Young At Art Exhibition
April 6 - April 27
Join us as we celebrate the Young at Art! Each year area schools send us student artwork to exhibit in our gallery. This lively exhibit is floor to ceiling color and exploration and one of the most well-received shows of the year. A select number of pieces are chosen to be professionally framed and matted and those pieces will hang in the YMCA for a year after the exhibit.
We extend our thanks to our exhibit sponsors, the Raboin & Francis Law Firm, and the Brainerd Elks Lodge #615 for making the exhibit possible. Thanks also to Beth from Picture Perfect Framing Studio for her framing expertise, and to the Brainerd YMCA for hosting selected artworks.
Crossing Arts Experience Auction
April 22, 10:00am - April 28, 8:00pm
Bid In Our Auction Here
We hope you will join us online for our week-long experience auction. You read that right, this event takes place all online, letting you bid on some awesome items and support the local arts community, all from the comfort of your own home. We have gathered some of the coolest experiences in the Brainerd Lakes Area and beyond for this fun auction. From kayak adventures to Guthrie Theater tickets, and getaways at Ruttger's Bay Lake Lodge, we have a wonderful selection of over 50 items. All funds raised will be used to support and expand our ongoing arts programming.
Crossing Arts KIds
Saturday, May 12:
Felt and Button Flowers
There are TWO sessions for our Felt and Button Flowers class,
one from 10 - 11:30 and one from 12 - 1:30.
Get your tickets HERE to pre-register. Pre-registration is required.
This class is sponsored by Mid Minnesota Federal Credit Union.
Saturday, June 9:
Saturday, July 14:
Classes are held 10am-noon 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.
Fabric Is Paint! Workshop, With Pam Collins
Saturday, April 28 | 10am - 3pm
Join artist Pam Collins for a unique and interesting way to paint. You will learn to use fabric as paint. You will discover how to make a piece of fabric take on dimension and depth. You will learn to look at fabric in a whole new way! This class will show you how to make a landscape or seascape painting. You'll be guided through the whole process of design, cutting, gluing and dinishing your work of art. Although the tools are simple, you will need your imagination. You won't be sorry! Materials are provided, but students should bring: Their own fabric scissors, sack lunch, Optional: some of their own fabric scraps (should be at least 12 inches wide, length might not matter much). $70 for TCAA members/$75 for non-members. Class size is limited to 15 people. Call TCAA to enroll at 218-833-0416
Button Necklace Workshop
Saturday, May 5 | 10 - 12pm
Learn to make an artsy, cool necklace out of buttons! Lily Atwel will lead students through the process of using buttons, cording, and jewelry findings to create a lovely wearable piece. There are so many possibilities with this process, necklaces can be made out of all different kinds of buttons for different effects. Students might consider taking the upcoming class on May 11, making polymer clay buttons to make even more unique button creations. $20 for TCAA members, $25 for non-members. All materials included. Open to ages 9 and up. Class size is limited to 12 students. Class will be held in our classroom at 711 Laurel St, in downtown Brainerd. Call TCAA at 218-833-0416 to secure your spot.
Polymer Clay Button Workshop
Friday, May 11 | 10 - 1pm
Learn from Lily Atwel and Diane Runberg how to make your own polymer clay buttons to use on garments and in other projects. We'll have all the clay, tools, and materials on hand so you can try lots of different techniques. Each student will take home a batch of finished buttons. This is a great follow-up class for those taking the button necklace class on May 5. $30 for TCAA members, $35 for non-members. All supplies provided. Class size is limited to 8 students. Class will be held in our classroom at 711 Laurel St, in downtown Brainerd. Call TCAA at 218-833-0416 to register.
A Splash Of Color - Fabric Dyeing Workshop
Saturday, May 19 | 10am - 2pm
Learn to dye cotton fabric with Procion fiber reactive dyes by mixing 3 primary dyes to create a color wheel of 12 hues. You will take home a rainbow of 12 fat quarters to use in your fiber art. This class is open to students age 16 and up. Students should bring rubber gloves, and wear an apron or old clothes to class. All other materials - dyes, fabrics, and bags, are included in the cost of the class. Carolyn Abbott will be teaching this class. Carolyn has been dyeing fabric with fiber reactive dye since 1985. She has studied dyeing with Jan Myers Newbury, Nancy Halpern, Leslie Morgan, and Clarie Penn. She has sold her hand-dyed cottons through her business, Flying Colors Fabric and Design. Cost is $49 for TCAA members, $59 for non-members. Class size is lmited to 12 people. 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.
The Zine Scene
We are now accepting artwork for our exhibition, The Zine Scene. Not sure what a zine is? Click the link above to learn more about this unique and expressive art form and submit your zines today!
Salute To The Arts
We are now accepting artwork for Salute To The Arts. This is a well-received and energized annual juried exhibition held at The Crossing Arts Gallery that highlights exceptional, fresh, new work from area artists.
Attention Gift Shop Artists (or potential artists)
The season will soon be changing, even if the weather outside says otherwise, and we're looking for fresh new work to showcase in our Gift Shop.
Stop in and bring us some new work soon!
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 email@example.com
Please visit www.crossingarts.org or call 218.833.0416 for more information on TCAA events.
