Entertainment Memories – April 21

AITKIN – Ripple River Gallery has announced the opening of its next exhibition titled “Emergence / Re-Emergence”, which will open on April 28.

Fifteen artists submitted their art for this exhibition, which features a wide range of perspectives, expressions and media – works ranging from felted wool and clay to photography and painting – and an exhibition both uplifting and inspiring, according to a gallery press release.

“Emergence / Re-Emergence” will be on display until June 6 at the art gallery near Bay Lake.

This artwork titled “Wingspace” was created by Denise Bunkert and will be part of the artwork on display from April 28 at the Ripple River Gallery on Bay Lake, south of Aitkin. Submitted photo

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“Over the years, the Ripple River Gallery has hosted several themed invitation-only exhibitions,” said Amy Sharpe, co-owner of the gallery. More recently, “Water: We All Live Downstream” gave artists the opportunity to focus on threats to the quantity and quality of our water supply.

“To reflect on this season of rebirth and renewal, as well as our deliverance from the dark times we have all been through, we have chosen ‘Emergence / Re-emergence’ as the theme for this upcoming exhibition,” said Sharpe. “The artists were invited to reflect on how self-isolation has affected their work and to share where they find light and hope. We asked them to reflect on how they were changed by the experience and to share their findings.

The 15 regional artists included in the show are fiber artists Kristen Anderson, Tina Fung Holder and Sharpe; painters Judith Bergerson, Denise Bunkert and Terri Huro; mixed media artists Brenna Busse and Tracy McMan; photographers Rachel Cain, Melissa Cloose and Dee Kotaska; clay artists Karin Kraemer and Ken and Pat Larson; jeweler Emily Chesick; and printmaker Anna Marie Pavlik.

An outdoor reception will be held from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. on May 1, weather permitting.

The Ripple River Gallery is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday; and from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday. Masks are mandatory.

For more information call 218-678-2575 or email [email protected].

The Youth on Stage Open Mic event will take place from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on Monday April 26 at the Brainerd Eagles Club.

Brainerd Elks Lodge 615 is sponsoring the event with a grant from the National Elks Foundation and the Brainerd Eagles Club No. 215. This monthly youth event is for youth 25 and under who have a family talent to share on one year round base.

Talent may include singing, playing an instrument, telling stories, reading essays, poetry, tap dancing, comedy, magic, a band or an ensemble to perform for a live audience. Each artist will be able to register for a 15-minute time slot – open on a first-come basis. Those who wish to register should go to YouthOnStageMn.org or can do it on site, the Eagles Club, on the night of a performance.

“We understand that we all want to be safe and we expect all participants to apply safe distancing guidelines,” organizers said in a press release. “Masks are mandatory everywhere in the Eagles Club building, except when you are seated at your table and eating or performing on stage.

“As we have seen in the past, most families sit together and we will set up tables according to distancing guidelines.”

Julie Jo Larson sits at a table at Fancy Pants Chocolate with her first book titled

Julie Jo Larson sits at a table at Fancy Pants Chocolate with her first book titled “100 Things to Do in Minnesota Northwoods Before You Die”. Steve Kohls / Brainerd Dispatch

Author Julie Jo Larson of “100 Things to Do in Minnesota Northwoods Before You Die” is hosting her first in-person book signing event.

Larson will be signing books from 1 p.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, April 24, which is Independent Bookstore Day, outside of CatTales Books & Gifts in Brainerd.

In the book, Larson describes the purpose of his work:

“In the country where the statues of Paul Bunyan are great and the great stories about him are even greater, are some of Minnesota’s finest resort communities. It is the land of 10,000 lakes and truly unspoiled wilderness surrounding Bemidji, Duluth, and Brainerd, among other towns, also known as the Northwoods of Minnesota.

“Although only the hearty live here all year round, and winter is only happy to vacation here in summer, there is still no shortage of activities and sights to fill your itinerary, whatever the season. Whether you use this book as a to-do list, a tour guide, or a cabin fever remedy, we’ve got you covered. We’ll inspire you to try new outdoor activities, such as wading through Mississippi springs, eating unusual foods, and sipping tasty drinks. You’ll also find plenty of things to do indoors on a rainy day, like exploring the American Hockey Hall of Fame Museum. Carefully designed and seasonal itineraries – yes, there are four seasons here – the activities will be an inspiration to visitors and locals alike.

Join Lalo and his friends at 10 am on May 13, as they handle unpredictable foods coming out of “Lalo's lunchbox,” as part of a Kitchigami Regional Library Virtual Legacy Program.  Submitted photo

Join Lalo and his friends at 10 am on May 13, as they handle unpredictable foods coming out of “Lalo’s lunchbox,” as part of a Kitchigami Regional Library Virtual Legacy Program. Submitted photo

The Kitchigami Regional Library offers another Legacy virtual program called “Lalo’s Lunchbox”.

Join Lalo and his friends at 10 a.m. on May 13 as they handle unpredictable food coming out of “Lalo’s lunch box,” a press release says. In the interactive live presentation, kids can vote on what is happening on the show by voting through Facebook chat. This family-friendly show features skits and songs that teach about healthy food and the importance of being kind. After the show, there will be a live question and answer session with the cast.

No need to register for the program, as people can register through their local library’s Facebook page or Kitchigami’s Facebook page at facebook.com/KRLSLegacy.

This free virtual program is made possible by funding from the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

CROSBY – The Cuyuna Chamber of Commerce will welcome summer with its 14th year of coordinating its Music in the Park concert series.

Music is the Park is a free live music concert series for the community held from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. every alternate Thursday at Crosby Memorial Park. This summer, the series will begin on June 10 and run until August 26.

The success of Music in the Park is largely attributed to the partnership and cooperation between sponsors and musicians. Sponsorships are needed in order to continue providing free music in the park to the community, the chamber said in a press release.

Events are a way for businesses and organizations to promote themselves at minimal cost. Not only are sponsorships available, suppliers can participate as well. For a small fee, vendors can rent space and market their product or service at an event that typically has over 450 people attending.

For more information on how to become a sponsor or to obtain a sponsorship form, contact Brielle Bredsten at [email protected] or 218-546-8131.

Musicians interested in playing should contact Shawn or Clark Hamdorf at [email protected]. A sample of music, a biography, a photo and a signed contract must be left at the chamber by May 7.

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