Crossing Arts Kids
Saturday, September 8:
Kids will be making handmade instruments like - thumb pianos out of tin boxes, pan flutes out of straws, and paper plate tambourines. After creating their instruments we will have a jam session together.
This class is sponsored by Bridge Of Harmony
There are TWO sessions for our Handmade Instruments class,
one from 10 - 11:30 and one from 12 - 1:30.
Get your tickets HERE to pre-register.
Pre-registration is required. If you need to cancel after you have registered, PLEASE contact us at 218-833-0416 to let us know so we can give your space to another child who may be on the waiting list.
Saturday, October 13:
Harvest Arty Party
Sponsored By Essentia Health
Saturday, November 10:
Clay Coil Bowls
Sponsored By Mid Minnesota Federal Credit Union
Saturday, December 8:
Classes are held in our classroom at 711 Laurel Street, downtown Brainerd. A $3 per child/$5 per family donation for materials is requested, but no child will be turned away due to need.
Community Mural At Crossing Arts
Friday, August 24 and Saturday, August 25
Help us bring some color to downtown by adding your touch to our community mural. Local artist Tony Powers has designed a mural for the side of our building at 711 Laurel. He will be sketching out the design and we invite the public to come and paint a portion in. We'll have paint and brushes on hand so don your painting clothes and come out for some fun.
Painting will begin on Friday, August 24, 12:00 to 8:00 pm and will resume Saturday, August 25, 1:00 to 4:00 pm. In the case of rain, we will reschedule. This project was made possible by Brainerd Restoration through the deTour Downtown Social Crowdfunding Campaign. Visit our website of call 218-833-0416 for more details.
Art To Wear Runway Show
Friday, September 7 | 5:00 - 7:00 pm
Art To Wear is back for another spin down the catwalk. This show favors creativity over practicality, offering a fantastical view of fashion. Runway show/opening reception is September 7, from 5:00 - 7:00 pm. $5 suggested donation at the door. VIP seating is available for $5 and may be reserved at our website or by calling us at 218-833-0416.
Art Walk At The Arb
Saturday, September 29 | 12:00 - 4:00 pm
The Northland Arboretum and The Crossing Arts Alliance are joining together to bring you the the first Art Walk At The Arb, an inspiring, art-filled experience on the trails. Kids, adults, and well-behaved dogs are invited to join us for a walk in the woods that will inspire, educated, and entertain.
What you'll find: Art stations inspired by nature - Try mud painting, grass weaving, or one of the many other activities! Art in the woods - Follow the trail map to find them all! Artists practicing their art forms - Watch, ask questions, and enjoy. A wine garden - Adults can enjoy a glass of wine in a beautiful setting. Face painting and caricatures. Food trucks and local food vendors. Live music.
Kids 15 and younger are FREE. Ages 16 and up are $8 in advance and $10 at the gate. In the case of rain, the event will be held the following day, September 30, same time frame. Tickets will be available at The Northland Arboretum and at The Crossing Arts Alliance, beginning September 1. Funds raised from this event will be split between The Arb and The Crossing Arts Alliance, two fantastic nonprofits who make our community a better place.
Saturday, November 10
Kringle Market will be here before you know it, and we hope you will join us for the opening day on Saturday, November 10. We will have food and live entertainment. We invite you to make a day of it and check out the many arts and crafts and holiday shows going on that day in the Brainerd area. The Market will run through Christmas and is a destination for one-of-a-kind gifts, art, and fine craft.
Felting Landscapes Workshop
Saturday, August 18 | 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Learn to design a needle-felted landscape "painting". Layer colors, build texture, and add interesting elements to your own unique piece. Using a specially-barbed needle and fluffy wool, needle-felting is a fun and accessible art form. Lisa Jordan will be teaching this workshop. She has been felting since 2006, and especially enjoys sharing this fun medium with others. She shares some of her work and life on her blog lilfishstudios.com. By day she is the Director of The Crossing Arts Alliance. $25 for TCAA members, $30 for non-members. All materials are included in the class fee. Students are encouraged to bring an image of a landscape that inspires them, to work from. This class is a beginner to intermediate skill level. Class size is limited to 15 people. Cancellations made less than 24 hours before class will not be eligible for a refund. Call TCAA to enroll at 218-833-0416.
Altered Books Workshop
Saturday, August 25 | 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Join Lily Atwel for an inspiring creative journey. Turn discarded books into evolving pieces of art. Using a discarded (old, unreadable) book, participants will explore this art form and begin their own project. The book may be developed with a theme, a tale, a journal, a photo album, or free form/experimentation. Lily will introduce many materials and techniques to alter different kinds of books. All materials are provided, but students may bring their own bits of ephemera and supplies if desired. This class is a beginning process. Students may continue on their own or watch for a second session. This class gives you permission to play and explore. Light refreshments will be served. $25 for TCAA members, $30 for non-members. Class size is limited to 12 people. Appropriate for ages 9 - 90 (and beyond). Cancellations made less than 24 hours before class will not be eligible for a refund. Call TCAA to enroll at 218-833-0416.
