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Renowned artist to teach class on wood carving


Fri, Sep 30th, 2011
Posted in Arts & Culture

On Sat., October 8, Harley Refsal will teach a class on the flat-plane style carving tradition to make an ornament for your Christmas tree. The one-day class will take place from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Ballard House, headquarters for the Giants of the Earth Heritage Center, at 163 West Main Street, Spring Grove, Minn.

The class is open to persons age 10 and older, with a maximum of 15 people in the class. Registration is required and the cost is $80 per person.

"It's open for beginners, as well as seasoned carvers," states the instructor. "If you can peel potatoes, you can whittle figures."

"It is not too much to expect that you could carve and complete one or more ornaments in one day, including the painting. If you have some experience, you may want to jump right into a more advanced project," he advises.

Refsal will furnish carving tools to use or purchase, or you can bring your own. He will also supply the wood, paint, and carving safety gloves made of Kevlar, the material used in bullet-proof clothing.

Register on line at www.springgrovemnheritagecenter.org or www.giantsheritage.org, on FaceBook, or call 507-498-5070 or 507-450-1373.

About the artist:

A Professor Emeritus of Scandinavian Folk Art at Luther College in Decorah, Iowa, Refsal is an internationally recognized figure carver, specializing in Scandinavian-style flat plane carving. He has shared his knowledge and skills in this tradition carving with thousands of carvers through classes and presentations in North America, Norway, Sweden and Iceland. In 1996 recipient he was decorated by the King of Norway for his contributions to Norwegian folk art and folk culture. Refsal also paints for, and is a Gold Medalist, at Vesterheim Norwegian-American Museum in Decorah.

Musician Brianna Lane to perform in Lanesboro

Mon, Sep 19th, 2011
Posted in Arts & Culture

From train to bicycle to stage: On Saturday, September 24, 2011, musician Brianna Lane will take the train from south Minneapolis to Winona, Minn., then ride her bicycle 40 miles from the Amtrak station in Winona to Lanesboro, to perform a concert t ..... 
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Barbershoppers and Show Stoppers

Mon, Sep 12th, 2011
Posted in Arts & Culture

Enjoy a great show and give a hand to the Chatfield Center for the Arts renovation of Potter Auditorium at the same time.

The Rochester Music Men Barbershop Chorus will team up with singing stars from Wits' End Theatre to present a lively va ..... 
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Ken Kiehne wins silver in Barbershop Quartet competition

Mon, Sep 12th, 2011
Posted in Arts & Culture

What is as American as apple pie and baseball? The four-part harmony of Barbershop music of course! Many of you have heard my dad, Ken Kiehne, sing either at church, weddings, funerals or around various construction jobs in town. My earliest memorie ..... 
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Activist June Kjome at Commonweal Theatre

Mon, Sep 12th, 2011
Posted in Arts & Culture

The Commonweal Theatre, located in historic downtown Lanesboro, is proud to welcome justice and peace activist June Kjome for its Sunday Salon discussion series on Sunday, September 18th immediately following the matinee performance of To Kill a Moc ..... 
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Your Challenge - Experience ExpoCulinaria

Mon, Sep 5th, 2011
Posted in Arts & Culture

"Bring it to the table," is not just an engaging command or culinary taste bud invitation, but it will also prove an entertaining challenge for the upcoming chef cook-off at the first ever Rushford, MN, ExpoCulinaria-an experience in taste. Two prof ..... 
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Commonweal Theatre Company presents To Kill a Mockingbird

Mon, Sep 5th, 2011
Posted in Arts & Culture

The Commonweal Theatre Company presents Christopher Sergel's adaptation of Harper Lee's American classic To Kill A Mockingbird, September 3rd through November 13th with discounted tickets available for previews August 26th to September 1st. Call the ..... 
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Commonweal Theatre Company presents To Kill a Mockingbird

Fri, Aug 26th, 2011
Posted in Arts & Culture

Residents and employees of Fillmore and Houston Counties receive free admission to see Commonweal Theatre's newest production, To Kill A Mockingbird, on Thursday, September 1st at 7:30 pm. The warmth of childhood and the bitter loss of innocence sur ..... 
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Preston Area Art Council hosts cabaret/opera singer

Fri, Aug 26th, 2011
Posted in Arts & Culture

On Tuesday, September 13th, opera singer and cabaret performer, Lori Ecker, will perform at St. Columban Parish Hall. The performance begins at 7:00 p.m.

Ms. Ecker is well-known for her versatility and wide vocal range that showcase her per ..... 
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