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Watercolors, oil pastels and collage-mosaics by Willmar artist Jean Opitz are part of an exhibit now on display at the Willmar Education and Arts Center in Willmar. The exhibit runs through August. WEAC is at 611 Fifth St. S.W. near downtown Willmar. (Tribune photo by Ron Adams)
Watercolors, oil pastels and collage-mosaics by Willmar artist Jean Opitz are part of an exhibit now on display at the Willmar Education and Arts Center in Willmar. The exhibit runs through August. WEAC is at 611 Fifth St. S.W. near downtown Willmar. (Tribune photo by Ron Adams)

Exhibits and history museums

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Willmar Minnesota 2208 Trott Ave. SW / P.O. Box 839 56201

Potato Eaters Gallery

Willmar, Friday, 5 to 7 p.m., Potato Eaters Gallery, 330 Litchfield, Ave. "Art Wars: Views, Marks, Visions, by Jais Gossman and Chris Muldrow; artists' discussion and reception; gallery also open 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday and Aug. 21-22.

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WEAC exhibit

Willmar, through August, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays and when building is open for events, WEAC; watercolors, oil pastels and collage-mosaics by Jean Opitz.

Celebrate Art!

Celebrate Coffee!

Willmar, through August, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays, The Barn Theatre lobby; four raffle artworks for Celebrate Art! Celebrate Coffee! on display including the poster original, an acrylic painting by Dona Larkin from Renville and works by three New London artists, Julia Iverson, Robert Mattson and Kim Wendlandt.

North American Financial Center

Willmar, through December, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays; collection of photographs by Kelly Welch of Willmar.

Three Sisters Furnishings

New London, through August, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Three Sisters Furnishings, 2550 State Highway 9 N.E.; in-store art gallery featuring works by D.L. Houseman of Tenstrike, "Barns are Noble" exhibits, nature woodcuts and children's author; artist reception and book signing Saturday.

Renville County Courthouse

Olivia, through Monday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays in the courthouse rotunda. The theme of this year's exhibit is "Natural Disasters of Renville County." There will be a booklet available for purchase at the Renville County Museum in Morton or at the Renville County assessor's office. If you have any information, artifacts, photos or questions, call the museum at 507-697-6147 or e-mail info@renvillecountyhistory.com.

Prairie Renaissance

Morris, through Sept. 15, 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Prairie Renaissance Cultural Alliance; an exhibit of a series of mandala and variation in pastel by artist Chillon Leach, a Benson native.

Museums and

historic sites

Kandiyohi County Historical Society

Willmar, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays, 1 to 5 p.m. weekends and holidays; free admission, located at the train engine on North Business Highway 71 across from Robbins Island; the KCHS museum has a number of featured exhibits and the Sperry House will also be open most days; 320-235-1881.

Exhibits

Immigration: To celebrate the diverse ancestry and heritage of Kandiyohi County and the state of Minnesota. The immigration exhibit features one of four original Red River Ox Carts left in the state of Minnesota along with pictures of traditional costumes of peoples who settled this region during the nineteenth century. There us a map of ethnic communities in the late 1800s and early 1900s show our county's "old" ethnic neighborhoods, with an immigrant truck and artifacts brought from the Old Countries.

Kandi Resorts: As Minnesota is the "Land of 10,000 Lakes" and Kandiyohi County is "Where the Lakes Begin," KCHS is honoring the lake-based economy in an exhibit dedicated to early resorts and the lakes. The exhibit features bathing suits, fishing gear, resort pictures and brochures.

Something's Afoot: Photographs, shoe store fixtures and shoes from the 1870s to the 1970s.

Beautiful buildings: Photographs, history and a few leftover "pieces" tell the stories of several buildings that were razed in Willmar and missed by residents who remember them.

Velma's Hats: Hats from the collection of Velma Swanson, from the 1940s to '70s, along with a special Red Hat Society-style number made by Sharon Richmond along with photographs and accessories.

Last run of 2523: The year 2005 marked the 40th anniversary of the "last run" of Great Northern engine 2523 to the historical center. This photo exhibit shows the stages of the move

No! No! is an eclectic display of museum objects that were or are considered immoral or shocking. Confiscated liquor bottles from the Prohibition era, century-old "racy" stereopticon views, spittoons, and other tobacco items are some of the obviously "sinful" pieces in the exhibit. Other features remind viewers that currently acceptable practices such as Sunday shopping or trends like bobbed hair or jazz music were formerly considered "No, No's."

