Candace Joy to sign books at CatTales

Author Candace Joy will appear 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 14, for a book signing event at CatTales Books and Gifts in downtown Brainerd.

Joy’s featured book for the event is “Angel Bumps: Love Taps From Heaven.” Joy will share personal experiences she has had with angels. Her journey began many years ago asking how she could share her messages from angels, who are messengers from God. Over the years she has had many experiences with angels and has heard other stories from individuals.

Out of the blue, her journey began through a complete stranger. Joy was attending her grandson's graduation in Florida when she had a conversation with Kathi Smith, an author of bestselling books on angels. The two spoke for a short period of time, with Joy introducing herself as Candace Summers, excluding her middle name Jane.

They shared contact information and went on to the celebration ceremony. Within 20 minutes, Smith caught Candace's attention and said, “God has a message for you, Candace. God wants you to change your name from Candace Jane to Candace Joy. You do not need to do anything legally in this change.” Candace asked how Smith knew her middle name was Jane and was perplexed on what she was to do with this name change. Smith responded, "God will give you direction."

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The phenomenal experience of “angel bumps” began appearing where Joy had the warm, peaceful and joyful sensation known as goosebumps, except goosebumps come from fear or the cold. Joy says angel bumps are how angels get her attention.

With no idea of writing an angel book, the conception of “Angel Bumps: Love Taps From Heaven” unfolded. She also discovered God gave her the direction she asked for, and Candace Joy became an author.

Joy is a snowbird living on Hickory Lake in Aitkin during the spring and summer and Fort Myers, Florida, during the winter.

Bluegrass band Sarah Mae & the Birkeland Boys will perform at Music in the Park in Staples at 7 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 8. Submitted Photo
Bluegrass band Sarah Mae & the Birkeland Boys will perform at Music in the Park in Staples at 7 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 8. Submitted Photo

Sarah Mae & the Birkeland boys to close summer concert series in Staples

STAPLES — Bluegrass band Sarah Mae & the Birkeland Boys will perform at Music in the Park in Staples at 7 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 8.

The Duluth area band shares stories in song form about the importance of family, overcoming hardship, the relevance of faith and reasons for hope in a troubled world. They mix authentic original bluegrass and gospel acoustic music to produce toe-tapping tunes that uplift all ages, a news release stated.

The band, along with friend Tedd Williams on banjo, plays music that stirs hearts and souls. With Minnesota roots, the family’s music draws on familiar themes and imagery that connect with communities and congregations throughout the region.

Attendees can expect to hear great harmonies from this family band that includes Sarah, brothers Derek and Adam and dad, Mike. The Birkelands are accomplished musicians known for their exceptional bluegrass picking on a variety of instruments including acoustic bass, guitar, fiddle, mandolin and dobro.

The concert is at Northern Pacific Park, 625 Sixth St. NE. In case of rain, the concert will be moved to the Staples Community Center. This is the final concert in the summer series. Attendees should bring a lawn chair.

The Music in the Park series is funded by the Staples Host Lions Club and organized by the Staples Motley Area Arts Council, with the assistance of the city of Staples

Luncheon set in Aitkin

AITKIN — A luncheon titled “Discover Your Joy and Health From The Inside Out” is scheduled at noon Aug. 30 at the 40 Club in Aitkin.

Tickets are $20 which includes a lunch of soup and salad off the menu and a raffle for a gift box valued at $75.

Candace Summers of Aitkin is the guest speaker. She is a licensed esthetician, an educator and author of “Angel Bumps: Love Taps From Heaven.” She will share tips and techniques on the use of essential oils, reflexology and for those to “discover your joy within.”

Tickets are limited to 40.

For more information, call Summers at 239-565-0524 or Jaques Art Center 218-927-2363.

Checks payable to Candace Summers and can be dropped off at the Jaques Art Center in Aitkin.

Artist Calihan Yliniemi created this piece of artwork that will be among the work on display at The Crossing Arts Alliance for an exhibit titled "Northern Waters." Submitted Photo
Artist Calihan Yliniemi created this piece of artwork that will be among the work on display at The Crossing Arts Alliance for an exhibit titled "Northern Waters." Submitted Photo

The Crossing hosts exhibit

The Crossing Arts Alliance presents “Northern Waters,” artwork by artists Lindsey Personius and Calihan Yliniemi.

The exhibition opens Friday, Aug. 6, and runs through Sept. 4 in The Crossing’s gallery. An artist talk will take place noon to 12:30 p.m. Sept. 4, followed by a closing reception to run until 2 p.m. A freewill offering will be accepted at the door. Light refreshments will be served. People may enjoy mingling with fellow artists and arts enthusiasts.

This exhibition encompasses the beauty and abundant scenery and wildlife Minnesota holds, through a collaboration of paintings by Yliniemi and pottery by Personius. Inspired by lake horizons, sunrises and sunsets, and reflections on the water, each of the mediums on display portrays fond memories of growing up on and around lakes in Minnesota, spending time with loved ones, and enjoying the sweet sounds of nature, a news release stated.

Personius, a part-time artist who lives in Pillager, enjoys crafting functional, handmade pottery and paintings from her home studio. She studied art education with a focus on ceramics at the University of Wisconsin-Stout, where she hand-built large, abstract sculptures. After college, she moved west to Sun Valley, Idaho, where she continued her ceramics education at the University of Idaho. There, she specialized in throwing functional pottery.

Personius’ work is inspired by life in Minnesota and all things on, in, and around the lakes. She primarily does wheel-thrown ceramics, with stoneware clay in a traditional and minimal style. Altering the surface of her pieces, she strives to echo the dichotomy between natural and man-made environments.

