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Local artist to have painting grace cover of TOSCA magazine


Fri, Apr 12th, 2013
Posted in Lanesboro Arts & Culture

By Barb Jeffers

Joni Finnegan, an artist who resides in rural Lanesboro, Minn., has had one of her paintings chosen to be on the cover of the Twin City Arts and Theatre Magazine, TOSCA, which is an acronym for Theatre, Opera, Shakespeare, Culture and Art. The title of the painting which will be on the cover of the magazine is “Garden Retreat” and features the beautiful setting of a peaceful getaway spot filled with flowers that look so realistic their scent seems to waft out of the frame and into the air. The TOSCA magazine will also feature a story about Joni and her work. This is the first magazine cover for Joni which is quite an honor.

Joni began her life as an artist when her sister came home from first grade one day and had learned to paint profiles; she taught Joni and Joni never stopped painting. Joni describes her paintings as “representational landscapes and paintings of nature” and adds that she believes “our world offers so much beauty” and she shares that beauty with the world in her paintings.

Joni Finnegan works in both oils and watercolors. She begins with a small sketch on paper and once she is satisfied with all of the elements such as lighting and color she moves on to canvas. Joni enjoys painting “en plein air”, which in essence means painting outdoors in the open air, when the weather cooperates Painting outdoors brings with it certain benefits and also some challenges. Joni explains when painting “en plein air” elements can change rapidly, and the artist is painting wet on wet, “so everything has to be deliberate” she says. Joni states that painting outdoors teaches an artist to “look behind the scene” and see the “excitement of the moment” and try to capture it. In addition, “en plein air” painting teaches the artist to pay attention to “movement and motion” in nature which is something that doesn’t happen in a studio.

When Joni is unable to work outside due to weather conditions she can be found in her studio working from photographs taken locally and from her travels around the world. Traveling for art exhibits and shows among other reasons has taken Joni to places such as New Zealand, Argentina, Europe, and Ireland just to name a few. A few years ago Joni flew to Florence and attended a workshop in Tuscany which resulted in many glorious works of art.

According to her website, joanfinnegan.com, Joni’s painting of T .....
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Bradley honored by Thrivent Financial for outstanding performance

Fri, Apr 5th, 2013
Posted in Lanesboro Arts & Culture

Lanesboro, MN - Walter Bradley, FIC, Lanesboro, a financial associate with Thrivent Financial for Lutherans, has qualified for the Sierra level conference by providing financial guidance and solutions to members of the organization in 2012. Out of n ..... 
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Commonweal Theatre Company announces 16th Annual Ibsen Festival

Fri, Mar 29th, 2013
Posted in Lanesboro Arts & Culture

Lanesboro, Mn - The Commonweal Theatre Company announces its 16th Annual Ibsen Festival is April 12-14 in downtown Lanesboro. Named for the acclaimed “Father of Modern Drama,” the Festival, a celebration of Scandinavian theatre, visual art, musi ..... 
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Jewelry Designer Liz Bucheit Receives “Dazzle Diva” Award at the Women’s Jewelry Association Spring Gala Event in New York City

Thu, Mar 21st, 2013
Posted in Lanesboro Arts & Culture

Jewelry designer and goldsmith Liz Bucheit of Lanesboro, MN was awarded first place in the Bridal Wear Category of the Women’s Jewelry Association’s “Dazzle Diva” Design Competition. Bucheit received her award at the Women’s Jewelry Associ ..... 
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Announcing call for entries for “Rural Americans” exhibit to be held at Lanesboro Art Center

Mon, Mar 18th, 2013
Posted in Lanesboro Arts & Culture

Lanesboro, MN - The Lanesboro Arts Center would like to invite artists to submit an application for inclusion in the upcoming “Rural Americans” exhibit, a juried group show about people and communities in rural America. The exhibit will run Jun ..... 
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Commonweal Theatre To Continue Audio Description

Tue, Mar 12th, 2013
Posted in Lanesboro Arts & Culture

LANESBORO, MN — The Commonweal Theatre Company located in historic downtown Lanesboro, is proud to announce the renewal of the audio-description service to enhance the enjoyment of live theatre for audience members with low vision. On specially-des ..... 
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Lanesboro Library receives donation

Fri, Mar 8th, 2013
Posted in Lanesboro Arts & Culture

Local Artist Barb Keith (left) donates her stained glass mosaic “Dusty Bill” to the Lanesboro Public Library and Director Tara Johnson. The work illustrates a nursery rhyme in her book, “The Girls and Boys of Mother Goose,” available at the l ..... 
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The Lanesboro Barn Dance starts it’s 19th season

Fri, Mar 8th, 2013
Posted in Lanesboro Arts & Culture

The Lanesboro Barn Dance will hold its first dance of the 2013 series on Saturday, March 23, at the Sons of Norway Hall in Lanesboro, MN. Starting time is 8:00 PM and admission is $7.00 at the door. Guest fiddler Tim Foss from Soldiers Grove, WI w ..... 
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Commonweal Theatre Company announces 16th Annual Ibsen Festival

Fri, Mar 8th, 2013
Posted in Lanesboro Arts & Culture

Lanesboro, Mn - The Commonweal Theatre Company announces its 16th Annual Ibsen Festival is April 12-14 in downtown Lanesboro. Named for the acclaimed “Father of Modern Drama,” the Festival, a celebration of Scandinavian theatre, visual art, musi ..... 
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