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Stories & News

  • COVID-19 Restriction Update
    This week, Minnesota is taking extra steps to prevent the growing spread of COVID-19. In accordance with these measures, the following changes will take place:…

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  • Artist Highlight: Sieng Lee
    From far away the pillars outside WBCA appear to be covered in an icy shade of blue, reflecting the sky and hinting at the oncoming…

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  • OSilas Labyrinth Closing Ceremony
    The Osilas Labyrinth will be decommissioned on November 19, before the new construction begins. WBCA invites you to walk the OSilas Labyrinth before 3:30 PM…

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  • Winter 2020-2021 Catalog
    White Bear Center for the Arts’ Winter 2020-2021 catalog includes a wide variety of arts activities, classes, and upcoming exhibitions. Click here or on the…

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  • Artist Highlight: Marc Anderson
    Light is the key to Marc Anderson’s plein air paintings. You might recognize the Wisconsin-based painter’s work from WBCA’s Into Nature plein air exhibit, where…

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  • BOO! Halloween Festivity Contest!
    Thank you to all the amazing participants that submitted their creative works to the WBCA Halloween Festivity Contest!  There was a range of submissions! Everything…

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  • Sunday Arts Markets
    *Arts Markets Canceled* Sunday Arts Markets were a great way of reconnecting this fall – unfortunately, present regulations now prohibit these events.  It showed WBCA…

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  • Artist Spotlight: Philipo Dyauli
    Philipo Dyauli is a self-taught painter, illustrator and draftsman from Tanzania. His work primarily consists of acrylic paintings inspired by favorite painters, African music, films, and…

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  • Mata Ortiz 2020 Pottery Sale
    Mata Ortiz, Mexico is home to a pottery tradition extending back to a lost civilization from 800 years ago. In 2019, artists from Mata Ortiz…

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  • New Public Art at WBCA
    Visit WBCA to see a newly installed public art collaboration between WBCA’s Artist-in-Residence Sieng Lee and Youth & Outreach Director Kyle Frederickson  This collaborative artwork…

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  • Artist Spotlight: Maiya Lea Hartman
    Maiya Lea Hartman is an acrylic painter and mixed-media artist living and working in Minneapolis, MN. She works in a diverse range of mediums–from pencil and…

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  • Fall 2020 Events
    There are so many events this fall, you could fill every Thursday in your calendar with something new and different from WBCA!  A list of…

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  • Disquietude: Artist Panel Discussion
    Thursday, September 24 7:00 PMLESLIE BARLOW, Curator:  What happens in the places of unease and the unfamiliar? If we are able to take the risk…

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  • Artist Talk: Kelsi Sharp
    7PM ZOOM LINK: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86970349480?pwd=dEZZWHlic1loU25nTjZSdTMxa00xdz09 Kelsi Sharp is an African American graphic designer and artist from the American Southwest. Growing up along historic Route 66, her…

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  • Sprayfinger
    Watch this virtual lecture with Peyton Scott Russell to hear a brief history of graffiti and the art of creative lettering. As a 2012-2014 Bush…

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  • BOO! Halloween Festivity Contest
    Get creative and get scary! This season WBCA welcomes you to participate in the Halloween Festivity Contest. You can submit anything Halloween related! Make your…

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  • Las Catrinas for El Día de Los Muertos
    Michoacan Artist Leonel Nery demonstrates the art of making La Calavera Catrina. “The elegant skull,” known as La Catrina, has become a festive symbol for…

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  • Splash!
    NOW OPEN: CLICK HERE Celebrating a colorful mix of water media style, subject and talent! Online Awards CeremonyDownload Splash! CatalogLike, Comment & Share on Facebook…

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  • A Garden of Black Joy with Keno Evol
    Live Panel: Thursday, October 8, 7:00 PM WBCA invites you to join a panel discussion with writers from around the world included in the anthology A…

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  • Disquietude
    Show Dates: September 10-November 20Virtual Opening Reception: Thursday, September 10, 7:00 PM Available now: DisquietudeVideo Tour with Artist InterviewsArtist Panel VideoDownloadable Gallery BookletFacebook AlbumIntroduction &…

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  • Artist Spotlight: Dan Mackerman
    Dan Mackerman, WBCA oil painting teacher extraordinaire, began his career as a teacher in 1984, fresh out of grad school. He received his MFA at…

