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Holidays bring music, art to Tower View

Visual art will be only one of the attractions at the Anderson Center’s annual Holiday Celebration of the Arts at Tower View Estate in west Red Wing.

The celebration, which runs from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday Dec. 7, also will spotlight an eclectic variety of musical performances, including:

•The Bells of the Bluffs, a new handbell ensemble

•The Red Wing Singers

•Red Wing High School’s elite choral group, Ovation

•Pianists Neal Topliff and Lynn Dulak

The ensembles will perform in the historic barn.

Other entertainment is planned during the afternoon. Drummer Mike Arturi of the rock band Lovin’ Spoonful will give tours and demonstrations in the Universal Music Center. Nearby at Red Dragonfly Press, Scott King will hold poetry readings and book signings by Scott Lowery, Alixa Doom and Mike Hazard.

Visual arts and artists can be found throughout the Tower View campus. Anyone looking for holiday gifts will be able to check out ceramics, Peruvian rugs, jewelry, textiles, cards, glasswork, wood carvings, paintings, pottery, photographs and sculptures — along with signed books and CDs.

In all, officials said, more than 45 local, regional and national artists, writers and musicians will be participating.

The list includes the studio artists who work year-around at Tower View. They will be in their studios during the celebration demonstrating skills including glass blowing, printmaking, painting and “throwing” pots.

While visiting the Anderson Center, people also will be able to tour the center’s permanent art collection, which includes works by Picasso, Dali, Warhol and other 20th century masters.

The estate will be open for self-guided tours. Visitors may climb the red brick water tower, which offers panoramic views of the Cannon River Valley, or tour the Georgian Revival main residence, which dates to 1917.

Wine and beer will be available in the barn loft, and there will be food and a cash bar in the newly renovated café.

Admission is $3 for adults, $1 for students, and free to members and children under 10.

The event is made possible in part through grants from the Jones Family Foundation, McKnight Foundation, Minnesota Cultural Heritage and Legacy Fund, Minnesota State Arts Board, Target Foundation and Xcel Energy.