AITKIN - A discussion of tattoo art will be moderated by Taunee Beekman at 1 and 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Jaques Art Center in Aitkin.

Admission is free to this Dialogue with the Arts event.

Beekman, from Skin Deep Tattoo in Hawaii and Aitkin, will lead a discussion on the history of tattooing, including it's place in modern society. Beekman has 30 years of tattoo experience.

This tattoo, "Little Fish," is among the work by Taunee Beekman, who will moderate a discussion Tuesday in Aitkin.

The history of tattoo began more than 5,000 years ago and is as diverse as the people who wear them.

Call (218) 927-2363 for more information.

LLAL show, sale slated

WALKER - The Leech Lake Arts League will present its annual Northern Reflections Art Show and Sale from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Aug. 3-4 and 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Aug. 5 at Walker-Hackensack-Akeley High School in Walker.

The exhibit will include work from more than 20 area artists in a variety of media and subjects. Featured artists will be Dorothy Timmons and Helen Dickson.

Timmons, 89, has been a summer resident of Walker since 1952 and began her art career in 1966 with an oil painting class. She took many applied art classes in college and has a degree in elementary education. During the winter, Timmons resides in Iowa, where she co-founded the Iowa Artist and is a signature member of the Iowa Watercolor Society. She has eight children.

Dickson resides in Park Rapids and has enjoyed being an artist since her grammar school days in Danville, Ill. She has been a member of LLAL for 28 years. Her paintings have been accepted in many juried art shows throughout the region and her work has been published several times in the Bemidji State University "Dust and Fire" anthology. Dickson has a master's degree in education curriculum and supervision.

The show will also include an exhibit of paintings from each of the artists with the theme "Dance" and the Mary Ann Norton Scholarship Fund will have paintings for sale.

The Leech Lake Arts League meets Thursdays at the Whistle Stop in Walker. For more information, call Gloria at (218) 547-2709.

Wood to speak at fund-raiser

BAY LAKE - Douglas Wood - an author, artist, musician and naturalist based in Sartell - will be the keynote speaker for the Jaques Art Center Dinner and Auction the evening of Aug. 13 at Ruttger's Bay Lake Lodge.

Dorothy Timmons recently held up one of her paintings that will be part of August's Northern Reflections Art Show in Walker.

Registration for the dinner and auction is $50 per person due Aug. 4 at the Jaques Art Center, 121 Second St. NW, Aitkin, MN, 56431.

The auction will present prints and works by Francis Lee Jaques, some of them only available through the center.

Works by the following artists are also being offered: painters Julie Barta, Cherie Holm, Sean Johnson, Les Kouba, Mark Richardson, George VanHook and Lindy Westgard; woodcut artist and author Betsy Bowen; photographers Warren Nelson and Artis Orjala; glassblower John Offutt; potters Geri Chapman, Elinor Eberhardt and Minnesota's former first lady Gretchen Quie; woodworkers Bob Carls, Wayne Dickinson, Bill Forder, Lloyd Pogatchnik and Perry Putnam; sculptor Max Gimse; folk artist Crystalie Stanley and tattoo artist Taunee Beekman.

Other auction items include dinner for four with Minnesota naturalist, photographer and author Stan Tekiela when he lectures this fall at the art center; an airplane ride for five in Tom Eberhardt's Piper Malibu; and golf at Cuyuna Country Club and Ruttger's. More items will be added.

Proceeds will go to the art center.

As a writer of books for children and adults, Wood has over one million copies in print. Among his recent books are "Old Turtle and the Broken Truth," the sequel to the award-winning "Old Turtle"; "Fawn Island," adult non-fiction with original art by the author; and "The Wisdom of Nature" series for adults.

For more information, contact (218) 927-2362 or

'Elvis' to visit casino

ONAMIA - "Elvis: The Musical - An American Trilogy" will be staged at 3 and 7 p.m. Aug. 26 at the Grand Casino Mille Lacs Events and Convention Center north of Onamia.

Paul Casey will perform "Jailhouse Rock, "All Shook Up," "Heartbreak Hotel," "Love Me Tender" and other music Elvis was known for.

Tickets, priced at $12, are available at the casino box office or through Ticketmaster at (651) 989-5151 or

Casey is the official Elvis of the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Bureau. This Broadway-style musical show features live musicians and video appearances from Elvis' personal friends and associates who recreate his musical career.

Alley Arts Institute gets grant

WADENA - The Little Falls-based Initiative Foundation recently awarded a grant of $5,000 to the Alley Arts Institute of Wadena.

The grant will go toward the ongoing creation of 60 murals in downtown Wadena that depict the history of Minnesota.