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The Heart of Art Gallery Show

This exhibition highlights the work of Elle Hettinger, a regional artist who lives in Orono, Minnesota. After suffering a series of illnesses years ago, Hettinger took classes at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design (MCAD) in drawing, watercolor, acrylic, encaustic, and printmaking, among others.

Says Curatorial Coordinator, Derek Henderson, “Elle’s work not only has a Valentine’s sort of feel, which appeals to a wide audience, but captures the essence of what it means to pour one’s heart and soul into one’s creative endeavors.”

In 2016 Hettinger was a member of the Women’s Art Institute at St. Catherine’s University. She has previously shown at Scarborough Fair in St. Paul, the Minneapolis Women’s Club, and US Bank Headquarters in downtown Minneapolis.

“Art initially provided me with therapeutic, meditative, healing qualities and now I have certainly come to look at the world through so many lenses and with a totally different set of eyes,” says Hettinger.

Painting Class in February

Acrylic Painting

with Aleda Windels

Students will complete a still life orchid painting to take home in addition to honing skills.

This “Art Rehabilitated” class will help participants utilize the relaxation which comes from creative exercises to de-stress, rejuvenate, and enjoy their weekend.

Aleda Windels, who concentrates on art therapy and canvass work,  is an artist who has been creating her entire life. She first studied art with Center volunteer and local art entrepreneur and philanthropist, Pam Robinson. Windels studied painting at M|State in Wadena and Detroit Lakes.

Windels’ work focuses on portraiture, murals, landscape, and illustration. She paints almost everyday, thankful for the talents with which she has to work.

The class fee is $33 or $30 for Cultural Center members.

Registration is required, and a minimum number of students must be met in order to hold the class. Call the Center to register at 218-385-3339.

2017 Open Mic

Monthly at the Cultural Center in New York Mills, a local volunteer invites singers and speakers, bards and balladeers to perform prospective pieces for the crowd gathered. 

Attend as audience or actor, orator or observer. Both literary lectors and musical minstrels are welcome to share their own or another’s creative work.

Organizer Pam Robinson says, “Every open mic has been uniquely different from the previous with guitarist-singers from Frazee, to joke-telling youth from Wadena, the reciting of beat poetry by a New York Mills poet. It is a great monthly gathering of people from Becker, Ottertail, and Wadena Counties and a wonderful opportunity to hear some creativity at work!”

The open mic event at the Cultural Center was resurrected by Robinson in the summer of 2015 to provide a safe space for free expression and to give voice to the artist or performer in everyone.
Each open mic night is open to all and free to attend.


New York Mills Regional Cultural Center 24 N Main Ave / P.O. Box 246, New York Mills, MN 5667 / (218) 385-3339