Silent and live auctions
Thursday, December 5
6:00 - 9:00 pm
City Ballroom in NY Mills
Barbara, recipient of a 2013 Artist Initiatve grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board, explores unusual and sometimes humorous solutions to challenges that arise at the intersection of public and private space. In her recent project – part of which is on display next to the Center in front of the Library – she designs and installs portable and collapsible screens for people with a hostile neighbor. These screens provide a respite from unhealthy interactions and can can prevent hostilities from excalating. They offer visual shelter that allows people to work, lounge, and recreate without being disturbed by antagonistic activity in an adjacent space. Artwork for your lawn!
After its short stay here, the barrier is available to anyone on short-term loan. The only requirement is that you must have a hostile neighbor. Call the Center if you are interested in hosting Barbara’s barrier art.
This traveling exhibit includes work by Edith Garcia of Los Angeles, California; Brian Boldon of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Ursula Hargens of Minneapolis, Minnesota and Janet William of Cardiff, South Wales, United Kingdom. The image at right shows a detail from “Constant, Same and Forever,” handbuilt earthenware sculptures by Edith Garcia. Below, left is a detail from Brian Boldon’s “The Interval Between Two Days,” a stoneware installation with digital prints. Click on the images to view larger versions of these works.
The inventive and creative ceramic work featured in this exhibit explores new possibilities for ceramic work. The show will remain on display in the gallery through December 31. Gallery hours are 10 am – 5 pm Tuesday-Friday and 10 am – 3 pm on Saturday. There is no admission charge to the Center’s gallery.
These three images show some of the wonderful items for bidding at this year’s annual fundraiser. The basket from Senegal was donated by Gus and Betty Ziegler, the knitted chair was made and donated by the Monday night fiber art group, and the hand-forged sled was made and donated by Jamie Virnala. These and many other beautiful gifts will be available for bid at this year’s auction.
The jewelry was made and donated by Joann Boyer. The interesting red baby bath is from China and donated by Patricia and Michael Gwynne. The homemade wine is from Mike Parta, and Connie Warner donated the local honey. Staff member Lynn Kasma made and donated the very cool fish box.
Again this year our annual holiday fundraiser takes place at the city ballroom here in New York Mills. Join us for food, drink, conversation, and a live and silent auction. Bidding on silent auction items opens at 6:00 pm and concludes at 8:00 pm. The live auction begins at 8:15 and ends at 9:00 pm.
This is always a fun evening and is the Center’s most important fundraiser of the year. Hope to see you Thursday night.
Saana Ensemble, a five-voice ensemble performing Finnish music, will give a concert at the Center at 7:30 pm on Friday, December 6th. Tickets are available by calling 218-385-3339. Admission is $12 advance reservation or $15 at the door and $5 for students any time. The group sings a capella and sometimes with percussion and other instruments and is returning for an encore performance after a very successful concert at the Center two years ago.
Saana Ensemble includes five native Finns who live in the Minneapolis/St. Paul area: Sari Rönnholm (soprano/clarinet, piano); Elina Kala (soprano / mandolin, guitar, piano); Ulla Tervo-Desnick (alto / accordion); Eeva Savolainen (soprano / percussion, piano); Elina Koivusaari (alto / guitar). After many years of sweating at sauna parties, they finally decided in 2005 to combine their diverse musical talents to perform Finnish music to audiences in the United States, and to stay connected to their Finnish roots.
Saana Ensemble’s repertoire is eclectic and ranges from hymns to folk songs and dance tunes, all sung in Finnish. Featured composers include Kaj and Jussi Chydenius, Jukka Linkola, Liisa Matveinen, Heikki Sarmanto, Sari Kaasinen, Toivo Kärki, and Kerkko Koskinen, among others. Some arrangements are by Jaakko Mantyjarvi, Timo Alakotila, and Jorma Panula; many are Saana’s own to accommodate voice types and available instruments. Several Värttinä and Hedningarna songs are also in Saana Ensemble’s song book.
