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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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Board of Appeals and Equalization in Lanesboro

Fri, Apr 12th, 2013
Posted in Lanesboro Government

By Jade Sexton Ron Vikre, appraiser from the County Assessor’s Office, was at the Lanesboro City Council meeting on April 8 to discuss 2012 property assessments in Lanesboro and answer any questions. According to Vikre, there were 158 resident ..... 
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Root River State Trail: Trail Construction - Minnesota DNR

Wed, Apr 10th, 2013
Posted in Lanesboro The Great Outdoors

The trail segment between Lanesboro and Whalan will be closed for construction beginning April 8 through July 2, 2013. Six bridges will be replaced and the entire five mile segment will be resurfaced. There is no signed detour around this segment. We ..... 
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Lanesboro, MN Named one of AMERICA’S TOP TWELVE SMALL-TOWN ARTPLACES

Tue, Apr 9th, 2013
Posted in Lanesboro Business Announcements

(Chicago, IL, Date TK) . . . America’s Top Twelve Small-Town ArtPlaces were announced today by ArtPlace, a collaboration of leading national and regional foundations, banks, and federal agencies committed to accelerating creative placemaking—put ..... 
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Real Bites - Chat-N-Chew

Fri, Apr 5th, 2013
Posted in Lanesboro Real Bites

Chat it up The other day, Duane Gilbertson, owner of Duane Gilbertson Construction, joined me for lunch at Chat-N-Chew in Lanesboro. The owner, Roger Baker, was taking care of business that day, so he stopped by our table to take our order. Whil ..... 
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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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Early childhood programs in Lanesboro strive to emphasize early learning

Fri, Apr 5th, 2013
Posted in Lanesboro Features

The early childhood programs at Lanesboro strive to meet the goals of emphasizing the importance of early learning and early literacy. We welcome you to learn more about our programs and would love you to join us! Early Childhood Family Educatio ..... 
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Lanesboro School Board approves horticulture project

Fri, Mar 29th, 2013
Posted in Lanesboro Government

By Jade Sexton Lanesboro High School students Dalton Gartner and Jarrett Brown gave a presentation to the school board during their regular meeting on March 21. The board approved the landscaping project the horticulture class designed for outside ..... 
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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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