Lanesboro Arts is proud to announce the 2018 schedule for its exhibition gallery, artist residency program, and performing arts season at the St. Mane Theatre. A multidisciplinary nonprofit arts organization activating the people and places of rural Lanesboro, Lanesboro Arts has a 35-plus-year legacy of serving as a regional catalyst for artistic excellence and educational development in providing diverse art experiences for people of all ages.
The 2018 program highlights include a gallery exhibition featuring stunning images of women underwater by Minnesota photographer Rhea Pappas; innovative place-based artist residencies with filmmaker Rini Keagy and performance artist Erin Lavelle; and listening-room concerts with acclaimed musicians Charlie Parr, Chris Koza, and Larry Long. Lanesboro Arts also produces a summer youth arts education program, as well as the annual Art in the Park fine art festival, happening on Saturday, June 16, 2018.
“We’re thrilled to be showcasing compelling work from professional artists based right here in Minnesota;” said gallery director Robbie Brokken. “However, it is also crucial to be amplifying the voices of emerging and early career artists, and providing them with opportunities as well.” Relocated from the sales gallery to the exhibition gallery for a group show this year, the fourth annual Emerging Artist Exhibition opens with an artist reception on February 3 and runs through April 7. Beauty in Simple Things, opening on April 14, will feature the oil paintings of Minneapolis artist Patricia Schu. An open-call, juried ceramics group show titled Feats of Clay kicks off with an artist reception on June 23. Applications from artists interested in participating are due on May 1. The stunning underwater photography of Rhea Pappas will be featured in an exhibition opening on August 18 called Reflections. The year concludes with Renewable Energy, a exhibition of oil paintings by Ken Reif, opening with a reception on October 20.
This year’s concerts include Charlie Parr and Ben Weaver, Minnesota-based roots musicians, on January 20; Zeitgeist with Nirmala Rajasekar, a fusion of Western and Eastern classical music traditions, on May 12; The Rhubarb Sisters, a Lanesboro a capella group, on June 1; Chris Koza, a masterful Indie, pop, and Americana songwriter, on July 14; Larry Long and Dan Sebranek, acoustic folk musicians respectively based in Minnesota and Wisconsin, on October 19; and the 12th Annual Holiday Sing Along with Dan Chouinard on December 21.
Ben Weaver and Chris Koza will also be living and working in Lanesboro for a week prior to each of their performances at the St. Mane in order to participate in various community engagement events as part of the inaugural Performing Artist Engagement Program supported by the Southeastern Minnesota Arts Council. In addition to the concerts, Lanesboro Arts will present the second year of Lanesboro actor and director Catherine Glynn’s “A.R.T. - Audacious Raw Theater.” With two stagings at the St. Mane on June 15 and 17 that bookend Art in the Park, Glynn will present innovative, inspiring and thought provoking performances of devised works by guest performers and musicians from around the country. For “Leaves of Grass — Illuminated,” Patrick Scully, a Minnesota native and the founder of Patrick’s Cabaret in Minneapolis, summons the spirit of Walt Whitman in a one-man show that has him voicing the poet’s words while adding his own artistic flavor. The two performances on April 19 and 20 will serve as a physical embodiment of Whitman’s work through dance and a reflection of the poet’s art, spirituality, sexuality, and gender expression.
Lanesboro Arts is also partnering with the Iraqi-American Reconciliation Project and Winona’s Frozen River Film Festival to present a day of documentary film screenings on February 3. “Iraqi Voices” will begin at 1 p.m. The films are written and directed by Iraqi refugee and Iraqi-American participants and are photographed and edited by Nathan Fisher. The screening of this film set is happening in conjunction with a storytelling workshop with Nathan Fisher and Iraqi-American documentarians that morning at 10:30 a.m. FFRF’s sixth consecutive year of presenting films at the St. Mane Theatre in Lanesboro begins at 4 p.m. with the Minnesota documentary adventure film “Jeff’s World,” directed by Brenda Piekarski. The 65-minute film follows Jeff Engel, an accomplished route developer, and his friends as they seek, find, develop and climb Jeff’s World, a wild and remote climbing area 10 miles beyond the Minnesota border into Canada. At 7:30 p.m. Frozen River Film Festival will present “The Adventure Set,” a curated selection of seven short films that aim to motivate and physically activate viewers while highlighting extreme sports and other fresh and unfamiliar activities that also demonstrate a certain level of difficulty and/or danger. The total run time of the film set is 97 minutes.
The Over the Back Fence community variety show will be held monthly on the second Fridays of March through November. Themes for the 2018 season include British Invasion, Purple and Folks Named Smith.
The Lanesboro Artist Residency Program will host its 47th and 48th artists in residence since 2001 with filmmaker Rini Keagy of Saint Paul and performance artist Erin Lavelle of Minneapolis. Keagy, who spent much of her childhood on cattle farms in rural areas, plans to edit several sequences from her work-in-progress film, “North Central (America),” and present the work in a screening and discussion session with the Lanesboro area community during her March 12 to April 9 residency. The project explores her father’s experiences as a Guatemalan-American farmer and cow herder who raises and sells cattle in rural Costilla County in southern Colorado, while raising the question of what it means to be an ethnic or cultural minority in agrarian and small-town America. Lavelle will engage the Lanesboro area community in Something Good, a public art project that uses the platform of a yard sale to engage community members in conversations about value, commodities, exchange, sustainability, and the power of the stories embedded in an object’s history. This project will take place in April, May, and August and is described as an experiment based on the Buddhist concept of dana (generosity) where both the specific gift and the recipient are considered when giving.
Providing year-round arts programming for more than 30 years, the mission of Lanesboro Arts is to serve as a regional catalyst for artistic excellence and educational development in providing diverse art experiences for people of all ages. Information about 2018 performances, artists, exhibitions, films, residencies and tickets is available at lanesboroarts.org/calendar.