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Paintings Inspired by Scotland and the Cave of Smoo


Fri, Sep 20th, 2013
Posted in Lanesboro Arts & Culture

LANESBORO, Minn. – ‘Paintings Inspired by Scotland and the Cave of Smoo’ will feature oil paintings by Harmony, Minn. artist Paul Brokken in a SEMAC McKnight Artist Showcase at Lanesboro Arts Center. The show opens with an artist reception on Saturday, October 5 from 6-8 p.m. and runs through November 17, 2013. The reception and the show are free and open to the public.

Through project funding from a McKnight Established Artist grant from the Southeastern Minnesota Arts Council, Paul Brokken traveled to Scotland in April 2013 to further his artistic career. For 35 years—ever since he started painting—it has been his dream to experience the Cave of Smoo in Scotland, because Paul’s way of painting has everything to do with that type of solitude found in the cave. From that experience in Scotland, Paul Brokken has created a new body of work that is a further exploration of the shared human condition that is found within the unconscious mind. This proved to be an important turning point in Paul’s artistic career, as he successfully explored a new way of approaching his painting process which involves starting to think about specific images before allowing these images to go through the ‘filtering’ process in his mind. “My goal of experiencing the Cave of Smoo and the northern coast of Scotland was met in unexpected ways,” Paul says. “The landscape was stark and beautiful. The cave had rich history...I experience the world by filtering it through my inner world. The results are what make up the images in my paintings.” The show will include several paintings created from this trip, including one titled ‘What Happens in the Cave of Smoo Stays in the Cave of Smoo.’ “This painting started with a specific image in my mind but then I let it become something else...the painting became something portraying more the feel of the cave rather than a specific image. It is, however, indicative of what the whole trip felt like – magical and surreal.”

This SEMAC McKnight Artist Showcase is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Southeastern Minnesota Arts Council thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts & cultural heritage fund. Lanesboro Arts Center serves as a regional catalyst for artistic excellence and educational development in providing diverse art experiences for people of all ages. For more information contact 507-467-2446 / i .....
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Chatfield Brass Band invites new members

Fri, Sep 13th, 2013
Posted in Chatfield Arts & Culture

The Chatfield Brass (and woodwind) Band invites new members to join the group as they begin their fall rehearsal schedule. Rehearsals are on Thursday evenings at 7:00 p.m. in the elementary school band room. The first rehearsal was on Thursday, Sep ..... 
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ExpoCulinaria 2013 was cookin’

Fri, Sep 13th, 2013
Posted in Rushford Arts & Culture

Despite the day’s temperatures reaching the high 90’s, ExpoCulinaria--An Experience of Taste was relished by attendees sampling at the many restaurant and vendors tables, shopping artisan exhibits, listening to a diversity of music and cheering ..... 
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Arguments & Negotiations by Pixie Youngdahl

Fri, Sep 13th, 2013
Posted in Lanesboro Arts & Culture

LANESBORO, Minn. - Shipwreckt Books Publishing Company is pleased to announce the release of Pixie Youngdahl’s new book, “Arguments & Negotiations.” A bittersweet memoir of surviving a battle with cancer, Pixie tells her story with subtle humo ..... 
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“Trout, Trails, & Treats!” in Preston

Fri, Sep 13th, 2013
Posted in Preston Arts & Culture

Preston celebrates “Taste of the Trail” on Saturday, September 21 at the Trailhead Park in Preston. Guests can enjoy biking along our scenic trails and also test taste local foods. But “taste” also includes non-edible samplings, giving visit ..... 
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Vesterheim Museum Welcomes Jan Brett to Decorah, Iowa

Wed, Sep 11th, 2013
Posted in All Arts & Culture

DECORAH, Iowa —At the invitation of Vesterheim, the national Norwegian-American museum and heritage center, beloved children's author Jan Brett will visit Decorah on Sunday, November 10, from 10:00 a.m. until 12:00 noon. The visit is one of a serie ..... 
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Facing Wykoff Photo Exhibit Opening Sept 1

Fri, Sep 6th, 2013
Posted in Wykoff Arts & Culture

Facing Wykoff is a public art display of approximately 60 photographs of Wykoff residents taken by Spring Valley photographer, Anthony Calabrese. The photographs will fill the storefronts on the central block of Wykoff’s Gold Street for the month o ..... 
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‘Energy’ Series documentary film: ‘Home’ to show at the St. Mane Theatre

Fri, Sep 6th, 2013
Posted in Lanesboro Arts & Culture

LANESBORO, Minn. – ‘HOME’, a documentary film, will show at the St. Mane Theatre on Friday, Sept. 20 at 7:30 p.m. Tying into the ‘Energy’ theme this season, the film is part of the Third Friday Film Series, an educational series sponsored ..... 
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Savor “Taste of the Trail” in Fountain, Harmony & Preston on September 21

Fri, Sep 6th, 2013
Posted in Preston Arts & Culture

On three Saturdays in September, the Root River Trail System will feature local food, artisans, entertainment, culture, and fun during an annual trail wide event, Taste of the Trail. On September 21, the towns of Fountain, Harmony and Preston are ..... 
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