Stacy Bengs has been a photojournalist at the Red Wing Republican Eagle since 2010. She holds a bachelors degree in journalism and art from the University of Minnesota.
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Spotlight : Father-daughter duo Steve and Lauren Anderson will prove their hilarity during WideSpot’s “Evening of Improv” at 7 p.m. Sunday Jan. 25. “I love improv. I use it in every aspect of my life,” said Lauren, who has worked as an actress and associate teaching company director with Climb Theater in the Twin Cities. She also has been a full-time actress and teacher with the Brave New Workshop in Minneapolis since 2004.
Spotlight : The classic Scandinavian duo Ole and Lena is back for a hilarious evening of family drama in “Ole & Lena’s Family Reunion” at the Zumbrota State Theatre. See the show at 7:30 p.m. Saturday Jan. 17 or 2 p.m. Sunday Jan. 18. Lena’s cousin Mildred has done it this time. She has decided, upon the advice of her life coach, to get back to her roots — so she invited the entire family to Ole and Lena’s farm for a reunion.
After a month break, the live music returns to Oak Center General Store Saturday Jan. 17 when the Pines takes the stage at 8 p.m. to kick off the season’s second half. The cozy music center 10 miles south of Lake City has been presenting live music for 35 years now.
If a picture is worth a thousand words, than local resident James Chalmers’ images could fill a novel – or volumes of them. For an entire year, Chalmers challenged himself to taking a photo each day in Red Wing. “Some days I took 600 pictures and some days I took five,” the 44-year-old Red Wing native said with a laugh. Parts of his yearlong photography project will be on display in “Red Wing Through the Lens Project” open Jan. 10 through Feb. 24 in Red Wing Art Association’s Veeder Gallery with an opening reception planned from 2 to 4 p.m.
What better time than the new year to try something new? Our artsy river region has an abundance of opportunities for people, of any age, to get out and dabble in something new or get reacquainted with a hobby from the past. “If your definition of recreation includes freeing your spirit, nurturing your creativity and stretching your mind, then a class in the arts is for you,” said Marie Marvin of Crossings at Carnegie in Zumbrota.
Although we are celebrating the beginning of a new year, the Sheldon Theatre sits smack dab at the middle of its calendar. January marks the second half of the local theater’s performing arts schedule — an especially significant season in the Sheldon’s history as Executive Director Sean Dowse will retire after more than two decades in charge of the local jewel box. “We’ve made a lot of people happy,” says Dowse of this season’s first half, adding it’s been a good year overall in ticket sales. Between the Grammy-award winning musicians Larry Gatlin and the Gatlin Brothers to the seasonal-fav
Spotlight : World-renowned jazz pianist and clarinetist Butch Thompson entertains with a noon performance Thursday Jan. 8 in the Garden View Café at Mayo Clinic Health System in Red Wing. Thompson brings his own voice to the classic jazz repertoire of blues, stomps, ragtime and pop songs — playing his personal style from Cairo to Kansas City. “We are pleased to present Butch Thompson again,” said Nancy Dimunation, nurse administrator in Red Wing. “Butch has performed here once before and the audience loved it.
As the final days of this year draw out, it seems right to take time and reflect on our region’s colorful, collaborative and down-right charming artsy atmosphere. Whether you were sitting front row, watching from a far, getting directly involved or simply a passerby, the lingering effect the art-world has on our community — or any community for that matter — is nothing short of noteworthy. From the Grammy-award winning musicians who graced local stages to handcrafted well-thought out pieces of public artwork, the yearlong effort to showcase such candy for the eyes and ears is almost embracea
Red Wing resident Veronica Hernlem has a thing for all things arts and crafts. As a rag-rug crocheting crafter, she says she had to troll Facebook for local indoors art events. For a while she used flea markets to get her work out.