Arts Minded: Revving up for Art on the KinniDo you hear the Kinni calling, calling you? Already the trees are whispering in Heritage Park and along the White Pathway.
By: Phyllis Goldin, arts columnist, River Falls Journal
Do you hear the Kinni calling, calling you? Already the trees are whispering in Heritage Park and along the White Pathway.
Canada geese are laughing. All this in eager anticipation of the 17th annual Art on the Kinni, the ever more attended juried fine art and craft fair presented by the River Falls Community Arts Base, Art on the Kinni Committee.
This is arguably the most scenic art fair in our region and the quality of art, by more than 60 artists, is exceptional and affordable.
Also, the “Budding Artists Bridge” features young and emerging artists. What’s more, there are two stages of live music throughout the day.
The Heritage Park stage will feature Old School, Thea Ennen and Dave Peterson, Amy and Adams, Walter and Friend, and Hot Flashes (a 30 voice women’s choir from Pepin). The Kinni stage will feature Sara Vanvalkenberg, Joe Loftus, Junction Mill, Rachel James and The Rangers Unplugged.
The children’s activity area offers fun, artful experiences and the CAB booth provides information about the fair and the organization as well as special membership offers. As always, a number of vendors will offer a range of delicious food from snacks to international dishes for purchase.
This event is free of charge. CAB is grateful to WESTconsin Credit Union, Go Buy Local, First National Bank and Dick’s Fresh Market for their generous support and donations.
If you attended in the past you will remember walking through a magical, fabric tunnel at the north end of the White Pathway, created by artist, Rich Wilson. Sadly, Rich died this year.
His wife, Jocelyn Gorham and the Minneapolis based Heart of the Beast Theatre are honoring him and Art on the Kinni by providing the piece for this event. Volunteers will install it. Once again, we will have a sweet memory of an artist whose person and creations enriched our community.
So, come to the fair on Saturday, Sept. 8, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., rain or shine, at Heritage Park on Maple, just west of Main St., downtown River Falls. You’ll find much to delight in!
Events and opportunities in our region (please confirm details):
n Continuing through Sept. 23, Touched by War: An Exhibit of Art, Artifact, Image and the Written Word. Other events with this exhibit: Thursday, Sept. 13, 7 p.m., Open-mic Poetry and Storytelling by Vets and others (floor open to all) and Thursday, Sept. 20, 7 p.m., “The Other American Heroes of WWII” book discussion with local author Bernie Abrahamson.
--Last call - deadline Sept.1 for artists wishing to apply for 2014-15 gallery exhibits at The Phipps Center for the Arts, 109 Locust, Hudson. Call 715-386-2305 x 103 or visit www.ThePhipps.org for more information. Also, continuing members show in main galleries.
--Friday Aug. 31, 7 to 9 p.m., CAB presents Music in the Park at Veterans Park, Elm and Main, with the Tommy Bentz Band, classic rock and blues. On Saturday, Sept. 1, 7 to 9 p.m., Bad Habits Brass Band, classic funk and soul. On Sunday, Sept. 9, 12:30 to 3 p.m., The Rhythm Roosters, rock n’ roll (in conjunction with the classic car show on Main St.).
--Friday, Sept. 7, 5 to 8 p.m., Dog Daze (of summer) Art Exhibit opening reception at the Orange Dragon Art Gallery, 122 Orange St., Prescott. Call 715-262-4122 for more information.
--Friday, Sept.7, 5 to 9 p.m., First Friday Opening reception at Seasons on St. Croix, 401 2nd St., Hudson.
--Saturday, Sept.8, 5:30 p.m., Barn Dance to benefit the Kinni Land Trust. Dinner will be followed at 7 p.m. by the Tommy Bentz Band and Gene Lafond at N8038 1130th St., (on Cty Rd. FF). Tickets $30. Visit Kinni Land Trust for more information.
--Sunday, Sept. 9, Friday, Oct. 19 and Saturday, Nov. 24, a new theater in Hastings, Minn., The NewBridge Theatre Company, will present Gina Citoli as Mama Earth in her wonderful, original show “A Cabaret of Consciousness” for ages 9 and above. More information at NewBridge Theatre or Cabaret of Consciousness.
--Friday, Sept. 14, 4-8 p.m., opening reception at Gallery 120, 120 N. Main. Hosted by Global M.A.D.E. and Interior Concepts
--Sunday, Sept. 16, 7 p.m., The Phipps Center for the Arts presents Corky Siegel and Randy Sabien in concert. Adults $22, students $15. For this and other concerts, theater events and gallery shows visit The Phipps or call 715-386-8409.
--Pottery classes for children and adults at Kinnickinnic Clayworks, 127 N. Main St. For more information call 715-222-4035 or visit Kinnickinnic Clayworks.
--Live Music at Earth Angels, Junior’s Bar and Grill, Shooters Pub, the West Wind and other establishments in downtown River Falls.
--Position of Director of Education and Audience Development is open at the Bloomington Theatre and Art Center for someone with a strong arts education administration background, a well-developed network in the visual arts community and an innovative approach to programming.
The job is posted at Springboard and the MN Council of Nonprofits. Contact Andrea Specht, Executive Director, Bloomington Theatre and Art Center, at 952-563-8745.