Visual Arts — May 18 – Brainerd Dispatch


Ripple River Gallery
27591 Partridge Ave.

A weaving and sewing exhibit by textile artist Torri Hanna will be on view at the 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 wool and looms of all shapes and sizes, she weaves and sews at Tangles to Treasures, her studio in Fergus Falls.

His recent work focuses on the themes of climate change and social justice. The intricate miniature embroideries are fantastical abstract landscapes inspired by topographic maps and satellite images and invite closer inspection.

Hanna’s latest series, “Bad Badges,” is meant to spark conversations about climate change. Intricate embroideries supported by circular mirrors include the viewer as both the cause and the solution to this pressing problem.

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

Using a variety of fiber techniques, she uses hand-spun yarns, knitting, crocheting, braiding and surface embellishment to create visually rich and textured surfaces.

She also weaves with silk and copper thread, then sews the fabric in sculptural waves of color and light.

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

For more information about Ripple River Gallery, call 218-678-2575, email [email protected] or visit

Brainerd Public Library
416 S. Fifth St.

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

The exhibition includes 14 works of art in oil on canvas. The predominant theme of the rooms is nature, with an emphasis on water. A few of the pieces on display have an abstract quality, while the rest of the paintings in the exhibit are realistic renderings of nature scenes.

Nesheim used a vivid palette that helps the realistic scenes stand out, according to a press release.

The Cross Arts Alliance
711 Laurel Street

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

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

Blessing is a community-focused teaching artist in northern Minnesota and part of her job is to teach anti-racism and accessibility in 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 across the state. She exhibited her work in a few galleries and received a few awards and scholarships.

Contribution / Crossing Arts Alliance

His exhibition will be presented until Saturday, May 21. An artist talk will take place from 6 to 6:30 p.m. on Friday, followed by a closing reception the same evening from 6:30 to 7 p.m.

A portion of the proceeds from the sale of the exhibits will be donated to the American Civil Liberties Union and the Trevor Project.

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

This exhibit is funded, in part, by the voters of Minnesota through grants from the Five Wings Arts Council and the Minnesota State Arts Board, through a legislative appropriation from the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

For more information, call 218-833-0416 or email [email protected]

Arts of the Great River
122 First Street SE

The front gallery of Great River Arts will present “The Elegance of the Universe; A Thing of Beauty” by Stephanie Mirocha, until June 29.

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

Great River Arts is a community-supported arts and cultural events center in the historic downtown district of 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 December 31.

Anthony Marchetti began photographing in Morrison County in 2018. Located in the geographic center of Minnesota, the county presents a stark contrast to the Minnesota he once knew.

Antoine Marchetti
Antoine Marchetti

Contribution / Charles A. Weyerhaeuser Memorial Museum

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

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

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

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

Attracted to the mixed methods of painting, textile art and writing, Falcón brings together various mediums to make sense of the world around them. She lives and works in rural Erhard.

Kandace Creel Falcon in the kitchen
Kandace artist Creel Falcón cuts objects in the kitchen.

Contribution / New York Mills Regional Cultural Center

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

An artists’ reception will be held in his 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 [email protected]

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