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Year in Review: Top arts and entertainment headlines from 2022

West central Minnesota saw celebrations of major anniversaries of arts organizations, new authors, art exhibits, historical milestones and the return of several favorite events following the pandemic.

Claire Anderson, 6, reacts to an art display at DEMO Inc. south of Willmar during the 2022 Lakes Area Art Studio Hop  on Friday, June 17, 2022. This year's event featured five studios and nine artists who shared their work with community members.
Claire Anderson, 6, reacts to an art display at DEMO Inc. south of Willmar during the 2022 Lakes Area Art Studio Hop on Friday, June 17, 2022. This year's event featured five studios and nine artists who shared their work with community members.
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Milan Village Arts School once again hosts annual spoon carving gathering June 2-4 in Milan.
Spoon carvers from Minnesota and other states gathered Thursday for the 2022 Spoon Gathering in Milan. The event runs June 2-4.

Nine artists gathered in five studios throughout Kandiyohi County to showcase and sell their work and answer questions from the public.
The Willmar Area Arts Council is hosting Studio Hop again this year, after having to cancel the last two years due to the pandemic. Several artists, including Laurel Iverson, a jewelry maker from New London, will be opening their studios for art lovers to visit.
Studio Hop returned to Willmar, New London and Spicer after a two-year hiatus. The Hop began Friday, June 17, and will continue Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Robert and Jeanne Whitney, owners of Whitney Music, have been an integral part of the music scene in Willmar for decades. They've helped hundreds of school children learn their first instrument, provided a full-service music store and gave musicians a place to share their talents with the public. The couple are now looking to find a buyer for the store, who will keep it running for years to come.
Whitney Music, which has served the musical community around the region, officially closed its retail store on July 1. The instrument repair shop will remain open. An online auction will start Monday, as store owners Bob and Jean Whitney hope to find new homes for all of their remaining instruments.
A photo gallery of Whitney Music, which has served the musical community around the region, officially closed its retail store on July 1

Dianna Soehren is helping Milan Village Arts School create a dedicated weaving studio with a goal to increase the types of classes offered.

Thanks to generous donations from Harold and Mary Jo Larson, the Kandiyohi County Heritage Searchers have a brand-new home to move into at the Kandiyohi County Historical Society. The Genealogical Resource Library provides a great place for genealogy sleuths to start their investigations into their family histories.

"Glitch Art is Dead," an international art exhibit on display at the K.K. Berge Gallery in Granite Falls, is showcasing the very modern art of glitch art. Glitch art sees the beauty in the everyday glitches of today's technology. The exhibit is being held in conjunction with the Prairie Fyre music and art mini festival in Wood Lake.

Barn Theatre Productions
The Barn Theatre presents “Miracle on 34th Street” for its annual holiday performance. Showtimes are 7 p.m. Dec. 1-3 and Dec. 8-10, with 2 p.m. matinees Dec. 3-4 and Dec. 10-11.
Moments from a dress rehearsal of Miracle on 34th Street at the Barn Theatre on Saturday, Nov. 26, 2022.
The Barn Theatre presents Neil Simon’s “The Odd Couple” at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 22-24 and Sept. 29-Oct. 1, with 2 p.m. matinees on Sept. 25 and Oct. 2.
The Barn Theatre presents Neil Simon’s “The Odd Couple” at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 22-24 and Sept. 29-Oct. 1, with 2 p.m. matinees on Sept. 25 and Oct. 2.
The Barn Theatre presents “Agatha Christie’s Murder on the Orient Express” for two-week showing Aug. 11-19. Tickets are $20 for adults and $10 for students.
The Barn Theatre will present "Shrek, the Musical" Thursday through June 26.
"Shrek the Musical" will run June 9-26 at the Barn Theatre in Willmar.
The Barn Theatre will present "Clue, the Musical," Thursday through April 10.
The Barn Theatre presents “On Golden Pond” at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 10-12 and 17-19 with 2 p.m. matinees on Feb. 12 and 20. Tickets are $20 for adults and $10 for ages 18 and younger.
Renville Friends of the Arts, celebrating its 20th anniversary this year, is performing "The Trip to Bountiful" this coming weekend. The play is a favorite of longtime FOTA member and regional actor Bev Raske, who is revisiting a role she played 10 years ago on the stage of the Barn Theatre.
The musical will be performed at the Willmar High School Brau Performing Arts Center Nov. 10-13. Tickets are $10 for adults, and $5 for students and children.
Showtimes are 6:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, with a 1:30 p.m. matinee on Saturday.
Willmar Middle School presents the musical “Moana Jr.” at the Willmar High School Brau Performing Arts Center. Showtimes are 7 p.m. Thursday through Saturday with a 1 p.m. matinee Saturday.

Mary Seifert has always loved books, reading and a good puzzle. Now she is a published author, with her first two debut novels on bookstore shelves and her next two soon to be published.
Zack Thelen-Liebl, who was born and raised in Willmar, is celebrating the publication of his first novel, "Chasing Shadows: Genesis," under the pen name Zachariah Jones. It has been a dream of Thelen-Liebl to be a published author, and he is already working on the second and third book of the trilogy while he prepares to be deployed for a year with his National Guard unit.
Artist Lucy Tokheim has created her first comic book, and tells stories gleaned from Norse legends, including that of Sunniva, the Irish woman who became the patron saint of Norway.

For more than 25 years, the Sacred Heart Area Historical Society has been working hard to save, display and share the history of the city and surrounding townships. Housed in an old church building, the society provides not only exhibits and a research library, but has also been instrumental in saving the Sacred Heart Hotel building.
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2022 marks the 65th anniversary of the Willmar Area Symphonic Orchestra. The group got its start in the living room of its founder, and today brings dozens of musicians from around the region together to play. The orchestra puts on multiple concerts a year with a mission to provide its community with access to high-quality orchestral music.
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Friends of the Arts was created 20 years ago to support and promote the arts in and around Renville. Over the years the organization has staged numerous plays, sponsored art events in the area and provided scholarships to students.

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