New in our Gift Shop!
Find an amazing selection of locally-created art and fine craft in our gift shop, at our new space downtown! We have unique, one-of-a-kind pieces that will be sure to please your gift recipient (or yourself, we won't tell). Stop in Tuesday through Friday, 10-4, 10-2 on Second Saturdays, or contact us for an appointment at 218-833-0416.
Shop from talented TCAA artists from home!
Our online shop is growing a little each week. Shop one-of-a-kind pieces of art and fine craft 24/7 in our online shop!
Calls for ART!
TCAA is looking for fresh work. Check out our Calls for Art page HERE.
Art To Wear
Submission Deadline: August 22
Art to Wear is back for another spin down the catwalk. This show seeks to discover and showcase interesting wearable art. Creativity is prioritized over practicality. Works must be wearable for the runway show, but do not have to fall within the realm of clothing. Visit our website for more information.
8x8 Art Auction And Gala
Submission Deadline: September 27
The 8x8 Art Auction and Gala is an inspiring evening of art, music, wine, and food that brings the community together in the Gallery setting of The Crossing Arts Alliance, which has a big city feel right in our downtown.
Dozens of area artists contribute artwork on 8” x 8” canvases, which are offered in a silent auction at the event. All proceeds from the evening go to benefit The Crossing Arts Alliance as we work to provide more arts programming to our community.
Want to contribute art to our 8x8 Art Auction? We provide the canvas, so stop by to pick one up, add your creative talents, and return it to us by the deadline. Visit our website for more information on the event.
Visiting Artist Opportunity - are you an artist, or do you know an artist that would like to sell their work, do a demo, teach a workshop, or display their work during our second saturday events? We've hosted journal-makers, culinary artists, photographers and more and enjoyed all they had to offer. Contact TCAA for details.
Workshops - have the desire to share your skills? Contact Lisa about setting up a workshop at firstname.lastname@example.org
Please visit www.crossingarts.org or call 218.833.0416 for more information on TCAA events.
Lakes Area Music Festival Events
Join the Lakes Area Music Festival for their 10th anniversary season. Featuring 150 all-star musicians from the nation's best orchestras and opera companies, collaborating in world-class performances of chamber music, symphony orchestra, opera, and ballet - all right here in the Brainerd Lakes Area. All concerts are free of charge thanks to the generosity of crowd-funded donations, individual gifts and foundation support. All festival season concerts are held at Tornstrom Auditorium. Visit our website for more information.
Masterworks Revisited - Wednesday, August 15 - 7:00 pm
Bach, Dvorak, and Mendelssohn
The Magic Flute - Saturday, August 18 - 7:00 pm and Sunday, August 19 - 2:00 pm
Mozart's enchanting operatic fairytale
Mozart The Great - Wednesday, August 22 - 7:00 pm
Mozart, Ravel, and Rossini
Portraits Of Innocense - Saturday, August 25 - 7:00 pm and Sunday, August 26 - 2:00 pm
Mahler, Barber, and Puts
Events At Canvas Expressions
Learn to watercolor paint! Join us for our upcoming classes:
Thursday, August, 16 - 1:00 - 3:00 pm or 5:30 - 7:30 pm
Lighthouse Painting, taught by Lois Caughlin-Mass
Thursday, August, 16 - 1:00 - 3:00 pm or 5:30 - 7:30 pm
Chickadees Painting, taught by Lois Caughlin-Mass
Saturday, August, 25 - 10:00 - 12:30 pm
Loon Sunset Painting, taught by Lois Caughlin-Mass
All classes will be held at Canvas Expressions located in the Westgate Mall in Baxter. $18 for a 5x7 painting and $25 for an 8x10 painting. Classes include all painting supplies and mat. Please bring a hairdryer. Space is limited, so reserve your spot today! Call 218-838-1916 or email, email@example.com
Events At Jaques Art Center
On August 29 - 30, the Jaques Art Center will be offering a portrait painting workshop taught by accomplished oil painter Tom Page of Cohasset, MN. This workshop is for all artistic skill levels. The cost is $100 for 12 hours of instruction. If you need supplies, Tom will furnish them for $20. In this workshop, participants will be learning how to compose and paint a portrait from start to finish, and they will learn tips and techniques that will transfer to all types of painting. To register or for more information, contact Angie Barnhart at 218-678-3344 or the Jaques Art Center at 218-927-2363. This is an exciting opportunity for our community. Class size is limited so register now.
Events At The Norway Ridge Restaurant
Judith Kuusisto is the featured artist at the landmark Norway Ridge Restaurant near Crosslake, MN for the 2018 season. Giclee prints of her artwork are framed, ready for purchase, and hanging throughout the restaurant. Currently on display are 27 of her watercolors representing Spring and Summer in Minnesota. She will be updating them later for Fall and Winter. The location is beautiful Kimble Lake in Ideal Corners. Please stop by if you are in the area.
