Exhibits: SIlent auction works on display at WEAC

Ridgewater College Willmar, through Nov. 23, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., Monday through Thursday, Fine Arts Building. Figurative linoleum prints by Becky Carmody of Lake Crystal. WEAC exhibit Willmar, through Dec. 2, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays and when buil...

Ridgewater College

Willmar, through Nov. 23, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., Monday through Thursday, Fine Arts Building. Figurative linoleum prints by Becky Carmody of Lake Crystal.

WEAC exhibit

Willmar, through Dec. 2, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays and when building is open for events, WEAC. The annual small works silent auction with pieces by about 25 local artists available for sale.



Morris, through Dec. 15, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday, Gallery of Humanities Fine Arts. Two artists, Christian Angelo Ricco and Jenny Kimball, will have their works on display. Ricco's oil paintings are essentially portraits of objects he has acquired over time. Kimball uses a flat bed scanner to create digital imagery that is manipulated on the computer and then printed on silk.

Prairie Renaissance

Morris, through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. weekdays, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays. Prairie Renaissance Cultural Center. "Bovine, Feline and Canine portraits" and "Water Themes" by Sandy O'Brien. The Glenwood artist is exhibiting 20 watercolor and pastel paintings.

Museums/historic sites

Kandiyohi County Historical

Willmar, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays. Free admission, located at the train engine on 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.

The Barn Theatre: An exhibit commemorating the 40th anniversary of The Barn Theatre through programs, photographs and other memorabilia. On display through December.

Whitefield Exhibit: An exhibit about pioneer artist and land promoter Edwin Whitefield, who visited Kandiyohi County in 1856.


Our Barns: The Little Crow Photography Club presents over 220 images of local barns from each of the 24 townships in Kandiyohi County. On display through December.

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 will mark 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.

Play Ball: Baseball and local town teams, including a 1920 Goldenrod uniform worn by Jorgen Bredeson, local photographs and Twins memorabilia from the 1965, 1987 and 1991 World Series.

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."

Religion and churches: "Rights of Passage" are interpreted, along with photos and artifacts from local churches and sects.

Hotels: Hotel photos and objects are featured, along with the former Lakeland Hotel telephone booth.

Immigration: 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.


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

Cast your ballot: An exhibit showing politics at the local level, including a voting booth used until the 1980s.

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 is showcased in an exhibit. Video can be shown upon request.

Civil and Spanish-America 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.

Newspapers: Interpretive panels telling the history of the press in America have been added to the old printing press and Linotype exhibit.


Way back when: A display of pioneer-era photographs.

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.

Art in the Research Center:

Paintings and drawings by three local artists, Eben Lawson, Dorothea Paul and Ruth Trautmiller, are on display in the newly renovated research center. Local scenes, including a mural-sized painting of Great Northern Locomotive 2523, are featured.

Atwater Area Museum

Atwater, noon to 4 p.m. Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday; noon to 3 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday, closed Sundays. The Atwater Area Historical Society and Museum.

Granite Falls Historical

Granite Falls, 1 to 4 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 13, Andrew J. Volstead House, 163 9th Ave. Exhibit of wedding gowns and wedding apparel, free will donation.


Grove City Area

Grove City, 1 to 4 p.m. Tuesday, Thursday, South Grove Square, Grove City Area Historical Society Museum. Open other times by appointment, call 857-9450, 699-8047 or 857-2176.

Sacred Heart Area Museum

Sacred Heart, 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, Sacred Heart Area Museum, Highway 212.


New London Pottery Workshop, 17 Central Ave. West, New London. Prairie Renaissance Cultural Center, 630 Atlantic Ave., Morris Ridgewater College, 2101 15th Ave N.W., Willmar. WEAC, Willmar Education and Arts Center, 611 Fifth St. S.W., Willmar

Community and senior high school art events such as concerts, plays and exhibits will be printed each Thursday in this calendar up to a month in advance.

The deadline is noon Monday. Submissions may be faxed (320) 235-6769 or mailed to Arts Calendar editor, P.O. Box 839, Willmar, MN 56201 or e-mailed to with "arts calendar item" in the subject line. WORKSHOPS/ ART CLASSES


Art classes/groups

Pottery classes: 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., Thursdays, today through Dec 15 or Tuesdays, Nov. 15 to Dec. 20, Pottery Workshop in New London, $100 includes all materials and instruction by Bill Gossman. To register call Glenn Joplin at 354-3323 during the day or 354-2048 evenings.

Square Dance

Square dance lessons: Willmar, 7 to 9:30 p.m. Monday, Jefferson Elementary School. For more information call Judy at 235-0218, Barb at 235-8321 or Dee at 235-7242.


A Minnesota Gathering of Storytellers will be from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday at the Charles Lindbergh Historic Site in Little Falls.

The morning will be sharing events and activities that are going on in the state. The afternoon will involve discussions on topics generated in the morning (healing stories, faith-based stories, coaching, working in schools, organizing a guild, new tellers, etc.). An optional evening storytelling swap will also be available.

The workshop is co-sponsored by the Northlands Storytelling Network.

Registration is $10 and includes lunch. For more information contact Mary L. Schmidt at or 320-468-6228. To register send check to Mary L. Schmidt, PO Box 476, Pierz, MN 56364.

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