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ArtsMinded column: Admiring 'snow art' made by nature

Snow art—I just learned a couple of weeks ago that the "icicles" I admire so on my eaves are

dangerous to the house. So, we just admired them long enough to get an ice rake and follow our neighbors in breaking the beautiful ice formations and creating ugly "formations" on our roof.

Despite the fact that snow pile up in our yard is high enough that when I walk in our driveway, I'm "walled in" (I'm not so tall!), it is beautiful out there. It brings out neighbors, that in our new neighborhood, we didn't dream we had. In this record-breaking February and March, people are

very willing to help. We and our neighbors have snow formations in the yard that we

really enjoy — hanging from fences, drifting next to trees.

Okay. Record snowfall problem and I am getting tired of it but it sure is "purdy" as we used to say in the South.

As usual any year, the university and CAB keep us swimming in art and artfulness.

Don't forget to visit Art's House! The art exhibits are "fine" (as in "fine art") and lovely as well as fanciful. If it's your wall you wish to decorate—or your own self—the wares by local artists displayed at Art's House will please your fancy. I love to wander around and see what has been done locally—jewelry designed by local artists that would fit any budget; hats; objects used to serve hors d'oeuvres and beautiful to display in your home. Always Art's House has an abundance of hand-designed greeting cards — much more original than anything Hallmark can offer — and just as welcome to the recipient! As I said, the time one takes just to peruse the fine handmade "stuff" is worth it. You might find something you wish to purchase; the art is as functional as it is irresistible. You just might catch a glimpse of theatre folk preparing for their next presentation.

Art's House,108 E. Maple St. in River Falls, is open 1-5 p.m. every Thursday and Friday and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturdays.

And, as you know, out and about in River Falls there's as much to hear as to see. Music at Junior's, Johnnie's and others. With St. Patrick's Day coming up River Falls will feature an abundance of Irish music.

We also mustn't miss the fine offerings at the University. All concerts (unless otherwise stated) are in KFA Abbott Concert Hall.

• Frances Kohler Coffee Concerts at 12 p.m. Fridays, followed by coffee and light refreshments: March 8, Pat O'Keefe, clarinet; March 15, Konstantin Krasnevsky, piano

• March 17, 4 p.m. Bethel College Lutheran Choir

• March 20, All Day: UWRF Symphony Band. The band or ensembles from it will be playing all day.

• March 21, Music of Gregory Fritze, UWRF Symphony Band, Admission charged

• April 2, Falcon Band, Mid-Semester Concert, Free

• University Theatre presents "Argonautika" (theatrical retelling of the story of Jason and the Argonauts), March 7-9 and 14-16, Davis Theatre, KFA, 7:30 p.m.

• Gallery 101: NCECA, Monday-Thursday, 2-8 p.m. and Friday, 11a.m. to 8 p.m.

Other events

• At our own "multiplex,"Falls Theater, one for those of us who are children at heart ("How to Train Your Dragon") and one for those of us who are fascinated by history, "They Shall Not Grow Old" (using actual rare footage from World War I never available to the public previously). I don't know about you, but I've got to see it! Check the River Falls Journal for times and days.

• The Orange Dragon Gallery in Prescott is closed for the season, but watch this space for re-opening in April.

• At The Phipps Center for the Arts in Hudson:

• Organist Walter Strony: Sunday, March 10 at 2 p.m.

• "The Charitable Sisterhood Of The Second Trinity Victory Church," March 22-April 7; ticket prices are $19-$26.

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