If you are a local area visual or musical artist, we invite you to join the on-line artist list we are starting. We have been maintaining a paper list of musicians, as requests for people to play for local functions happen regularly. Keeping paper lists is very difficult and labor intensive and has been abandoned. Just got a request through Visit Grand Rapids from an individual bringing 2 busloads of people here next year. They are looking for one or two nights of entertainment for their group. We also get requests for visual artists who may want to market their work by exhibiting at First Fridays or other art events in the area. So, click on Sign up for Artist List. That’s all there is to it. Grand Rapids arts continues to work hard to connect artists and arts organizations with audiences throughout the area.
The Itasca Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Keith Swanson will perform its final concert of the season on Saturday, May 11, 7:30 pm at the Reif Center in Grand Rapids. An Evening with Gershwin and Copland will feature pianist Eric Himy performing Rhapsody in Blue from the original Gershwin manuscript, which is longer by 88 bars.
Also on the program are Aaron Copland’s Variations on Shaker Hymn and selections from the ballet suite Rodeo.
The concert marks Himy’s return to the Reif stage where he performed several years ago. Besides Rhapsody in Blue, he also will give an entertaining presentation, “Gershwin in Paris,” which explores Gershwin’s music and its relationship to classical composers. Himy is one of the more highly regarded interpreters of Gershwin.
His playing has been described by The New York Times as “flawlessly poised, elegant and brilliant.” His compelling artistry has intrigued audiences around the world. The Revue Musicale de Suisse Romande compared him to the legendary pianist Vladimir Horowitz calling him “a sensual gourmand of sound.” He has played to critical acclaim in the United States, Canada, South America, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Egypt, France, Germany, Italy, Malta, Monaco, Morocco, Panama, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Spain, and Slovenia. Mr. Himy has been heard most notably at Lincoln Center, The Kennedy Center, Carnegie Recital Hall, The Frick Collection, The Phillips Collection, Teatro Amazonas, Salle Cortot and Salle Gaveau in Paris and on NPR “Performance Today.”
The Itasca Orchestra and Strings Program is funded in part by the Blandin Foundation. The concert also is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Arrowhead Regional Arts Council through an appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund and an appropriation from the State Legislature.
Tickets are $12 for adults, $10 for seniors and $5 for students and may be purchased by calling the Reif Center at 218-327-5780 or on line at reifcenter.org.
The third annual printmaking exhibition at MacRostie Art Center will showcase the work of local and regional artists working in an art form that encompasses a wide range of tools and techniques from silkscreens to woodblocks and linocuts to lithographs.
This year’s show will feature the work of Emily Gray Koehler of White Bear Lake, MN. Koehler was born and raised in Michigan and received her BFA in printmaking from Grand Valley State University. After moving to Minnesota, her work has largely focused on regional environmental and modern land use concerns. Through a recent series of prints entitled Agraria, Koehler explored the relationship of humans to the land through the lens of agriculture. Now she has turned her eye to the forest for the works included in this exhibition.
“In the battle between forest and grassland, the conquest of the north by formerly southern species and seasons in ever more violent flux, trees function as the lens through which may be seen the intended and unintended effects of human action on the land,” writes Koehler.
In addition to the series by Koehler, the exhibition will present new work by artists J. Charles Cox (Fergus Falls, MN), Talicia Honkola (Aurora, MN), Teréz Iacovino (Minneapolis, MN), Eric Johnson (Fargo, ND), Ashley Kolka (Grand Rapids, MN), Deb Page (Cohasset, MN), and Aaron Squadroni (Coleraine, MN).
MINNESOTA GALLERY | MOLECULAR REASON: Lisa Koch
Lisa Koch uses the reflective properties of float glass and mirrors to suggest the passage of time. In Molecular Reason, Koch considers the movement of water as it travels around the earth. Clouds and individual molecules rendered in clear and mirrored glass evoke the water cycle, and intermingle with viewers’ reflections as they walk around her sculptures and wall installations. For Koch, the water cycle is emblematic of the way matter and information are constantly in flux, commingling and interacting in both predictable and unexpected ways.
“In addition to a master’s degree in art, I have a bachelor’s degree in biochemistry, so it is in my nature to categorize, catalog, and connect various bits of information like a scientist,” Koch notes. “On a molecular level, we are all much more interconnected than we often realize.”
Lisa Koch received her undergraduate degree in biochemistry and molecular biology from the University of Wisconsin Madison, and began her career as a scientist researching cell division. Impelled by her passion for the arts, she discovered glass and later went on to earn her M.F.A. in glass from Alfred University. She has since taught neon and glass classes at Alfred University and the University of Wisconsin, Madison, and currently lives and works in Madison, WI.
The March exhibitions at MacRostie Art Center are sponsored by Miskovich Dental Clinic and Anderson Family Dental.
