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 11-25, 2018.  The festival will be on Wednesday, April 25th from 9am-2pm. During this time, approximately 125-140 students and teachers will be in New York Mills to see their artwork in the gallery, hear artist presentations, and attend an awards ceremony at the NYM City Hall Ballroom.

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. This year the teachers are have taken the leadership role in planning and executing the exhibit and festival, and the Center would like to thank the teachers for these efforts, especially Molly Fairbanks from Frazee-Vergus Public Schools.

Fourteen area schools are participating in the 2018 show: Barnesville, Bertha-Hewitt, Dillworth-Glyndon-Felton, Frazee, Hawley, Henning, Lake Park – Audubon, Menahga, New York Mills, Pelican Rapids, Perham, 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.

Admission to the Gallery is free and all are welcome and invited to come and view this amazing student artwork for the two-week duration of the show (April 11-25). On the final day, Wednesday, April 25, the artwork will come down immediately following the festival, so that students can take their work home with them (approximately 2:00 p.m.). Get into the Gallery and see this artwork before it’s gone!

Gallery Hours: Wednesday & Thursday 10am-7pm, Friday 10am-5pm, Saturday 10am-3pm (closed Sun/Mon/Tues).