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Arts Minded column: Do you want to exhibit your artwork? You can!

By Sue Beckham

How many of those reading are artists — but have never had quite the chance to exhibit their art? You've done art for years — maybe started as a toddler. Many have told you that you do a pretty good job? Maybe your high school art teacher was smitten by your work. Maybe your family found your "stuff" better than anything they had seen among their relatives before. Maybe you've been hiding in a back room at home with a brush and an easel. Maybe, you took a couple of classes on Main Street at Kinnickinnic Clayworks ( where anybody can learn to make pots on the wheel or build them. Or maybe you just know you are pretty darn good and know equally well that your work should be shown.

Art's House Gallery has space for budding artists to exhibit their work and is hoping to encourage artists to show their work and introduce them to the world in the Gallery (108 E. Maple St.) March through December. Even those who have never shown before have their chance to try being an exhibitor.

A new show is set up on the second Tuesday of each month and each features an opening on the second Friday. Each show tries to have a variety of media: painters, sculptors, potters, jewelers, you name it. Art's House loves to have the artists at the opening, but schedules vary. That can't always be worked out. If an artist cannot make the opening, s/he is required to be at the gallery only to set up and take down his/her work.

We appreciate any time an artist who is exhibiting is able to sit at the shop to help us keep it open. But we have a Board who will try to take all the hours necessary. The gallery is open 1-5 p.m. Thursdays, 1-7 p.m. Fridays and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays. Artists who can help staff the gallery will find tasks simple and somebody from CAB will be available to assist if necessary.

Art's House Gallery collects the tax and keeps 30 percent of the price you set for anything that is sold.

We hope each includes a variety of media: paintings, photos, jewelry, 3D art (wood carving, fabric art, glass, etc. — whatever your creative imagination chooses to express itself in).

Email Kay Fritz at zeldblitch@comcast.net with questions.

• Art's House Valentine Show: Three winning artists from Art on the Kinni 2017 including Mayan Briggs, fiber art; Cindy King, jewelry; Susan Fries, photography (with two other established artists.) Drop in during the day

• Art's House Twisted Jewelry Class: Instructor Jill Fritz, 6:30—8 p.m. Jan. 18,. to enroll, contact Kay Fritz (zeldblitch@comcast.net)

Watch future arts columns and your messages from CAB for classes and upcoming events at ART's House.

The River Falls area includes free professional examples of the other arts:

Coffee Concerts — all at noon in the Abbott Concert Hall in Kleinpell Fine Arts Building:

• Jan. 27 Jeremy Johnson; Snapshots of Modern Percussion; Casey Cangelosi, Alejandro Viñao, and more.

• Feb. 3 — 4té Trombone Quartet (Rick Gaynor, Joel Kilgore, Dave Stevens, Larry

Zimmerman): Music of Ludwig van Beethoven, Daniel Speer, Eric Ewazen, Saskia

Apon and Hans DeJong.

Feb. 24 - Minnesota Clarinet Quartet (Sarah Porwoll-Lee, Katrina Mundrng, Nina Olsen and Paul Schimming) featuring Astor Piazzolla, l'Histoire du Tango, Yvonne Desportes, French Suite; Alfred Uhl, Divertimento; Gioachino Rossini, Overture to "The Barber of Seville."

Commercial endeavors attractive to Arts Lovers:

• Seasons on the St. Croix annual winter sale, Jan. 18-21 features many of Seasons' regular artists with savings of 30 to 75 percent. Bargains in glass, ceramics, jewelry, fiber and more. Regular store hours are Jan. 18,19, 20, 21.

• Seasons February First Friday celebration is Feb. 2, 5—9 p.m. Super Pottery Bowl: Eight of the areas best ceramic artists, including Marion Angelica, Ryan Ball, Sue Bergen, Sarah Dudgeor, William Gebben. Includes refreshments in a congenial atmosphere.

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