Yliniemi is a Minnesota-based artist currently residing in Minneapolis. She found her true passion for art, especially in drawing and painting, in college. A drawing professor motivated her love for drawing organic shapes and subjects in nature. At the College of Saint Benedict, she expanded on her passion for and skills in painting. As an art educator, she strives to share her love and joy for creating art with students of all ages.

Yliniemi's work is inspired by the beauty found in nature, as she continues to paint and draw landscape scenes. The majority of art she creates encompasses the vivid colors of the subject matter and the joy it evokes, whether it be landscapes, people or objects. Intrigued by artists who stay true to their own style, she is inspired to create art that is a reflection of herself as well.

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.

For more information, contact The Crossing Arts at 218-833-0416 or info@crossingarts.org. The art center is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.

Crossing Arts is a nonprofit organization in the heart of downtown Brainerd.

Crosby presents Music in the Park

CROSBY — The Cuyuna Lakes Chamber of Commerce invites the community to enjoy live local music 5-8 p.m. Aug. 12 while overlooking Serpent Lake at Crosby Memorial Park.

Music in the Park continues the second and fourth Thursday of the month, with next week being the fifth concert of the series sponsored by Deerwood Bank. Deerwood Bank will serve free root beer floats. Concessions will be available. Mid-Minnesota Federal Credit Union will also hand out free school supplies during the event.

People are encouraged to bring lawn chairs and blankets to sit back and enjoy the event.

Live music will be presented by Zachary Scot Johnson and Andy Fischer.

Zachary Scott Johnson will perform Thursday, Aug. 12, in the Music In the Park series that runs from 5-8 p.m. at Crosby Memorial Park on Serpent Lake.  Submitted Photo
Zachary Scott Johnson will perform Thursday, Aug. 12, in the Music In the Park series that runs from 5-8 p.m. at Crosby Memorial Park on Serpent Lake. Submitted Photo

Johnson is a well-traveled singer and songwriter. He has a YouTube channel with well over 40 million views. He has been touring since 2001 and has performed just about everywhere within the U.S. He has released four CDs, including 2004’s “Moment of Clarity,” 2008’s “To Whom It May Concern,” 2011’s “Live at the Guild” with longtime collaborators Mark Paffrath and Jeff Ward, and 2016’s “Sad Song.”

Born and raised in Racine, Wisconsin, Johnson now resides in St. Paul. Johnson’s mastery of many instruments led to live shows, where Johnson performs on piano, 6- and 12-string acoustic and electric guitars, baritone guitar, dobro, banjo, mandolin, violin, lap steel, harmonicas, octave mandolin, viola, bass, drums, percussion, banjolin, dulcimer, ukulele, pedal steel and more. His repertoire covers a wide range of styles and genres, from folk to jazz, rock to spoken word, blues to pop, country to a cappella, gospel to instrumental and more.

Andy Fischer will perform Thursday, Aug. 12, in the Music In the Park series that runs from 5-8 p.m. at Crosby Memorial Park on Serpent Lake.  Submitted Photo
Andy Fischer will perform Thursday, Aug. 12, in the Music In the Park series that runs from 5-8 p.m. at Crosby Memorial Park on Serpent Lake. Submitted Photo

Andy Fischer is a local musician from Brainerd who currently resides in Breezy Point.

For more information, visit cuyunalakes.com or call 218-546-8131.

Event partners include Crosby, Cuyuna, Ironton and Deerwood and major sponsors include Crosby-Ironton Schools, Recreational Powersports Marine of Emily, Brainerd Lakes Area Community Foundation co-hosting with Cuyuna Range Youth Center, Deerwood Bank, AutoSmith Services, and Cuyuna Adventure Town USA.

Supporting sponsors include Mid-Minnesota Federal Credit Union, Deerwood Technologies, Restoration Books and Gifts, Molly’s Cottage, Graphic Packaging, Mixed Company – A Kava House, Oberg Fence, Edward Jones, Crow Wing Power, Range Disposal, Unity Bank, Lakes Printing and Immanuel Lutheran Church.

This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Five Wings Arts Council, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

Cultural Center announces new exhibit

NEW YORK MILLS — The New York Mills Regional Cultural Center is featuring the work of four generations of one family of artists from Wednesday, Aug. 4, through Sept. 4 in the gallery.

An opening reception for “Nelja” will be 1-3 p.m. Saturday.

“Nelja” is Finnish for four. This show features the work of the four generations of women in the Aho family from Central Minnesota. Artwork on display in the gallery features the work of artists Esther Aho, Shirlee Aho Daulton, Genevive Aho Keranen, Kim Smith, Sandra Daulton Shaughnessy, Katrine Karanen Savoie, Jody Hagenson and Kelly Hagenson. The artwork created by the family members spreads across many mediums, styles and processes. Weaving, painting, paper making, ceramics, alcohol inks and more are included in this cross-generational show that is beautiful and inspiring.

The Cultural Center gallery is open 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesdays and Thursdays and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Fridays and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays 10-3. Call 218-385-3339 or visit kulcher.org with questions or to learn more.

Wine and Words tickets still available

NISSWA — Friends of the Brainerd Public Library still have tickets available for Aug. 18 only for the Wine and Words event scheduled over three days at Grand View Lodge in Nisswa.

The event involves five authors including Lorna Landvik, William Kent Krueger, Fiona Davis, Sheila O’Connor, Greer Macallister and Juliette Faye. Social starts at 5:30 p.m. with activities including wine tasting, silent auction and wine purchases and a 6:30 p.m dinner and program.

Tickets are $50 and proceeds go to support the Brainerd Public Library through the Friends of the Brainerd Public Library. Tickets can be purchased online at wineandwordsandfriends.com/wineandwords.