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Go with your heArt


Fri, Jun 24th, 2011
Posted in Arts & Culture

Art fascinates me. Art in the "music" form is my forte and my major in college as a future educator who creates music, but any type of art I appreciate and enjoy observing. Artists from many walks of life put much work into their art, which then creates wonderful masterpieces. Spending time at Art in the Park in Lanesboro was a great opportunity for me to talk to artists from many places and see their creations they brought to share with the public to admire, purchase, or both! I was able to witness wonderful works of art and experience something even more touching than just looking at art. By talking with many of the artists who came for this event, they shared with me wonderful stories on what inspired them to create their art. In the meantime, developing short yet memorable relationships; an artist with an artist. Hearing their stories showed me that even though the art makes the artists, it's what inspired them to create their art and their personal story behind it makes it more meaningful.

Art in the Park drew in a huge crowd of people! What a great way to spend Father's Day? Folks from all around were able to see a wide variety of artworks and meet the artists. Taking a stroll through the park, people were able to see everything from homemade clocks, to water color paintings, to homemade pens, to alpaca clothing! The first piece of art that caught my eye was these beautiful wine bottle cheese boards. Created by Randee and Isaac Ward from the Twin Cities, they have been making these cheese boards for about 10 years. By recycling wine bottles from friends, neighbors, and also themselves, and then melting them down at 2000˚ to create these unique cheese boards after 12 hours. While living in Sparta, New Jersey, in 1999, working in the cooperate business, Randee was inspired by a friend who made these wine bottle cheese boards. Hesitant to take on making the cheese boards like her friend, Randee quit her job after the 9/11 tragedy, and thus her new career began. Ever since then, she and Isaac started showing their cheese boards in New York City. Eventually, they moved to the Twin Cities to doing shows with the cheese boards all over Minnesota, Iowa, and Wisconsin. One of the great things Randee and Isaac told me at the end of our conversation was that they were not sure if this business was going to work for them, but if you "go with your heart," it just might turn out well.

The next individual I spoke with was Darrel Bowman from Ba .....
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Support needed from our communities...

Wed, May 25th, 2011
Posted in Arts & Culture

The Rushford-Peterson Theater Program needs your help.  For the past few years, the R-P Drama Club has been making efforts to fix and update the theater's facilities, which are sorely in need of improvements.  In the past two years, throug ..... 
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Commonweal Theatre Company awarded grant from the National Endowment for the Arts

Mon, May 23rd, 2011
Posted in Arts & Culture

LANESBORO, MINN. - Rocco Landesman, Chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts, today announced that the Commonweal Theatre Company has been recommended for a grant of $12,000 to support their upcoming production of Harper Lee's classic To Kill ..... 
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DreamAcres' performance series opens with a BOOM!

Mon, May 23rd, 2011
Posted in Arts & Culture

The Dreamery Rural Arts Initiative on DreamAcres Farm in Southeastern Minnesota launches its summer Play! in the Barn performance series with BOOM! An International Lost and Found Family Marching Band on Friday, June 3, at 8pm. This is the first in ..... 
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Divine Rhubarb Committee to sign copies of their new book, "Everything Rhubarb"

Fri, May 20th, 2011
Posted in Arts & Culture

Meet the Divine Rhubarb Committee in person at these book signings: (see www.rhubarbfestival.org for details)

•April 28, 1:30-3 p.m.

Madison, WI

•May 1, 2-4 p.m.

La Crosse, WI

•May 5, 6-8 p.m.
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Solid Gold to headline entertainment at Whalan Standstill parade

Fri, May 20th, 2011
Posted in Arts & Culture

"Rock Around the Clock," "Johnny Be Good," "Jailhouse Rock" and "Pretty Woman" are just a few of the rock n roll favorites the Solid Gold band has cued up and ready for you at Whalan's 16th annual Standstill Parade on Saturday, May 21.

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Commonweal Theatre Company presents Sylvia

Fri, May 20th, 2011
Posted in Arts & Culture

LANESBORO, MINN. - The Commonweal Theatre Company presents A.R. Gurney's comedy Sylvia, May 21 through August 19 with discounted tickets available for previews May 13 to May 20. Call the box office at 800-657-7025 or visit Commonweal Theatre online ..... 
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Bluff Country Gathering - Celebrating America's old-time music heritage

Fri, May 20th, 2011
Posted in Arts & Culture

Wrangle up your mouth-harps, drag your banjo out,

Tune your old guitarra till she twangs right stout...(from "The Bunk-House Orchestra" by Charles "Badger" Clark)

And don't forget to rosin up your bow and crank up the wires on your ol ..... 
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"The King & I" auditions to come

Mon, May 16th, 2011
Posted in Arts & Culture

Auditions for the 2011 Wits' End Theatre production of The King & I are coming up May 30 and 31 at Potter Auditorium in Chatfield. Check-in starts at 6:30 p.m. This great Rodgers & Hammerstein musical requires a large cast and offers parts for all a ..... 
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