creamery Quilt Shop proprietors Linda Thesing and Janelle Johnson. The new woolen mill has sheep, alpaca, llama and goat farmers who use the products mainly for fiber arts in knitting, weaving, spinning and dyeing. The woolen mill will host tours at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. both days of the tour. The Quilt Shop will offer weaving, spinning, basketry and knitting demos by local makers.

Piecemakers Quilt Club in Staples will host a quilt raffle at The Landmark Inn in Staples. Tickets are $2. The queen-sized bed quilt pattern is "Duty, Honor and Country" by Kelly Corbridge. Quilt club quilters Mary Theurer, Annette Good, Beth Fabian and Nancy Johnson all contributed to making the quilt. The quilt club also will host mini-classes and demonstrations throughout the two-day event.

Hometown Crafts in Wadena also is part of the tour.

"The textile artists, businesses, farms and art centers featured on this unique art trail are a part of the new tradition of makers that is fueling the resurgence of textile arts," Jennifer Wilder, founder and owner of Midwest Fiber Arts Trails, stated. "Joining together, the trail members have formed a vibrant and diverse gathering place that fosters creativity and innovation."

Weaving Waters Fiber Arts Trail is a part of Midwest Fiber Arts Trails. Its mission is to honor the rich textile heritage and celebrate and promote the work of contemporary fiber artists in the Midwest.

GLAPA announces season

PEQUOT LAKES-The 2018-19 season of events hosted by the Greater Lakes Area Performing Arts was announced.

The GLAPA season kick-off will be a free public event scheduled 5-8 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 26, at the Hungry Loon Café in Pequot Lakes, with a meet and greet with Pequot Lakes Community Theater directors of the season. Season tickets can be purchased and donations are always accepted. The event is family friendly.

More information is available on the organization's Facebook page or by calling Pequot Lakes Community Education at 218-568-9200.

Performances in the series include:

• Oct. 6: Strikepoint, a Handbell Ensemble.

• Nov. 9-11, 16-18: "Seussical" presented by PLCT.

• Jan. 12, 2019: Comedian Mary Mack.

• Feb. 22-24 and March 1-3, 2019: "The Addams Family" presented by PLCT.

• April 13, 2019: Singer/songwriter and author Elisa Korenne.

• July 17-21, 24-27, 2019: "The Little Mermaid" presented by PLCT.

Free visual art classes

LITTLE FALLS-St. Francis Music Center has received a grant from Vitality Arts to offer free eight-week classes to adults ages 55 and over.

"From Crafts to Fine Art," will be 10-11:30 a.m. every Tuesday for eight sessions, starting Sept. 11. The class will be taught by local artist, Heidi Jeub. Jeub has spent more than 20 years developing her work as an artist, art teacher and community leader.

This class will allow students to explore various forms of visual arts, including collage and painting. No experience is necessary.

Class size is limited and registration is required. To register, call the Music Center at 320-632-0637.

This program is free as a part of Aroha Philanthropies statewide initiative, Vitality Arts.

These programs are designed to inspire and enable older adults to learn and share in the arts.

'Picturing the Good Life' photos on display

WADENA-More than 140 photos from the "Picturing the Good Life" project will be on display at the Wadena County Museum until the end of August. The photos represent the work both non-professional and professional photographers. The impetus for this project was to find photographs that represented the Wadena region in the finest possible light.

The judges selected three they believe best represent "The Good Life." One is a photo from Rebecca Dooley of a sunset on Spirit Lake, Menahga. The other two photos were the work of Jean-Louis Monfraix, a professional photographer who visited the area briefly last year and captured the spirit of the area in a number of photographs including one of the Cozy Theatre and another of his breakfast at Boondocks Café.

Local photographer, Don Hoffman, was the other professional selected for the "Picturing the Good Life" project. Rebecca Dooley's photo was also a People's Choice as was a photo by Alvina Kytta of New York Mills.

The Wadena County Museum is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday. For information email 603wchs@arvig.net or call 218 631-9079.

Funding for this project was provided by a grant from Region 5 Branding Project funded by the National Joint Powers Alliance. The grant was written for the Wadena Chamber of Commerce and administered by Lina Belar of the Wadena County Historical Society.