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Have a Tower View holiday

Visitors can check out art work on display at Tower View, including Carla Stetson's "Banished Cormorant."

The Anderson Center's annual Holiday Celebration of the Arts on Dec. 8 will offer more art, music and literature than ever before.

"We've never had a larger show in winter," said Director Robert Hedin.

The event, which runs from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., offers several new features, including three new locations to explore:

• The newly restored barn performance loft, where beer and wine will be available. Red Wing High School's premier choral group, Ovation, will perform at 1:30 p.m.

• The "chicken coop," former art studio of Charles Biederman and John Anderson, now occupied by artist Cynthia Weitzel.

• The Universal Music Center, where Mike Arturi of Red Wing, drummer for the rock 'n' roll band Lovin' Spoonful, will give tours and demonstrations in his newly opened school.

Weitzel's studio and the music school are both just east of the barn.

The entire Tower View campus, which is listed on the National Historic Register, will be open for self-guided tours.

The education building will be the focus of much activity, as the celebration presents original works by more than 45 local, regional and national artists.

Two special features can be found in the lower level - world-class art and poetry.

The Anderson Center's permanent art collection, which includes works by Picasso, Dali, Warhol and other 20th century masters, will be open all afternoon.

Poetry readings will be nearby in the "little gallery," Hedin said. Participating poets this year will be Sarah Fox at 2 p.m.; John Colburn at 2:30 p.m., and Ken McCullough -- whose newest book has just been printed by Scott King of Tower View's Red Dragonfly Press -- at 3:30 p.m.

Live holiday music is planned throughout the celebration, with performances by pianists Neal Topliff and Phil Williams.

A wide variety of artists -- painters, sculptors, potters, jewelers, fabric artists, photographers, weavers, printmakers, glass blowers -- will offer their creations for sale at locations throughout the campus. Books and CDs also will be available.

Local artists from the Red Wing Arts Association are participating this year, along with the Red Wing Photography Club, which is housed at Tower View. Art Andes will show handcrafted Peruvian textiles.

A food and cash bar will be available in the renovated café.

In addition to the education building, the studios will be open and several resident artists will give demonstrations or visit with the public, including glassblower Gale Dahlberg.

People also will be able to climb the iconic red brick water tower, Hedin said, citing the panoramic views of the Cannon River Valley. Visitors also can check out the main residence, a Georgian Revival building that dates to 1917.

If there is snow, Mike Martino of La Crosse, Wis., will carve a large outdoor snow sculpture on the grounds near the barn and tower.

A small admission fee will be charged at the door. For more information, call 651-388-2009.

What: Holiday Celebration of the Arts

Who: Nearly 50 artists, musicians, writers

When: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Dec. 8

Where: Anderson Center at Tower View

Cost: Small admission fee

More info: 651-388-2009 or