• Mark Olson

    Mark Olson

    Regional Woodturner Exhibition

    Opening November 27-December 31, 2015

    Featuring the work of:

    Don Wattenhofer, Ruth Severson, Dan Modrow, Curt Nelson, Ron Eberle, Jim Kjelstrup, Mark Olson, Phil Holtan, Mike Lickiss and Bob Lawrence

  • Screen Shot 2015-11-18 at 12.20.35 PMTaste of the Region Gift Card Packages available NOW at the Cultural Center and at P.S. I Love You boutique in Perham, or with any Cultural Center Board Member

Online giving for the Cultural Center

Giving to the Cultural Center – easier & quicker than ever

Just click on the button for Network for Good below.  You will be directed to the Network for Good website featuring the Cultural Center (our legal name is “New York Mills Arts Retreat”).  Thank you!


Pairings…Let your Creativity Flow

Join us at the Cultural Center this winter for Pairings, bi-monthly art experiences paired with an alcoholic (or non-alcoholic option) beverage of choice. Prices include materials, instruction, a drink ticket and light refreshments. Some classes may require additional materials. See class descriptions for more information. Classes are geared for high school aged students through adults  and will take place at the Cultural Center unless otherwise noted. If minimum number of participants is not met, the Center reserves the right to cancel a class. Members receive $2 off of their fee. Registration for these classes is required.

Let your creativity flow!

Thursday, December 3

6:00-7:15 OR 7:15-8:45

“Center of Attention” Holiday Centerpiece making class

Participants will use live greens, flowers and a candle to create a holiday/seasonal centerpiece. Additional enhancements for the centerpieces will be available for the nominal fee of just $1 the night of the class. Fee includes wine or a non-alcoholic beverage as well as light refreshments.

Fee: $37

Taught by Tessa Braukmann, owner/operator of Designs by Tes

Maximum of 10 for each session

This class is being held in the New York Mills City Ballroom

Thursday, December 17th
‘Sunsets & Silhouettes’

Adult participants choose one of three themes to complete a canvas painting of a landscape silhouette against a sunset. The landscape themes to choose from are: country farmstead, park with children, and northern wilderness. Mid-way through the evening, we will break for wine/cider, cheese and crackers. At the culmination of the class, participants will take home their completed work of art. All materials are supplied.
Taught by Pam Robinson
Fee: $40 (Pre-registration required)

Thursday, January 7th
Getting Graphic is for the Birds!

With color-blocking and stylized graphic depictions of an owl or a chickadee, participants will complete a canvas painting.
Throughout the evening, we will break for wine/cider, cheese and crackers. At the culmination of the class, participants will take home their completed work of art. All materials are supplied.
Fee: $40.00
Minimum 8 / Maximum 15

Saturday,January 23rd
Make a Basket in a Day

Keep your cold fingers busy with this one-day class covering the basics of basket weaving. We will be using cane and natural willow harvested from local swamps. Participants need to bring hand-pruners, old scissors and 10-15 spring-styled clothes pins. All remaining supplies and warm appetizers & drinks are covered in the class fee. Everyone will leave the class with one basket completed, and another started-to encourage future weaving on your own.
Fee: $35.00
Minimum 6/Maximum 10

Friday, February 12th
Pairings-Let your creativity flow!
Bound Together-Create a journal.

Participants (date night possibly?) will be completing the construction of a journal using paste papers and collage materials for the hard covers. Inside, the journals will contain blank white pages that have been secured with an external ‘stab’, or Japanese binding which displays the stitching that can become quite decorative when beading is added. Sub-sandwiches and beverages are included in the class fee.
Fee: $40.00
Minimum 6 / Maximum 12

Pairings-Let your creativity flow!
Am I Losing My Marbles?
Thursday, February 25th

Participants will learn the art of paper marbling using a technique of ‘floating’ paint on the surface of thickened water, draping the paper onto the surface, pulling and rinsing. Your newly created patterned papers can be used in scrap booking, for gift wrap, to use in collage projects, applied to mat boards for artwork framing, or even as cover paper for handmade books. Snacks and beverages are included with the class fee.

Fee: $45.00
Minimum 5 / Maximum 10

A Wall of Wine and a Tub of Beer

Now accepting donations for the Cultural Center’s Wall of Wine and Tub of Beer drawing!

Bottles, boxes and cans are all all welcome here!

Receive a complementary chance to win with your donation of beer or wine.

Chances to win are $5 for a single chance or $10 for three chances.

Winners will be drawn Thursday, December 3 during the Christmas Tree Festival. Winners need not be present to win.

Holiday Shopping at the Cultural Center

Annual Stock-Up Sale December 10-12, 2015

CulturalCenter_001This annual event has expanded to THREE DAYS this year!  Stock-Up sale hours are as follows:

  • Thursday, December 10 from 10am-7pm
  • Friday, December 11 from 10am-5pm
  • Saturday, December 12 10am-3pm

During this 3-day Sale, ALL items in the gift store will be discounted! The more you buy, the more you save, up to 30% OFF your entire purchase! On the final day of the sale (Saturday, December 12), we will host an open house with refreshments and FREE gift wrapping all day (10am-3pm).  Give the most unique and interesting gifts this year, all while supporting local artisans at the Cultural Center Gift Store this holiday season.

CulturalCenter_003Change is the theme around the Center this year, with new staff and board members, which leads to new programming and events. One such change is the expansion of the annual Stock-Up Sale, which allows for great deals for our customers for THREE days instead of just one evening.

Another change is that instead of our traditional Holiday Bazaar, we have instead increased the size of the Gift Store for the last month+ of the year. This will allow for our Gift Store Artists to expand their assortment throughout the entire month of December.

