GRA presents new artwork

LITTLE FALLS — “Celebrating The Seasons,” artwork by Kathy Braud, will be on display Feb. 7-Feb. 29 in the main gallery at Great River Arts in Little Falls.

An opening reception is scheduled 5-7 p.m. Thursday for people to view the artwork and meet the artist. Braud has been creating artwork for more than 25 years. Primarily working in watercolor, she continues to infuse new knowledge into her work and expand her portfolio of techniques based on other artist’s perspectives, which she has learned through various artist workshops. She pays close attention to important details of line, color, shape and the principles of design, a news release stated.

Braud’s work consists of value studies, with interlocking shapes that focus on light and middle dark values. Within her work, she often uses a sharp contrast of dark values against the path of light to capture very bold and dramatic scenes. Even by arranging different color combinations, she produces exciting mood variations, the news release stated. For example, the “Embracing Fall” piece featured in this exhibition showcases these exact skill sets.

She states her purpose as a painter is to go beyond recording an event with the accuracy of a camera. Instead she feels a need to describe in color — this mood, memory or pleasure that is enriching her spirit. The main goals in her paintings is to have fun, be enthusiastic and to share this impression with the viewer.

Braud is a signature member of the Red River Watercolor Society and NorthStar Watermedia Society — a designation reserved only for artists invited to have work shown in their national exhibitions. Most recently, Braud’s paintings were featured in two Juried National Shows in 2018 and 2019 and the Juried Minnesota State Fair’s Fine Art Exhibition in 2018. She recently received an ArtPlace grant to install five art pieces at Sprout Growers & Makers Marketplace in Little Falls. In addition, Braud is a member of the GRA visual arts committee.

‘LOVE’ on display at The Crossing

The opening reception of “LOVE,” the newest exhibition at The Crossing Arts Alliance in downtown Brainerd, is scheduled 5-7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 7.

A freewill offering will be accepted at the door. Light refreshments will be served.

The exhibition is sponsored by Joey Halvorson.

According to a news release, “The exhibition asks the question, ‘What is your interpretation of love?’ To some people it may be a place or a person, others a feeling or an object, maybe a work of art or memory from the past, or perhaps something completely different?”

The 15 artists featured in this exhibition have dedicated time and thought into what love means to them, and their personal interpretations and artistic expression of this meaningful word are presented here for all to see.

This exhibition will be on display through Feb. 29.

For more information contact TCAA at 218-833-0416 or info@crossingarts.org, or visit crossingarts.org.

This exhibition is funded, in part, by the voters of Minnesota through grants from Five Wings Arts Council and the Minnesota State Arts Board, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

Joyann Parker will perform Feb. 28 at Great River Arts in Little Falls, as part of its 14 Fridays Concert Series. Submitted Photo
Joyann Parker will perform Feb. 28 at Great River Arts in Little Falls, as part of its 14 Fridays Concert Series. Submitted Photo

Next 14 Fridays Concert Series set

LITTLE FALLS — Great River Arts in Little Falls announced its next 14 Fridays Concert Series with Joyann Parker, who will perform Feb. 28.

Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the show starts at 7:30 p.m. General admission tickets are $18. For tickets call 320-632-0960 or buy them online at greatart.org.

Parker is a leading blues and soul singer based in Minneapolis.

“Once the first song starts, you’ll see why she’s leading the pack,” a news release stated. “Her sultry, smoky vocals have got everything covered, from Janis Joplin to Aretha Franklin, Memphis to New Orleans, and she’s bringing it all to Little Falls.”

Heartland Poets to meet

Heartland Poets, an area chapter of the League of Minnesota Poets, will meet for its monthly meeting 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 8 in the large room of the Brainerd Public Library.

After sharing favorite, discovered and/or published poems at the podium, poets will discuss upcoming events. The League of Minnesota Poets Spring meeting will be April 18-19 in Rochester. Poets also will share poems in progress, handing out copies to those present. This meeting is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served.

Jaques calls for entries

AITKIN — The Jaques Art Center in Aitkin announced a call for entries for “Strokes of Genius,” its 16th Annual Juried Art Show.

