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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From painted bread to a mosaic octopus, the works of two artists now on display at Crossings at Carnegie juxtapose color and form in ways that create intensity and surprise. Mandy Chowen’s paintings and Ingvild Herfindahl’s mosaics can be seen through Saturday Sept. 12. Chowen creates beautifully surreal images, notes Marie Marvin of Crossings, which are given a vibrancy by her use of saturated, high-keyed colors. She lives in St. Paul, and, with her husband, runs Fred’s Bread wholesale bakery in Eden Prairie.
By Samantha Bengs email@example.com Strategy planning meetings and a recent City Council contract approval have proved beneficial for the Downtown Main Street organization over the past month. Downtown Main Street President Brent Jaynes said he is optimistic about the steps the organization has made in a short amount of time. “We are working hard to bring consistent communication, collaboration and process to Downtown Main Street,” Jaynes said. “We have started our plan to execute exciting new initiatives.
LAKE CITY — When Greg Tiedeman started out in the dairy transport business 30 years ago he drove a single-axle truck with a 2,300-gallon tank. “Now I’ve got a six-axle...
Spotlight: The Red Wing Farmers Market continues to carry on and despite the ever-present road construction this summer many of the vendors are reporting strong gains so far this year, said market president John Anderes. The Saturday market runs 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. and continuously features live local music and demonstrations in addition to the variety of fresh produce and baked goods. “We are so fortunate to have the Red Wing High School Conservation Club volunteering at the market this year,” Anderes adds.
They have performed their precise finger-picking and sharp harmonies for over eight years, and next weekend the bluegrass group Sawtooth Brothers will take the stage at Crossings at Carnegie. Hear the guys and their infectious original material at 8 p.m. Friday Aug. 21 in Zumbrota. The four band members have developed what they call an unshakeable musical rapport over the years, with a sound rooted in traditional bluegrass instrumental and harmony work. They say they are influenced by the modern acoustic sounds of Nickel Creek, the Punch Brothers and the Steep Canyon Rangers.
Harpeth Rising is an all female group combining vocals and stringed instrumentation. The trio will perform at Crossings at Carnegie 8 p.m. Saturday Aug. 22 in Zumbrota. Jordana Greenberg on violin, Rebecca Reed-Lunn on banjo and Maria Di Meglio on cello fuse folk, newgrass, rock and classical into a organic sound, they said. “We don’t set out to create something different — we just write in a way that is true to ourselves while trying to always expand and explore the new influences in our lives.” Greenberg said.
It’s like a match made in historical heaven. Antique pieces of architecture salvaged from Hamline University’s former White House complex in St. Paul have made their way back to Red...
The Villa Maria Retreat and Conference Center hold its second annual Homecoming and Community Open House from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday Aug. 16. The complex nestled near the shores of Lake Pepin was established in 1891 by the Ursuline sisters for the purpose of assisting people, organizations and groups in their spiritual and personal growth. The site was a school for young women. Special guests for the event will include Peggy Busby, Sister Rosemary Meiman, Sister Miriam Patricia and Sister Theresa Sarich. Entertainment will include live polka music from Ray Sands and the Polka Dots.
This past Tuesday night, Alex Nelson performed at the Xcel Energy Center in one of the opening acts for mega country superstar Kelly Clarkson. Over the last few months Nelson has become accustomed to playing for huge crowds at big-name venues across the country — playing the keyboard in the band Abi Ann. The band was chosen to be one of four opening acts for Clarkson’s nationwide summer tour.
The Young People’s Summer Theatre Intensive is literally intense. The two-week camp began this week and runs through Friday Aug. 7. The outcome includes two plays produced, in every aspect, by the campers themselves. The concept has been happening annually now for a decade, explained Julie Martin, a leader at the theater camp. Local actors have used the opportunity to work with the children, she says. Martin, a school teacher herself, said the experience is different from the usual classroom setting. “There are no tests,” she said.