2015 Pairing series posterJoin us at the Cultural Center this winter for Pairings, bi-monthly art experiences paired with an alcoholic (or non-alcoholic option) beverage of choice.

Prices include materials, instruction, a drink, and light refreshments. Some classes may require additional materials. See class descriptions for more information.

Classes are geared for high school aged students through adults and will take place at the Cultural Center unless otherwise noted. If minimum number of participants is not met, the Center reserves the right to cancel a class.

Members receive $2 off of their fee. Pre-registration for these classes is required (call 218-385-3339).

Let your creativity flow!


Thursday, December 3rd
6-7:15pm OR 7:30-8:45pm
‘Center of Attention’ Winter Centerpiece making class
Participants will use live greens, flowers and a candle to create a holiday/seasonal centerpiece. Additional enhancements for the centerpieces will be available for the nominal fee of just $1 the night of the class. Fee includes wine or a non-alcoholic beverage as well as light refreshments.
Fee: $37
Taught by Tessa Braukmann, owner/operator of Designs by Tes
Maximum of 10 for each session
This class is being held in the New York Mills City Ballroom

Thursday, December 17th
‘Sunsets & Silhouettes’ Canvas Painting Class

Adult participants choose one of three themes to complete a canvas painting of a landscape silhouette against a sunset. The landscape themes to choose from are: country farmstead, park with children, and northern wilderness. Mid-way through the evening, we will break for wine/cider, cheese and crackers. At the culmination of the class, participants will take home their completed work of art. All materials are supplied.
Fee: $40
Taught by Pam Robinson
Minimum 8 / Maximum 15

Thursday, January 7th
‘Getting Graphic is for the Birds!’ Canvas Painting Class

With color-blocking and stylized graphic depictions of an owl or a chickadee, participants will complete a canvas painting. Throughout the evening, we will break for wine/cider, cheese and crackers. At the culmination of the class, participants will take home their completed work of art. All materials are supplied.
Fee: $40
Minimum 8 / Maximum 15

NOTE: The final three classes of the series have been POSTPONED due to minimum registration not met. All to be rescheduled this Spring/Summer. Please contact us with your interest.

Saturday, January 23rd — POSTPONED — DATE/TIME TBD
‘Make a Basket in a Day’ Basket Weaving Class

Keep your cold fingers busy with this one-day class covering the basics of basket weaving. We will be using cane and natural willow harvested from local swamps. Participants need to bring hand-pruners, old scissors and 10-15 spring-styled clothes pins. All remaining supplies and warm appetizers & drinks are covered in the class fee. Everyone will leave the class with one basket completed, and another started-to encourage future weaving on your own.
Fee: $35
Minimum 6 / Maximum 10

Friday, February 12th — POSTPONED — DATE/TIME TBD
‘Bound Together’ Journal Creation Class

Participants (Pre-Valentines date night possibly?!) will be completing the construction of a journal using paste papers and collage materials for the hard covers. Inside, the journals will contain blank white pages that have been secured with an external ‘stab’, or Japanese binding which displays the stitching that can become quite decorative when beading is added. Sub-sandwiches and beverages are included in the class fee.
Fee: $40
Minimum 6 / Maximum 12

Thursday, February 25th — POSTPONED — DATE/TIME TBD
‘Am I Losing My Marbles?’ Paper Marbling Class

Participants will learn the art of paper marbling using a technique of ‘floating’ paint on the surface of thickened water, draping the paper onto the surface, pulling and rinsing. Your newly created patterned papers can be used in scrap booking, for gift wrap, to use in collage projects, applied to mat boards for artwork framing, or even as cover paper for handmade books. Snacks and beverages are included with the class fee.
Fee: $45
Minimum 5 / Maximum 10

The series will be expanded based on the success of these first classes. Our goal is to partner with local and regional artists to offer a broad selection of classes. If you have ideas for classes or have a skill to share, please contact us.