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Special Event: Grand Rapids Arts & Minnesota Citizens for the Arts invite you to a “Reception to Advocate for the Arts” with State Senator Tom Saxhaug from 4-5 pm at MacRostie Art Center.
1. MACROSTIE ART CENTER Presenting the Regional Printmaking Exhibition featuring Emily Gray Koehler in the MacRostie Gallery and glass sculpture by Lisa Koch in the Minnesota Gallery. With refreshments by Brewed Awakenings, music by Anne Nalan from 5 – 7 pm, and artist talks at 6 pm.
2. BENDERS SHOE & SPORT Hosting Brian Miller of Brian Dean Miller Glass from 4 – 7pm with hand blown art glass — each piece uniquely designed. Come enjoy refreshments and visit with Brian.
3. THE YARN GALLERY It’s our 1 Year Anniversary Party!! We’ll have demonstrations, a drawing for a giveaway and music by Jim Mason and friends! We also need your vote for our Cowling at the Moon Design Contest! Stop in and join the fun!!
4. STAINED GLASS WITH CLASS Showcasing new stained glass suncatchers made on-site by George and Lisa Berkholz.
5. WHISPERING WOODS GALLERY The March First Friday at Whispering Woods Gallery will feature a furniture sale, artist demonstrations, and homemade goodies.
6. VFW POST 1720 Presenting the Sam Miltich Trio from 7 – 10 pm with gypsy jazz featuring Sam on lead guitar, Matthew Miltich on bass, and Mike Miller on rhythm guitar.
7. JENNY & COMPANY Hosting fiber artist Dawnette Davis with new hand painted scarves and natural dyed items.
8. FRAME UP Stop in to see the beautiful Norwegian rosemaling by Michelle Carlson: flowers and scrolls painted on bowls, platters and furniture. We will be serving lefse and other Norwegian delicacies.
9. BREWED AWAKENINGS March’s artist is photographer Tom Godfrey with music by brother Bill Godfrey, complimentary coffee and cookies, and dinner special until 6:30 pm.
FIRST FRIDAY a celebration of art & community
March 1, 2013| 4 – 8 pm | Downtown Grand Rapids
Special Event: Grand Rapids Arts & Minnesota Citizens for the Arts
invite you to a ”Reception to Advocate for the Arts” with State
Senator Tom Saxhaug from 4-5 pm at MacRostie Art Center.
1. MACROSTIE ART CENTER Presenting the Regional Printmaking
Exhibition featuring Emily Gray Koehler in the MacRostie Gallery
and glass sculpture by Lisa Koch in the Minnesota Gallery. With
refreshments by Brewed Awakenings, music by Anne Nalan from 5
– 7 pm, and artist talks at 6 pm.
2. BENDERS SHOE & SPORT Hosting Brian Miller of Brian Dean Miller
Glass from 4 – 7pm with hand blown art glass — each piece
uniquely designed. Come enjoy refreshments and visit with Brian.
3. THE YARN GALLERY It’s our 1 Year Anniversary Party!! We’ll have
demonstrations, a drawing for a giveaway and music by Jim
Mason and friends! We also need your vote for our Cowling at
the Moon Design Contest! Stop in and join the fun!!
4. STAINED GLASS WITH CLASS Showcasing new stained glass
suncatchers made on-site by George and Lisa Berkholz.
5. WHISPERING WOODS GALLERY The March First Friday at
Whispering Woods Gallery will feature a furniture sale, artist
demonstrations, and homemade goodies.
6. VFW POST 1720 Presenting the Sam Miltich Trio from 7 – 10 pm
with gypsy jazz featuring Sam on lead guitar, Matthew Miltich on
bass, and Mike Miller on rhythm guitar.
7. JENNY & COMPANY Hosting fiber artist Dawnette Davis with new
hand painted scarves and natural dyed items.
8. FRAME UP Stop in to see the beautiful Norwegian rosemaling by
Michelle Carlson: flowers and scrolls painted on bowls, platters
and furniture. We will be serving lefse and other Norwegian
9. BREWED AWAKENINGS March’s artist is photographer Tom
Godfrey with music by brother Bill Godfrey, complimentary coffee and cookies, and dinner special until 6:30 pm.
Classical and fiddling violinist Sedra Bistodeau will be the guest artist performing Jean Sibelius’s Violin Concerto in D Minor with the Itasca Symphony Orchestra (ISO) on Saturday, February 23, 7:30 pm at the Reif Center in Grand Rapids.
Under the direction of Keith Swanson, the ISO will also perform Overture to Meistersinger von Nürnberg by Richard Wagner and Overture to Zampa by Ferdinand Herold.
Eighteen-year-old Sedra Bistodeau began playing violin at age 3. Besides being an accomplished concert violinist, she is also considered one of the top 10 fiddlers in the USA.
