Arts, like summer, belongs to kids
Kids Zone with a variety of hands-on activities for the younger set will be spotlighted along with art, music and food at the annual Summer Celebration of the Arts.
The show, which is free and open to everyone, will be from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, July 8, at the Anderson Center, Highway 61 at Highway 19.
More than 100 artists and craftspeople, writers and musicians will participate. Activities will take place on the north lawn, adjacent to the parking area, and in the various buildings on the Tower View campus.
"The Kids Zone is new," said Executive Director Christopher Burawa. "There will be tons of activities for kids" under a large tent.
Young artists will be able to make tiles with Richard Spiller and the Pottery Museum of Red Wing; do a craft project with ArtReach; get their faces painted by Christina Burawa, and get henna tattoos by Linda Niebeling.
They can also check out drumming with Mike Arturi and the Universal Music Center, and check their balance with Bare Bones Stilts.
While the kids are playing, Burawa said, adults can wander through vendor booths selling jewelry, dolls, textiles, outdoor garden sculptures, ceramics, wood, art prints and more.
More than 30 artists and craftspeople from throughout the region will show their creations in the Anderson Center gallery.
Hobgoblin Music of Red Wing will have musical instruments and items for sale, and three writers will have books and do readings. Author Jim Franklin will sell his new book.
"Molly Kiefer, publisher of Tinderbox Press of Red Wing, is curating poetry and fiction readings featuring Leslie Adrienne Miller, Mona Power, and Danit Brown, a July artist resident at the center, outside on the north lawn," Burawa said.
Anderson Center studio artists also will open their studios for tours. Many will give demonstrations of arts including glassblowing, pottery throwing, printmaking and silk dyeing.
For the first time, two of the new studios in the former ELC building, which has been remodeled and repurposed, will be open to the public.
Among featured artists will be Steve Sorman of Red Wing, a nationally recognized printmaker and Anderson Center Board member, Burawa said. "(He) will be giving demonstrations of printmaking techniques in the print studio" — a historic granary building that houses Red Dragonfly Press.
Music is always an integral part of the celebration. Two groups will be featured on the large outdoor stage: Paul Sprawl, a singing-songwriting troubadour, at 1 p.m.; and Steve Sullivan and the Factory, an indie-rock group, at 2:30 p.m.
In the historic barn starting around 11 a.m. will be the Moonlight Duo, consisting of Mary DuShane, a former Prairie Home Companion fiddler, and Nick Jordan, who plays stringed instruments and sings, alternating with Mark Woerpel, who plays guitar, piano and native flute.
Returning to the permanent gallery will be pianist Lynn Dulak.
Local arts and culture groups also will be represented at the celebration: the Sheldon Theatre, Red Wing Arts Association and the Evening Star Quilters.
The quilt group, the Red Wing Area Branch of the American Association of University Women and the Goodhue County Historical Society are sponsoring a musical production, "Quilters," that uses handmade quilt squares to tell the story of frontier life and womanhood in the American West.
A large quilt made by the group will be on display, and members will sell tickets to the play, which will be staged Sept. 23-24 at the State Theater in Zumbrota.
Throughout the afternoon the public will be able to tour the center's 8-acre Sculpture Garden by golf cart or vintage World War II jeep. Food prepared by Le Chien Bleu will be for sale all afternoon just below the greenhouse. Beer and wine also will be available.
The iconic tower will not be part of this year's celebration, Burawa said, because an assessment of the parapet walls funded by a Minnesota Historical Society grant revealed that the walls are in need of repairs. A grant is being sought to undertake that work.
The artwork that is featured in the main gallery will remain on display until September.
For more information about the Summer Celebration of the Arts, call 651-388-2009.