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Get Involved! ~ 2016 Puppet Pageant

2016 Cultural Center 8th annual MopHairGreyFaceCroppedPuppet Pageant
   Supply, Volunteer, and Sponsor Request

The Puppet Pageant is a community theatre production and there are many ways to get involved!

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  • Sewing: costumes
  • Carpentry: help with stilts, as needed

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  • Help with younger children during workshops & rehearsals:
    • August 8-12 (Monday-Friday) 9am-noon
    • August 15-19 (Monday-Friday) 9am-noon
    • August 17 (Wednesday) 6-8 pm *evening rehearsal*
    • August 18 (Thursday) 6-8 pm *DRESS REHEARSAL*
    • August 19 (Friday) 5:30 CALL FOR PERFORMERS
                                     7:00 pm *PERFORMANCE*
  • Help with puppet & props building:
    • August 8, 10 (Monday, Wednesday) 6-8pm
    • August 15,16 (Monday, Tuesday) 6-8pm

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  • Large pieces of white or solid color fabric – could be bedsheets
  • Bubble wrap
  • Clean single-ply cardboard (large boxes)
  • Newspaper
  • Brown paper bags
  • Plastic bags
  • Cereal boxes
  • Swimming noodles
  • Old umbrellas
  • Christmas Tree balls and tinsel
  • Bamboo garden stakes
  • Old bicycle inner tubes and tires
  • Water-based house paint (no oil-base, please)
  • Plastic containers with lids (cottage cheese type or similar)
  • Craft doo-dads such as: pipe cleaners, pom-poms, buttons
  • Bamboo poles
  • Tarps (can be used, will get used)
  • Trash bags and paper towels galore
  • Wooden lathe for puppet sticks (30 sticks)
  • Duct tape, 10 rolls
  • Masking tape, 10 rolls
  • Acrylic Paint, one gallon each of red, yellow, blue, green, orange, black, white)
  • Paint Brushes
  • Bucket
  • Roll of tinfoil
  • 20 yards of plain white muslin
  • Box cutter blades
  • X-acto knife blades and knives

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  • $50 provides a scholarship for one child to participate
  • $300 covers the actual cost for one child to participate
  • All donors will be listed in program
  • Business sponsor benefits include ad in program, logo on website

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July Artist of the Month

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Jewelry Maker

JT Thompson of jt maui designs is the Cultural Center’s July Artist of the Month! Stop by our gift shop any time for the rest of the month to get 10% off all of JT’s marvelous creations!

Minnesota native, Jon “JT” Thompson, resided on the island of Maui for many years before returning to his home state and joining fellow artist, Karla Mikkelson. JTandKarlaCropped

The natural colors and materials from beaches and lakes are evident in each of their one-of-a-kind creations. They love to mix natural gemstones and beach glass with elements such as driftwood, lake stone, lava, and mixed metals. Custom metal stamping, family necklaces, and custom phrases are available. From baby’s first jewelry to re-purposing Grandma’s heirlooms, they create new as well as reconditioned jewelry for all ages and styles. Each piece is truly created for you with the spirit of “aloha!”

Get JT’s jewely in the gift shop at the Cultural Center and online in his Etsy Store and Facebook.

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In April, the Cultural Center Gift Store proudly announced its “Artist of the Month” program which features a new Gift Store artist each month with special deals and activities. The program’s intent is to bring attention to the myriad of talented local and regional artists and specialty product makers who enhance the assortment in the Cultural Center’s Gift Store. Additionally, the program provides an opportunity for members of the community to come and connect with the featured artist or maker, participate in a class or observe a demonstration, and take advantage of special discounts on artist-made creations. The Cultural Center is committed to featuring a new artist each month and offering special events and an opportunity to meet the artist and purchase their artwork with special discounts.

Artist in Residence ~ August 2016

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Filmmaker / Photographer

Nik is a research-based storyteller, filmmaker and photographer. He is interested in oral histories, vernacular folklore and local legends, being equally informed by documentary journalism and avant-garde forms. His work often involves essayistic interventions in archival materials to explore regional histories, focusing on contested histories that stand at the intersection of power, memory, race and place.

