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Holiday at Anderson Center spotlights music, art, books

Quilts made by Red Wing fabric artist Clare Schuster can be found on beds in the historic Anderson Center residence. Ruth Nerhaugen / Contributor

More than 50 artists, musicians and writers will share their talents with the public at the annual Holiday Celebration of the Arts on Dec. 8. Hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Anderson Center.

For one of those artists the event "kick starts my holiday spirit." Clare Schuster of Red Wing, who creates quilts and other textile works, has participated in the show several times since she moved to Red Wing eight years ago.

Schuster also has work on permanent display at the Anderson Center — not as an exhibit, but as part of the décor of Tower View estate's historic residence.

Last year her business, Fabric of Life, provided coverings for the window seats as part of a major refurbishing of the residence. In addition, she made quilts for all the bedrooms used by artists, writers and scholars who do residencies at the center.

Combining utility and beauty are hallmarks of her custom sewing work, Schuster said. She creates "functional textile objects."

For the holiday show Schuster has something special for local residents. She has created some of her "pincushions" using Red Wing Pottery. They can be found in the restored barn, plus the residence will be open to visitors interested in seeing her home textiles.

The annual Celebration of the Arts offers visitors an opportunity to find original artwork and other gift items for the holidays.

It's also an afternoon of live entertainment, Director Stephanie Rogers pointed out.

Jarrelle Barton, who was a resident at the Anderson Center earlier this year, will be back on campus to perform on the guzheng, an ancient Chinese instrument. He will play from noon to 2 p.m. in the restored barn performance space.

Following Barton's musical demonstration, Sarah Swan MacDonald will perform on the harp from around 2:30-4:30 p.m.

Meanwhile, in the permanent collection gallery on the lower level, Angela and Aleksander Tengesdal will entertain on piano and cell from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Up next on the piano will be Lynn Dulak 1-3 p.m.

Participating artists, will show a wide variety of creations. Participants in addition to Schuster are Chap Achen, Kate Bauman, Kimberly Benson, Anna Carlson, Deb Lee Carson, Julie Devetter, Christy Dickinson, Dawn Zero Erickson, Art Gannet, Jim Germaine, Jonathan Herrera, Wing Young Huie, Olivia Jenson, Jan Johnston, Cori Lin, Art Kenyon, Anna Metcalf, Steve Ozone, Donovan Palmquist, Andy Richter, Selma Fernandez Richter, Colleen Riley, Bill Rodman, S.C. Rolf, Sandra Shaughnessy, Jessica Sievers, Maurie Stenerson, Tressa Sularz, Donna Winberg, Peter Wong and possibly others.

In addition, Stoney End Harps, a local harp-making industry, will be participating, along with the Urban Book Lab, poet Robert Hedin, writer/poet Jacqueline West, and the poets of Tinderbox Press.

While at Tower View, people will also have a chance to visit the studios of artists Christy Dickinson and Cynthia Weitzel.

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

If you go…

Who: Artists, musicians, writers

What: Holiday Celebration of the Arts

When: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Dec. 8

Where: Anderson Center at Tower View

How much: $3 adults, $1 students, free to members and children under 10

More info: www.andersoncenter.org

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