Lanesboro Arts

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  • Some events FREE. Member & non-Member rates for classes & St. Mane Theatre events: music, literary, film, comedy, theater, etc.

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  • Lanesboro Arts is located in the southeast corner of Minnesota in Lanesboro: Just off Hwy 52 as it runs between Rochester and Decorah (10 miles east of Hwy 52 on County 8 from Fountain, Minn. OR 6 miles north on HistoricScenic Hwy 16 from Preston).

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  • Memorial Day-Oct open 7 days a week; Nov-Dec & April-May Tues-Sun; Jan-Mar Tues-Sat

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  • Accessible to Disabled
  • Can Accommodate Groups of 45 or more

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  1. Art in the Park Fine Art Festival in Lanesboro

    Art in the Park Fine Art Festival in Lanesboro

    202 Parkway Ave S
    Lanesboro, MN 55949
    Call: (507) 467-2446
    Toll Free: 5074672446

    The 37th annual Art in the Park fine art festival in Lanesboro, Minnesota on Saturday, June 17 features 90+ fine art booths, excellent live music, craft beer & community food vendors, and family art activities in the midst of mature shade trees in the beautiful setting of Sylvan Park. The event is held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Please note the change from prior years: June 17th is the Saturday before Father's Day. Hosted by LANESBORO ARTS, a multidisciplinary nonprofit with a 35+ year legacy of supporting art and artists in the scenic Lanesboro area, the annual Art in the Park festival is southern Minnesota’s longest running fine art fair! Renowned for quality, variety and value, Art in the Park attracts thousands of regional patrons to Sylvan Park in Lanesboro each year.



    Lanesboro, Minnesota was recognized as one of "America's Top 12 Small Town Art Places" in 2013 by Artplace America, and was named "One of the Top 20 Small Towns to Visit in America" by Smithsonian Magazine in 2014. Population 754, Lanesboro is nestled in the heart of Bluff Country, along the Root River and MN State Highway 16, a National Scenic Byway. Lanesboro's downtown hosts dynamic local businesses and restaurants in historic buildings, with the Root River State Trail running on the diagonal through town.



    The focal point of Art in the Park is of course the art! Fine art booths encircle Sylvan Park underneath canopies of shade, featuring a wide variety of handmade work by artists from throughout the greater Midwest. There will be paintings, photography, fine jewelry, textile rugs & quilts, hand thrown ceramics, lighted sculptures made of natural materials, stained glass, blown & fused glass sculptures, artworks utilizing reclaimed wood, stoneware clay pottery, metalwork, woven baskets, whimsical welded yard art, and more.



    Starting off the day at 10 a.m is Jaybone Bell, aka Jason Ziebell — the chief songwriter and vocalist of celebrated Winona roots act “Jaybone Bell and Restless Light.” A solo artist currently based in based in SE Wisconsin, Jason’s distinctively smooth singing voice drives a sound comfortably centered in Alt-Country, Americana, and roots music.



    Taking the gazebo stage at 11:45 a.m. is Maritza, a Decorah based quartet whose repertoire includes evocatively beautiful melodies forged in the passionate history of Europe and Russia, lively Jewish wedding dance horas and frailachs, Gypsy music, and twisting rythmic line dance tunes from Bulgaria, Romania, Macedonia and Greece.



    Performing at 1:45 p.m. is Little Fevers, a sweet and crunchy amalgamation of pop rock that has formed, much like a pearl, over many years around a tiny grain of sand. Comprised of musicians who, having operated as longtime collaborators in Lucy Michelle & the Velvet Lapelles, have honed their craft traveling the country together for several years. Invoking the playfulness of bands like Pavement and the Violent Femmes, and vocal textures of idols such as Peter Gabriel and The Microphones to form something all their own. Lucy Michelle has previously performed several times in Lanesboro, including gigs at the Lanesboro Legion, the Riverside on the Root, and the Sons of Norway Hall.



    The Yellow-Bellied Sapsuckers, the final musical act of the day at 3:30p.m., perform original songs and tunes inspired by the classic hillbilly, country-duo, and old-time musical traditions–and also mines this same repertoire for forgotten gems that deserve to be heard again. Based in Soldiers Grove, WI, the Sapsuckers (Nikki Grossman, guitar, fiddle, and vocals; Joe Hart, guitar, mandolin, and vocals) perform frequent concerts, as well as square and contra dances, and they are known for the light touch and sense of humor they bring to their performance.



    Attendees will enjoy delicious and locally prepared foods at booths hosted by volunteers from local organizations. Back by popular demand, Lanesboro Arts will host the “Curry booth,” serving egg rolls, curry and rice, condiments and salads of locally-grown produce, in partnership with Pedal Pushers Café of Lanesboro. Also available will be pulled pork sandwiches (Friends of Lanesboro Library), brats, hot dogs & pickles (Lanesboro Area Chamber of Commerce), and tacos (Lanesboro Public Schools’ Tex-Mex Trip). The Farmers Market will offer healthy snack stands, and the Lanesboro Community Theater will sell ice-cold pop, lemonade, and water. Lanesboro Arts will also host the famous pie and ice cream booth, serving fresh pies including peach, cherry, blueberry, rhubarb, and apple (and coffee and ice cream to go with your slice of pie). Returning to Art in the Park in 2017 will be craft beer provided by Kinney Creek Brewery of Rochester and Island City Brewery of Winona.



