Get Artsy!

Create this oil painting, "Cardinals and Berries," with art instructor Kathi Mann at Kicks on 66 in Crosslake on Dec. 2. Photo courtesy of Kicks on 66.

This time of year there are many great opportunities around the Whitefish Chain to get artistic, be creative and have a great time- whether you consider yourself to be an artist or not. These upcoming events are great opportunities to make a one-of-a-kind work of art for you or for a holiday gift!

Based out of Brainerd, the Travelling Art Pub specializes in hosting events at local venues where guests come together to create unique works of art. TAP provides all the supplies and instruction, and no experience is necessary! Cost is generally around $35 each. Tickets must be purchased in advance. Here are a few of TAP's upcoming events (or check their Facebook page of events for a full schedule!):

  •  Tues., Nov. 21: The Woods restaurant and event center in Merrifield. Painting: Adorable winter fox.
  • Tues., Nov. 21: Bites Bar and Grill in Pine River. Painting: Beautiful winter scene
  • Mon., Nov. 27: Mission Tavern in Merrifield. Painting: Beautiful winter scene.
  • Wed., Nov. 29: Jenkins VFW Post 3839. Painting: three 10x20 panels reading "Joy," "Peace," and "Love"
  • Thurs., Nov. 30: Manhattan's, Crosslake. Painting: "Lasting Birch" winter scene.

You'll also find artistic fun at Kicks on 66 in Crosslake. They host weekly painting events, whether it's artist-led classes or open painting on purchased canvasses. The Simply Jane Painting Studio will be open Nov. 25 from 10 a.m. to 12:30 and 1:30 to 4 p.m. Purchase a canvas and pay just $10 for studio room time. On Dec. 2, artist Kathi Mann will host a painting class where students will paint "Cardinal and Berries," a seasonable painting of water mixable oils on canvas. Everything's included for $39. See all of Kicks on 66's upcoming events on their website events page.

Finally, Serendipity Art Gallery and Seven Swans Studio are teaming up to host several art classes for kids! All classes will be held in the Jack Pine Center in Pequot Lakes.

A Paper Crafts class for ages 8-11 will be held Dec. 9 from 10-11 a.m. for just $15. Participants will create paper crafts for themselves or their friends and family using paper and embroidery floss. Register through Community Education.

Another Paper/Fabric Crafts class for older kids (ages 12-18) will be Saturday, Dec. 9 from 1-3 p.m. Make your own flag or garland using paper, fabrics, trims, markers and stamps. Add a personal message, words, lyrics or your own mantra! Cost is $35. Register through Community Education.

If you'd prefer to find the supplies for an independent artistic journey, you'll find everything you need around the chain. Serendipity Art Gallery, in Pequot Lakes, carries a selection of art supplies, yarn and knitting supplies. Weise Craft and Variety, also in Pequot Lakes, is known for having just about anything you might need on your crafting journey. Finally, area hardware stores all have great selections without requiring a trip to Brainerd.

Whatever your creative talents, you'll have a blast on your artistic journey in the Whitefish Chain Area!

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