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Artist Karl Unnasch is honored by Public Art Network Year in Review


Mon, Aug 25th, 2014
Posted in All Arts & Culture

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Americans for the Arts honors 37 outstanding public arts projects created in 2013 through the Public Art Network Year in Review program. Public Art Network Year in Review is the only national program that specifically recognizes the most compelling public art.

Public Artist Karl Unnasch of rural Pilot Mound (Chatfield), Minn. was honored for his creation of Ruminant (The Grand Masticator) – a harvesting combine clad in 34 backlit, agriculturally-themed stained glass panels – for the 2013 Farm/Art DTour in conjunction with the 3rd annual Fermentation Fest in Reedsburg, Wis.

Various funding agencies and artists submitted 345 diverse public art projects representing small and large cities throughout the United States. “The innovative work demonstrated in the Public Art Network Year in Review shows the breadth of talent from artists around the country,” said Robert Lynch, president and CEO of Americans for the Arts. “These winning pieces reflect the diversity of public art in our communities, from temporary projects to permanent, and sculpture to performance art. These projects engage new audiences and help build stronger and more vibrant communities.”

“Karl’s piece made a big impression on our community,” said Joann Mundth Douglas, Head of the Reedsburg ArtsLink’s Acquisition Committee for Ruminant. “During Fermentation Fest, Ruminant drew a lot of attention and many locals identified with it as a monument to Reedsburg’s agricultural heritage.” In the Walker Art Center’s mnartists.blog, Artist Aaron Dysart said of Ruminant, “Unnasch’s monumental piece mashes up the histories of stained glass, comic books and farm machinery to create a funny, expansive re-telling of the harvest narrative.”

Although Ruminant was originally a temporary piece, community members formed a committee to permanently acquire it for the City of Reedsburg. It is currently being re-outfitted by Unnasch and will be installed as a centerpiece in a new park downtown at a dedication ceremony on October 3, just in time for the 2014 Fermentation Fest. The piece is intended to become a Reedsburg landmark and to attract curious visitors to the city. Said Mundth Douglas, “Karl’s piece is so compelling, we believe that it will both distinguish Reedsburg and attract visitors year round for many years to come.”

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Savor “Taste of the Trail” on the Root River Trail System

Thu, Aug 14th, 2014
Posted in All Arts & Culture

On three Saturdays in September, the nine towns comprising the Preston/Harmony Root River Trail System will feature local food, artisans, entertainment, culture, and fun during a series of trail-wide events – Taste of the Trail. Taste of the ..... 
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Austin ArtWorks! Festival this weekend

Thu, Aug 14th, 2014
Posted in All Arts & Culture

The Austin ArtWorks Festival takes over downtown Austin this weekend to showcase a wide range of arts activities and events on Saturday the 23 and Sunday the 24. The two day event will be centered at the Historic Downtown Power Plant at 501 4th Aven ..... 
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Feast on Onion Fest at DreamAcres Farm

Thu, Aug 14th, 2014
Posted in Wykoff Arts & Culture

The Dreamery Rural Arts Initiative welcomes all to Onion Fest, celebrating our diverse, multi-layered society through a multi-layered vegetable. It is an evening layered with food, music and performance at DreamAcres farm on Friday, August 22. M ..... 
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Vesterheim showcases Norwegian “Mid-Century Modern” Enamel

Thu, Aug 14th, 2014
Posted in All Arts & Culture

DECORAH, Iowa — “Mid-Century Modern” is the hot buzzword in today’s retro-design trend. Vesterheim, the national Norwegian-American museum and heritage center, will turn its spotlight on Norway’s contributions to mid-century design in the ..... 
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Lanesboro Barn Dance coming up

Fri, Aug 8th, 2014
Posted in Lanesboro Arts & Culture

The Lanesboro Barn Dance will present another chance to kick up your heels on Saturday August 16 at the Sons of Norway Hall in Lanesboro, Minn. Starting time is 8 p.m. and admission is $7 at the door. Located on Parkway Ave. next to Sylvan Park, the ..... 
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Commonweal Theatre’s student matinee series in place

Fri, Aug 8th, 2014
Posted in Lanesboro Arts & Culture

Lanesboro, Minn. - The Commonweal Theatre Company announces the Student Matinee Series for the upcoming 2014 fall school semester. This program reaches more than 2,000 regional students and teachers a year as part of Commonweal Theatre’s goal that ..... 
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Artist Spotlight features Jeweler Johanna Berge

Thu, Aug 7th, 2014
Posted in Lanesboro Arts & Culture

Lanesboro, Minn. – Artist Johanna Berge looks to nature and what the earth produces as she creates each piece of jewelry for the upcoming Cornucopia Artist Spotlight show at Lanesboro Arts Center. The Spotlight opens on Saturday, August 30 with a ..... 
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Second annual Chamber Music Festival in Houston

Thu, Aug 7th, 2014
Posted in All Arts & Culture

Houston, Minn. is playing host to the second Annual Classical Chamber Music Festival, free to the public, August 22-29 featuring four concerts at Cross of Christ Lutheran Church, 210 South Chase Street, in Houston MN and one concert at Prince of Pea ..... 
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