The Crossing Arts Alliance in downtown Brainerd will host two kids art programs - from 10-11:30 a.m. or noon-1:30 p.m. - Saturday, Jan. 11.

Students will make puppets and marionettes out of recycled materials with guest artist Trisha Peterson. This class is sponsored by Members Cooperative Credit Union. Preregistration is required and space is limited. Visit or call 218-833-0416 to enroll.

A $3 per child fee is requested, but no child will be turned away due to need. Contact Crossing Arts Alliance if assistance is needed.

From 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, visitors can meet the alliance's featured member artist, Beverly Abear, and view her pieces on display, talk with her or learn more about the process for creating her artwork. After retiring from almost 30 years of teaching secondary English, Abear discovered Forest Road Art Studio in Deerwood and met Lindy Westgard with whom she studied sketching and painting in watercolor.

Soon she rediscovered the love she'd had for art in her youth. Abear's art has been shown at Jaques Art Center in Aitkin, Salute to the Arts, the Crossing Arts Alliance Gallery and Gift Shop, the annual Crosslake Art Club Art shows and Crosslake Art Gallery Co-op, Breezy Point City Hall, the Hallett Library in Crosby and other locations. Abear lives in Baxter with her husband, Rick, and enjoys flower gardening, writing and teaching a women's class in the Little Falls jail.

The Crossing Arts Alliance's current exhibition is "Mitchell Cory Nelson Retrospective.”

All activities are held at The Crossing Arts Alliance at 711 Laurel St. in downtown Brainerd. Call 218-833-0416 or visit for more information.