Saana Ensemble has performed at many Scandinavian festivals including Nisswa Stamman, Hjemkomst Festival in Moorhead, at Finnfests in California, Minnesota, Michigan, South Dakota, and Ontario, and locally at Cedar Cultural Center, the Cultural Center in New York Mills, at Twin Cities churches and as part of Orchestra Hall pre-concert entertainment. Thank you to all the concert series sponsors for this fall, including Tom And Rich Paper of Wadena.
The 5th Annual Artist Gift Bazaar will be held Tuesday, December 10th – Saturday December 14th, 2013. On Tuesday-Friday we will be open 10am-5pm and on Saturday from 10am-3pm.
The Artist Bazaar features local and regional artists set up in the Gallery space of the Cultural Center selling original arts & crafts including watercolor prints, whimsical fiber arts, handmade soaps, sand cast leaves, vinegars, baked goods, and more. Come to see beautiful works of art and leave with one-of-a-kind gifts for your family, friends, or even yourself!
Our 3rd annual Stock-Up Sale & Open House will be held in conjunction with the Artist Bazaar on Friday, December 13th from 6-9pm. Join us that night for special discounts on everything in the Artist Bazaar and the Gift Store.
Buy 1-2 items, get 10% OFF!
Buy 3-4 items, get 15% OFF!
Buy 5+ items, get 20% OFF!
PLUS, Cultural Center members get their everyday 10% off
in addition to these discounts!!
This is the time to check off all of the gifts on your list. Our 5th annual Artist Gift Bazaar will be set up in the gallery space, with one-of-a-kind gifts made by local artists available for purchase. Additionally, ALL items in our Gift Store will be included in these special ONE NIGHT ONLY discounts, including all iittala! Also, back by popular demand, we will have Leatherwood Vinegary doing vinegar tasting again this year! Their locally-made flavored vinegars make a delectable gift.
We will have wine, beer, cider, and light hors d’oeuvres available for all shoppers, as well as FREE gift wrapping! This is sure to be a very festive event. Make plans now for a fun night out at the Cultural Center on Friday, December 13th from 6-9pm.
On December 7, 2013 from 12:00-3:00 p.m. the Cultural Center will provide a fun button craft activity for children while they wait for their turn to talk to Santa during his visit in New York Mills. This event is free of charge and will take place in the City Hall Ballroom.
Please note: Artist Reception planned for Thursday, November 7th at 7:00 p.m. has been CANCELLED due to a family emergency. We hope to reschedule before the end of Sandy’s residency, and will be sure to post an update here. Our apologies for the inconvenience.
Sandy is an etcher (using knitting needles to etch reflective narrative images onto illustration boards and then oil pastels to apply layers of color), a weaver, and an aspiring poet. She has spent her entire life in Minnesota, having resided in Marshall, Rochester, Owatonna, Mankato, Foley, and presently in St. Cloud.
While she occasionally loves visiting larger cities to attend art galleries, theater and musical productions, she enjoys doing the same in smaller populated art-welcoming communities! Rural and small towns provide the kind of grounding and inspiration that best supports her creative need for silence, solitude and space.
For as long as she can remember, Sandy has experienced an equally thrilling sensation walking into a yarn store as a bookstore or library, yet she continues to be amazed at how often books and yarn show up in her art in new and surprising ways. She is looking forward to the solitude and space to explore more deeply their symbolic significance, perhaps experimenting with how unopened books and unused skeins of yarn convey a different psychological and spiritual meaning for the viewer than those in which figures visibly etch words and images onto open pages of books or actively unravel, knit or weave with the skeins of yarn. She hopes to create new yarn-and-book-inspired two-dimensional artworks either in the same styles that she been working, or perhaps integrate a new multi-media approach.
Sandy equally values displaying her art in galleries, libraries, coffee shops, yarn stores, business spaces and art crawls. Her work can be viewed on her website: www.sandybotmiller.com