“It Was A Very Good Year” Video Showing & Happy Hour

CLASS ID: 12Y101
Date/Time: Tuesday, December 18, 5:30 PM – 7:00 PM
Film: 5:45 PM & 6:15 PM
Labyrinth Walk: 6:45 PM

As 2018 begins to wind down, join WBCA for a happy hour featuring a fun, short film by Steve Goranson. Steve creatively interviews members and preserves the memories of those on whose shoulders we stand. Celebrate the culmination of our 50th year after the video and do a lantern walk around the labyrinth. Bring a light to walk with as we wish for a bright and glowing future.

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Studio Coffee

CLASS ID: 5X11
Date/Time: 15 Fridays, September 7 – December 14, 9:30 AM – 10:30 AM
*No class November 23

CLASS ID: 12Y103
Date/Time: 9 Fridays, December 21 – February 22, 9:30 AM – 10:30 AM
*No class December 28

Neil Johnston
We will gather over coffee to discuss all topics related to art making – studio practice, marketing, philosophy, culture, materials, ideation, process, events, etc. Everyone is welcome and no experience is necessary – we have artists, designers, writers, non-artist art enthusiasts, beginners, professionals, musicians, dancers… Just stop in and let the conversation carry you!

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Mindfulness and Creativity in Poetry and Art

CLASS ID: 3Y801
Date/Time: Saturday, March 2, 9:30 AM – 3:30 PM

Greta Gaard, Ph.D. in English, MSW in Clinical Social Work & Mina Leierwood, M.A. in Education
Mindfulness practice teaches one how to set aside habitual patterns of thought, and to pay attention to a deeper level of sensations, images, emotions. Similarly, both good writing and expressive art address life’s greatest questions through a grounded awareness of sensations, environments, other beings, and earthly elements. This workshop introduces mindfulness practice accompanied by the practices of reading and writing poetry, and creating art.

In the morning session, we will read short poems that use mindfulness as a lens on life itself — poems by Mary Oliver, Pablo Neruda, Rumi, Lynn Ungar, David Wagoner, Naomi Shihab Nye — discussing these poems in terms of form, metaphor, sensory detail, rhythm and stanzas. The format alternates mindful poetry reading, reflection, discussion, and the practice of mindful poetry-writing.

In the afternoon session, participants will explore paper, ink, watercolor and assemblage to reflect and expound upon their written works. No artistic experience is necessary, only a sense of curiosity is needed. We’ll be learning to trust our intuitive, artist-selves, and with a little coaxing, your inner spirit is sure to come and play. By the end of the workshop, participants will have created a complementary pairing of poetry and art.

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Am Now Writer: Public Reading

CLASS ID: 2Y101
Date/Time: Monday, February 4, 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM

Mary Jane LaVigne
Join us for a public reading for writers of poetry, fiction, non- fiction, and more. Sign up to share anything you can present in 5 minutes or less. Or, just come to listen to Special Guest Rob Thomas. Rob is of Dakota ancestry and has written a play about the Dakota/US War of 1862.

“Am now writer” wrote F. Scott Fitzgerald on his army discharge form, though he’d not yet sold a story. Whether writing is your vocation or avocation, it is our hope that this public reading inspires you to claim this title for yourself. When registering for this event please indicate whether you would like to read or attend in as audience. Prior approval is required to read.

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Cooking My Way Home: Journey from Field, to Kitchen, to Page

CLASS ID: 1Y102
Date/Time: Tuesday, January 8, 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM

Beth Dooley
Winter isn’t considered the season for local food, but in truth, it’s the best time to cook. It’s winter that defines what it means to “stay home,” filling the house with the scents of simmering stews and baking bread as the windows steam. Covering our local food movement over the past 35 years, Beth Dooley, James Beard award winning writer who has authored ten cookbooks and a food memoir, will share her journey through our Northern Heartland’s food scene with stories of the farmers, artisans, and producers, who are redefining what it means to eat well especially in winter. Through notes from the field and kitchen notes that have been gathered in cookbooks and stories, Beth has carved a career and built the case for home cooking that defines what it means to “come home” and create community.

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Artist Talk: Smashing the Invisible

CLASS ID: 2Y102
Date/Time: Saturday, February 2, 1:30 PM – 2:30 PM

Mary Simon-Casati & Dr. Liliya L.R. Williams
Mary Simon-Casati, Artist, and Dr. Liliya Williams, Astrophysicist, will talk about the intersection of art and physics. Both scientist and artist ask how we know the world? We are investigators. What exactly is color, shape, space, volume, and light? These are the means by which physicists artists have long flirted with the limits of representation. Join us as we  examine these concepts in a conversation led by Bethany Whitehead, Program and Communications Director at MRAC.

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