Crossing Arts presents exhibit titled '84

Crossing Arts Alliance is hosting an art exhibition by Tony Powers called '84. Submitted Photo

Crossing Arts Alliance in downtown Brainerd presents a new exhibit, '84 by Tony Powers.

Powers' exhibition, ’84, is an artistic reaction to the volatile social and political climate of 2020. Created during the COVID-19 quarantine, pieces respond to an array of extreme current events surrounding this time in history. Works include commentary on issues such as human trafficking, violence, censorship and voter suppression.

The rough, bold graffiti style of the show is not something you may be accustomed to seeing from the tattoo artist and muralist, and was chosen specifically to reflect the important protest movements going on across the country in response to police assaults and racial injustice. The show title ’84 is a nod to Orwell’s 1949 novel, a prophecy of authoritarian social practice, psychological manipulation and class struggle and an acknowledgment to parallels seen in today’s world.

This exhibition opened Aug. 4 and will be on display in the Crossing Arts Alliance gallery through Aug. 29. Due to COVID-19 and regulations for large group gatherings, there will not be a public reception for this exhibition, but the public is invited to visit the gallery during regular business hours to view the artwork. In addition, a gallery tour video will be posted on the website and social media pages for those that are unable to view the exhibition in person.

The Raboin & Francis Law Firm and Midwest Family Eye Center are the supporting sponsors for this exhibition.


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

For more information, contact Crossing Arts at 21-833-0416 or Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday-Friday. Crossing Arts is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit at 711 Laurel St. in downtown Brainerd.

Nancy Vogt is editor of the Pineandlakes Echo Journal, a weekly newspaper that covers eight communities in the Pequot Lakes-Pine River areas - from Nisswa to Hackensack and Pequot Lakes to Crosslake.

She started as editor of the Lake Country Echo in July 2006, and continued in that role when the Lake Country Echo and the Pine River Journal combined in September 2013 to become the Pineandlakes Echo Journal. She worked for the Brainerd Dispatch from 1992-2006 in various roles.

She covers Nisswa, Pequot Lakes, Lake Shore and Crosslake city councils, as well as writes feature stories, news stories and personal columns (Vogt's Notes). She also takes photos at community events.

Contact her at or 218-855-5877 with story ideas or questions. Be sure to leave a voicemail message!
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