While in New York Mills, Nik is documenting the 8th Annual Puppet Pageant! He is filming workshops, the final pageant, and conducting interviews.

Nik has a BFA in History and Documentary Filmmaking from The Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington.

FILMOGRAPHY

FergusFallsOfficer-Involved Shooting: Surveying the geography of white violence. An interrogation of the landscapes where Trayvon Martin, Walter Scott and Jordan Davis died at the hands of police, both state-sanctioned and self-appointed.

Today I Am Going To Kill Myself But First I Am Going To Dance: An experimental documentary and ongoing placemaking project about the legacy of the Fergus Falls State Hospital in Fergus Falls, Minnesota. Completed as part of the Hinge Arts Residency on at the invitation of Springboard For The Arts.

In The Shadow of Paul Bunyan: An experimental first person documentary/installation about white colonial heritage, myth making in northern Minnesota and fiberglass roadside attractions.

MANIUM: An abstract exploration of the myths and stories surrounding the culture of the very real Olympia black houses and their owner, Duane the Dark Dentist.

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All photos Copyright Nik Nernburn

Check out Nik’s website: www.niknernburn.com

August Artist of the Month

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In April, the Cultural Center Gift Store proudly announced its “Artist of the Month” program which features a new Gift Store artist each month with special deals and activities. The program’s intent is to bring attention to the myriad of talented local and regional artists and specialty product makers who enhance the assortment in the Cultural Center’s Gift Store. Additionally, the program provides an opportunity for members of the community to come and connect with the featured artist or maker, participate in a class or observe a demonstration, and take advantage of special discounts on artist-made creations. The Cultural Center is committed to featuring a new artist each month and offering special events and an opportunity to meet the artist and purchase their artwork with special discounts.

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Photographer

Jon Solinger was born in 1959 in Pelican Rapids, Minnesota. He received his BA in art with photography emphasis from Minnesota State University Moorhead in 1985, and currently resides with his wife and their four-year-old daughter in Lida Township, Otter Tail County Minnesota, maintaining a studio there and working as the third generation owner of Solinger’s Resort on Lake Lida. JSBrownCowCropped

Solinger’s recent photographic work involves rural places in his region, observing how physical and human geographies shape each other, and making photographs in response to subtle and ordinary beauty.

In 2000 the North Dakota Museum of Art commissioned him to photograph extensively the shelterbelts on the Red River Valley’s agricultural lands. The Museum mounted an exhibition of the photographs, which subsequently toured for two years, and has become part of the Museum’s permanent collection.

JSBlueMilkerCropped His most recent project, Working Land, lyrically documents people’s attachment to a place through work. Through these photographs he seeks to discover the meaning behind the rural visual landscape, employing both portrait and landscape images to explore the integration of work and land in rural life.

Solinger has exhibited regionally, including the North Dakota Museum of Art in Grand Forks ND, the Rourke Art Museum in Moorhead MN, the Plains Art Museum in Fargo ND, and galleries in Minneapolis, Fargo, and Fergus Falls, MN.

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Join Jon at the Cultural Center on

Sunday August 7th @6pm

for an

Artist Talk & Book Signing

JSHivesCropped “Like many artists, photographer Jon Solinger is a story teller. His portraits of people, places, and things from Otter Tail County, Minnesota tell the story of lands settled by immigrants. Immigrants from 19th Century Scandinavia. Immigrants from 21st Century big cities. Those who immigrated away, but have returned, following the call of the land. … With poetry and lyricism, Solinger has captured a pivotal and transitional moment in our region’s rural history. In these photographs, art and history intertwine not only to celebrate rural life and work, but to preserve it for future generations.” -forward to Working Land, written by Tania Blanich

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Jon’s books will be 10% off all month of August in the Cultural Center’s gift shop.

All photos copyright Jon Solinger 2016.

Check out more of his work at www.jonsolinger.com

August Watercolor Class

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Watercolor Instructor

Growing up in the  New York City  area afforded Grace the opportunity to visit the Brooklyn Museum of Art as well as the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Although she loved art she never even gave a thought to pursuing a career in that field.  Grace worked for an advertising agency on Madison Avenue until she and her husband Michael were married and moved to the Chicago area.

