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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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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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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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“For the Birds” will feature Kevin Kling - St. Mane Theatre on Wednesday, Dec 10

Mon, Dec 8th, 2014
Posted in Lanesboro Arts & Culture

Lanesboro, Minn. – Lanesboro Arts is thrilled to host Kevin Kling in a top-notch production here in Lanesboro on Wednesday, December 10, 2014, 7:30 p.m. at the St. Mane Theatre. The show is called “For the Birds”, featuring Zeitgeist (percussi ..... 
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Lanesboro Arts awarded 2014 Bush Prize for community innovation

Mon, Dec 8th, 2014
Posted in Lanesboro Arts & Culture

LANESBORO, MN - December 2, 2014 – Lanesboro Arts has won a 2014 Bush Prize for Community Innovation from the Bush Foundation. The prestigious prize was awarded to ten organizations in a three-state region that have demonstrated a strong commitmen ..... 
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“Naughty or Nice” for the holiday Lanesboro Live show on Friday, Dec. 5

Mon, Dec 1st, 2014
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Lanesboro, Minn. – Damon Prestemon has been waiting a long time to entertain audiences with his holiday version of the Lanesboro Live show, “Naughty or Nice”. He is really excited to engage the audience in deciding which version of songs will ..... 
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Celebration event for the ‘Libraries Grow Community’ Mural Project

Mon, Nov 24th, 2014
Posted in Lanesboro Arts & Culture

Lanesboro, Minn. – The public is invited to attend a Celebration Event for the ‘Libraries Grow Community’ mural project at the Lanesboro Public Library on Tuesday, November 18 at 7 p.m. There will be refreshments – make your own ice cream su ..... 
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Heart Strings Harp Circle concert benefitting the Lanesboro Public Library

Mon, Oct 27th, 2014
Posted in Lanesboro Arts & Culture

The Heart Strings Harp Circle, members say, is about having fun making music. This group of area harpists will present a varied program of music especially for harps on Tuesday, October 28 at 6:30 p.m. in the lower level dining room, next to the ..... 
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