Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Student Music and Art Showcased at the Edge

On Wednesday, May 6, you have a great chance to hear, see and celebrate what the students at Bigfork School have been doing this year in art and music. The Opening Reception for the Fifth Annual Bigfork Student Art Show is from 5:00 to 7:00 in the Edge Center Gallery. Enjoy refreshments and the artwork at the same time. At 7:00, listen to the Bigfork High School Spring Concert in the Edge Center Theater.

The Student Art Show features work by all of Roberta Steinhart’s high school students in 2-D art, Ceramics, Photo, and Painting classes and students in 6th grade General Art. Students learn basic techniques and skills in each of these areas as well as composition and creativity.

Many of the older students in the show have been taking art classes since 7th grade and are developing their own interests. Char Westerman is inspired by the collaged paintings of Timothy Ray that she saw in the exhibit last fall in the Edge Center Gallery. She, Stacey Harnden and Jared Anselmo explored that method of painting (see their painting above), and Char has continued to develop the technique in a series of abstract paintings. Char says that,” Abstract art is like your own playground.” Stacey Harden enjoys both abstract and realistic art and she likes to “keep it fun and light.”

Many of the student artists have taken art classes because they have been making art since they were little, usually encouraged by parents, siblings, and other relatives. Ann Boessel’s grandfather, father, and uncle carve and draw and in her art classes she likes to try all the media. Annalise Klamm remembers her late sister, Amanda, mixing oil paints in their bedroom. Annalise likes to make art that is “creepy or bright and colorful, depending on my mood”. Robin Prather, whose father and brother have been examples to her, tries to make her art original, preferring abstract clay pieces and realistic drawings. Shawna Carlson creates fantasy figures in drawings and dragons in clay. Shelby Goble’s favorite art medium is photography, influenced by her mother, professional photographer Julie Goble. Shelby prefers outdoor photography, especially trees, perhaps because her future plans involve studying forestry.

Come and see the creative and personal work in the Student Art Show from the opening on May 6 through May 23 at the Edge Center Gallery. The Gallery is open Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 1:00 to 4:00.

The Bigfork High School Spring Concert on May 6 will present 7th through 12th graders in the Band and Choir. The students have been working with music teacher Alycia Hoff since December preparing the music for this concert. You will hear "Jupiter" from Gustav Holst's Suite from the Planets that the band played at Section Music Contest at Greenway High School and "Weep, O Mine Eyes" by John Bennet that the choir sang at that contest. For the first time in several years, the Choir continued on to State Music Contest and sang this piece on Thursday, April 23 in Virginia at Mesabi Community College. Marches, contemporary pieces and gospel songs will also be included in the Spring Concert.

Deadline for Juried Show Entry is May 11

Don’t forget that although the Juried Show isn’t until July, the entries are due in the Edge Center Gallery in Bigfork on May 11. After receiving all the entries, the Gallery Committee sends them to Cecelia Leider, the juror, in Duluth. She makes the decisions of which work will be part of the exhibit, and sends the results back to the Gallery Committee. Around June 8, the results will be mailed to the artists.

“Art on the Edge: Fifth Annual Juried Exhibition” is open to all visual art media. The work must all be original, created in 2007, 2008 or 2009 and never shown before in the Edge Center Gallery. Entering artists send an entry form, up to 3 images on CD-Rom (jpeg), an artist’s statement (about 50 words) for the catalog, and a $15 entry fee to Edge Center Gallery, Box 304, Bigfork, MN 56628 by May 11, 2009. Artwork must be delivered to the Gallery by June 29, 2009 and picked up on August 1 or August 3.“Art on the Edge” will be July 2 through August 1, 2009 with the Artists Reception and Awards on Friday, July 3. For complete details go to the website. Entry forms are available by printing a form or contacting Lynn Nachbar - call 218-743-6018 or email.

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Theatre Schedule for 2009

  • April 30: Pat Surface,
    Spiritwood Music, Bluegrass, Acoustic, new country and Celtic

  • May 6: Bigfork High School Band and Choir Concert
    Immediately following the Bigfork Student Art Show Opening Reception from 5-7 pm
  • June 5: Arrowhead Regional Arts Council Award
  • July 18-19 - 2 pm: Reza, The Illusionist. Families can watch "appearances and disappearances."
  • August 22: John Perkins Returns by popular demand with his folk music!

  • September 13 - 2pm: PRETENDERS AND FRIENDS
    ONE OF THE AREA'S HOTTEST SHOW BANDS BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND FOR THEIR FOURTH YEAR IN A ROW. This popular band offers a wide varity and refreshing blend of Rock n' Roll, Country and Western, Love Songs and Easy Listening. After a busy summer of Concerts and performances they look forward to returning to one of their favorite places. This group will definitely offer you an afternoon of enjoyable music
  • October 17 - Monroe Crossing

Gallery Schedule for 2009

May 7-23: Bigfork Student Art Show
Opening Reception: May 6, 5-7 pm
Immediately before the Bigfork Student Band and Choir Concert

May 28 to June 27: Birch: Spirit of the North Woods
Including North House Folk School’s All From One Tree
Opening Reception: May 29, 5-7 pm

July 3- August 1: Art on the Edge
Fifth Annual Juried Art Exhibit
Opening Reception: July 3, 5-7 pm

August 6 to September 5: Threads of Art
Explorations of Textiles
Opening Reception: August 7, 1-4 pm

August 21, 2009: Wine in the Wilderness
Wine Tasting Fundraiser at Richies Bar, Marcell, Minnesota

September 10- September 26: Nature’s Edge
Acrylic Paintings by Angie Sievers
Opening Reception: September 11, 5-7 pm

October 1- November 1: Elements
Northern Printmakers Alliance exhibit
Reception: October 2, 5-7 pm

November 5-December 12: Holiday Gift Show and Sale
20 Artists
Opening Reception: November 7, 5-7 pm

The Edge Center Gallery Hours are
Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays, 1:00 to 4:00 pm. As always all the exhibits and receptions in the Gallery are free and open to the public. The Edge Center is located next to the Bigfork School.