Visual Arts - Jan. 26

The calendar lists art exhibits on display, as well as art workshops and activities.

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Jaques Art Center
121 Second St. NW

Come see the Francis Lee Jaques Art Exhibit with new additions that is on display until March 5. Hours are 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.

The Jaques Art Center is across the street from the Aitkin County Courthouse. For more information, call 218-927-2363 or visit .

Brainerd Public Library
416 S. Fifth St.

Carla Benjamin is exhibiting regionally-inspired photo encaustic works through March at the Brainerd Public Library. Many artworks will be available for purchase with a portion of the sales benefitting the library.


“Original photos combined with paint containing beeswax, resin and pigment fill the exhibit space with enchanting and intimate views from our region,” according to Laurel Hall, branch manager.

A life-long artist, Benjamin has studied photo encaustic with Minnesota artist Jodi Reeb and continues a biweekly mentoring engagement with Reeb. Benjamin is a recipient of 2019 Individual Artist grant from Five Wings Art Council.

This project is made possible by a grant provided by Five Wings Arts Council with funds from the McKnight Foundation. In 2021, Benjamin received an Individual Creative Support grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board.

The artist can be reached through her website at and at .

Crossing Arts Alliance
711 Laurel St.

Crossing Arts presents “Needle-Felted Painting” with artist Lisa Jordan from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 29.

Jordan, the director of Crossing Arts, has been felting since 2006 and enjoys sharing this medium with others and has taught throughout the state.

Using a special needle and wool, students will learn to needle-felt a highly textured, 5-inch by 7-inch 3D "painting" of a spring nest full of eggs.


Students will be provided with all the wool and materials needed to complete their painting, and will keep their mats, needles and leftover supplies after the class. We will discuss techniques for creating texture, blending color and making shapes.

This class is $55 to attend. Class size is limited to six. Masks are required. Crossing Arts members, as a benefit of membership, will receive a $10 gift card when attending the class.

Cancellations made less than 24 hours prior to class may not be eligible for a refund. To register, visit .

For more information, contact Crossing Arts at 218-833-0416 or

Great River Arts
122 First St. SE

“Of 3 Minds” will be displayed in the Main Gallery and will showcase the artworks of Suzann Beck, Donna Meyer and Marko Fields.

Gallery hours are 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays. For more information, call 320-632-0960 or email .

If you would like your event listed in the entertainment guide, contact Frank Lee at, 218-855-5851 or mail to Frank Lee, Brainerd Dispatch, P.O. Box 974, Brainerd, MN 56401. (Please include time, date, place, admission price and contact information.) Deadline is 11 a.m. Monday for Wednesday publication.

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