Greater Lakes Area Performing Arts Events
Attention all Whos! Attention all Whos! It's time to perform! There's no time to lose. Auditions for the Pequot Lakes Community Theater musical "Seussical" are set for Monday, August 27, Tuesday, August 28, and Wednesday, August 29. We are looking for 30 actors (10 children and 20 adults) to bring the world of Dr. Seuss to life. Auditioning child actors (ages 9-12) are invited to register at 5 pm, with auditions beginning at 5:30 pm in the high school theater. Auditioning teens (ages 13 - 18) and adult actors are invited to attend from 7 - 9 pm. The audition process will include line reading from the script, dancing, and singing. If you are unavailable at the listed times, but wish to audition, please contact the director at 218-587-2027 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Events At Great River Arts
We are seeking artwork for our upcoming exhibition, Small But Noteworthy. The theme is small art, big ideas. This two-day event will showcase visual art (9"x9" or smaller, 9"x9"x9" 3D) in various small businesses, arts organizations, and studios in the town of Little Falls, MN. Other activities include a hip-hop concert, spoken word workshops and events, poetry open mic, Zine sale, and more. The event is meant to showcase under-represented art forms to the community, but also shed light on small communities and rural arts. If you are interested in submitting work, please contact Heidi Jeub for more information at email@example.com
Events At Brainerd Public Schools
Brainerd Public Schools Archives opened Chief Bender and Bullet Joe, two of Brainerd's three major leaguers, and consists of woodblock prints, two large sized paintings and two "Hall of Fame" like metal reliefs - made from melted down Briggs and Stratton engines, all by former Brainerd Public Schools art teacher Maurice Dwayne Olson, at Brainerd High School. This exhibit is made possible by the generosity of the Crow Wing County Historical Society, and the creative talent of the artist, Mr. Olson, and is exhibited in the large display case at the north end of the BHS North Campus, in the entry area to the BHS media center. The general public is welcome to view these pieces after 3:10 pm to early evening each school day. Please check in at the BHS welcome center first. Alternate viewing times can be scheduled by contacting BPS Archivist/Curator, John Erickson at 218-330-1780 or by email firstname.lastname@example.org
Brainerd Public Schools Archives announces its call for all BPS faculty - including retired and former faculty - to submit applications to participate in the exhibition of two and three-dimensional art executed by faculty and suitable for public display within exhibition spaces at BHS from approximately September 15 - November 15, 2018. There is no requirement that submitted work be "new" work. The deadline to submit applications is June 1, and the deadline to deliver completed work is September 1. Contact BPS Archivist/Curator, John Erickson to receive an application and for further information at 218-330-1780 or by email email@example.com
Events At Ripple River Gallery
"Nick DeVries, New Works In Clay", an exhibition of pottery by Nick DeVries will be on display at Ripple River Gallery August 15 - September 16. In his newest work, the natural world outside his window takes root: the red barn in his backyard, the red and white pines that tower over his home studio, the oak and maple-filled backyard. It is fitting that his everyday view would make its way onto the pots. The public is invited to an opening reception from 2 - 5 pm on Saturday, August 18. DeVries will give an artist talk at 3 pm.
Nick DeVries is a fiscal year 2018 recipient of an Artist Initiative grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board. This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board, thanks to a legislative appropriation by the Minnesota State Legislature; and by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.
Ripple River Gallery is open 10am - 5pm, Wednesday through Saturday, and from 11am - 4pm on Sundays. For more information contact us at 218-678-2575 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Brainerd Writers Alliance Events
The Brainerd Writers Alliance meets on the third Saturday morning of each month, from 10 am - 1 pm, at the Brainerd Public Library. Visitors are welcome to attend. Monthly meetings include a talk on a relevant writing topic and brag time. Let us know ahead of time if you have work to read for critique or just to share. Annual dues are $15. Members can read their work and receive critiques. Members receive discounts on BWA events.
The Brainerd Writers Alliance presents Bonnie West, author of "Boyfriends", on August 25, from 11:00 am - 12:30 pm, at Sage On Laurel restaurant in downtown Brainerd. Bonnie was the finalist in both the Essay and Novel-in-progress categories of The William Faulkner - William Wisdom Creative Writing Competition. This new book is her debut collection celebrating the short story. Bonnie has also produced a Yoga For Writers CD which will be available for free to participants of the event.
The 2018 Brainerd Writers Alliance writing contest is now accepting submissions. We are thrilled to announce another year of remarkable judges, including Bruce Eastman for the Poetry category, Niomi Rohn Phillips for the Nonfiction category, and Erin Hart for the Fiction category. Please visit our website for more details on how to submit your work.