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Arts Retreat FREE ARTIST RESIDENCY – submissions due October 1, 2014

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.

Details: kulcher.org/for-artists/arts-retreat-program/
Application: kulcher.org/arts-retreat-application/

One Good Turn – the woodturner’s art

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

One Good TurnLocal 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

Senior / Gentle Yoga Classes


Starting on September 10th through November 12th, join us at the Cultural Center on Wednesday mornings from 9 to 10 a.m., for a gentle journey led by registered yoga instructor Ann Pate.  Ann’s class will build strength and flexibility through yoga and yoga flows.

The cost is $3 per session.

Lost Towns of Northern Minnesota

Rhonda Fochs and the lost towns of northern Minnesota

Minnesota Lost TownsAuthor 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.”

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Open Mic Night


Looking for something different to do on a Tuesday night? Come to the Cultural Center every 4th Tuesday of the month at 7:00pm for our monthly Open Mic Night. Open Mic is always FREE and open to all.

ALL are welcome – musicians, poets, writers, jugglers, comedians – anyone looking to perform or practice their art form.  Join Open Mic organizers/standbys John Perry with his keyboard and Dave Virnala with his guitar (pictured at right), both will to play and sing a few tunes and welcome audience members and/or performers of all ages and interests.

The schedule recently changed for Open Mic; it will now be held every 4th Tuesday of the month at 7pm, in the Cultural Center Main Gallery.

New sculpture “uproot” at Sculpture Park

Morris, Minnesota Artist Gary Wahl introduces his sculpture “uproot” at the Sculpture Park

UprootedUprooted, a new sculpture at the Sculpture Park in New York Mills, will be introduced to the community by artist Gary Wahl on Saturday, August 2 from 4 pm to 6 pm. Everyone is invited to talk with Gary about his work in general and in particular his new piece. The Sculpture Park is a program of the Cultural Center.

Gary completed his M.F.A. and M.A. at the University of Iowa and his B.A. at the University of Minnesota, Morris, where he now teaches studio art. His work is in photography and sculpture and he has a special interest in public art.

Gary’s work has examined issues of land-use in the rural Midwest, economic recession, and the housing bubble as viewed through children’s playhouses, developments, and organic house-forms.

Please join artist Gary Wahl on Saturday,  August 2nd, 2014 at the Sculpture Park from 4:00-6:00 pm. Refreshments will be served.

2014 Puppet Pageant

PicMonkey CollageJoin us for two weeks of fun and creativity!
Learn to walk with stilts, children & adults
help to make large puppets and
perform in our theatrical event!

Workshop Schedule:

For all participants
August 4-8 Mon thru Fri 9:00 am-12:00 pm

August 11-14 Mon thru Thur 9:00 am-12:00 pm

For Stilters ONLY
August 5, 7, 12 & 14 Tues & Thurs 1:00-2:30 pm

Adults and Children Accompanied by Adults

August 4, 6 &7 Mon, Wedn & Thurs 6:00-8:00 pm
August 11-14 Mon thru Thur 6:00-8:00 pm

For all participants
August 15 Friday 4:00-5:30 pm Pre-Performance

Grand Performance Friday, August 15th at 7:00 pm,
outdoors behind the Cultural Center,
immediately following the New York Mills Community Corn Feed
(free corn sponsored by the NYM Civic & Commerce Association)

Both adults and children are welcome to participate!