>>>THE BRAINERD PUBLIC LIBRARY IS KNOWN FOR INVITING LOCAL ARTISTS TO DISPLAY THEIR WORK FROM TIME TO TIME. THIS WEEK, AN ART CONTEST IS TAKING PLACE INVOLVING THE WHOLE COMMUNITY. REPORTER CHAZ MOOTZ HAS THE STORY.>>THE BRAINERD PUBLIC LIBRARY IS LOOKING FOR THE COMMUNITY’S VOTE THIS WEEK. THE MISSISSIPPI RIVER BRIDGE ART CONTEST WILL BE TAKING PLACE, AND THE WINNER IS DECIDED BY THE PEOPLE.>>ALL THIS WEEK, THROUGH SATURDAY, WE’RE GOING TO HAVE VOTING HERE AT THE LIBRARY. WE CALL IT THE PEOPLES CHOICE, AND IT’S PART OF THE MISSISSIPPI BRIDGE ART CONTEST. I’M HOLDING UP OUR BALLOT HERE. SO STARTING IN JUNE AND JULY, WE HANDED OUT CANVASES, AND WE OFFERED FREE BEGINNER ART CLASSES. PEOPLE WHO TOOK THE CLASSES HAD THE OPTION OF BECOMING PART OF THE CONTEST OR NOT.>>MOST OF THE MEMBERS IN THE ART CLASSES TOOK PART IN THE CONTEST, AMONG MANY OTHER LOCAL ARTISTS IN THE COMMUNITY.>>WE HAVE 46 INTERPRETATIONS OF THE MISSISSIPPI RIVER BRIDGE HERE IN BRAINERD THAT LOCAL ARTISTS HAVE DONE AND JUST EVERY DAY PEOPLE WHO WANTED TO TRY THEIR HAND AT ART.>>THE BRAINERD PUBLIC LIBRARY LIKES TO FEATURE ITS CONTESTS WITH HISTORICAL LANDMARKS FROM AROUND THE AREA.>>HISTORIANS IN THE AREA HAVE TOLD ME THAT IT IS ONE OF THE GREAT UNSUNG BRIDGES BECAUSE IT IS ALMOST COMPLETELY OVERGROWN THESE DAYS BY TREES, SO WE’VE HAD HISTORIC PHOTOS AVAILABLE FOR THE PEOPLE MAKING THE PAINTINGS TO USE, AND OF COURSE IF YOU’RE AROUND IN THE WINTER, A WINTER VIEW OF IT GIVES YOU — YOU CAN SEE THE ART ARCHITECTURE THERE AS WELL.>>REPORTING IN BRAINERD, CHAZ MOOTZ, LAKELAND NEWS.>>VOTING FOR THE MISSISSIPPI BRIDGE PAINTING CONTEST WILL END