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Gammel Dag highlights its Norwegian heritage


By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Jun 11th, 2012
Posted in Peterson Arts & Culture

Just as in the “Good Old Days,” this weekend’s Gammel Dag festival in Peterson will bring revisit countless forms of Scandinavian heritage, including arts, dance, and games through modern interpretation.

The Vesterheim Museum, of Decorah, Iowa, the single oldest, most complete museum in the country devoted solely to the Norwegian-American way of life, will be on hand, demonstrating along with Peterson’s own Boddy Pederson and Ray Kjos, of Rushford, as well as four, distinct artisans. The artisans, all members of the Nisse Rosemalers, who seek to preserve and promote the Scandinavian arts, will be featured beginning at 10am, Saturday, June 16, and continue until 4:30pm.

Included is rosemaler Barb Hagelie, who took her first lesson in the late ‘70s. She’s been hooked on the detailed, decorative painting ever since. Hagelie crafts her art in the Rogaland style, featuring flowers, as opposed to scroll and leaf-heavy designs. The asymmetrical patterns showcase the flowers in opaque colors on dark backgrounds and utilize cross-hatching, dots, and teardrops in the finished work. Hagelie heads up the Rosemaling Shop at Nordic Fest and has won numerous champion awards for her efforts.

Basket weaver Jean Schutte, a retired farm homemaker who started weaving more than 25 years ago, will also be on hand to demonstrate her art. Having honed her skill in the Amana Colonies and from top midwest weavers, Schutte has passed on her love of weaving to numerous groups, including at the Vesterheim Museum, where her classes fill up immediately. In addition to basket weaving, Schutte is a skilled rosemaler and wood and chip carver.

Artists Mary Althouse, another retired farm homemaker, was first introduced to working with wood back as a youth in the 4-H program. Today, Althouse’s love is the art of Kolrosing, a distinctive wood decorating method. The extensive process begins as a knife is pushed across the selected piece of wood, leaving a line. Then, ground coffee or walnut dust is finely pressed into the lines, after which the piece is sanded and sealed, leaving an intricate design.

Last, but certainly not least, will be Bev Schrandt, a retired utility home economist and multi-talented artisan. Bev’s two main art expressions are wheat weaving and hardanger. Schrandt has been weaving wheat into beautiful creations since her oldest daughter was in 2nd grade and had a Scandinavian unit in scho .....
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SEMAC awards arts grants

Mon, May 28th, 2012
Posted in All Arts & Culture

On May 15, 2012, the Board of Directors of the Southeastern Minnesota Arts Council, Inc. (SEMAC) awarded 23 grants for a total of $110,035 in funding to applicants throughout southeastern Minnesota. This included seven Presenter/Production Assistan ..... 
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Commonweal Theatre Company presents The 39 Steps

Mon, May 21st, 2012
Posted in Lanesboro Arts & Culture

LANESBORO, MN — The Commonweal Theatre Company presents Patrick Barlow’s outrageous comedy The 39 Steps, May 19 through September 1 with discounted tickets available for previews May 11 to May 18. Call the box office at 800-657-7025 or visit Com ..... 
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Doug Ohman presenting at Chatfield Center for the Arts

Mon, Feb 13th, 2012
Posted in Chatfield Arts & Culture

Award-winning photographer Doug Ohman will present “Vanishing Landmarks” at the American Legion Room in the Chatfield Center for the Arts on Thursday, February 23 at 7:00pm. Travel back roads and small towns with photographer Doug Ohman as he ..... 
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Video and sculpture artist Dave Beck will be artist in residence in January 2012 at Lanesboro Arts Center

Tue, Jan 3rd, 2012
Posted in Arts & Culture

Coming soon! Video and sculpture artist Dave Beck will come to Lanesboro January 3 - 17, 2012, as Artist in Residence with the Lanesboro Arts Center. He will be working on a project examining the history of place, people, and culture-specifically ou ..... 
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Chatfield Community Christmas concert December 4

Fri, Nov 25th, 2011
Posted in Arts & Culture

Musicians for Chatfield and the surrounding area will be showcasing their talents at the 2nd Annual Chatfield Community Christmas. The concert will feature the Chatfield Community Choir, the Yuletide Jazz Quartet, and the Chatfield Brass Band. The c ..... 
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SEMAC announces February 1 grant application deadline

Fri, Nov 25th, 2011
Posted in Arts & Culture

The Southeastern Minnesota Arts Council announces a call for grant proposals in three categories. Postmark deadline is February 1, 2012. Projects must take place between April 1, 2012 and March 31, 2013.

SEMAC is a non-profit arts agency and ..... 
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CEDA facilitates $30,000 for Harmony Theater

Fri, Nov 25th, 2011
Posted in Arts & Culture

CHATFIELD, MN- Community and Economic Development Associates (CEDA) is excited to announce its partnership with the Trust for a Better Harmony to make $30,000 available to the Harmony JEM Movie Theater digital projector fund. Acting as a third-party ..... 
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Food & film potluck movie event celebrates the bounty of this area

Fri, Nov 11th, 2011
Posted in Arts & Culture

Come share your creative cookery at 6:30 p.m. Friday, November 18 at the St. Mane Theatre with a "Practice Thanksgiving" potluck, followed at 7:30 by the local premiere of Green Fire, documentary film about Aldo Leopold, forester, ecologist and fath ..... 
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