James and Karrie Geroux of Rochester enjoying the dance floor at the 2018 Fall Gala.

Reaching for the Arts in Lanesboro


(10/28/2019)

Lanesboro Arts Fall Gala supports year-round arts programming and there will be plenty of art in the auctions!
Lanesboro Arts Fall Gala supports year-round arts programming and there will be plenty of art in the auctions!
Pictured here at the 2018 Gala is “Venzulelian Canal,” an impressionistic photo piece created by Ron Germundson.


Lanesboro Arts’ Fall Gala on Saturday, November 2, to benefit year-round arts programs

Area arts, business, and community leaders will gather on Saturday, November 2, 2019, at the Lanesboro Community Center to celebrate Lanesboro’s role as a living lab for community arts strategies at the Lanesboro Arts Fall Gala. Featuring silent and sealed-bid auctions of fine art and unique experiences, the event benefits Lanesboro Arts’ year-round rural arts programs and creative placemaking efforts. This year Lanesboro Arts has invited three visual artists to compete in a Canvas Clash live-speed painting competition during a delicious dinner buffet prepared by Estelle’s Eatery & Bar of Harmony, Minn. The paintings created will be offered in a live auction prior to a brief “Reach for the Arts!” presentation. Dynamic Twin Cities string quintet The Gentlemen’s Anti-Temperance League will perform original hot jazz music inspired by the Prohibition era. The event will also include a cash bar featuring KARST Brewing on tap and masters of ceremonies Jess Abrahamson and Tom Overlie of KTTC News. At $65 per person, tickets are sold in advance from Lanesboro Arts at www.lanesboroarts.org or by calling 507-467-2446.

The Fall Gala has become a favorite annual Lanesboro area event that creates an opportunity for arts lovers to dance and socialize while supporting an organization that made an impact in 2019 through gallery exhibitions, the annual Art in the Park fine art festival, the Lanesboro Artist Residency Program, classes and workshops, Surprise Sculpture, and Lanesboro Arts Campus Initiatives.

The Gentlemen’s Anti-Temperance League is a swing band from Minneapolis, whose style is a melting pot of hot jazz, swing, and Latin rhythms, brought to a boil by soaring vocals and endless energy. Drawing their influence from almost a century of music, The Gentlemen’s Anti-Temperance League combines elegant composition, raucous enthusiasm, and virtuosic playing to provide the perfect ambiance.

Located on Main Street in downtown Harmony, Estelle’s Eatery & Bar is a local favorite, and a destination for foodies around the state! Its seasonally rotating menu features creative and versatile from-scratch recipes. Beloved chef Matt Brown focuses on local ingredients and quality cuisine. Entree options at the event include smoked brisket finished in a smoky bourbon glaze, Parmesan chicken finished with an herb gremolata, or smoked gouda penne mac and cheese. The entree will also include creamy garlic whipped mashed potatoes, sexy corn (sweet potato, corn, roasted red pepper, thyme and brown butter), a walnut cranberry salad and homemade dinner rolls. Desserts will be provided by The Bite of Lanesboro and appetizers by Catering by Design of Rochester.

Silent and sealed-bid auction items include original art like jewelry by Ann Madland, Brittany Foster, and Johanna Berge; sculptures by Linda Lewis and Paul Olson; a mosaic piece by Bebe Keith; photography by Sara Slee; wearable art by Ian Baldry; pastel pieces by Kay Raabe and Linda Ricklefs Baudry; paintings by Mary Solberg, Annie Young, and Maureen Healy Mossman; and more.

Auctions also included plenty of unique experiences like a 10-week dance class series with Ragamala Dance Company, overnight stays at gorgeous lodging establishments, and tickets to regional performing arts events.

The event begins at 6 p.m. with a cash bar, appetizers, jazz music, and the sealed-bid and silent auctions. The sit-down dinner will follow around 7 p.m. and the “Reach for the Arts” presentation will begin at 7:50 p.m., followed by desserts and dancing until the event wraps up at 10:30 p.m.

Canvas Clash live painting competition will start around 7 p.m. Reprising a unique idea staged from earlier this year at the Spring into Art Festival, Lanesboro Arts has invited three visual artists to compete in a Canvas Clash live-speed painting competition during the dinner buffet. The artists will be set up in a circle in the middle of the seating area and will have just 30 minutes during dinner to create their masterpieces! The paintings created will then be offered in a live auction prior to a brief “Reach for the Arts” presentation. Competing artists include Stena Lieb of Lanesboro, Erik Pearson of Saint Paul, and Jessica Zottola of Minneapolis.

Proceeds from the event benefit the year-round programming of Lanesboro Arts, serving as a regional catalyst for artistic excellence and educational development in providing meaningful and diverse art experiences for people of all ages. In the heart of historic downtown, Lanesboro Arts hosts music, drama, and film events at the St. Mane Theatre, and houses two galleries featuring work by more than 90 regional artists. Lanesboro Arts’ programming also includes the annual Art in the Park fine art festival, the Lanesboro Artist Residency Program, classes and workshops, Surprise Sculpture, and Lanesboro Arts Campus Initiatives.

Tickets are $65 per person, available at Lanesboro Arts at www.lanesboroarts.org, at 103 Parkway Avenue North in Lanesboro, or by calling 507-467-2446. This event is open to the public! The Lanesboro Community Center is located at 202 Parkway Avenue South in Lanesboro.

 

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