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The Crossing Arts Alliance in Brainerd presents 'Four Artists: Four Visions' exhibit

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The Crossing Arts Alliance presents the exhibit, “Four Artists: Four Visions” May 3-18 at the Q Gallery at Franklin Arts Center on Kingwood Street in Brainerd.

This exhibit features wood turning by artist Bob Carls, wood and metal sculpture by artist Roy Abbott, and textile art by artists Amy Sharpe and Carolyn Abbott.

This exhibit is free and open to the public from noon to 4 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays.

The public is invited to an opening reception from 5-7 p.m. Friday, May 3. The event is $5 for Crossings Arts members and $10 for non-members.

Two free artist demonstrations will be held during the two-week exhibit. Carls will present a talk on lamination and multi-generation processes using both conventional and industrial materials at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 4, in the Q Gallery. Carls is a full-time studio artist creating functional and decorative lathe-turned vessels from the world’s most beautiful woods.

Abbott will demonstrate ways to work with thickened dyes on fabric at 1 p.m. Saturday, May 11, in the cafeteria of the Franklin Arts Center. Sharpe calls herself a weaver of words and fiber.

“I weave the way I cook: I open the cupboards to see what I have on hand and look for delicious combinations,” she said.

Carls and Sharpe are the artisans/owners of the Ripple River Gallery near Bay Lake.

Roy Abbott, a retired architecture firm principal, returned to his love of sculpture and began working with aluminum and aluminum /wood combinations as his favorite materials following his 2004 retirement.

Carolyn Abbott, a lifelong fabric artist, recently added paper, paints, thickened dyes and silk screens to her toolbox for creating wall pieces with multiple layers that generate depth.

The Abbotts live in Brainerd.

Crossing Arts Alliance activities are funded, in part, by the voters of Minnesota through grants from the Five Wings Arts Council, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund; and grants from Sertoma Winter Wonderland, Brainerd Service League, Mid-Minnesota Federal Credit Union, and the Anderson Family Legacy Fund.

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