An award honoring the late Dan Guida will be presented for the first time this year at Red Wing Arts' 11th annual Plein Air competition. Guida, longtime director of the arts group, launched the outdoor painting festival 11 years ago. He died in January 2017. Guida family members will select the winner based on "the painter/painting which best demonstrates the plein air technique in displaying the scenery of the Red Wing area," according to his daughter, Emily Guida Foos.
Two dozen painters will spend next week capturing local scenes on canvas for the 2018 Red Wing Arts Plein Air outdoor painting competition. Before Plein Air culminates on Saturday, June 16, the community will have numerous opportunities to observe the painters in action, according to Red Wing Arts Executive Director Emily Guida Foos.
Unique artwork and gifts presented to Red Wing by its Sister Cities in China and Japan are on display through September at the Goodhue County History Center. The exhibit, "Red Wing Sister Cities Collection: Gifts of Friendship from Quzhou, China, and Ikata, Japan," is designed not just to showcase objects, but to tell the story of the relationships that have developed between the cities.
Rochester sculptor Judy Onofrio, a self-taught artist whose works can be found in many of the world's most prestigious museum collections, is the recipient of the 2018 A.P. Anderson Award. The award was presented to Onofrio recently by Anderson Center Executive Director Stephanie Rogers. Named for founder Dr. A.P. Anderson, it recognizes individuals for significant contributions to the cultural and artistic life of Minnesota.
Safer. Easier. Better. Officials use a lot of superlatives when they talk about applying modern technology at the new Care Center at St. Crispin Living Community on Pioneer Road. "We are trying to embrace in the senior living environment the newest, most forward thinking high technology," said Dr. Neal Buddensiek, chief medical officer for the Benedictine Health System.
A style show of wedding gowns through the years is planned at the third annual Affair for Dinnerware, which will be held May 19 in the Victorian Dining Room at the St. James Hotel. A Red Wing Collectors Society Foundation event, the luncheon was inspired by a newspaper clipping from 1953. Museum Manager Robin Wipperling said the story described a luncheon put on by Red Wing Potteries to celebrate that year's anniversary.
As a working student pursuing a doctorate in creative writing, Molly Reid is hard pressed to find time for her debut novel. Reid, who is in residence this month at the Anderson Center, will see her first collection of short stories, "The Rapture Index," published next spring. She won a contest put on by by BOA Ltd. Editions, an independent press, for her stories modeled after the medieval bestiary. "I find that with the novel, I haven't been able to work on it much. You can't drop in and out like with short stories," she explained. "I need immersion."
Rural Wisconsin may not be considered a hotbed for eclectic "new music," but that's exactly where Heather Barringer got her inspiration and her training. Barringer, executive director and musician with the Minnesota music ensemble Zeitgeist, grew up in Ellsworth and took the first steps toward a career as a percussionist on the family farm. What's more, she'll be performing on a piece of a silo underloader when Zeitgeist comes to the Anderson Center's historic barn for a concert at 7:30 p.m. May 11.
The 2018 residency season at the Anderson Center began May 1 with the arrival of three writers, an artist and a printmaker; three others — a poet, a potter and a composer — will arrive May 16 for two-week stays. They were chosen from a record 315 applicants representing many states and several foreign countries. "It was a very competitive application process," said Executive Director Stephanie Rogers. This residency season is the 23rd for the center, but her first since taking over leadership of the artist community.
A Celebration of Children, complete with music and dance, art, history, food and the star of the show — flowers, will take place 3:30-6 p.m. May 3 at the Fourth Street stairway to the Goodhue County History Center, 1166 Oak St. The community is invited to join with the young people of Kids Count and HOPE Coalition at the stairway, either at the bottom or on top in the museum's outdoor space, where the activities will take place. Sponsors hope lots of people will climb the 189 steps, stopping to smell the flowers en route.