Each Spring the Cultural Center hosts the annual Minnesota State High School League Arts Festival for Region 6A North. This year the show will be in the gallery April 29 – May 6th. The festival will be on Wednesday, May 6th from 9am-2pm. During this time, approximately 125-150 students will be in New York Mills to see their artwork in the gallery, participate in two workshops given by area artists, and attend an awards ceremony.
All pieces entered in the show are scored by qualified visual arts judges according to MSHSL rules and regulations in a variety of categories including imaginative content, skill and technique, style, and more. Workshops available for students this year, taught by local/regional artists, include Woodland Indian Style, Zentangle Drawing, Cut Tear & Paste, Water Color Pencil, Art Through Play, and The Art of Stamping.
Twelve area schools are participating in the 2015 show: Barnesville, Bertha-Hewitt, Dillworth-Glyndon-Felton, Frazee, Hawley, Henning, Lake Park – Audubon, Menahga, Pelican Rapids, Sebeka, Staples-Motley, and Verndale. Students compete in a variety of categories including Drawing, Painting, Sculpture, Media Arts, Crafts, Print Making, Ceramics, 2D Mixed Media/Collage and Graphic Design.
There are approximately 140 pieces of original artwork on display at the Center. The talent and diversity is notable, and is worth a visit during this very limited time (April 29 – May 6). Gallery hours are Mondays 5-8pm, Tuesdays-Fridays 10am-5pm, and Saturdays 10am-3pm.