Dick Oehlenschlager to present workshop on Minnesota bird ID
Dick has identified nearly 200 birds in Wadena county and he will be the featured presenter in a workshop focused on identifying the birds of Minnesota. Everyone is invited to this event on Tuesday, September 30 at 7 pm in the ground floor gallery.
A concert with Ann and Charlie Heymann
Friday, October 3rd at 7:30 pm “The Jacobite Harp” concert will present a show featuring the world renowned artistry of Minnesota’s own Ann & Charlie Heymann. Their dramatic harp music and poignant ballads are balanced by good humor and lively dance music, making this a seriously fun event! Tickets are available by calling 218-385-3339. Admission is $12 with advance reservation and $10 for Center members. Receive an additional $2 discount on admission by bringing a non-perishable food item for donation to the Mills food shelf.
Ann plays a replica of an Irish harp that survived the turbulence during the Catholic Stuarts’ fight to claim the English throne, nearly uniting Ireland, Scotland, England, Wales and France—some three hundred years before the European Union! The harp was made in 1734, owned and played by an exceptional Protestant clergyman who risked all to support seditious Munster poets who continued to protest the decimation of their homeland. After his death the harp curiously found its way to the Museum of Fine Arts Boston—the sole surviving Gaelic harp outside of Ireland and Scotland.
Visiting Author Jill Kalz will give a poetry reading, Wednesday October 1st from 7 to 8 pm at the Cultural Center. There is no charge for this event and everyone is welcome!
Jill is the author of over 70 children’s books and has also published short-fiction/poetry for adults in Minnesota Monthly, The Nebraska Review, The Ohio Review, Cream City Review, and other magazines. She currently works as a full-time children’s book editor.
The New York Mills Arts Retreat is currently accepting applications for January – June 2015 artist residencies. The Arts Retreat program offers self-funded 2-6 week solo residencies for selected artists in all disciplines. A small house and studio access are provided, along with dedicated time for creative development and exploration in our rural Minnesota setting. Application can be completed online and must be submitted by October 1, 2014 to be considered for residencies during January – June 2015.
Minnesota Lakes Woodturners make art out of the forest
Exhibit open through Wednesday, October 15
Enjoy live woodturning demonstrations
Friday, September 19 from 6 pm – 8 pm
Local artists from Otter Tail, Wadena, and Becker Counties are featured in the Minnesota Lakes Woodturners Association exhibit, One Good Turn, featuring the work of 12 woodturning artists. The show continues in the Center’s ground-floor gallery through Wednesday, October 15. Gallery hours are 10 am to 5 pm Tuesday – Friday and Saturdays 10 am to 3 pm.
The exhibit includes goblets, bowls, trays, and a host of other beautiful and useful wood art made by Don Wattenhofer of Ponsford, Mike Lickiss of Detroit Lakes, Lon Hanson of New York Mills, Mark Olson of Ottertail, Phil Holtan of Perham, Jim Kjelstrup of Detroit Lakes, Dan Modrow of Frazee, Kenneth Vorderbruggen of Henning, Christian Haugen of Henning, Dan Yliniemi of Ponsford, Ron Eberle of Detroit Lakes, and Don Olson of Audubon.
Woodturning demonstrations will be featured on Friday, September 19 from 6pm-8pm. Please join these regional artists as they create beautiful turnings from local wood. There is no charge for admission to the gallery or for the demonstrations.
Photo credit: Sarah Dykhoff
Rhonda Fochs and the lost towns of northern Minnesota
Author Rhonda Fochs will be discussing her book “Minnesota Lost Towns” this Thursday, August 28 at 7:30 pm at the Cultural Center. There is no charge for this event and everyone is invited to learn about the history of our region through the small towns that have been lost. Rhonda’s book takes us on a trip into Minnesota history and visits nearly 150 northern Minnesota lost towns. Learn how these towns were created, grew and prospered, and why they died, where they were located and what you’ll see there today. This event is free of charge and open to the public. Everyone invited.
Minnesota author Rhonda Fochs has been traveling the state in search of lost towns, lost stories and the people who created them. This is her first in what Fochs hopes will become a series. “Minnesota’s Lost Towns: Northern Edition,” was published in mid-May this year.
“I wanted to tell folks about the people and the places,” Fochs said. “It’s the story of people and places that are fun to read — I tried to capture the interest and personality of each town.”
“We’re all connected to these towns in some way,” Fochs said. “We’ve driven through them, our ancestors came from them. History is right in our own backyards.”