Visual Arts — May 18

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

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Ripple River Gallery
27591 Partridge Ave.

An exhibit of weaving and stitchery by fiber artist Torri Hanna will be featured at Ripple River Gallery in Aitkin near Bay Lake from Wednesday, May 18, through June 12. The gallery invites the public to meet the artist at a reception from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday.

Hanna has deep roots in rural Minnesota. Surrounded by boxes and bins of yarn and looms of all shapes and sizes, she weaves and stitches at Tangles to Treasures, her studio in Fergus Falls.

Her recent work focuses on the topics of climate change and social justice. Intricate miniature embroideries are fantastical abstract landscapes inspired by topographical maps and satellite pictures and invite closer inspection.

Hanna’s latest series, “Bad Badges,” is intended to spark discussion about climate change. Intricate embroidery backed by circular mirrors include the viewer as both the cause and the solution to this urgent problem.


“As an artist and a woman who lives in this world, I feel compelled to make work pertaining to climate change and social equity,” Hanna said in a news release.

Employing a variety of fiber techniques, she uses hand-spun yarns, knit, crochet, braid and surface embellishment to create visually rich and textural surfaces.

She also weaves with silk and copper wire, then stitches the fabric into sculptural waves of color and light.

"In these abstract wall sculptures, I can play and, perhaps in the process, pass on joy and even some hope that we will survive the current assault on our women and our Mother Earth,” Hanna stated.

For more information about the Ripple River Gallery, call 218-678-2575, email or visit .

Brainerd Public Library
416 S. Fifth St.

An exhibit of artwork by Lucy Nesheim is on display at the Brainerd Public Library, 416 S. Fifth St., through June.

The exhibit includes 14 pieces of artwork in oil on canvas. The predominant theme of the pieces is nature, with a focus on water. A couple of the pieces on display have an abstract quality to them, while the rest of the exhibit’s paintings are realistic renderings of nature scenes.


Nesheim has used a vivid palette that helps the lifelike scenes stand out, according to a news release.

The Crossing Arts Alliance
711 Laurel St.

“Thirteen: Nonconformity” features the colorful portrait paintings of children by artist Alice Blessing.

Blessing’s work examines the weight of patriarchy and systematic oppression that is put on young girls growing up, while exploring themes of feminism, puberty and empowerment during these crucial developmental stages.

Blessing is a community-oriented teaching artist in northern Minnesota and part of her work is teaching anti-racism and accessibility within art. She values intersectional representation in her portraits, which she paints with her fingers rather than brushes.

Blessing teaches art classes at Bemidji State University and teaches painting workshops around the state. She has displayed her work at a few galleries and has received a few awards and grants.

Alice Blessing artwork
Contributed / Crossing Arts Alliance

Her exhibition will be on display in through Saturday, May 21. An artist talk will take place from 6-6:30 p.m. Friday followed by a closing reception on the same evening from 6:30-7 p.m.

Part of the proceeds from exhibit sales will be donated to the American Civil Liberties Union and The Trevor Project.


Blessing's project is made possible, in part, by a Region 2 Arts Council Individual Artist Grant Award with funding from the McKnight Foundation.

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 call 218-833-0416 or email .

Great River Arts
122 First St. SE

The front gallery of Great River Arts will feature “The Elegance of the Universe; A Thing of Beauty” exhibition by Stephanie Mirocha, which runs through June 29.

The main gallery will feature “A Change of Seasons” exhibition by Kari Weber, which also runs through June 29.

Great River Arts is a community-supported art and cultural events center in the historic district of downtown Little Falls. Admission to the galleries and retail store is free and open to the public. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.

For more information, call 320-632-0960 or visit .


Charles A. Weyerhaeuser Memorial Museum
2151 Lindbergh Drive S.

“Good People: A Photographic Exploration of Morrison County” will be on display at the Charles A. Weyerhaeuser Memorial Museum in Little Falls until Dec. 31.

Anthony Marchetti began photographing in Morrison County in 2018. Located in Minnesota’s geographic center, the county presents a stark contrast to the Minnesota he has known.

Anthony Marchetti
Anthony Marchetti
Contributed / Charles A. Weyerhaeuser Memorial Museum

In 2016 and 2020, Donald Trump’s margin of victory in the area ranked the highest in the state, according to a news release, and he learned more about local residents on both sides of the political divide, and their lifestyles and values, passions and fears.

For more information about the event and Marchetti, call 320-632-4007, email or visit .

New York Mills Regional Cultural Center
24 N. Main Ave.

The New York Mills Regional Cultural Center will exhibit the paintings of Kandace Creel Falcón until Saturday, May 21.

Drawn to mixed-media methods of painting, fabric arts, and writing Falcón brings together various mediums to make sense of the world around them. She lives and works in rural Erhard.


Kandace Creel Falcón in the kitchen
Artist Kandace Creel Falcón chops items in the kitchen.
Contributed / New York Mills Regional Cultural Center

While tracing journeys of Latinx food, culture, and conversations in the area, she highlighted the important Latinx foodways of Otter Tail County through painting, photography and storytelling in her exhibit “Kitchen Saints.”

An artist's reception will be held in her honor from 3-5 p.m. Friday with a talk by Falcón at 4 p.m.

For more information, call 218-385-3339 or email .

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