Workshop March 1, 10am - 3 pm
Sheep to Shawl Show through
Learn to spin thread and yarn
Bruce Engebretson is a master spinner and weaver and he will teach techniques of spinning in two sessions on Saturdays, March 8 and 15 from 10 am to 3 pm. If you have a spinning wheel, bring it with you. If not, we’ll have an extra couple of wheels so you can practice.
Spinning is fun, and like many manual tasks, can be meditative. Bring your wheel if you have one, or there will be an extra wheel for you to try. Bring wool cards if you have them too. For this first session there will be wool for you to learn with. Cost for this two-session class is $40.
Learn to make cheese Saturday March 22 – 1 to 4 pm.
Participants will learn how to make queso fresco and cottage cheese as well as a tomme cheese. One variety of tomme cheese is gruyere. The class will be held at the Creamery. $25 fee for this class includes all materials. Call 218-385-3339 to register for this class.
Learn the basics of fermenting grapes and other fruits to make wine
One of the most ancient processes of fermentation produces one of the world’s favorite beverages. Ron Leasman from Long Prairie, owner of Leatherwood Vinegary, will teach the basic process of making wine. The first session will be held at the Creamery on Saturday, April 12 from 10 am to 2 pm. Enrollment in this class is limited to 6 persons, and each student should expect to take home 15 to 20 bottles of wine. The second session of the class, when students will bottle their wines, will be Saturday, May 17th. In between there will be two racking sessions which are optional. Dates and times for these optional sessions will be decided during the class. Ron will supply each student with a wine-making booklet that will help guide each student on a path to becoming a winemaker.
Students supply clean wine bottles. Everything else is included in the tuition of $160. Pre-registration and tuition is due by April 1. Call 218-385-3339 to make arrangments.
Join Karen Aakre for a unique workshop where you will make a pair of baby slippers or a wristlet and headband. The workshop is from 10 am to 3 pm on Saturday March 15. This workshop is given as a part of the Sheep to Shawl fiber arts show on display through March 15 in the ground floor gallery.
Workshop participants will create and take home a work of art using the shinfell techniques. Traditional skinfell designs will be stenciled on small pieces of sheepskin to create either a headband and wristlets or baby booties and baby mittens. Cost of the class is $50 per person and includes all materials needed to complete a work of shinfell art.
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Four local fiber artists – Karen Aakre, Joan Ellison, Katy Olson, and Sharon Marquardt – are mounting a show at the Cultural Center that will be on display from Saturday March 1 through Saturday March 15 in the Center’s ground floor gallery. The opening reception includes a workshop from 10 am to 3 pm on Saturday March 15 teaching the ancient Norwegian art of “shinfell.”
Workshop participants will create and take home a work of art using the shinfell techniques. Traditional skinfell designs will be stenciled on small pieces of sheepskin to create either a headband and wristlets or baby booties and baby mittens. Cost of the class is $50 per person and includes all materials needed to complete a piece of skin
From Sheep to Shawl is an installation of fiber pieces which illustrate the arc of fiber arts from functional to purely visual, fiber as fine art; its emergence in the prehistoric past through the present into the future. This project is a collaboration between four fiber artists, Sharon Marquardt, Karen Aakre, Joan Ellison and Katy Olson.
These four women have been creating with fiber for twenty to thirty years. They each excel at various aspects of their art. Sharon Marquardt has received Lake Region Arts Council grants for both her weaving and her felting. Her work has appeared in a fiber arts book. She has taught numerous weaving and felting workshops. Karen Aakre does bobbin lace, weaves, knits, felts and creates Shinfell (sheepskins embellished with traditional designs). She taught K-12 art for thirteen years and has raised her own sheep for wool for thirty years.
Katy Olson shifted from two dimensional painting to three dimensional fiber work when she realized that she liked creating “useful” art. She managed the Barnhard Art Center for ten years, organizing and running fiber festivals, music festivals, workshops, gallery shows and readings. Her fiber work focuses on spinning, dyeing, knitting and felting.