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  • Creative Art Kits
    From Managing Director Sara Nephew, dropping off Creative Art Kitswith “Mr. Kyle” Frederickson, Youth & Outreach Director Even under the best of circumstances, it can…

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  • Artist Spotlight: Nancy Hicks
    WBCA artist Nancy Hicks will be teaching a brand new virtual class on relief printing this August. They are a new face at the art…

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  • Announcing WBCA’s Expansion
    July 7, 2020 Dear Friends, On behalf of the Board of Directors for White Bear Center for the Arts (WBCA) we are thrilled to announce…

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  • Calling for a New Story for America
    This letter was published on June 5, 2020 by Suzi Hudson, WBCA’s Executive Director.  Dear Friends, It has been 11 days since the killing of…

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  • Castles & Creatures Contest
    ENTER THROUGH JULY 11 Post & Tag WBCA on social media or email WBCA Because we can’t all come together to make sandcastles during Manitou…

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  • Daily Astrology-Inspired Meditation with Karen Parkman
    Thank you to Karen Parkman, WBCA’s evening and weekend receptionist, for sharing her passion for astrology and mindfulness practices with the community through the Mindfulness…

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  • Galloway Culinary
    You are going to want to do more than just look at what Ken Galloway has been making.  Ken’s Galloway Culinary Facebook page is full…

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  • May 2: Celebrate World Labyrinth Day with these two at-home activities
    Join thousands of people around the world celebrating World Labyrinth Day at 1:00 PM in their local time zone. Last year over 5900 people in 30…

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  • Two Poems from Oludare D. Obadiya: National Poetry Month
    Oludare D. Obadiya was a 2019 WriteNow! high school creative writing contest winner and slated to read as part of WBCA’s April poetry night celebrating…

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  • Mask Making with WBCA
    In addition to being useful, mask making can be fun, and the fabrics may add a splash of much-needed color. Below are examples for sewn…

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  • Karen’s WBCA Picks: Back to the “Classics”
    Click here for Karen’s Spiced Red Lentil Soup recipe mentioned in the interview at the bottom of the page.  By Karen Parkman, WBCA Receptionist &…

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  • Painting Demo Video with Lisa Fertig, WBCA Instructor
    Lisa Fertig’s watercolor landscape teaching video is below!  WBCA is keeping in touch with its professional teaching artists to see how their work is impacted…

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  • Reflections with WBCA Teaching Artist Sylvia Benson
    by Sylvia Benson During this time of Covid-19, I am staying home and been trying some new techniques with my alcohol inks. It’s rather calming…

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  • Learn Zentangle with Sue Swanson
    It’s safe to say we could all use some relaxing, meditative art practices right about now. WBCA artist Sue Swanson is here to help. Along…

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  • 1:1 Donation Match
    Online fundraising platform Benevity has launched a $300,000 matching campaign for qualified nonprofits like White Bear Center for the Arts.  UPDATE: This match disappeared with…

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  • Virtual Views of the Mississippi
    Tom Stewart’s Views of the Mississippi: Past and Present contrasts iconic Twin Cities landscapes through paintings. Stewart, who received a Minnesota State Arts Board Artist…

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  • WBCA Suspending Services in response to COVID-19
    White Bear Center for the Arts (WBCA) is immediately suspending all services, classes, and events in response to the spread of COVID-19. Tentatively, the Center…

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  • Pam Collins: Artist Highlight
    Seeing one of Pam Collin’s fabric landscapes can be a surreal experience. At first it looks like beautiful bold brush strokes. Taking a closer look,…

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  • WriteNow! with Josh Lehr
    by Ellie Fuelling, Development & Marketing Assistant  “We haven’t seen our last Hemingway,” Josh Lehr said as he sat in the WBCA atrium, discussing the…

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  • Tea Ceremonies to bring Deep Conversations about Water to the Vadnais Lake Watershed
    Announcing a grant-funded partnership between the Vadnais Lake Area Watershed Management Organization (VLAWMO) and White Bear Center for the Arts (WBCA)! This summer, White Bear…

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  • “White Bear: Center for the Arts”
    Strategic Planning for WBCA’s Future From 2019 Strategic Planning Co-Chairs Judy Benham and Alex Legeros Strategic planning has been core to WBCA’s success and growth.…

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  • Remembering Robbie Johnson
    This winter, White Bear Center for the Arts said goodbye to dear friend and board member Robbie (Roberta) Johnson. Robbie joined the Board of Directors…

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