Ripple River Gallery announces upcoming exhibit

AITKIN — Ripple River Gallery announced the opening of its next show titled “Emergence/Re-emergence,” which opens April 28.

Fifteen artists submitted their art for this exhibit, which features a wide-range of viewpoints, expressions and media — work ranging from felted wool to clay to photography and painting — and an exhibit that is at once thought-provoking and inspiring, according to a news release from the gallery.

“Emergence/Re-emergence” will be on display through June 6 at the art gallery near Bay Lake.

This art piece titled “Wingspace” was created by Denise Bunkert and will be among the artwork on display starting April 28 at Ripple River Gallery on Bay Lake, south of Aitkin. Submitted Photo
This art piece titled “Wingspace” was created by Denise Bunkert and will be among the artwork on display starting April 28 at Ripple River Gallery on Bay Lake, south of Aitkin. Submitted Photo

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“Over the years Ripple River Gallery has hosted several invitational shows focused on a theme,” Amy Sharpe, gallery co-owner, stated. Most recently “Water: We All Live Downstream” gave artists the opportunity to focus on threats to the quantity and quality of our water supply.

“To reflect on this season of rebirth and renewal, as well as our deliverance from the dark times we have all experienced, we chose ‘Emergence/Re-emergence’ as the theme for this upcoming exhibit,” Sharpe stated. “Artists were invited to consider how self-isolation has affected their work, and share where they find light and hope. We asked them to consider how they have been changed by the experience and to share their discoveries.”

The 15 regional artists included in the show are fiber artists Kristen Anderson, Tina Fung Holder and Sharpe; painters Judith Bergerson, Denise Bunkert and Terri Huro; mixed media artists Brenna Busse and Tracy McMan; photographers Rachel Cain, Melissa Cloose and Dee Kotaska; clay artists Karin Kraemer and Ken and Pat Larson; jeweler Emily Chesick; and printmaker Anna Marie Pavlik.

An outdoor reception will be 2-4 p.m. May 1, weather permitting.

Ripple River Gallery is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday; and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sundays. Masks are required.

For more information call 218-678-2575 or email ripplerivergallery@gmail.com.

Youth on Stage set Monday

Youth on Stage Open Mic event is set for 6:30-8:30 p.m. Monday, April 26, at the Brainerd Eagles Club.

Brainerd Elks Lodge 615 sponsors the event through an Elks National Foundation grant and by the Brainerd Eagles Club No. 215. 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. Each performer will be able to sign up for a 15-minute time slot — open on a first-come basis. Those wishing to sign up should go to YouthOnStageMn.org or may do so at the venue, the Eagles Club, on the night of a performance.

“We understand that we all want to be safe and we expect all in attendance to exercise safe distancing guidelines,” organizers stated in a news release. “Masks are required everywhere in the Eagles Club building except while sitting at your table and eating or while performing on stage.

“As we’ve seen in the past, most families sit together and we will have tables set up per distancing guidelines.”

Julie Jo Larson sits at a table at Fancy Pants Chocolate with her first book titled “100 Things to Do in Minnesota Northwoods Before You Die.” Steve Kohls / Brainerd Dispatch
Julie Jo Larson sits at a table at Fancy Pants Chocolate with her first book titled “100 Things to Do in Minnesota Northwoods Before You Die.” Steve Kohls / Brainerd Dispatch

Author to sign books

Author Julie Jo Larson of “100 Things to Do in Minnesota Northwoods Before You Die” is hosting her first in person book signing event.

Larson will sign books 1-3 p.m. Saturday, April 24, which is Independent Bookstore Day, outside of CatTales Books & Gifts in Brainerd.

In the book, Larson describes the focus of her work:

“Up in the land where Paul Bunyan statues are big and the tall tales about him are even bigger, lie some of Minnesota’s most beautiful resort communities. This is the land of 10,000 lakes and truly untouched wilderness surrounding Bemidji, Duluth, and Brainerd, among other towns, otherwise known as Minnesota’s Northwoods.

“Though only the hearty live here year round and the winter averse just vacation here in the summer, there’s still no shortage of activities and sights to fill your itinerary, no matter the season. Whether you use this book as a bucket list, tour guide, or a cure for cabin fever, we’ve got you covered. We’ll entice you to try new outdoor activities, such as wading across the headwaters of the Mississippi, eat unusual foods, and sip flavorful beverages. You’ll also find a plethora of things to do inside on rainy days, such as exploring the US Hockey Hall of Fame Museum. Carefully crafted itineraries and seasonal — yes, there are four seasons here — activities will provide plenty of inspiration for visitors and locals alike.”

Join Lalo and his friends at 10 a.m. May 13, as they handle unpredictable food erupting out of “Lalo’s Lunchbox,” in a Kitchigami Regional Library virtual Legacy program. Submitted Photo
Join Lalo and his friends at 10 a.m. May 13, as they handle unpredictable food erupting out of “Lalo’s Lunchbox,” in a Kitchigami Regional Library virtual Legacy program. Submitted Photo

Kitchigami announces its next virtual program

Kitchigami Regional Library is offering another virtual Legacy program titled “Lalo’s Lunchbox.”

Join Lalo and his friends at 10 a.m. May 13, as they handle unpredictable food erupting out of “Lalo’s Lunchbox,” a news release stated. In the interactive livestream presentation children get to vote on what happens in the show by casting their votes through Facebook chat. This family-friendly show has sketch comedy and songs that teach about healthy foods and the importance of being kind. After the show there will be a live question and answer session with the actors.

No need to register for the program, as people may join through their local library’s Facebook page or Kitchigami’s Facebook page at facebook.com/KRLSLegacy.

This free virtual program is made possible thanks to funding from the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

Cuyuna Chamber seeks sponsorship for concert series

CROSBY — The Cuyuna Chamber of Commerce will welcome summertime with its 14th year of coordinating its Music in the Park concert series.

Music is the Park is a free live music concert series for the community hosted 5-8 p.m. every other Thursday at Crosby Memorial Park. This summer the series will begin June 10 and continue through Aug. 26.

The success of Music in the Park is largely credited to the partnership and cooperation among the sponsors and musicians. Sponsorships are necessary to be able to continue to provide Music in the Park for the community at no cost, the chamber stated in a news release.

Events are a way for businesses and organizations to gain exposure at minimal cost. Not only are sponsorships available, but vendors may also participate. For a small fee, vendors can rent space and market their product or service at an event that is typically attended by more than 450 people.

For more information on how to become a sponsor or to obtain a sponsorship form, contact Brielle Bredsten at info@cuyunalakes.com or 218-546-8131.

Musicians interested in performing should contact Shawn or Clark Hamdorf at shamdorf@hotmail.com. A music sample, biography, photo and signed contract must be on file at the chamber by May 7.