Last year, Sedra won a unanimous decision as the Young People’s Symphony Concert Association’s top grand-prize winner. As a result, she will perform as a soloist with the Minnesota Orchestra when the orchestra is up and running again.
Sedra also has spent an equal number of years focusing on the art of fiddling. She has found much success in this area through competitions and special guest appearances. She appears in the soon-to-be-released TV documentary, The Devil’s Box, completed a recording with Peter Ostroushko, and has made numerous visits to Garrison Keillor’s, A Prairie Home Companion. She is also heard as a special guest on the most recent recording from noted violin improviser Alex DePue, who performed with the ISO a year ago. Sedra has accumulated multiple awards including two first-place finishes in the junior division at the National Old Time Fiddle Contest, first place at the coveted “Gone to Texas” division at the Fiddlers’ Frolics in Halletsville, Texas, and three first-place finishes at the Wisconsin State Championships. In 2011, she won first place in both divisions of the inaugural DePue Brothers’ International Fiddle Competition, as well as fourth place in the Open Division of the National Old Time Fiddle Contest.
Sibelius’s Violin Concerto is a showy and challenging work filled with passion. The piece was first performed in February 1904 and later revised.
Funded in part by the Blandin Foundation, the Itasca Symphony Orchestra is part of the Itasca Orchestra and Strings Program whose mission is to provide opportunities to hear, learn and perform orchestral music for the youth and adults 0f Itasca County.
To order tickets call 218-327-5780, 218-326-3453 or online at http://www.reifcenter.org. Tickets also will be sold at the door.
The concert will be funded in part by the Arrowhead Regional Arts Council with money from the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage fund as appropriated by the Minnesota State Legislature with money from the vote of the people of Minnesota on November 4, 2008 and an appropriation from the Minnesota State Legislature.
MacRostie Art Center has on display two new exhibitions for the month of February. The MacRostie Gallery hosts artist Aaron Squadroni with drawings and mixed media work representing mines on the Mesabi Iron Range. The Minnesota Gallery showcases the work of weaver Marie Westerman. The February exhibitions at MacRostie Art Center are sponsored by Magnetation and the MacRostie Art Center Board of Directors. The galleries are free and open to the public: Monday – Saturday, 10 am – 5 pm.
MACROSTIE GALLERY | MINEVIEW: Aaron Squadroni
As both an architect and artist, Aaron Squadroni finds that the process of art-making is a form of research and inspiration for his work as an architect. Similarly, his architectural designs influence and motivate has artistic explorations. By closely examining his surroundings through photography, collage, drawing, and painting he finds new ways of engaging with buildings and the environment. His exhibition at MacRostie Art Center will consist of hand drawn images and mixed media works that focus on a landmark that is an integral part of northern Minnesota’s identity: iron mines.
“As an architect, I am fascinated by the physical landmarks that define different regions of the world, whether they are natural or human made,” states Squadroni. “Growing up in Buffalo, Minnesota, I was influenced by the constant presence of farms and lakes, landmarks that defined my home town. After moving to Minneapolis, I became more aware of the impact that landmarks can have on both the environment and the people who live near them. Now… I am beginning to understand the landscape and character of northern Minnesota.”
Squadroni is a graduate of the University of Minnesota Masters in Architecture program and holds a degree in Studio Art and Philosophy from St. Olaf College. A former adjunct faculty member at the University of Minnesota, his work has been exhibited at St. Olaf College, the Minneapolis Photo Center, the Minnesota State Fair, and the University of Minnesota. He currently lives in Coleraine, MN.
MINNESOTA GALLERY | NORTHERN LIGHT: Marie Westerman
Marie Westerman is a professional hand weaver who has developed her own approach to multi-layer pick-up. This particular weaving type is an adaptation of an ancient type of weaving associated with the Scandinavian countries as well as other cultures such as the ancient Peruvians. Her artwork involves designing pictorial images and then weaving them using two or more different-colored warp layers interwoven to achieve reversible patterns.
“My art works often express repeated visual themes derived from the northern landscapes I see every day,” writes Westerman. “Lakes, forests, rocks and life create endless compositions out of their own repeated elements, experienced in different seasons and in changing light. In addition, I frequently include images and text from our civilized, mechanized world, separate, but joined together with the images of natural elements and landscapes. Throughout, there are skyscapes and celestial bodies: clouds, the sun and moon, planets, comets. They appear as light sources and sometimes in charts – reminders, perhaps, of their influence and the passage of time.”
Westerman’s work has been published and exhibited throughout North America. Since the 1980s she has presented seminars and lectures, taught workshops, and contributed to publications on the subjects of fiber arts, weaving, and her personal craft. She currently lives near Grand Marais, MN.