Entertainment Briefs - Jan. 16

? Art on display in Little Falls LITTLE FALLS -- The Great River Arts welcomes Kathy Braud, Sandra Driscoll and Shelly Leitheiser to the main gallery for the month of January, with their collective exhibition "Art: Out of the Ordinary." The show ...

■ Art on display in Little Falls

LITTLE FALLS - The Great River Arts welcomes Kathy Braud, Sandra Driscoll and Shelly Leitheiser to the main gallery for the month of January, with their collective exhibition “Art: Out of the Ordinary.”

The show will be open for viewing through Feb. 1, with the opening reception from 12-2 p.m. Jan. 18, in conjunction with the “Minnesota on Canvas” reception for Randy Asseln.

Demonstrating years of experience, the artists portray traditional and nontraditional uses of watercolor and acrylic paints. Each woman brings a multitude of techniques and themes to the exhibit, highlighted through bold use of color and expressive brushwork evident in each piece. The women, residents of Little Falls and St. Cloud, play active roles in the Central Minnesota Watercolorists and are lifelong supporters of the arts. Great River Arts is funded in part by the Five Wings Arts Council and Legacy Amendment.

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■ Stage combat courses being offered

“Intro to Stage Combat for Tweens and Teens: Duke it Out” will be offered in January at the Brainerd Public Library.

Learn the secrets of stage combat from an experienced Guthrie Teaching Artist, Aaron Preusse. Slap, punch and choke without hurting anyone, just like actors do it on stage. It looks real, but it’s just pretend. No experience necessary.

The two classes will be offered on Jan. 24 from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. for ages 11-13 and then from 2-3:30 p.m. for ages 14-17.

Register for the free classes by calling the library at 829-5574.

Preusse received honors of Advanced Gold with recommendation from the British Academy of Dramatic Combat where he studied in multiple weapon styles. He is currently an Advanced Actor Combatant with the Society of American Fight Directors. He has also served as stunt coordinator and stunt double for the film “Profile of a Killer.” Preusse also was a precision stunt driver for the movie “Thin Ice.” Other film credits include “Mallrats,” “Memorial Day” and “Totally Sadie and Art.”

This free Legacy Program is funded in part or in whole with money from the vote of the people of Minnesota on Nov. 4, 2008, which dedicated funding to preserve Minnesota’s art and cultural heritage.

■ Exhibit winners named


AITKIN - The Jaques Art Center in Aitkin announced its recipients of the awards for the 10th annual juried exhibit, “Autumn Views.”

The recipients are: “Pileated Pair” by Don Walvatne, first place; “Autumn Leaves” by Pam Andell, second; “Autumn Reflections” by Duane Barnhart, third; and honorable mentions are “Aspen Leaf” by Kimberly Heft Cook and “A Country Road” by Mary White Kochenderfer.

Wildlife painter’s work on display

Wildlife painter Jerry Raedeke’s work will be on display at the Crow Wing County Community Services through March.

Raedeke sold his first wildlife paintings when he was 11. He emerged as an artist best-known as a transparent watercolorist who has savored nature and who cherishes nature. He works with a sense of mission to capture and communicate delicate, fleeting moods and moments which he perceives, seeking to capture not photographic detail but rather the essence of his subjects.

After early experiences with fine arts in Minnesota, Raedeke relocated to Los Angeles where he developed a fascination with watercolors while studying with the Chinese-American painter Jake Lee. He pursued field research which by now has taken him to 38 states, six provinces of Canada and 19 nations.

Raedeke’s work has been shown at nearly all major exhibition in the nation. He has been given recognition as Artist of the Year by the prestigious Southeastern Wildlife Exhibition at Charleston, S.C., by the National Wildlife At Show at Kansas City and by the Wildlife Heritage Show at Minneapolis. The Easton Waterfowl Festival has given him a 20-year exhibition medallion. Raedeke was selected from a national search for inclusion in the National Wildlife Federation Show at Washington, D.C. While he was at the capital he was permitted to a one-man show for members of Congress in the rotunda of the Cannon House Office Building.

Raedeke has painted official duck stamps for the states of Georgia, Iowa and Kansas. He has been given Ducks Unlimited Artist of the Year recognition in Georgia, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Ohio and Oklahoma.


Raedeke was featured nationally in a specially-produced documentary for public television and in the “Prairie Sportsman” series on Minnesota Public Television.

The syndicated television series, “The Sportsman’s friend,” filmed the artist painting on a remote marsh in Canada.

As a artist and conservationist, Raedeke has been introduced to readers of Midwest Art, Wildlife Art News, Artists’ Magazine, American Hunter, Ducks Unlimited, Turkey Call, Minnesota Waterfowler, The Correspondent, Cenex Land-O-Lakes Partners and The Minnesota Volunteer.

■ Sweetgrass basket making class set

Artist Darlene Stone will teach sweetgrass basket making from 1-5 p.m. Feb. 10 at the Northland Arboretum in Brainerd.

The basket making class cost is $30 for arboretum members and $40 for non-members, which includes all supplies to make one basket. Participants are asked to bring one ice cream bucket size pail for soaking sweetgrass in.

To register for the class call the arboretum at 829-8770.

■ Book-signing at Earth and Beyond

Marlys Jean Olson, author of “A Caregiver’s Calling” published by WestBow Press, will sign books from 4-6 p.m. Tuesday at Earth and Beyond Books and Gifts in downtown Brainerd.

“A Caregiver’s Calling” is intended to assist parents, those caring for a loved one, or in a caring professions such as doctors, nurses or people who work in care centers and home care situations. Olson is a chaplain at Essentia-Health St. Joseph’s Medical Center in Brainerd. She has a lifetime of working in ministry through nursing homes, home care, hospitals, education and as a guardian ad Litem in the court system.

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