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Arts Minded: Get ready for Art on the Kinni

We are in for some treats the next few weeks. The River Falls Community Arts Base's Music in the Park winds up another great series (see calendar below), to be followed in short order by the 13th annual Art on the Kinni Juried Art Fair from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 13, rain or shine.

Whether or not you've attended the latter event previously, you're sure to enjoy the lovely setting beneath a canopy of trees all along the Kinnickinnic River. There will be 40 artists this year, many new faces but some old favorites. Clayton pottery will demonstrate raku and Wampus Glass Studio will blow glass.

On the bridge between Veterans Park and the White Pathway budding artists feature their work.

There are many new and returning musical acts this year including a Gaelic Harpist from Appleton and the Cedar Valley Brass Quintet.

An art tent for children will offer activities throughout the day. Zaney Janey will provide henna and face painting to add to the festivities.

Favorite food vendors Mariachi Loco, Kiwanis and Kettle Korn return along with two new food vendors. CAB representatives will be there to talk about membership and volunteer opportunities.

Art on the Kinni has developed a following of thousands of visitors. It exemplifies the value of the arts in stimulating the cultural and economic landscape of a community such as ours. No longer is it necessary to spend a small fortune on gasoline to attend a crowded art fair, with far-off parking, in the Twin Cities.

What we need is here and is exceptionally well done. There are many to thank for organizing a complex event like this, but particular thanks goes to Chair Valerie Lundgren.

With school just a few weeks away, an abundance of artistic riches awaits us with the UW-River Falls' coming Wyman Series promising to be excellent. Watch for flyers or get on line at in September and begin tracking this series and the plethora of other concerts, theater shows and gallery exhibits.

Here are some events and opportunities in our region. Please take the initiative to double check the information.

Call for artists: The Space for Creativity in New Richmond is seeking artists who would like the opportunity to show their work. Go to under the "Artist" page. The deadline for submission is Monday Aug. 25.

Ongoing through Saturday, Sept. 20: Where the Prairie Meets the River -- two exhibits featuring artists (including River Falls artist Vera Ming Wong) from Project Art for Nature held in conjunction with the 21st North American Prairie Conference at Winona State University at Paul Watkins Gallery, corner of King and Winona Street and Winona Arts Center 228 E. Fifth St., Winona, Minn. More information at and

Ongoing through Sunday, Sept. 28: The River Falls Town and Country Art Club presents a free gallery exhibition of members' works at the Mabel Tainter Theater in Menomonie.

Friday, August 22, 7-9 p.m.: CAB's Music in the Park features Chris Silver, Jam Band Bluegrass music; and on Friday, Aug. 29, 7-9 p.m. Dave Hull and Pop Wagner, long-time Minneapolis West Bank favorites at Veterans Park, downtown River Falls on Elm and Main Street; free; refreshments for purchase; prize drawing.

Saturday, August 23, 8 p.m.: Organist Chris Gorsuch will play George Gershwin, Cole Porter and other Broadway composers on the Wurlitzer pipe organ at The Phipps Center for the Arts, 109 Locust, Hudson; tickets are $21 of adults, $14 for students with current ID. Make reservations at 386-3809 or online at

Wednesdays, Sept. 3,10, and 17 at 7 p.m. and Sunday, September 14, 2-4 p.m.: A series celebrating the mystery novelist Agatha Christie: film "And Then There Were None" (9/3), film "Witness for the Prosecution" (9/10), a High Tea, Miss Marple style and Trivia (with door prizes) in honor of Christie's 118th birthday (9/14), and film "Murder She Said" (9/17); at the River Falls Public Library, Main at Union, River Falls; more information at 425-0905.

Wednesday, Sept. 3, through Friday, Oct. 3, with an Opening Reception on Friday, September 12, 3 to 4:30 p.m.: The University of River Falls Gallery 101, Kleinpell Fine Arts Center presents the "2008 Touring Exhibition -- Six McKnight Artists" organized by the Northern Clay Center of Minneapolis; featuring artwork by McKnight recipients Robert Briscoe, Mika Negishi Laidlaw, Yonghee Joo, Junko Nomura and Nick Renshaw; gallery hours are Mondays through Fridays, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. and Sundays 2-4 p.m.; more information at UW-RF Art Dept., 425-3266.

Saturday, Sept. 13, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., 13th annual Art on the Kinni Juried Art Fair located along the White Pathway and Veterans Park in downtown River Falls. See details above.

Fridays and Saturdays, September 19, 20, 26, and 27, 6:30 p.m.: The Space for Creativity, 156 High St., New Richmond, hosts a Lutheran-style marriage ceremony for "Ole and Lena: followed by dinner and reception in the courtyard; tickets are $25 and include, salad, buffet dinner, wedding cake; Call for reservations at 715-246-3180 or

Friday, Sept. 26, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.: Mark your calendars for Nature, Art Self: An undergraduate academic conference for critical and creative engagement particularly related to literature, art and public discourse. Keynote speaker will be David Lee, first Poet Laureate of Utah and author of 15 books of poetry including "So Quietly the Earth," "The Porcine Canticles" and "A Legacy of Shadows."