Entertainment Briefs - May 30

? Artist reception set at Porthole Gallery A reception to meet the artists of the "Open the Door to Art" exhibit will be held from 1-3 p.m., June 8, at the Porthole Gallery in Brainerd. The reception is open to the public. Exhibiting artists are ...

■ Artist reception set
at Porthole Gallery

A reception to meet the artists of the “Open the Door to Art” exhibit will be held from 1-3 p.m., June 8, at the Porthole Gallery in Brainerd.

The reception is open to the public.

Exhibiting artists are members of the Brainerd Area Art Club: Alice Conklin, Barbara Morgan, Cindy Potvin, Helen Smith, Jan Lendobeja, Jean London, Joe Blaha, Lily Atwel, Phyllis Frankum, Virginia MacArthur and Evelyn Matthies. Alice Conklin will sign copies of her illustrated book “A Crown for a Princess” from 2-3:00 p.m. during the reception.

This is a diverse show with paintings in oils, watercolor, and acrylic pigments. There are dimensional works and greeting cards. Prints will also be available at the reception.


The Porthole Gallery is located inside the Minnesota School of Diving building in Brainerd. The art exhibit will continue to be on display at the gallery until June 27. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Saturday, with appointments on Sunday.

For more information call Matthies at 829-4126 or 829-5953.

■ Crosslake Art Club’s
art show and sale set

The Crosslake Art Club’s 29th annual art show and sale will be held Aug. 8-10 at the Crosslake Community Center.

This year the theme is “Splash of Color!”

More than 35 local artists display and sell original fine art paintings, drawings, prints, cards, pottery and more. Three artists will demonstrate techniques during each day of the show.

■ Author Souder to be next Brown Bag Lunch speaker

The Friends of the Brainerd Public Library annual Brown Bag Lunch Summer Authors’ Series hosts author William Souder at noon Monday at the Brainerd Public Library.


Souder, author of “On a Farther Shore: The Life and Legacy of Rachel Carson,” will be the first author of the season. The year 2012 marked the 50th anniversary of the publication of Carson’s famous and important book “Silent Spring.” That book changed the way the country looked at pesticides and their reckless use and abuse. Besides “Silent Spring,” Carson’s story is a compelling one of a woman scientist, a devoted family member, a talented writer and a nature lover.

Souder has worked as film critic, reporter and is the author of several books. He has had a life-long interest in the outdoors and the environment. His well-researched book was a New York Times Notable Book of 2012 and the New York Times Book Review described the book as “Captivating ... Souder writes vividly and with great empathy for his subject and her cause.”

There is no charge for this author series, sponsored by the Friends of the Brainerd Public Library.

■ Book event in Hackensack

HACKENSACK - Louise Erdrich’s book “The Round House” will be discussed at 9:30 a.m., June 10, at the Union Congregational Church Monday Morning Book Group in Hackensack.

The book tells the story of a woman living on a reservation in North Dakota who is attacked one Sunday in the spring of 1988. The details of the crime are slow to surface as Geraldine Coutts is traumatized and reluctant to relive or reveal what happened, either to the police or to her husband, Bazil, and 13-year-old son, Joe. In one day, Joe’s life is irrevocably transformed.

■ Heirloom Arts Day at the Weyerhaeuser Museum

LITTLE FALLS - What do knitting and blacksmithing have in common? Tatting and leather tooling? Violin making and filet crochet? They are all skills practiced by the ancestors of Morrison County residents, examples of which will be on display in a new Heirloom Arts Exhibit at The Charles A. Weyerhaeuser Memorial Museum in Little Falls.


The Heirloom Arts Exhibit grand opening will be celebrated with Heirloom Arts Day on June 8 at the museum.

According to Executive Director Jan Warner, “Heirloom arts tend to be passed down through generations, not always in a direct parent-to-child sort of way. Sometimes a child will learn a skill like embroidery or whittling from a grandparent, aunt or uncle.”

Even beekeeping can be considered an heirloom art. The most unusual artifact in the exhibit includes a handmade Queen Bee cage fashioned by Peter Kowalczyk, a former farmer, beekeeper and cabinet maker who lived in Swan River Township.

Heirloom Arts Day, which runs from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., will feature more than the exhibit. There will be informal demonstrations of some heirloom arts, refreshments, and live music starting at 2 p.m. from Len Sharon’s band. Jan Warner will lead two discussions about heirloom arts, one at 11 a.m. and another at 1 p.m. Following Jan’s presentations, Ann Marie Johnson, the museum’s curator of collections, will explain how to properly care for heirloom arts pieces.

■ NAC scholarship
winners announced

HACKENSACK - Northwoods Arts Council (NAC), Hackensack, presents the 2013 college scholarship winners: Elizabeth Tabaka, Longville, a graduate of Northland High School, who will attend Luther College in the fall to pursue a music education degree; and Jesslynn Johnson, a graduate of Pillager High School, will attend Moorhead State in the fall to pursue an elementary education degree.

NAC has presented scholarships to students over the last 10 years. Due to rising education costs the amount awarded was increased last year from $500 to $1,000. Winners are able to use the money at their discretion.

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