Entries will be accepted in the three categories of fine art, 3-D sculpture and photography. There also is a student category. The deadline for receiving completed entry forms is Feb. 20. These forms and additional information may be obtained at Jaquesart.com or by calling the museum at 218-927-2363 Tuesday through Saturday for additional information.

About $1,500 in prize money will be awarded at a public reception scheduled March 14. The “Strokes of Genius” show will be on display March 13 through May 8 at the Jaques.

The Jaques Art Center was founded to exhibit and celebrate the art of nationally acclaimed hometown artist Francis Lee Jaques; and to support and exhibit the work of contemporary artists in a variety of media. Now in its 25th anniversary year, the Jaques is planning special exhibits and celebrations throughout 2020. Admission is always free.

Deuces Wild dueling pianos will perform at 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 7, at the New York Mills City Hall Ballroom. Submitted Photo
Deuces Wild dueling pianos will perform at 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 7, at the New York Mills City Hall Ballroom. Submitted Photo

Deuces Wild dueling pianos to perform

NEW YORK MILLS — Deuces Wild dueling pianos will perform 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 7, at the New York Mills City Hall Ballroom, with doors opening at 7 p.m.

The Cultural Center is presenting the duo made up of Dave Eichholz and Ted Manderfeld. The duo has been performing together for more than 12 years and perform a full-bodied range of music and genres guaranteed to entertain even the most diverse audience, a news release stated.

General admission tickets are $40 with first-come, first-served seating and access to the complimentary snack bar. VIP tickets are $65 each, or $500 for a table of eight seats, and include premium seating, plus catered snacks and drinks at the table.

Eichholz has been performing the dueling piano concept for more than 18 years and prides himself on being able to hold the attention of his audience from the moment he takes the stage till the last note of the encore.

Manderfeld got his start in Deuces Wild by walking out of his day job and demanding an audition. Although he hadn’t previously played in a dueling piano style show, his showmanship and ability to perform as a world class entertainer blew away the competition, the news release stated. Since then he has played thousands of dueling piano shows with performances all over the country.

This event is sponsored by KLN Family Brands, F&M Insurance Agency, New Horizons Realty, Twilight Jams Entertainment, Backwoods Woodfire and Rob See Co.

Tickets can be purchased at the Cultural Center, the New York Mills Library, F&M State Bank, the Perham Chamber Office and online at eventbrite.com. For more information, call the Cultural Center at 218-385-3339 or visit kulcher.org.

‘Earth Views From Orbit’ on display at NYM

NEW YORK MILLS — The exhibit “Earth Views from Orbit: Photos by Karen Nyberg” is on display through Feb. 27 at the New York Mills Cultural Center and the New York Mills Public Library.

The show features photographs captured by the astronaut and Vining native during her second mission on the International Space Station in 2013.

Nyberg took dozens of photos of Earth from her unusual vantage point, posting the images on her Facebook page. Upon Nyberg’s return to Earth, Henning-based photographer Dan Broten worked with the astronaut to select two dozen pictures to mount on canvas.

The original display was created for a show at the Landmark Center in spring 2014, when Nyberg visited Henning to speak to students. Since then, the exhibit has traveled on a limited basis until its tour of Viking Library System, which began in June 2019 to commemorate a string of significant anniversaries of NASA accomplishments.

Broten has the professional distinction of photographing both of Nyberg’s launches: the space shuttle Discovery from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida in 2008 and the Soyuz from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan in 2013.

While most of the photographs are on display at the Cultural Center, the New York Mills Public Library also will have some on display, and is hosting several space-themed programs for a variety of ages. Contact the library at 218-385-2436 for more information. The exhibit is funded in part or in whole with monies from Minnesota’s Arts and Cultural Heritage fund.

Additional space-related events will also be at the Cultural Center:

  • A free movie night, “International Space Station,” will be 7-8:30 p.m. Feb. 20.

  • A Starry Night Paint and Sip Workshop will be 10 a.m. to noon Feb. 22. Participants will create a small painting featuring the night sky, based on Vincent Van Gogh's famous painting, with a Minnesota twist. Call 218-385-3339 to register.