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'Generations' exhibit open through July; reception today

WILLMAR -- There will be a reception from 2 to 4 p.m. today at WEAC for the exhibit of works created at "Generations Camp."

Generations Camp was a collaboration between David Feinberg of the University of Minnesota Art Department and the Minnesota Historical Society that partners first generation Minnesotan kids with senior community members to make art about "being Minnesotan."

These paintings, created in 2008 by seniors patrons of the Willmar Community Center and young Mexican American residents, feature imagery specific to the artists' respective families and ethnic backgrounds. Viewed in concert, they touch on themes of community, history and the currents of change that make Minnesota vital and vibrant.

The paintings will be on display throughout the month of July at the Willmar Education and Arts Center, 611 Fifth St. S.W. near downtown Willmar.

'Guys & Dolls' on stage in Granite Falls

GRANITE FALLS -- The Granite Falls Area Community Theatre presents "Guys and Doll" at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. on Sunday at Yellow Medicine East High School auditorium in Granite Falls.

Tickets are $8 for adults and $4 for students and will be available at the door.

The newly-formed group is producing the "well-loved musical" with a cast and crew of 40 high school students and adults. The show involves love, gambling and a handful of one-liners that will be sure to make the audience laugh. The production is being directed by Jeff Iverson.

Art Wars continue at Potato Eaters

WILLMAR -- The Potato Eaters Gallery presents "Vampires, Photography and Political Paint-By-Numbers," the second exhibition in the "Art Wars" series from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday at the gallery in downtown Willmar.

The show consists of two local artists' work shown in the same gallery; the first is the art of James "Cheez" Van Horn, whose major body of work revolves around his view of political issues. The second artist is Haley (Van Horn) Isder, an emerging photographer who specializes in digital panoramas. This father/daughter pair have polar opposite views and art, providing great fodder for the debate between the two.

Van Horn's art is heavily influenced by issues related to government, the military and politics. He typically works with acrylic paint on colored canvases, and uses concise text and bold color to convey his messages.

Isder's photography is varied in subject matter, size and style. Her largest color photographs are digital panoramic landscapes and measure an average of 12 inches by 100 inches. In doing research for her creative writing, Isder became intrigued by the history and stories surrounding vampires and some of her drawings and other works relating to vampire lore will also be shown.

Mattson/Nilssen exhibit in Fridley

FRIDLEY -- Robert Mattson and Marjorie Nilssen of New London will be exhibiting new paintings at Banfill-Locke Center for the Arts in Fridley through Aug. 1. The gallery is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and is located at 6666 East River Road.

There will be a reception from 4 to 6 p.m. Saturday. For more information and directions to the gallery, see the Web site or call 763-574-1850.

Dance painting Saturday at Pope Art

TERRACE -- Pope Art presents a painting performance on the outdoor stage at 7:30 p.m. Saturday in Terrace.

Mitch McGuire and his sister Erica Ferguson will create "dance paintings" as people watch. McGuire recently graduated from the University of Minnesota in Morris with degrees in art and art education. His artwork is featured in the Pope Art gallery this summer. The wide range of styles reflects his adventurous nature and his passion for expression.

Tickets are $7.50 and available at the door.

Organ concert is Wednesday at Vinje

WILLMAR -- The Prairie Lakes Chapter of the American Guild of Organists present Jason R. Klein at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at Vinje Lutheran Church in Willmar.

Klein will perform an organ concert including works by J.S. Bach, Marco Enrico Bossi, Alexandre Guilmant, Louise Vierne and more.

Klein, a Chicago native, has served as director of music and organist at The Presbyterian Church in Westfield, N.J., since August 2007. He studied organ and church music at Concordia University Chicago in River Forest, Ill., and at Northwestern University, where he was named the Merrill Scholar for Academic and Musical Excellence.

From 2006-2007, Klein was part of a five-member team that introduced the new hymnal of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, "Evangelical Lutheran Worship," throughout the Pacifica Synod of the ELCA.

He has performed in California, Hawaii, Illinois, New Jersey, New York and Wisconsin.

A freewill offering will be received to help defray the costs of the event.