Verse Like Water event set Tuesday

Central Lakes College announces its next Verse Like Water event will be at noon Tuesday, April 6, with Irish Poet Pádraig Ó Tuama.

The free event will be live streamed at youtu.be/X9mbm03Bm5c.

Ó Tuama is a theologian, conflict resolution mediator, and the author of four volumes of poetry including: “Daily Prayer with the Corrymeela Community” published in 2017; “In the Shelter” in 2015; “Sorry for your Troubles” in 2013; and “Readings from the Books of Exile” in 2012, which was longlisted for the 2013 Polari First Book Prize.

Irish Poet Pádraig Ó Tuama will speak virtually for Central Lakes College's Verse Like Water program scheduled at noon Tuesday, April 6. Ó Tuama is a theologian, conflict resolution mediator, and the author of four volumes of poetry. Photo by Trevor Brady
Irish Poet Pádraig Ó Tuama will speak virtually for Central Lakes College's Verse Like Water program scheduled at noon Tuesday, April 6. Ó Tuama is a theologian, conflict resolution mediator, and the author of four volumes of poetry. Photo by Trevor Brady

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His poems have been published at Poetry Ireland Review, Academy of American Poets, Post Road, Cream City Review, Holden Village Voice, Proximity Magazine, On Being, Gutter, America and Seminary Ridge Review.

Ó Tuama holds a bachelor’s of divinity validated by the Pontifical College of Maynooth, a master’s of theology from Queen’s University Belfast and is currently engaged in a doctorate in theology through Creative Practice at the University of Glasgow exploring poetry, Irishness and religion.

He is based in Belfast, Ireland.

The Crossing Arts Alliance presents its newest exhibition “Young At Art,” an exhibition showcasing the work of students from local schools that will be on display from April 2-30 at the downtown Brainerd art gallery. Submitted photo
The Crossing Arts Alliance presents its newest exhibition “Young At Art,” an exhibition showcasing the work of students from local schools that will be on display from April 2-30 at the downtown Brainerd art gallery. Submitted photo

‘Young At Art’ exhibit set

The Crossing Arts Alliance presents its newest exhibition “Young At Art,” an exhibition featuring student artwork.

“Young At Art,” an annual exhibition showcasing the work of students from local schools, is on display in the downtown Brainerd art gallery. The exhibition will be open from April 2-30.

“This lively exhibit is floor to ceiling color and exploration!” the art center stated in a news release. “This fun community exhibit gives young artists a chance to have their work exhibited in a ‘real gallery,’ and a special chance for arts enthusiasts to show their support for our budding artists.”

Due to COVID-19 and regulations for large group gatherings, there will not be a public reception for this exhibition. The number of people in the building will be limited to 18. Social distancing guidelines will be in effect, and masks will be required at all times.

For those who cannot wear a mask due to health reasons, the art center will make accommodations for special after-hours visits. Contact the art center at 218-833-0416 or info@crossingarts.org to make those arrangements.

Crossing Arts will be open until 6 p.m. on the first day of the exhibit, April 2. The art gallery will be open during its regular business hours from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays starting April 10.

A gallery tour video will be posted on its website and social media pages for those that are unable to view the exhibition in person.

The Raboin & Francis Law Firm is sponsoring this exhibition.

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.

The Central Lakes Community Performing Arts Center presents “Show Off!” a low-key, low-pressure talent show that will hit the outdoor stage at 2 p.m. April 24 on the south lawn of the Brainerd campus. Submitted poster
The Central Lakes Community Performing Arts Center presents “Show Off!” a low-key, low-pressure talent show that will hit the outdoor stage at 2 p.m. April 24 on the south lawn of the Brainerd campus. Submitted poster

Deadline set April 7 for CLC talent show

The Central Lakes Community Performing Arts Center presents “Show Off!” a low-key, low-pressure talent show that will hit the outdoor stage at 2 p.m. April 24 on the south lawn of the Brainerd campus.

"Show Off!" organizer George Marsolek called the event an opportunity to shine in a news release.