She started taking lessons when her children were very young. Mike baby-sat while Grace went out for an art class once a week. They have four children. It was after the children were in school that Grace painted during the day attending classes and workshops in the Chicago area. GHBarn

She has been published many times in both art books as well as art magazines.  Her paintings appear in Strokes of Genius, The Best of Drawing, Pure Color – the Best of Pastel, 100 Ways to Paint Still Life and Florals, The Best of Watercolor Volume 3, The Best of Pastel Volume 2 and several art magazines.    

After years of studying, Grace is now a signature member of the National Watercolor Society, Transparent Watercolor Society of America, Arizona Watercolor Association and the Pastel Society of America where she is a signature member as well as Master Pastelist.  

Grace and Michael live in Scottsdale, Arizona. They have four children and four grandchildren.

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Join Grace at the Cultural Center on

Thursday, August 25th from 9am to 4pm

for her

Watercolor Workshop Day


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When: Thursday, August 25th 9am-4pm; lunch noon-1pm
Where: The Cultural Center in New York Mills
Who: adults over age 17
Cost: $65 for non-members, $60 for members
Details: please bring all your own watercolor paints, brushes, palette, water jars, and watercolor paper

2016 Puppet Pageant

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Friday, August 19th @7pm

After the Corn Feed

Dance, music, acting, costume design and performance skills are taught by Anne Sawyer-Aitch, Creative Director and Puppeteer from Minneapolis, who has SunMoonKantelePlayerCroppedworked with In the Heart of the Beast puppet theatre in Minneapolis.  This program involves the creating and making of puppets of all sizes to be used in the 9th Annual Puppet Pageant, which is street theater play based on the Finnish national epic poem, The Kalevala.  Stilt walking is included again this year as an added element to the performance.

TurqoiseLadyCroppedThe Puppet Pageant is a wonderful opportunity for kids to gain experience in both visual and performing arts, challenge themselves physically with stilt-walking, and learn skills in collaboration and teamwork. Participants attend workshops the two weeks leading up to the 19th, which culminate in the performance after the GroupWithDragonHeadCroppedNew York Mills city corn feed.

Actual cost to produce this event is approximately $300/participant. A portion  of this cost is funded by the Cultural Center, the City of New York Mills, NYM Civic & Commerce, Lake Region Arts Council, the McKnight Foundation, and New Horizons. To help cover the remaining costs, there is a youth tuition of $50 for this two-week program, with a $100 maximum per family. There is no fee for adults. Scholarships available based on need; call (218) 385-3339.

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This activity is funded in part by a grant from the Lake Region Arts Council through a Minnesota State Legislative appropriation.

Call the center to sign up for the workshops & activities! All children who participate in the two weeks of workshops, perform in the pageant on Friday, August 19th.

(218) 385-3339

Fall 2016 Concert Series

The Cultural Center is pleased to announce our Fall 2016 concert series!

All concerts begin at 7:30 p.m. and will be held in the Cultural Center’s intimate gallery listening room space (unless noted otherwise).  Tickets $12 in advance or $15 at the door. Members receive $2 discount. Students always $5. Call the Center for advance ticket reservations (218-385-3339).

Kent1Friday, September 2nd – Kent DuChaine

Kick off your Labor Day weekend with the return of Kent DuChaine, American blues singer and steel guitarist from Fort Gaines, Georgia.

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Friday, October 14th – Corey Medina Cory1

Blues-Rock-Indie-Soul-Folk musician, originally from New Mexico & now residing in Bemidji, MN.

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Troubadour-poet-folksinger from San Francisco and now based in St. Paul. A Minnesota State Arts Board Arts Tour grant recipient, Brian’s visit will include school & community songwriting workshops in addition to an evening performance.

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Sunday, December 11th – Newberry & Verch

Newly touring duo Joe Newberry & April Verch, featuring guitar, banjo, fiddle & step dancing, playing old-time, gospel, roots, blues and ballads which stem into Canadian regional styles and Verch1Newberry1originals, with some Christmas songs included too!

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Wednesday, December 21st – Longest Night Music Festival

Annual winter solstice celebration of local musicians. Concert begins at 7:00 p.m.