Joan Jarvis Ellison has been knitting and crocheting since she was a child. When she began raising her own wool thirty years ago, she learned to spin, dye, weave, and felt, creating her own patterns and teaching others both the skills and the creative techniques. Ellison has written two books about sheep and fiber and teaches workshops and classes on fiber work. All four women have had work displayed in museums and galleries in the Upper Midwest.
Join a conversation about mysticism -
in the past and in the modern world
This workshop is a guided discussion instead of instruction. Mysticism has the most astonishing lesson to offer for those who can pause to see. Yet, it is something that can’t be taught. It can only be uncovered.
First evening discussion……. What is mysticism, where is it found, how does it occur. Choose a mystic or mystic tradition to read and understand for the next meeting.
Second Evening discussion……present the mystic s studied. Describe their experience. Look for a common thread? List historic techniques for achieving mystic consciousness. Discuss perception. Discuss the impact of description and categorization. Read the short manual Practical Mysticism for the next evening.
Third evening…… re-discuss a definition of mysticism. Again describe the common threads in mystic consciousness. List various stimuli for mystic consciousness. Describe newer techniques for achieving mystic consciousness. Watch an amazing TED talk together. Now …………. Do you see it?
Convener….. Kent Scheer
Group size …. 5 minimum, 10 maximum
Dates……first session will be Friday, March 14th at 7:30 pm
Tickets are $12 advance reservation (call 218-385-3339) or $15 at the door. Student admission is always $5. Doors open at 6:30 pm and concert starts at 7:30.
The Galactic Cowboy Orchestra (GCO) is a unique and powerful musical ensemble that fuses an eclectic mix of original and traditional bluegrass-edged tunes with jazz and world/fusion elements. Their music is Chick Corea meets The Dixie Dregs meets A Prairie Home Companion. The mix ranges from highly accessible bluegrass tunes to extreme arrangements of East Indian ragas. GCO’s instrumentation includes guitar, fiddle, bass and drums. The widely versatile instrumentals are accessible to music-lovers of all ages!
They are a brand new band that is already making a name for itself in the national music scene. Two of The Orchestra’s pieces were performed on A Prairie Home Companion in November of 2008!
The Galactic Cowboy Orchestra’s first album, “Lookin’ for a Little Strange,” was released in November, 2009. “All Out of Peaches” came out in 2011, and a concert DVD “Live at the Paramount” is now available.
The 2014 Great American Think-OffTM releases its 22nd annual philosophy question: “love or fear: which motivates us more?” Submit a short essay making your best argument about this question and participate in this annual national philosophy debate.
The Great American Think-OffTM is an exhibition of civil disagreement between powerful ideas that connect to your life at the gut level. The Cultural Center, located in the rural farm and manufacturing town of New York Mills, Minnesota, sponsors this annual philosophy contest and encourages people of all ages to submit a 750 word essay and a chance to win one of four $500 cash prizes.
Anyone can submit an essay by mail (Think-Off, PO Box 246, New York Mills, Minnesota 56567), on line (www.think-off.org), or by email on this website. Simply click on this link to submit your essay. There is no fee, and deadline for submission is April1st (postmark or electronic date stamp). Finalists are notified by May 1st and receive a travel and lodging stipend to participate in the annual debate in New York Mills. This year the debate will be held on Saturday, June 14.
Last year’s contest featured essays by more than 500 writers. Paul Terry, the CEO of StayWell Health Management, a national wellness company based in Eagan, Minnesota, won the debate and a gold medal with his argument that it is more ethical to compromise than to stick to one’s principles.
The 750-word (maximum) essay should be grounded in the writer’s personal experience, not in philosophical abstraction. The four writers selected are invited to debate the question on Saturday, June 14th, 2014 in New York Mills, with travel costs, food, and lodging covered by the Think-Off sponsoring organization, the Cultural Center in New York Mills.