Small Business Saturday at Crossing Arts' Kringle Market

Shop small and support the arts and artists in the community this holiday season by stopping by the Crossing Arts Alliance in downtown Brainerd at 711 Laurel St.

Small Business Saturday, an annual event encouraging shopping locally, begins at 10 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 27. The first 27 people through the Crossing Arts Alliance’s doors will receive a free Royal & Langnickel Essentials Watercolor Set. (This offer is limited to one per family.)

The Royal & Langnickel Essentials Watercolor Set includes watercolor paper, a graphite pencil, sharpener, drawing eraser, brush, a six-well paint tray and six watercolor paints in tubes.
Contributed / Crossing Arts Alliance
The Royal & Langnickel Essentials Watercolor Set includes watercolor paper, a graphite pencil, sharpener, drawing eraser, brush, a six-well paint tray and six watercolor paints in tubes. Contributed / Crossing Arts Alliance

The set features a zipper case full of watercolor paper, a graphite pencil, sharpener, drawing eraser, brush, a six-well paint tray and six watercolor paints in tubes.

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While visiting Kringle Market, enjoy shopping in the nonprofit’s Gallery & Gift Shop, with a wide selection of local artist-created art and fine craft, art supplies, holiday gifts and more.

The annual Kringle Market at the Crossing Arts Alliance in downtown Brainerd features a selection of local artist-created art and fine craft, art supplies, holiday gifts and more.
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The annual Kringle Market at the Crossing Arts Alliance in downtown Brainerd features a selection of local artist-created art and fine craft, art supplies, holiday gifts and more. Contributed

The Kringle Market will run through Dec. 24 with normal hours of 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays; 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesdays and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays, with the exception of Dec. 24, which is 10 a.m. to noon.

Crossing Arts will be closed on Thanksgiving Day but will reopen again on Friday. For more information, contact Crossing Arts at 218-833-0416 or email info@crossingarts.org.

Auditions for ‘Recommended Reading for Girls’

PEQUOT LAKES — Auditions for “Recommended Reading for Girls” by Ellen Struve, presented by Pequot Lakes Community Theatre, will be 7-8:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 29, and Tuesday at the Pequot Lakes High School Theatre.

Rehearsals begin Dec. 6 with performances scheduled Feb. 11-13. The show will be directed by Jennifer LaRee Anderson.

The show follows Amy Saunders who already has a lot on her mind when she arrives at her childhood home. Reeling from a recent layoff and a broken heart, she is staying over to help her mother through a round of chemo. So, when “Anne of Green Gables” inexplicably shows up, it may well be the straw that breaks the camel's back. Somehow, all the heroines from Amy's favorite childhood novels, from “A Little Princess” to “Heidi,” have appeared in her house — and just to make things even more perplexing, her sister Jackie can see them, too. As Jackie worries about the baby she's having soon and the sisters' mom Marilynn questions her own path, will the three Saunders women be able to become the heroines of their own stories? “Recommended Reading for Girls” is a winning love letter to family and literature that brims with humor and heart. The show calls for a cast of seven female actors ranging in age from 15 to 60-plus.

Auditions will consist of reading scenes from the script. Those interested should bring to auditions a full list of conflicts for rehearsals.

Open Mic Nite set at Great River Arts

Great River Arts’ monthly Open Mic Nite returns Dec. 2 with a sign-up at 6 p.m. and performances starting at 7 p.m.

One of Great River Arts’ longest-running activities, the event is open to all ages and all talents — a judgment-free zone for all skill levels, so let your humor, poetry, storytelling and music shine.

Great River Arts is a community-supported art and cultural events center at 122 First St. SE in the historic district of downtown Little Falls. Admission to the galleries and retail store is free and open to the public

For more information call 320-632-0960 or visit www.greatart.org.

Great River Strings holiday concert announced

The Great River Strings Orchestra will present its 2021 Winter Holiday Concert at 7 p.m. Dec. 11 at Cascade United Methodist Church in Deerwood. The concert will be repeated at 3 p.m. Dec. 12 at the Butler Building in Aitkin.

These concerts are made available through generous contributions from the Aitkin Lions Club, Aitkin Friends of the Arts and Cascade United Methodist Church. There will be no charge for admission to the concerts, but a free-will offering will be taken at both events.

Richard Aulie is the musical director of the Great River Strings Orchestra.
Contributed / Anne Schwartz
Richard Aulie is the musical director of the Great River Strings Orchestra. Contributed / Anne Schwartz

Titled “Home for the Holidays,” the concert features classical music by Antonio Vivaldi, Arcangelo Corelli and Leroy Anderson, seasonal fiddle tunes, and a Christmas sing-along for the audience.

Great River Strings members represent communities from Crow Wing, Aitkin and Mille Lacs under the baton of Musical Director Richard Aulie.

Gingerbread Architecture: The Sweet Elements of Design

LITTLE FALLS — Love gingerbread? A fan of architecture and construction? Dream of building your own home or designing a structure? Engage your inner architect or builder while creating your own structural masterpiece using icing and gingerbread in Little Falls and St. Cloud.

Learn the basics of building construction and architectural design at an all-ages, family-friendly, child-oriented workshop by Eric Cheever, exhibits and collections curator for the Stearns History Museum, who will instruct participants about basic building elements during this hands-on class.

“Gingerbread Architecture: The Sweet Elements of Design” will be offered from 11 a.m. to noon at the Charles A. Weyerhaeuser Memorial Museum in Little Falls on Dec. 4. Masks are required and class size is limited.

General admission is $10. Sliding scale admission options are also available. Register online at www.rethos.org/classes.

Calling all artists for submissions

The Crossing Arts Alliance on Laurel Street is accepting submissions for solo and group exhibitions, as well as proposals for exhibits that specifically address diversity, inclusion and equity.

The downtown nonprofit is seeking submissions to exhibit from Feb. 4 through Feb. 26, Sept. 2 through Sept. 24, and various months to be determined in 2023.

All artists living in the United States are encouraged to apply. A very strong and consistent body of work is essential, according to the news release.

Open to all traditional and non-traditional art forms and media, artwork must not have been previously exhibited with the Crossing Arts Alliance.

All submissions will be reviewed and juried by the Crossing Arts Gallery Committee, which is made up of working professional artists, educators and art organization leaders in the local community.

For more information, to review all of the guidelines and to complete the submission form, visit www.crossingarts.org/calls-for-art. The deadline to apply is Dec. 11.