Lakes Area Music Festival Events
The Lakes Area Music Festival returns with a concert on Sunday afternoon, May 6 at 2pm. The organization's Winter Series comes to a close with a performance of one of classical music's most beloved works featuring longtime LAMF musicians from the Minnesota Orchestra and artistic director Scott Lykins. Franz Schubert adds a second cello in his monumental String Quintet in C Major, enhancing the richness and dark subtleties of his final instrumental work. Soprano Bergen Baker will present a selction of intimate, romantic German songs to open the program. The concert will take place at Trinity Lutheran Church in Brainerd (1420 South Sixth Street). This concert is free and open to the public. For more information, visit our website.
Greater Lakes Area Performing Arts in Pequot Lakes will be holding auditions for the summer comedy 'Bus Stop' directed by Michael Sander, on May 7 and May 8. Auditioning actors are invited between 6:30 and 9pm at the high school choir room. The audition process, which will involve reading from the script, will take about a half hour of your time. There are eight characters, no children roles. All roles are available and everyone is welcome! If you are intersted in auditioning but are unavailable at the listed times, please contact the director at 218-587-4728 or firstname.lastname@example.org , to see if another time can be arranged.
Events At Serendipity Gallery
Learn how to make a small journal using European and Japanese stab bindings. Sonja Larsen will lead the workshop at Serendipity Gallery in Pequot Lakes. This class will take place on Saturday, April 28, at 1pm. You will leave with 5 bound pieces. Class size is limited to 10 for individual creativity. Registration is required and the cost is $38. For more information email email@example.com
Spring 2018 Season
Friday, May 4, 2018 – MARK OLSON
Nonprofit Grassroots Concerts are held at the Live Well Nightclub and Coffee Bar at the Journey Church, 5459 Co. Rd. 18, Nisswa, MN. Admission is $10 at the door for adults and $5 for children under 12 with listening attention, when accompanied by an adult. At all shows, seating is first-come, first-served. Showtime is 7:30 PM (doors open at 6:30), and you're encouraged to come early to claim your seats. At each concert, decidedly the best family entertainment in the Brainerd Lakes area, Grassroots Concerts welcomes your nonperishable food (or cash) donation to a local food shelf. Thanks for your support! For additional concert information, please call 218-829-4092. Check out our website at www.grassrootsconcerts.org
Events At Ripple River Gallery
"Reclaim, Repurpose, Reimagine", the new exhibit at Ripple River Gallery near Bay Lake, opened April 4 and focuses on the environmental impact of non-degradable materials, most notably plastics. For the exhibit artists were asked to consider plastic and its alternatives. Can a pottery jar take the place of a plastic container? Can discarded materials be woven, stitched or incorporated into new items? Can the pristine landscape of our imaginations find balance with the reality of environmental degradation? Can art offer information, inspiration and creative alternatives? Participating artists include: Kristen Anderson, Judith Bergerson, Karin Kraemer, Tracy McMan, Carolyn Olson, and Anna Marie Pavlik. The exhibit is on display through April 29. 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
Minnesota Northwoods Writers Conference
The Minnesota Northwoods Writers Conference will be held June 18 - 24, 2018 in Bemidji, MN. Writers will meet on the shore of beautiful Lake Bemidji for an enlivening week of literary activity. Please visit our website for more details.
League Of Minnesota Poets Events
Cracked Walnut, a traveling/performance chapter of the League of Minnesota Poets, will showcase four area Heartland Poets at a reading and reception at Prairie Bay, on Saturday, May 5 from 3 - 5pm. Poets reading at this event include the following: Doris Stengel, Brainerd, LOMP's Poet Laureate, Chuck Hagberg, Crosby, Char Donovan, Brainerd, and Pamela Wolters, rural Little Falls. This program is free and open to the public.
Events At The Cottage Place Art School
Half day art camps for kids at The Cottage Place Art School in the barn will be offered this summer in Crosslake. Classes listed below. Visit our website for more information and to register today.
1st - 3rd graders will be making a 4 foot "sea life" garland to hang in their room, a stoneware lace pottery bowl, and a wood framed drawing they create that is laser engraved into wood. Cost is $50 with all materials included. Classes will be held July 6, July 14, and August 9 from 9:30am - 1:30pm.
4th - 6th graders will be making a gecko design linocut picture and prints, a miniature elephant out of air dry clay, and an 11x14 inch abstract acrylic painting using Liquitex string gel for special effects. Cost is $55 with all materials included. Classes will be held June 30, July 7, and August 4 from 9:30am - 1:30pm.
Brainerd Writers Alliance Events
The Brainerd Writers Alliance meets on the second Saturday morning of the 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 Barbara Schlichting: "Making Historical Figures Modern", author of the First Ladies Dollhouse mystery series. She will speak about her research and why she chose each of the individual First Ladies for this series on April 28, from 11am - 12:30pm, at Prairie Bay restaurant. She has published several short stories, along with historical fiction and poetry and has published children's picture books under the pen name, Barbie Marie. Schlichting has an Elementary teaching degree and Master's Degree in Special Education. She has taught in Red Lake, Mcintosh, and Bemidji schools. She currently resides with her husband in Bemidji, MN. This event is free! Plan to order from Prairie Bay's delicious lunch offerings. Please RSVP by visiting our website.