Talk about graffiti and many people think about weird drawings on passing train cars or vandalism on city property. But it can be so much more. Red Wing Arts and a graffiti artist known as Sprayfinger are about to launch a community project that will lead to the painting of a building-size mural by local residents. The public artwork will be on the east wall of the Artist Collective, 1523 Old W. Main St. Adults and young people age 14 and older can sign up now for the two-week Community Mural Workshop. There is a cost, but scholarships are available.
The artist residency season at the Anderson Center for Interdisciplinary Studies kicks off this month with writers, an artist and a musician representing six states. All visiting artists take time from their creative work to perform a community service activity, interacting with local residents. The season will run through October. Abbey Blake Mixed media artist
Rachael Kilgour stepped out of her comfort zone when she applied for a residency at the Anderson Center. But the Duluth singer-songwriter-guitarist is finding that being at Tower View this month is giving her the time and space to focus on her current project. "Residencies are often attached to the arts through academia," she explained. "The thing I do is very much the people's artwork. I am a self-educated person writing simple songs."
An accomplished educator as well as a singer and songwriter, Minneapolis troubadour Jeremy Messersmith will conduct several workshops while in Red Wing May 9-11. The week culminates in a concert at 7:30 p.m. May 11 at the Sheldon Theatre. He has served on the songwriting faculty at McNally Smith College of Music and as artist-in-residence at Hopkins High School, in addition to offering a variety of learning opportunities.
"Indie pop" is often used to describe Jeremy Messersmith's music, but that's as close as writers get to putting a label on the mercurial performer. "I try not to put myself too firmly in the box," he said. "It makes me want to do the exact opposite." Messersmith will demonstrate his eclectic musical style when he and his band perform at the Sheldon Theatre at 7:30 p.m. May 11. He will also conduct several workshops while in town (see related story).
"I'm really attracted to making things out of garbage," artist Robin Frohardt admitted. "Making something beautiful out of garbage (may be) the most worthwhile thing I can do in life." Frohardt, creator of the puppet theater show "The Pigeoning," is also responsible for a short, interactive companion piece titled "The Dumpster Monster." In the days leading up to the April 26-27 "Pigeoning " performances at the Sheldon, "The Dumpster Monster" will pop up at locations throughout Red Wing.
"The Pigeoning," an original story praised by the New York Times as "a tender, fantastical symphony of the imagination," comes to the Sheldon Theatre stage April 26-27. It won't be an in-and-out of town stop for creator Robin Frohardt, however. She and her crew will spend four days in Red Wing, interacting with children as well as adults in the days leading up to the stage shows (see related story).
Leftover Salmon is a bluegrass band at heart, but in practice the band also embraces influences that range from folk and rock 'n' roll to Cajun, soul, zydeco, jazz and blues. That category-defying music is what the band will perform when it hits the Sheldon Theatre stage at 7 p.m. April 28. The Red Wing concert is the final event on the band's current tour commemorating the February release of writer Tim Newby's book "Leftover Salmon: Thirty Years of Festival."
Mary Dupont's personal memories of Eugenie Anderson are of a warm, loving woman who read stories to her and was generous with hugs when her granddaughter came to visit Tower View on holidays. But Dupont also has intimate knowledge of Eugenie Anderson the world-traveling diplomat. Combining all she learned researching documents Anderson donated to the Minnesota Historical Society, along with personal letters from Anderson and other family members, plus interviews to gather people's memories, Dupont has written her grandmother's biography.
If you've ever prepared Thanksgiving dinner for the family you know how much work it is to plan a menu, shop, do the prep, cook the food, serve it and clean up after everyone else is done eating. "That's what we do every day," according to Marie Krebsbach, owner and proprietor of Marie's Underground Grill and Tap House. "And we make everything from scratch." It's not just the hot dishes on the luncheon buffet, the meatballs and burgers, the pizzas and pastas, soups and salads and other traditional menu items that are hand-prepared.