Collectible stamp sets: Elmond Ekblad displays his stamp collection, with stamps for each season.

Take note: Music is the theme with some distinctive and typical instruments and local photographs.

World War II: World War II oral history with local veterans' video can be shown upon request.

Civil, Spanish-America and wars: Military items, photos of local veterans, and lists of local GAR veterans.

Buggy-riding: Judge Muller's buggy is the focal point of a new exhibit. It is flanked by photos of buggies and equipment used with horse-drawn vehicles.

Halvorson inventions: A generator and carburetor invented by Lars Halvorson of Willmar, who also built the first gas-powered "horseless carriage" in the area, are displayed with the museum's early automobiles.

Arv-Hus Museum

Milan, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday or by appointment by calling 320-734-4868 or 320-734-4829; photograph and historical museum celebrating its 25th anniversary; free.

Atwater Area Museum

Atwater, open by appointment, call 703-598-4827; the Atwater Area Historical Society and Museum.

Chippewa County Historical Society

The Chippewa County Historical Society has several sites that will be open for the summer. Admission prices are adults $4, ages 6-18 $2, and 5 and under will be admitted free. For more information or to make appointments call 320-269-7636.

Chippewa City: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays, 1 to 5 p.m. weekends and holidays; junction of state Highway 7 and U.S. Highway 59 in Montevideo; re-creation of a turn-of-the-century town with 23 buildings.

Olaf Swensson Farm Museum: 1 to 5 p.m. Sundays through Labor Day, or by appointment; six miles east of Montevideo on state Highway 7, then five miles south on County Road 15. The 17-acre farmstead features a 22-room house, timber frame barn and the remains of a gristmill.

Lac qui Parle Mission: open daily through Labor Day, from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.; six miles north of Montevideo on U.S. Highway 59 and 2.2 miles west on County Road 13; free admission.

GAR and

Meeker County Museum

Litchfield, noon to 4 p.m., Tuesday through Sunday, $2 admission; Grand Army of the Republic Hall and Meeker County Historical Society Museum, 308 Marshall Ave.

Grove City Historical

Grove City, 1 to 4 p.m. Tuesday and Saturday, others times by appointment, call Dorothy 857-9422 or Irma 857-2176, South Grove Square, Grove City Area Historical Society Museum.

Mikkelson Classic Boats

Willmar, open by appointment, call 320-231-0384, 418 Benson Ave. S.E.; featuring classic speed boats, outboard motors, toy boats and motors and boating artifacts; $6 admission.

Monongalia Historical

New London, 1 to 4 p.m. Thursday through Sunday, through Labor Day, old Lebanon Church, Norwood St. N.W.; a historical museum with exhibits, vintage clothing, military display and library for genealogy research; 320-354-2990.

Natural History Museum

New London, open by appointment, call 320-354-8820, 12050 Co. Rd. 40 N.E. Larry and Barb Levin's Natural History Museum includes collections of butterflies, seashells, rocks, minerals, Indian artifacts and dinosaur bones. The museum is located on County Road 40, 2.8 miles east of state Highway 23 on the north side of the road. Admission is free.

Paynesville Area

Historical Museum

Paynesville, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday and Friday, 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Memorial Day through Labor Day, 251 Ampe Drive; freewill donation; allow one hour or more for guided tour.

Renville City Museum

Renville, 1 to 4 p.m. Tuesdays and Fridays or by appointment, Main Street; 320-329-8210.

Sacred Heart

Area Museum

Sacred Heart, 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Fridays or by appointment, U.S. Highway 212 in Sacred Heart; 320-765-8868.

Schwanke's Museum

Willmar, 1 to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday, 3310 Business Highway 71 S.; features roadway and farm field history, more than 300 tractors, cars, trucks and fire trucks; gift shop; adults $5, under 12 are $2; 320-231-0564.

Exhibit information will be printed each Thursday in this calendar up to a month in advance. The deadline is noon Monday.

Items may be submitted on the Tribune Web site at www.wctrib.com; faxed to 320-235-6769; mailed to Arts Calendar, P.O. Box 839, Willmar, MN 56201 or e-mailed to

donnam@wctrib.com with "arts calendar item" in the subject line.

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