Golden Acrylics Lecture & Demo

Date/Time: Saturday, October 19, 1:00-3:00 PM
Tuition: FREE with Registration Age/Level:
Age/Level: Adults, All Levels

Throughout this two-hour presentation you will hear tons of information about a variety of GOLDEN materials and their inherent possibilities. Extensive information about acrylic paint formulas, gels and mediums will be presented. In addition to all the information about acrylics, you will see numerous Mixed Media samples as well as a variety of Watermedia applications using both acrylics and GOLDEN’S QoR watercolors. Learn about mixing acrylic paints and gels together for engaging effects and about grounds that offer new surfaces to paint on. See examples of a variety of uses for gels and learn how to extend your paint to save yourself money. Open to all levels of painting experience; there is a little something for everyone! Information packets and free samples for all attending. Registration necessary.

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Celebrations to Remember

Date/Time: Tuesday, October 29, 6:30-8:00 PM
Tuition: FREE with Registration

Soile Anderson and Eleanor Ostman, two Finnish cooks and food personalities, have combined forces to publish a new book, Celebrations to Remember. Soile Anderson is known for her passion, creativeness and attention to detail, all resulting in extra-ordinary experiences for guests who enjoy her cuisine. Before she turned to writing her dream book of ideas and recipes, she founded Deco Catering, (serving President Obama and the Dalai Lama), the Taste of Scandinavia Bakeries and The Finnish Bistro restaurants. She also did a Scandinavian Mid-Summer Party for Martha Stewart Living magazine. Eleanor Ostman, a Finn from Hibbing, was a food writer and her Sunday column, Tested Recipes, appeared in the St. Paul Pioneer Press for three decades, resulting in a best-selling book, Always on Sunday and a newer version, Always on Sunday Revisited. She lent her expertise in writing, editing, and publishing to the book project. Meet these Twin Cities icons, have your book signed, discover new recipes and get fantastic tips on how to throw a great party.

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WBCA Book Club

Join other friends of WBCA to talk about interesting books!

Book: Citizen: An American Lyric by Claudia Rankine.
Published in 2014 by Graywolf Press

Claudia Rankine’s book recounts mounting racial aggressions in ongoing encounters in twenty-first-century daily life and in the media. Some of these encounters are slights, seemingly slips of the tongue, and some are intentional offensives in the classroom, at the supermarket, at home, on the tennis court with Serena Williams and the soccer field with Zinedine Zidane, online, on TV—everywhere, all the time. The accumulative stresses come to bear on a person’s ability to speak, perform, and stay alive. Our addressability is tied to the state of our belonging, Rankine argues, as are our assumptions and expectations of citizenship. In essay, image, and poetry, Citizen is a powerful testament to the individual and collective effects of racism in our contemporary, often named “post-race” society. Books are available for checkout, call 651-407-0597 for more information.

Date/Time: Tuesday, November 12, 6:30-8:00 PM
Tuition: FREE with Registration

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MnArtists Informational Workshop

Date/Time: Monday, November 18, 6:00-8:00 PM
Tuition: FREE with registration
Age/Level: Adults, All levels

This workshop will introduce you Mnartists digital platforms and public programs. You will learn how to register an account and create a profile on Learn how this website can benefit you as an artist through networking, collaborations, sharing artwork, creating events and more! Please bring a device (laptop, iPad), examples of your artwork and your CV.

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Introduction to Tai Chi

Date/Time: Tuesday, November 19, 2:00-3:00 PM
Tuition: FREE with registration ($5 suggested donation)
Age/Level: Adults, Teens, All Levels

Aimee Van Ostrand
Learn about this beautiful and healthy art form during a free class. Just dress comfortably so you can move, no special outfits required! Aimee will let you know about the health benefits and give you a brief history before she guides you through the Yang Style short form.

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Open Studio: Artist to Artist

Date/Time: 12 Fridays, September 6-November 22, 
10:00 AM-12:30 PM 
**No Class November 29 
Tuition: FREE with registration ($5 suggested donation) 
Age/Levels: Adults, All Levels

Get to know other artists. Grow in knowledge, support, and community by creating together in any medium. Work on your own project with your own supplies. No instruction will be provided; this is an opportunity for open studio with like-minded artists. Bringing snacks is encouraged. Registration is required to attend this class. 

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Photographing Technique and Critique

This course will be an open discussion and critique of photographic skills and technology. Join Robert and David, along with an invited professional photographer, for a session of critique and review of their compositions. Time permitting, there will be an opportunity to do a photo walkabout at the art center and a critique of those images. Be prepared to complete assignments for following sessions. You are encouraged to bring a selection of up to 3 images (digital or prints), which will be reviewed by the instructors and class members in an open critique.

Please email questions and/or requests to the instructors at and

Date/Time: 3 Tuesdays, September 10, October 8,
November 12, 7:00-9:00 PM
Tuition: FREE with registration ($5 suggested donation)
Age/Level: Adults, All Levels

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Writing Roundtable

Date/Time: 2 Tuesdays September 24 & October 22, 7:00-9:00 PM 
Tuition: FREE with registration ($5 suggested donation) 
Age/Level: Adults, All Levels

Join with fellow writers to talk about craft, try a short exercise, and share work. Bring paper, pen, and a writing sample of up to 400 words to read. Readers will have approximately 3-7 minutes to read their material. Please notify the office when registering if you plan on reading. Bringing work is optional.

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