Though we love the Holiday Bazaar, we just could not make this event happen this year due to schedule and space constraints. However, we are very excited about our increased Gift Store space, the expanded Stock-Up Sale, and our current gallery exhibit which is “A Gift From the Forest” Minnesota Lakes Woodturners’ Show and has filled the main floor gallery space with beautiful handmade wood items, many of which are for sale and would make fantastic holiday gifts.

Please come check out the Gift Store this season, and complete your holiday shopping right here in New York Mills. We have extended our hours to be OPEN LATE on Wednesdays and Thursdays until 7pm to accommodate our customers and visitors! We are also open Saturdays 10am-3pm.


Center of Attention

“Center of Attention” centerpiece-making class to be held December 3

The first in a six class series across art disciplines and mediums! Stay tuned for upcoming class announcements!

T114-1CStudents will use live greens, flowers and a candle to create a holiday/seasonal centerpiece. Additional enhancements for the centerpieces will be available for the nominal fee of just $1 the night of the class.

Fee for the class is just $37, participants are asked to supply their own pruning clippers and/or gardening shears. Class recommended for high school students through adults.

Class will be led by local florist Tessa Braukmann, owner/operator of Designs by Tes in New York Mills

Held in the New York Mills City Ballroom on Thursday, December 3, two time options available- 6:00-7:15pm and 7:30-8:45pm. Each class has a maximum of ten people, for a total of twenty spots available.

Call the Center or stop by to register yourself and a friend! 218-385-3339

Space is limited so call now!

Click on the link below to see some of Tessa’s amazing work!

Designs by Tes

Bob Riepe Book Reading

Perham native Bob Riepe will be reading from his recently published book, ‘ROUGH ON RATS-the Trials and Tribulations of Buck Steichen’. 3-4-Riepe

The book is the first in the five book Raw Deals Series. The series is an epic tale of a family’s struggles in rural Minnesota as they do everything in their power to survive amid trying times. The characters in the series are based on people buried in the once-unmarked graves of the Fergus Falls ‘Poor Farm’ cemetery, a plot of land measuring 150 feet square on the north side of town. In the process of his historical research, Bob has learned the life stories of some of the interesting characters buried there.

Since the Spring of 2014, and with the blessing of the current land owner, Bob has made it his mission to honor the buried souls in the cemetery with landscaping, including an arbor, entryway, and a stone memorial.
Join us for this event in which Bob will read excerpts from the book as well as conduct a Q&A on the subjects of research methods, writing historical novels, and publishing.

Bob will have copies of Rough on Rats available to sign and sell. The event is free and open to the public.  December 8th at 7 pm. Refreshments will be served.

Sara Pajunen performance

SaraPajunenMinneapolis based artist explores Finnish heritage through music

LAATIKKO/BOX explores the emotional terrain we encounter when we step into unknown worlds. Pajunen combines the reading of archival material, recorded audio interviews with recent immigrants, live violin, voice, and electronic technology to create a poignant interactive sound piece. Laatikko/Box is a search for commonalities: between distant immigrant stories, and between the immigrant journey and our own journeys of change. Haven’t we all left one ‘home’ for another?

In 2014, Laatikko/Box was commissioned by the Cedar Cultural Center in Minneapolis. Inspired by Pajunen’s research in the Finnish-American archives, Laatikko/Box is a work in stages that follows the personal and musical migration of the artist. Rather than an expected response to the archival material, Pajunen found the immigrant stories mimicked her personal journey of leaving a place of familiarity, a way of being.

Sara Pajunen is a Minnesota-based musician. After receiving classical music degrees (violin) in both Minneapolis and Helsinki, she founded three touring ensembles based on her Finnish heritage. Her current duo Aallotar explores the similarities and differences of cultures grown apart and in her solo work she melds audio interviews, concept, and acoustic and electronic music into live sound presentations. Her music has received grants from Minnesota State Arts Board and Koneen Säätiö and she is Finlandia Foundation’s 2015-16 Performer of the Year.
The performance will take place December 11 at 7:30 pm.
Suggested donation of $5-10.


Taste of the Region

Gift card packs valued at over $100 available NOW!20151118_113640-1

Each Taste of the Region gift card pack includes: $25 gift card to Brew Ales & Eats (Perham),  $25 gift card to The Otter (Ottertail), $25 gift card to The Uptown (Wadena), and EITHER a $25 gift card to Zorbaz (on Little Pine) OR $25 gift card to Mills Lanes (NYM) and a $5 gift card to the Cultural Center’s gift store. Cost is only $100.

Taste of the Region gift card packages can be split, shared or gifted! They are an easy one-stop buy for a gift exchange or a person that is difficult to shop for! Stop in and get yours before they are gone! A great way to support local businesses and the mission of the Cultural Center during the holiday season!

Available at the Cultural Center, P.S. I Love You Boutique in Perham or any Cultural Center Board Member.

The Cultural Center would like to give a sincere THANK YOU to all of the businesses and people who contributed to making these packages possible!

2015 Winter Fundraiser

Center Winter Open House Fundraiser Thursday, December 3

Join us at the New York Mills City Ballroom for several exciting opportunities taking place concurrently with the Christmas Tree festival from 6-9 pm. Mills Liquors will be hosting beer and wine tasting.

Unlike past years, we will not be holding a silent auction. Instead, our weekly Sit and Stitch group will be transforming everyday objects into brand new items, a “Mer-RE-Imagine Christmas.” All profits from the sale of items sold will go towards fulfilling the Center’s mission statement to keep bringing the community arts programming in a rural setting.

“Wall of Wine/Tub of Beer” drawing

“Center of Attention” Make your own winter centerpiece; class led by Tessa Braukmann of Designs by Tes, pre-registration encouraged but not required. This class will kick off a series of pairing classes to be held over the coming months.

Sale of “Taste of the Region” gift card packages, $100 value