Am Now Writer: Public Reading

Date/Time: Tuesday, September 19, 7:00PM – 8:30PM

Mary Jane LaVigne with Special Guest Fred Amram
Join us for a public reading for writers of poetry, fiction, non- fiction, and more. Sign up to share your short essay, a few poems, fan- fiction, flash- fiction, or your novel in progress; anything you can present in 5 minutes or less. Or, just come to listen! “Am now writer” wrote F. Scott Fitzgerald on his army discharge form, though he’d not yet sold a story. Whether writing is your avocation or vocation, it is our hope that this public reading helps you to claim this title for yourself. Reader registration required prior to the event.

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Becoming American: Sieng Lee Lecture

Tuesday, September 26, 7:00PM – 8:00PM

Sieng Lee
Artist Sieng Lee is interested in the intersections of being Hmong and American. His sculptural installation work tell stories of his Hmong American experience while inviting the viewer to explore what it means to “Become American.” Sieng will lecture on his work, process, and challenges as a first generation Hmong American artist. He believes in the power of sharing liked experiences as a means to foster growth and strengthen community.

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Get to the Pointe with Ballet

Tuesday, September 12, 7:00PM – 8:00PM

Jan Chamberlin
If you are going on the field trip to the New York City Ballet at Northop, then this lecture is a can’t miss! Whether you have attended ballet performances before or this will be your first time, join us as we talk about the dances that New York City Ballet will perform, the choreographers, their artistic influences, and the key concepts that make ballet the graceful and athletic art form it has become.

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Open Studio: Artist to Artist

Date/Time: 11 Fridays: September 8 – November 17 , 10:00AM – 12:30PM

No Instructor
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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Public Art Lecture

Date/Time: Tuesday, October 3, 7:00PM – 8:30PM

Christine Podas-Larson
Learn to make a concrete statue in this 2-day workshop. Wouterina will teach her own techniques, not offered in books or schools. During the first day of this workshop, we will make a multi-layered metal form, which will be cemented on the following day. You will learn how to cut and shape metal lath and when and how to use reinforcements. There will be a demonstration on various cementing techniques, discussions on cement formulas, and what pigments to use for coloring cement. Wouterina has a technique to create concrete environments without any welding. With this knowledge you can create benches in any shape you like, that can seat as many people as you want, as well as outdoor adobe style fireplaces, fences and arches that light up, life size sculptures, bird baths, planters, and smaller objects. All materials and tools are provided.

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Lunch & Learn Stages of the Creative Process

Wednesday, September 13, 11:30AM – 12:30 PM

Susan Hartzell Vannelli
Creativitiy isn’t just about art. Creativity applies to all of our everyday life. Join teaching artist Susan Vannelli in a discussion about the stages of the creative process and weave it into your life experiences. Learn a few steps to integrate creative thinking into your life over lunch. Bring your own lunch.

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Introduction to Bird Photography

Monday, October 2, 7:00PM – 8:30PM
Craig Mullenbach
Over 400 species of birds have been observed in Minnesota and many are easy to see, but how do you get a good photograph of one of these quick and flighty creatures? Come join Craig A. Mullenbach as he shows the techniques that work for him, and learn some tips and tricks to improve your own bird photography. Topics such as how to find and approach birds safely and ethically, and what settings and techniques to use to capture images good enough to hang on your wall will be covered in this course.

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Golden Acrylics Lecture & Demo

Bonnie Cutts
Throughout this FREE two-hour presentation, you will hear tons of information about a variety of Golden acrylics and the inherent possibilities of acrylic materials. Extensive information about acrylic paints, gels, and mediums is presented. See how acrylic paints and gels mix together, as well as several examples of materials in a variety of applications. Open to all levels of painting experience. Information packets and free samples provided for all attending.

Date/Time: Friday, November 17, 10:00AM – 12:00PM
Tuition: FREE with registration
Age/Level: Adults, All Levels

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