Community Concert with Thursday Musical

Thursday Musical Musicians
Thursday Musical, one of the oldest arts organizations in the country, was founded in 1892 by group of 12 women from Minneapolis. Currently, Thursday Musical supports three distinctive recital series featuring a wealth of classical solo and chamber ensemble repertoire: the Thursday Morning Artist Series, Home Programs, and Community Concerts. Performers will be Marion Judish (violin) and Jenya Trubnikava (piano); Helen and Paul Baumgartner (piano duo).

Date/Time: Saturday, October 28, 4:00PM – 5:00PM
Tuition: FREE with registration
Age/Level: All Ages, All Levels

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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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Concrete Sculpture Workshop

Date/Time: Saturday & Sunday, September 9 & 10 – Saturday 10:00AM – 5:00PM, Sunday 12:00PM – 5:00PM

Wouterina De Raad
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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Mindfulness and Writing

Greta Gaard, Ph.D.
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, good writing is grounded in a loving awareness of our environments, our bodies, other beings, wind and water, soil and rock and insect. This workshop introduces mindfulness practice along with a careful observation of ourselves in and as nature, attending to nature, reacting to nature with awareness or aversion, grasping or indifference. We will read short excerpts from environmental writers who practice mindfulness — Gary Snyder, bell hooks, Stephanie Kaza, Alice Walker, Mushim Ikeda Nash. Participants will receive instruction in mindfulness practice and in writing practices, with quiet time for practicing each. If participants choose, the workshop can be used to launch a short piece of writing that articulates their experience of being in/as nature. Bring a sack lunch and water bottle to class.

Date/Time: Saturday, November 11, 9:30AM – 1:30 PM
Tuition: $38 Member/$48 Non-Member
Material Fee: $2 payable to instructor
Age/Level: Adults, All Levels

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Still Life in Pastel: Artistic Essentials

Lisa Stauffer
Enhance your skills through a better understanding of the key principles every artist needs to know to improve their paintings. Focus on painting simple still life set-ups in the versatile medium of pastel and learn how these lessons apply to painting all subject matter as we discuss design and composition, painting fundamentals, and the importance of accurate drawing. Delve into effective application of color, value, intensity, and temperature. Explore pastel brands, papers, and techniques. Class time will include demonstrations in pastel, personal assistance at your easel, group critiques, and fun!
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Date/Time: Friday – Sunday, October 27-29, 9:30AM – 4:00PM
Tuition: $230 Member/$288 Non-Member
Age/Level: Adults, Beginner and Beyond

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Travel Photography Workshop

Doug Beasley
Go beyond pretty postcard travel images to photographs with depth, meaning and mystery. Learn to make pictures that reflect the truth of your own experience. In this course, lectures, demonstrations, slide shows, assignments, discussions, and critiques will show you how to create photographs that can tell a more personal visual story. Topics include methods for approaching and photographing people from different cultures, working with natural or available light, deciding when and how to supplement with flash. See how pacing, rhythm and sequencing of your image files or prints can create a more dynamic presentation. Attention also will be paid to equipment choices, including balancing weight and versatility, and the virtues of simplicity. This workshop is appropriate to all levels, beginning to professional, who have already mastered basic camera skills and value content, creativity and vision over equipment.

Date/Time: Tuesday – Thursday, October 17-19, 7:00PM – 9:00PM
Tuition: $95 Member/$109 Non-Member
Material Fee: $20 payable to instructor
Age/Level: Adults, All Levels

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Mosaic Workshop

Wouterina De Raad
Learn the basic skills of mosaic tiling. Learn how to cut and break glass and ceramic tile, and what materials and adhesives to use for subzero climates. There will be a grouting demonstration and discussions on cement formulas and how to use pigments and texture a cement surface. You provide the object or sculpture to be decorated. All other materials and tools are provided.

Bring from home: An object or sculpture to decorate, garden gloves with a thin Nitrile palm (Atlas gloves are Wouterina’s recommendation), a dust mask or scarf, safety glasses, and a lunch.

Date/Time: Saturday & Sunday, October 7-8, Saturday 10:00AM – 5:00PM, Sunday 12:00PM – 5:00PM
Open Studio Time:  Sunday 10:00AM – 12:00PM
Tuition: $175 Member/$219 Non-Member
Material Fee: $20 payable to instructor
Age/Level: Adults, Teens, All Levels

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Inner Gold: Tressa Sularz

Tuesday, July 18, 9:30 AM-12:00 PM
Thursday, August 10, 6:30-8:30 PM
Tressa Sularz

Inner Gold: Tressa Sularz is a solo exhibition of fiber art at White Bear Center for the Arts. On Tuesday, July 18, from 9:30 AM-12:00 PM, Tressa will demonstrate her unique twining techniques in the gallery with an informal discussion about her work. On Thursday, August 10, from 7:00-8:30 PM, Tressa will talk about her work, and there will be a screening of a short film about the artist and her artwork by Mike Hazard. To learn more about Tressa and to view her work, visit

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