“There are a lot of people in the area with incredible talent. We rarely get to see them, so this show provides a stage for them to literally show off,” he stated.

Art Center Director Patrick Spradlin pointed to the success of the organization’s holiday talent show as the driving force behind "Show Off!"

“We had an incredible outpouring of local talent for the holiday show, on Zoom and in controlled ways on our stage,” Spradlin stated. “We streamed the show to the world, literally, and were really pleased with the response. Now that nicer weather is returning, it’s time to take this talent and put it before a live audience.”

The event has been soliciting entries for a few weeks.

“We want to give a final chance to anyone who might be interested to get on board,” Marsolek stated.

The guidelines for the event are a performance can be a maximum of five minutes; it can be of any style or variety, such as dance, singing, playing an instrument, juggling, or magic; performers under 18 must have a parent or guardian’s signature on the entry form; and group performances are limited to eight performers.

All COVID-related precautions will be in effect for both performers and audience members. As these protocols may change in coming weeks, it is advised that participants check with Marsolek as to which are in effect. Audience members are advised to check the CLC website for updated information at www.clcmn.edu.

“We want to make this is super easy, super fun,” stated Marsolek. “We will give prizes to the top performers, as judged by audience response, but that’s not the reason for the event. We just want people to have fun and share their talents.”

A panel of performing artists will make brief comments after each performance, offering their take on the act. The audience will be the final judges of which performance is crowned “best of show.”

The event is open to anyone, all ages and all talents. Anyone interested in taking part in the April 24 event must submit an entry form by April 7. Forms are available from Marsolek at george.marsolek@clcmn.edu.

In inclement weather, the event would be postponed to May 1.

Dan Hegstad
Dan Hegstad

Brainerd author releases book

Dan Hegstad of Brainerd announced the release of his book, “Next Steps: Tools for transforming from coping to thriving.”

The book is available on Amazon.com as a Kindle eBook and audiobook.

Hegstad has been helping people heal and change for over 25 years through his study and teaching of T’ai Chi and stress management class “Taming The Stress Monster,” a news release stated. Hegstad observes how many people seek change but then resist it.

The book cover of Dan Hegstad book titled, “Next Steps: Tools for transforming from coping to thriving.” Submitted Photo
The book cover of Dan Hegstad book titled, “Next Steps: Tools for transforming from coping to thriving.” Submitted Photo

From the book: “Why is change so difficult? Why do we fight change when we know it’s good for us? We can choose change, why don’t we?

“Some people have experienced a ‘life on fire.’ Or maybe it was a smoldering mess for years. But what happens when the fire is out? Where to? What next?”

Hegstad stated Carl Jung laid the foundation for his book when he said, “I am not what happened to me. I am who I choose to become.” Well, how do you do that?”

This book is for people who have been through life’s challenges, such as addiction, mental and physical health issues, divorce, abuse, a dark night of the soul and are now ready to move on.

“We are now up Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs pyramid. We are beyond food and shelter, beyond security even beyond friendships,” Hegstad stated. “We’re at the esteem level and we’re now ready to take the next step to the top of the pyramid: Self-Actualization.”

Hegstad stated If people are looking for a fluffy self-help book, this isn’t it. He stated this book is real and people will be challenged.

Hegstad will soon retire after 24 years as the station manager at Lakeland Public Broadcasting Service in Brainerd. He will continue to work as a videographer with his company, Easy Street Productions, and as a professional speaker.

Little Falls exhibits painter

LITTLE FALLS — Great River Arts announces its next exhibit “50 Years of Creativity” in its main gallery in Little Falls will begin Wednesday, March 31, and run through the end of April.

The exhibit will feature Richard Lozier, a man who has traveled and painted all over the globe and has now made Little Falls his home. This is anticipated to be the painter’s last art exhibit. The exhibit may be viewed during the gallery hours of 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays. Face masks are still required onsite until further notice.

