We’re fortunate to have two art teachers from local schools serving as members of the Board of Directors of the Center. Tammy Olson is the high school art teacher at the New York Mills schools and Peder Butenhoff is the art teacher at Fergus Falls High School.
The Center hosts the annual Minnesota State High School League art show and festival each year in April. We work to make connections between visiting artists in the Retreat Program, performers in our regular series, and clinics and workshops in the schools each year. In 2012, for example, Anne Sawyer-Aitch, the artist who directs the Puppet Pageant each year, carried out workshops with students to introduce them to the art of puppet theater. This kind of connection has born fruit: more young people and adults participated in the Pageant this year than ever before.
We also sponsor an annual Kite Festival in the schools each year for the past four years. Tammy Olson has led this project every year in New York Mills and Laura Moe helped in Perham two years. Check out the Kite Festival page.
Weave a scarf and a table runner
Lil McRae from At Loose Ends weaving and yarn shop in Perham will teach the basics of weaving on the rigid heddle loom on Tuesday nights from 6-8pm – October 2, 9, 16, & 23. Students will complete a scarf and a table runner during the four class sessions. Lil has looms for rent ($25 for the duration of the class) and there are several available for loan at the Center. Tuition for this class is $60 for the four sessions plus materials cost. By the end of the four sessions students will have completed a scarf and a table runner and have learned the basics of weaving on the rigid heddle loom. Register for this class by calling the Center at (218) 385-3339.
Fish and Duck Decoys
July 6-September 22
This exhibition of decoys made by six regional artists has been lots of fun. Here are a pair of images, one showing boys swimming some of the fish decoys and the other catching three of the artists awaiting judging of their work. The decoys have to be both attractive to look at in the gallery and the fish have to like them too.