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Clay artist event set for Saturday at ARThouse

NEW LONDON -- The 2010 ARThouse season will open with an exhibit by clay artist Lauren Herzak-Bauman from 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday. Admission is free. The ARThouse is at 117 First Ave. N.E. in New London.

Herzak-Bauman will create "The Parlor Room," a site-specific installation that examines how loss affects the living; in particular, the transition one makes from suffering from the death of a loved one to living with and housing that loss.

Her "unique approach to working with the traditional and elegant medium of porcelain yields visually stunning and emotionally poetic sculptures and installations." Herzak-Bauman is said to "expand upon the intrinsic qualities of strength and fragility associated with porcelain to create mysterious and emotional works that reference urban decay, old attic finds, aged and broken objects and allow the porcelain to become a metaphor for presence and absence, death and loss."

Herzak-Bauman was born in Ohio and has been making things out of clay since before she can remember. She lives and works in Minneapolis.

West Central Singers spring concert is Sunday

WILLMAR -- The West Central Singers present their spring concert at 4 p.m. Sunday at Bethel Lutheran Church in Willmar.

They will perform "The Lord is My Shepherd" music from the Psalms under the direction of John D. Jahr.

Tickets are $7 for adults and $5 for students and are available at the door. Bethel Lutheran Church is located at 411 Becker Ave. S.W. in downtown Willmar.

Ridgewater's spring concerts Wednesday on Willmar campus

WILLMAR -- The Ridgewater College Concert Choir will present two spring variety concerts Wednesday on the Willmar campus.

There will be an outdoor concert (weather permitting), from 11 a.m. to noon in the courtyard. In event of rain, the concert will take place in the cafeteria.

The choir will perform a repeat performance at 7 p.m. in the cafeteria in the student services building.

Both concerts are free and open to the public. Performances will include the concert choir, small ensembles, soloists, oldies, current pop, guitar, violin, Celtic music and more.

The choir is under the direction of Gayle Marcus and accompanied by Jane Kochis.