Oh, what a night. . . .late June, 2013. I remember. . . .what a night. You know the tune. I swapped my RedBarn garden jeans for white capris and jumped in the car. . . .heading for a dose of culture. I noticed the boys in the crowd left their fishing hats home and shined up a bit too! The Italian meal was superb, the company was divine and the art on the walls of the Java Jules Coffee House and Bistro; nothing short of ‘wow’. Our Big Stone Lake Area knows how to celebrate the success of an ‘art happening’ among us! Have you ever heard that line about Minnesota being ‘the state of the arts’? It has something to do with putting your money where your mouth is; healthy arts community means good things for everyone in the community. That’s my story and I’m stickin’ to it!
Local artist, Deb Larson, is publicly sharing her dynamic exhibition of ‘Couch Culture’ over the summer months. During the opening evening Deb was visited by the Pioneer Public TV crew. They covered the event for an upcoming segment of their locally produced, art-related show, ‘Postcards’. Ahh, a star among us! It’s fun to talk about the growing number of artists, the growing support among the community, the sense of pride felt when we fill a room to support the success of an individual. But really, what about all of those huge life-like paintings? Now that’s one artistic challenge. . . .painting up friends and folks in the community and actually getting them to look like them. I’m on the list of impressed viewers, Deb!
Each dinner guest was asked to write a postcard to share about one of three things we have going on; accomplished area artists, Deb’s exhibition now hanging at Java Jules in uptown Ortonville, MN or the Upper Minnesota River Arts Crawl, known as Meander, that includes our area artists each fall(dates this year are October 4th,5th and 6th). Beautiful people. . . .they all listened so well and dutifully spread the news of the arts among us!