Seven regional artists — six Minnesotans plus Hager City artist Ann-Marie Rose — provided artworks for "Flora & Fauna," a new exhibit at the Anderson Center that explores the human relationship to other species. An opening reception for the exhibit will be from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. July 19 in the main gallery at Tower View. The event is free and open to everyone; refreshments will be served.
Antonius Bui's large family gets credit for planting the seeds of an artistic career that is getting national attention. "My artistic career can be rooted in play," Bui explained. As children, young people in the family put on fashion shows, did photo shoots and created extravagant shows — complete with makeup and costumes ‑ to entertain each other and the adults. Elements of those fun times reappear not only in Bui's art, but also in "how I adorn myself. Fashion is a way for you to express you are and what you believe in on a daily basis.
Red Wing Arts is once again taking art out of the gallery and into the community with the 13th annual Plein Air Festival. June 17-22 more than two dozen artists who enjoy painting outdoors — "en plein air" — will set up easels in parks, along the riverfront and on city streets so they can paint scenic vistas and structures. The week will culminate in awards, a Quick Paint contest, a Children's Paint Out and the opening of an exhibition featuring the best of their work, all at the Depot Gallery. Judge for the competition is Dan Mondloch of St. Cloud.
Summer Concerts in the Park will offer a broad variety of music Wednesday nights all summer long this year, from June 12 through Aug. 28. "We have a busy, fun summer" planned, according to Red Wing Arts Executive Director Emily Guida Foos. "There is great diversity of genre." Free concerts are at 7 p.m. weekly in the Central Park Bandshell, plus there will be a special evening of music on the Fourth of July. Three bands will perform from 4 p.m. till dusk.
A dancer/choreographer will join two artists, two poets and two writers representing seven states who are in residence this month at the Anderson Center at Tower View. They will perform community service throughout the city, working with all ages, while devoting most of their time to individual projects ranging from hand-cut paper portraits and climate change poems to mixed-media artworks and a memoir. Antonius-Tin Bui Fabric/textile artist
A new exhibit, "Celebrating the Society: 150 Years at GCHS," opens May 31 at the Goodhue County History Center, 1166 Oak St. A free public reception will be from 6-8 p.m. "Through 150 objects and images, the exhibit will explore the stories of several people, places and events" in Goodhue County's history, according to Elizabeth Koele, curator of objects and exhibits. Koele has been working on the new exhibit since she joined the history center staff in November. "Even before I started," she said, "I heard about the 150th anniversary."
Mary Ann Grossmann, a journalist and editor, book lover and literary critic, is the 2019 recipient of the A.P. Anderson Award. She is the 21st individual to be honored by the Anderson Center for Interdisciplinary Studies "for outstanding contributions to the arts and culture of Minnesota." Grossmann, who lives in St. Paul, joined the staff of the St. Paul Dispatch and Pioneer Press in 1961. She is credited with transforming the society section into a platform for women's issues, Anderson Center spokesmen said.
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."