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Local artist to have painting grace cover of TOSCA magazine


Fri, Apr 12th, 2013
Posted in Lanesboro Arts & Culture

By Barb Jeffers

Joni Finnegan, an artist who resides in rural Lanesboro, Minn., has had one of her paintings chosen to be on the cover of the Twin City Arts and Theatre Magazine, TOSCA, which is an acronym for Theatre, Opera, Shakespeare, Culture and Art. The title of the painting which will be on the cover of the magazine is “Garden Retreat” and features the beautiful setting of a peaceful getaway spot filled with flowers that look so realistic their scent seems to waft out of the frame and into the air. The TOSCA magazine will also feature a story about Joni and her work. This is the first magazine cover for Joni which is quite an honor.

Joni began her life as an artist when her sister came home from first grade one day and had learned to paint profiles; she taught Joni and Joni never stopped painting. Joni describes her paintings as “representational landscapes and paintings of nature” and adds that she believes “our world offers so much beauty” and she shares that beauty with the world in her paintings.

Joni Finnegan works in both oils and watercolors. She begins with a small sketch on paper and once she is satisfied with all of the elements such as lighting and color she moves on to canvas. Joni enjoys painting “en plein air”, which in essence means painting outdoors in the open air, when the weather cooperates Painting outdoors brings with it certain benefits and also some challenges. Joni explains when painting “en plein air” elements can change rapidly, and the artist is painting wet on wet, “so everything has to be deliberate” she says. Joni states that painting outdoors teaches an artist to “look behind the scene” and see the “excitement of the moment” and try to capture it. In addition, “en plein air” painting teaches the artist to pay attention to “movement and motion” in nature which is something that doesn’t happen in a studio.

When Joni is unable to work outside due to weather conditions she can be found in her studio working from photographs taken locally and from her travels around the world. Traveling for art exhibits and shows among other reasons has taken Joni to places such as New Zealand, Argentina, Europe, and Ireland just to name a few. A few years ago Joni flew to Florence and attended a workshop in Tuscany which resulted in many glorious works of art.

According to her website, joanfinnegan.com, Joni’s painting of T .....
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Peterson native Abby Stocker wins Phillip Christopher Schrun Prize

Fri, Apr 5th, 2013
Posted in Peterson Arts & Culture

SAINT PAUL, MN - Abby Stocker, of Peterson, Minn., was one of five students representing Bethel University at the recent “Making Literature” conference at Taylor University, in Upland, Ind. Stocker won the Phillip Christopher Schrun Prize for Li ..... 
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Bradley honored by Thrivent Financial for outstanding performance

Fri, Apr 5th, 2013
Posted in Lanesboro Arts & Culture

Lanesboro, MN - Walter Bradley, FIC, Lanesboro, a financial associate with Thrivent Financial for Lutherans, has qualified for the Sierra level conference by providing financial guidance and solutions to members of the organization in 2012. Out of n ..... 
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Bob Bovee & Gail Heil In Concert

Fri, Apr 5th, 2013
Posted in All Arts & Culture

“A toe-tapping history lesson? Expect no less at tonight’s performance by Bob Bovee and Gail Heil! Banjo, fiddle, guitar and harmonica are all vehicles for heritage in story and song. This homespun treasure draws its integrity from personal root ..... 
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National Trout Center angles for State Bond Funding

Fri, Apr 5th, 2013
Posted in All Arts & Culture

Minnesota legislators recently heard a proposal request for $4.5 million in state bond funding to establish a permanent home for the National Trout Center organization located in Preston. The non-profit center is currently operating in a temporary s ..... 
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Commonweal Theatre Company announces 16th Annual Ibsen Festival

Fri, Mar 29th, 2013
Posted in Lanesboro Arts & Culture

Lanesboro, Mn - The Commonweal Theatre Company announces its 16th Annual Ibsen Festival is April 12-14 in downtown Lanesboro. Named for the acclaimed “Father of Modern Drama,” the Festival, a celebration of Scandinavian theatre, visual art, musi ..... 
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SEMAC awards Arts Grants

Thu, Mar 28th, 2013
Posted in All Arts & Culture

On March 19, 2013, the Board of Directors of the Southeastern Minnesota Arts Council, Inc. (SEMAC) awarded 46 grants for a total of $183,305 in funding to applicants throughout southeastern Minnesota. This included twenty-three McKnight Individual ..... 
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Recycling aluminum

By LaVerne C. Paulson

Fri, Mar 22nd, 2013
Posted in All Arts & Culture

LaVerne C. Paulson Recycling Education Coordinator The recycling of aluminum started in the early 1900s. Then, during WWII, great amounts of metal were needed, and it became quite extensive. Then, after a bit of a lull, the introduction of the alu ..... 
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Food shelf donation

Fri, Mar 22nd, 2013
Posted in Preston Arts & Culture

On Sunday, February 3, the confirmation class from the Harmony and Preston United Methodist churches hosted a “Souper Bowl” fundraiser. Members of the congregation donated food and paper products to the event. A soup and sandwich lunch was serve ..... 
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