A printmaker, a composer, two poets and a mixed media artist are working on their individual projects this month at the Anderson Center for Interdisciplinary Studies. October is the final month of the year for visiting artist residencies, Executive Director Stephanie Rogers said. While in Red Wing the five men and women also will do community service outreach with students, senior citizens, jail inmates and a local women's group. H.L. Hix Poet
Red Wing Arts' Fall Festival may be 52 years old, but the arts group is approaching this year's outdoor art show with fresh eyes and a youthful attitude. People who come downtown will see signs of the new look in the weeks leading up to the Oct. 13-14 festival. About 100 hand-decorated kites will be strung along Third and "We wanted something unique to reflect the arts," Executive Director Emily Guida Foos said. Several years ago the arts group had children paint umbrellas. Plastic kites decorated with permanent markers are this year's project.
In planning the 2018 Fall Festival, Red Wing Arts organizers reached out to the community and discovered that lots of other groups — such as nonprofits, local musicians and youth organizations — were more than willing to be included. "We're trying to get different groups of people in the community involved with the arts," said recently appointed Executive Director Emily Guida Foos. "Collaboration is a big thing for us," injected Lacy Schumann, program coordinator.
Genuine is more than a description of vocalist Storm Large's take on a variety of musical genres. It also describes the larger-than-life woman who is led by her heart whether she's performing onstage or sitting around talking with small groups about music, addiction and mental illness. Large will perform her "Kiss Kiss Bang Bang" concert at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 13 at the Sheldon Theatre. She's also offering a free, public workshop at 4 p.m. at the theater to share her story (see sidebar).
Before she puts on her "fancy pants" clothes her Oct. 13 concert at the Sheldon Theatre, Storm Large invites the community to come to the Sheldon stage at 4 p.m. for a conversation that has nothing — and everything — to do with her music and her unconventional childhood. Large grew up the daughter of a woman who was frequently to be found in mental institutions and psych wards. When she was 9, Storm asked one of the doctors if she was likely to be crazy like that someday.
Three-time Grammy Award-winner Shawn Colvin will present an evening of acoustic music on Oct. 6 at the newly reopened Sheldon Theatre. Showtime is 7:30 p.m. The event will open with a set by Mary Bue, a Minneapolis indie singer-songwriter. A South Dakota native who spent much of her childhood in Illinois, Colvin first picked up a guitar at age 10 and was making public appearances on the University of Illinois campus when she was just 15.
HAGER CITY — David Husom wanted to do something big to celebrate 50 years of taking pictures. But being David Husom, he didn't want to do it with a backward-looking retrospective. Instead, the local photographer used new technology to capture fresh perspectives of the river valley he has come to know and love. The result is the Upper Mississippi River Project, a photographic exhibition that will be on display Oct. 5 to Nov. 21 at the Anderson Center in Red Wing.
An interactive reception on Sept. 28 will mark the opening of "Utopian Islands of Lake Pepin," a new exhibit presented by Red Wing Arts in collaboration with the Lake Pepin Legacy Alliance. The reception will be 5-7 p.m. at the Depot Gallery, where the exhibit will remain on display until Nov. 11. Three artists who share a concern for the environment — and specifically for Lake Pepin — were invited to participate in the exhibit, said Red Wing Arts Executive Director Emily Guida Foos.
Anyone who entertains with a blend of German opera and Bruce Springsteen music, Jell-O shots and savory popcorn balls, environmental worries and legal battles has earned the right to be heard. Scotty Reynolds is such a person. Reynolds is the producing artistic director of Mixed Precipitation Theater, which is bringing "Dr. Falstaff and the Working Wives of Lake County: A Picnic Operetta" to Red Wing on Sept. 15. The 2 p.m. matinee is scheduled for Memorial Park on Sorin's Bluff, accessed from the 600 block of East Seventh Street.
People representing a wide range of creative fields — music and writing, dance, sculpture and printmaking — are in residence this month at the Anderson Center for Interdisciplinary Studies. The August residencies are funded by the Jerome Foundation. Participants are emerging artists from Minnesota and New York City. "This is a group of people who have shown great talent and promise," said Anderson Center Executive Director Stephanie Rogers. "It's exciting to be able to support them early on in their careers."