Baxter artist to display work

NISSWA — Baxter artist Bill Grange will display artwork he created of acrylic landscape paintings viewed along with domestic and contemporary stoneware pottery in two upcoming events in Nisswa.

Grange will display his work from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. June 27 during the Majestic Pines Artisan and Crafters Market Show at the Nisswa Area Historical Society Pioneer Village in Nisswa. He will be one of several other artists displaying his work.

Grange also will display his pottery and painting July 3-4 at The Journey Church in Nisswa.

Baxter artist Bill Grange calls this art piece "Sunset Over the Lake." Submitted Photo
Baxter artist Bill Grange calls this art piece "Sunset Over the Lake." Submitted Photo

Grange is a retired art teacher from the Brainerd School District. He taught art for 30 years. The artist earned a bachelor’s of arts degree from the University of North Dakota and did graduate studies at the University of Montana, the University of Minnesota, Nevada Southern University, Bemidji State University and St. Cloud State University, where he earned his master’s degree. His artwork has been shown at the Las Vegas Art Roundup; the National Ceramic Show in Chicago; the National Sun Carnival in El Paso, Texas; and the Parkersburg West Virginia Art Center. Grange is a member of the Brainerd Art Guild, the Crosslake Art Club and the Nisswa Art League.

Minnesota author Sarah Stonich will discuss her novel “Fishing!” in a virtual event at noon Monday, June 29. Submitted Photo
Minnesota author Sarah Stonich will discuss her novel “Fishing!” in a virtual event at noon Monday, June 29. Submitted Photo

Author Sarah Stonich to speak Monday

Minnesota author Sarah Stonich will discuss her novel “Fishing!” in a virtual event at noon Monday, June 29.

The event is being offered in partnership with the Friends of the Brainerd Public Library, which has taken its Brown Bag Lunch Summer Author Series virtual.

The novel “Fishing!” is a comedy. Having fled the testosterone-soaked world of professional sport fishing, 30-something RayAnne Dahl is a new consultant for the first all-women talk show about fishing on public television — or, as one viewer’s husband puts it, “Oprah in a boat,” according to a synopsis provided in a news release. After the host bails, RayAnne lands in front of the camera and out of her depth at the helm of the show. Is she up for the challenge? Meanwhile, her family proves as high-maintenance as her fixer-upper house and her clingy rescue dog. Her dad, star of the one-season Big Rick’s Bass Bonanza, is on his sixth wife and falling off the wagon and into RayAnne’s career path; her mother, a new-age aging coach for the menopausal rich, provides endless unwanted advice; and her beloved grandmother Dot, whose advice RayAnne needs, is far away and far from well. But as RayAnne states, “I’m a woman, I fish. Deal with it.” And just when things seem to be coming together, RayAnne’s world suddenly threatens to capsize, and she’s faced with a gut-wrenching situation and a heartbreaking decision.

This is the book cover of Minnesota author Sarah Stonich's novel “Fishing!” Submitted Photo
This is the book cover of Minnesota author Sarah Stonich's novel “Fishing!” Submitted Photo

The novel was first published under the title “Fishing with RayAnne.”

Stonich also authored “These Granite Islands,” which has been translated into seven languages and shortlisted for France’s Grand Prix des Lectrices de Elle; the critically acclaimed novel “The Ice Chorus;” and a memoir, “Shelter: Off the Grid in the Mostly Magnetic North.” Her novel-in-stories, “Vacationland,” is the first book in her Northern Trilogy, followed by “Laurentian Divide,” winner of the Minnesota Book Award for Fiction.

This presentation is sponsored by the Friends of the Brainerd Public Library through their volunteer and fundraising efforts. The Friends of the Brainerd Public Library are celebrating the 21st season of the Brown Bag Lunch Author Series with a lineup of award-winning and acclaimed Minnesota writers.

For more information, contact the library at 218-829-5574 or visit the library’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/brainerdpubliclibrary.