Although Lozier declined a large reception during COVID, he can be found on site throughout the month — connecting with visitors perusing his work. Lozier’s paintings will be installed utilizing the gallery walls as a visual timeline commemorating his life’s work.

Over the last 50 years, Lozier’s creative talent has allowed him to travel the country in search of inspiration for his next painting, a news release stated. His artwork can be seen in the collections of celebrities such as Joan Kroc, Debbie Allen, Norm Nixon, Steve Garvey, Kevin McReynolds, Alan Trammell, Mrs. Paul Newman and Robert Mitchum.

Originally born in Harvard, Massachusetts, Lozier started his career in 1968 when he enrolled in a correspondence school called “ The Famous Art School” in Westport, Connecticut. This art school was started by artists including Norman Rockwell. During that time, Lozier worked sidewalk shows up and down the east coast. Three years later, he enrolled in the New England School of Art & Design, Boston Massachusetts. A continued desire to learn more about painting motivated Lozier to begin private lessons with internationally known artist Isabella LaFreniere of Rockport, Massachusetts. LaFreniere encouraged him to seek inspiration in his art by painting from nature.

Although Lozier started his next body of work in Rockport, Massachusetts, he also traveled throughout New Hampshire and along the coast of Maine. The onset of winter shifted Lozier’s travels down the eastern coast of Florida, to the British Virgin Islands; then back up the western edge of Florida, across the southern edge of the United State and Mexico to Idaho, California and Hawaii. Lozier would stop at each location for at least a month to paint, sell artwork and occasionally take part-time jobs along the way.

The book cover of author Mary Casanov'ser third Rainy Lake historical drama titled “WATERFALL.” Submitted Photo
The book cover of author Mary Casanov'ser third Rainy Lake historical drama titled “WATERFALL.” Submitted Photo

Casanova releases third book in historical drama

Author Mary Casanova released her third Rainy Lake historical drama titled “WATERFALL,” published by the University of Minnesota Press.

Casanova, who lives in Rainier, is the author of 39 books, ranging from picture books to historical fiction, including “Hush, Hush Forest,” “Frozen” and “Ice-Out.” Her numerous awards include an American Library Association “Notable,” Aesop Accolades from the American Folklore Society, a Parent’s Choice Gold Award, Booklist Editor’s Choice, as well as two Minnesota Book Awards.

According to the book description, Casanova takes readers back to pristine and rugged northern Minnesota. It’s 1922, women have won the right to vote, and Trinity Baird is of age. But at 21, and after nearly two years at Oak Hills Asylum, she returns to her family’s island summer home with her self-confidence in tatters and her mind seared by haunting memories. Her parents are oblivious to what they have put her through and instead watch their daughter for the least sign of defiance. Trinity struggles to be the “respectable” young woman her parents so she can return to her independent life studying art and painting in Paris. She never wants to go back to Oak Hills, where they “treat” hysterical, unconventional, young women.

For more information on the book go to upress.umn.edu/book-division/books/waterfall.

Hailey Tegegne
Hailey Tegegne

Next Cultural Thursday focuses on Ethiopian culture

Central Lakes College’s next Cultural Thursday event will focus on Ethiopian culture.

The free online webinar will be at noon April 8. Attendees must pre-register for access to this free webinar at tinyurl.com/6m24amzv.

Guest speaker Haile Tegegne spent his early childhood in northeastern Africa. He will share elements of Ethiopia’s popular culture, including language, religion, food, sports, dance, music and more. There will be opportunities for attendees to ask questions.

Tegegne was born in Ethiopia and lived in Kenya for five years. He speaks both Amharic and Swahili fluently. Tegegne has a bachelor’s degree in communication studies with a minor in political science. He also recently received his master’s degree in public administration and nonprofit management from Hamline University.

“My acceptance of learning new cultures allowed me to further my education and connect with various groups of people in the work setting,” Tegegne stated in a news release.

Tegegne is currently working as an administrative intern in urban development in southern Minnesota.

For more information about this event or the Cultural Thursdays series, contact the event coordinator Tracey Kloeckl-Jiménez at 218-855-8183.