Music joins art at Summer Celebration
By Ruth Nerhaugen
A full slate of live entertainment -- by singers, dancers, pianists and poets -- promises to make the Anderson Center's Summer Celebration of the Arts on July 13 an event for all ages.
"This is without a doubt the finest July show we've ever put on," Anderson Center Director Robert Hedin said.
The opening of the newly restored Tower View barn is a major factor in expanding the entertainment, Hedin said.
"The barn has opened everything, allowing us to add more art and more music," he explained.
More than 100 local and regional artists, craftspeople, writers and musicians will spend the day at Tower View. People will find paintings and pottery, furniture and weavings, jewelry and stained glass, wood carvings, photographs and textiles on display and for sale.
The year-round artists will open their studios and demonstration their skills, including glassblowing, pottery, painting, silk dyeing, printmaking and metalsmithing.
Entertainment on the lower lawn will include the following:
11:30 a.m.: Celtic musicians Laura MacKenzie and Gary Rue.
MacKenzie sings and performs traditional tunes from the British Isles, Novia Scotia, central France and Galicia on wind-powered instruments including flutes, whistles, concertina and bagpipes.
1 p.m.: Belle Amour, a four-piece jazz ensemble.
Jason and Katie Craft, Graydon Peterson and Scott Chabot perform a mix of classic American 1920s and '30s jazz standards.
2:30 p.m.: Larry Yazzie and the Native Pride Dancers.
A recipient of the A.P. Anderson Award, Yazzie is an international lecturer and educator as well as a renowned fancy dancer. A member of the Meskwaki/Dine, he has been dancing since age 7.
4 p.m.: Bluegrass singer Becky Schlegel.
A world-class singer and songwriter, Schlegel fuses folk and bluegrass with country to create her signature sound.
Performing in the historic barn will be:
2 p.m.: James Sewell Ballet Company.
Founded in New York City by James Sewell and Sally Rousse, the company has been based in Minnesota since 1993. Today the professional company of eight dancers performs innovative work that explores the technical boundaries of ballet.
3 p.m.: Phoenix Singers.
A group of local performers who are appearing in "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat" July 11-13 and 19-21 at the Sheldon Theatre will sing numbers from the show.
In addition, Hedin said, guitarist/pianist Mark Woerpel from the band Them Pesky Kids will play throughout the afternoon in the barn, and Red Wing pianist Lynn Dulak will play in the permanent gallery, which is in the lower level of the education building.
Over in the Universal Music Center studio, just east of the barn, Lovin' Spoonful drummer Mike Arturi will host solo and group performances by his students.
"This is the best lineup we've ever had," Hedin said.
Poetry readings also will be part of the entertainment. Scott King of Red Dragonfly Press, located in the former granary, has lined up Cristian Flores Garcia at 2 p.m., Timothy Otte at 2:30 and Naomi Cohn at 3 p.m. Garcia is at the Anderson Center this month on a residency awarded by the University of Notre Dame's Institute of Latino Studies.
While walking from the barn to the granary, visitors also will note Dave Mariette demonstrating his blacksmithing skills.
Several tours will be available, Hedin noted. People can travel via golf cart or a World War II Jeep to see the 8-acre sculpture garden, which includes works by internationally acclaimed artists Charles Biederman, Siah Armajani, Zoran Mojislov and others.
Also open for touring will be the main Tower View residence, built in 1917 and listed on the National Register of Historic Places, and the landmark water tower.
Beer, wine and food will be available for purchase in the café, where the roof deck will be open.
A small admission fee will be charged. For more information call 651-388-2009.
If you go ...
What: Summer Celebration of the Arts
When: 11 a.m.-5 p.m. July 13
Where: Anderson Center, Highway 61 at Highway 19
How much: $3 adults, $1 students, free to members
More info: 651-388-2009, www.andersoncenter.org