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‘Windows into Wonderment’ exhibit opens Feb. 7


Mon, Mar 2nd, 2015
Posted in Lanesboro Arts & Culture

‘Windows into Wonderment’ exhibit opens February 7, 2015 with an opening reception from 6-8 p.m. at Lanesboro Arts Gallery, featuring mixed media work by Layl McDill – exhibit runs through March 28, 2015. Photo submitted

LANESBORO, MN. – Lanesboro Arts will present ‘Windows into Wonderment’, an exhibit of colorful mixed media work by artist Layl McDill. The exhibit opens with an artist reception on Saturday, February 7, 2015, from 6-8 p.m., and runs through March 28, 2015. Always free and open to the public, winter gallery hours are Tuesday-Saturday 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. “I hope to turn the gallery into a place of delight and wonderment,” says artist Layl McDill. “I want to bring laughter and joy to the viewer as they discover a world that is just a bit askew from the world we live in but still relates.” One piece in particular, Tiny Trips, is only three inches tall but many, many, many inches long and will travel throughout the exhibition gallery space amidst her other sculptural work.

Layl McDill explains her work in ‘Windows into Wonderment’ in this way. “Once upon a time each of us was a little kid. Everything was nonsense. We tried to figure it out. We wondered about everything. We wondered what our stuffed animals did at night. Making my art helps me keep this magical doorway to wonderment open.” The artist is drawn to imagery that sparks that feeling of the unknown and mystery, for instance perusing questions like “What’s in those cupboards? Drawers? Boxes?” As Layl McDill is creating work, she is asking all kinds of questions that entertain her imagination and when the piece is complete, the viewer can then start asking questions: “What happens next?’” “What do all those magic potions do?” Viewers find themselves in a seemingly nonsensical world, but upon taking a closer look, they start to recognize reality. “Some people come to my work thinking it is great for children, but I really make my work for adults. I make it for everyone that loves to revisit that feeling of wonderment, magic and mystery that we all had as kids,” she says.

Minneapolis, Minn. artist Layl McDill uses the “millefiore” technique – which means “thousand flowers” in Italian - to create her mixed media sculptures. To make the tiny pictures characteristic of her work, she creates large designs in a chunk of clay, using colors which are generally bright and cheery. “My secret weapon is fluorescent pink which is mixed in with other colors to give a zing,” says the artist. She then stretches the design out very slowly (sometimes this can take up to eight hours!), eventually for the result of producing long strips of c .....
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Chatfield Library active at 100

Mon, Feb 23rd, 2015
Posted in Chatfield Arts & Culture

As the Chatfield Public Library celebrates 100 years in existence it is seeing more activity than ever before. What began as a Public Rest Room in 1910 complete with a stove, tables, chairs, a rug, and public facilities for use by townspeople and r ..... 
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Lee Dyreson participated in the All-State Concert Band

Mon, Feb 23rd, 2015
Posted in All Arts & Culture

On Friday and Saturday, February 13 and 14, 2015, three hundred of the finest high school band and orchestra musicians met at the annual Minnesota Music Educators Association All-State Mid-Winter Clinic at the Hilton Hotel in Downtown Minneapolis. ..... 
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Announcing call for entries for ‘Open Road’ exhibit at Lanesboro Arts

Mon, Feb 23rd, 2015
Posted in Lanesboro Arts & Culture

LANESBORO, MN. – Calling all visual artists in 2-dimensional and 3-dimensional media! Lanesboro Arts is inviting artists to submit an application for inclusion in the upcoming ‘Open Road’ exhibit, a juried group show which will run June 6 – ..... 
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Valentine’s weekend dinner theater in Spring Valley

Mon, Feb 9th, 2015
Posted in Spring Valley Arts & Culture

Brave Community Theater of Spring Valley is offering a special treat this weekend, titled “Miss Abigail’s Guide to Dating, Mating and Marriage”. The play is directed by Debi Neville, founder of Brave Community Theater, who states, “This is o ..... 
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Water Gives Life now on display at the National Eagle Center

Mon, Jan 12th, 2015
Posted in All Arts & Culture

Now through March, 2015 the photography of Larry Ricker is on display in the Watershed Gallery at the National Eagle Center. In this exhibit, “Water Gives Life”, Ricker explores the connections of many creatures through water. Larry Ricker sp ..... 
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Poet Michael Lee in Lanesboro for residency; Public event on Sunday, January 18, 4 p.m.

Mon, Jan 12th, 2015
Posted in Lanesboro Arts & Culture

From Minneapolis, poet Michael Lee is in Lanesboro as Artist in Residence as Lanesboro Arts’ 40th residency artist since the program was begun in 2001. While in Lanesboro January 5-19, 2015, Michael will be working on writing and editing for his f ..... 
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Fillmore Central Jazz Band alumni

Mon, Jan 12th, 2015
Posted in All Arts & Culture

To 2005-2014 FCHS Jazz Band Alumni: We are planning our first EVER alumni jazz band!  We would love to have former members of the FCHS Jazz Ensemble 2005-present come play in a group during our annual “big band bash” the first weekend in May. ..... 
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Wild turkey stamp contest entries accepted through Dec. 29

Mon, Dec 15th, 2014
Posted in All Arts & Culture

Artists can submit entries for the 2016 Minnesota Wild Turkey Stamp contest from Monday, Dec. 8, through 4 p.m., Monday, Dec. 29, according to the Department of Natural Resources. The turkey stamp is sold along with hunting and fishing licenses or ..... 
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