    In honor of Father’s Day Weekend and to promote artistic creativity, Lanesboro Arts will host an art activity booth for kids and families of all ages with all supplies provided. A henna artist and face painter will have their own booth set-up. Sylvan Park contains a brand-new playground, and ponds on the north side of the park are known for good fishing.

  2. Catherine Glynn presents A.R.T.: Audacious Raw Theatre inspired by A Random Thought

    Catherine Glynn presents A.R.T.: Audacious Raw Theatre inspired by A Random Thought

    206 Parkway Ave N
    Lanesboro, MN 55949
    Call: (507) 467-2446

    Professional performers from Southeastern Minnesota, Chicago, Kansas City, Denver and beyond will come together for 7 days to create 7 devised works for two stagings of innovative, inspiring and thought provoking performances at the St. Mane Theatre in Lanesboro, MN on Friday, June 16 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, June 18 at 1:30 p.m. Lanesboro artist Catherine Glynn has invited fellow performance artists Carla Noack, Tod Petersen, Jerome Yorke, Hilary Williams, Leilani Raashida Henry, Ben Marolf and Michael Pelley to take some time away from their busy schedules for a week of ReCreation 101.

    Inspired by the collaborative and experimental work done by theater companies such as the Rude Mechs, the Neo-Futurists, and the Saratoga International Theater Institute, A.R.T. has been conceived as a multi-year initiative to foster the creation and development of new works, while serving as a performance art companion to the annual Art in the Park fine art festival. The inaugural year’s theme is ReCreation, playing off of the Judeo-Christian tradition that it took 7 days to create the world, the Buddhist and Islamic notions that there are 7 Heavens, and the Islamic notion of the 7 doors to Paradise—with the implication being Lanesboro is an artist’s paradise.

    Audiences will be surprised and delighted by 7 new devised works of Audacious Raw Theater, each 7-15 minutes in length, while gaining insight into the creation process and embracing the spontaneous. The two performances, which will bookend Lanesboro Arts 37th annual Art in the Park fine art festival, will each be unqiue, as the artists will be revising and recreating throughout their time in Lanesboro. Musician Ben Marolf will also be performing pieces from show at Art in the Park at 1:15 p.m. on Saturday, June 17.

  3. Concert: The Rhubarb Sisters - "Rhubarb's Angels"

    206 Parkway Ave N
    Lanesboro, MN 55949
    Call: (507) 467-2446

    In conjunction with the free Rhubarb Festival happening 9 a.m. to 3p.m. at Sylvan Park on Saturday, June 3rd, 2017 , The Rhubarb Sisters are performing a kick off concert the evening before, at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, June 2nd, at the St. Mane Theatre in Lanesboro, MN entitled "Rhubarb's Angels." The Rhubarb Sisters are Elizabeth Fugelstad, Julie Kiehne, Peggy Hanson and Beth Hennessey, all from the Lanesboro area. The Rhubarb Sisters performed on “A Prairie Home Companion” in 2007 when the show was broadcast from The Rhubarb Festival and have made countless concert appearances in Lanesboro and the region throughout their 11 years as a group.

    “What I really love is making people smile. It really is about bringing joy and sharing the things that are true,” says Rhubarb Sister Julie Kiehne. “People want to seek more of the back-home roots to their childhood. Rhubarb brings that out.” Rhubarb Sister Beth Hennessy agrees, “We’re similar to rhubarb. We’re about finding happiness in your own backyard.”

    The Rhubarb Sisters were born during the second year of the Rhubarb Festival, said Rhubarb Sister Peggy Hanson, and they just kept picking up steam. “One thing led to another and it just got out of control.” How out of control? If you’ve ever grown a patch of rhubarb, you know what an unruly piece of produce it is. One minute you’ve got a lovely little clump in the backyard and the next you’re peddling rhubarb jam and pie at the farmers market because everything in the root cellar has rhubarb in it and you can’t fool your family into eating one more bite. It’s the same for the Rhubarb Sisters.

    “This goes so far beyond rhubarb,” Hanson states. “We perform for a lot for church groups, mother-daughter teas and that kind of event. Our basic message is that rhubarb is a humble thing. It’s just back by the garage.” But just because it’s humble, doesn’t mean it isn’t useful. “Especially in these economic times, we need to make the most of what we have,” Hanson said, so they make pies and cake and jam and use as much as they can harvest. “It blends with anything. It’s Midwestern values — make do with what you have. And you can hardly find it in stores,” she says. “It’s inherently noncommercial.”

    So are the Rhubarb Sisters, who also travel far and wide in their house dresses and vintage aprons, singing about the wonders of rhubarb.“People respond to it. It’s very emotional. They think of home and grandma and homemade desserts,” Hanson says. And for some people, like the Rhubarb Sisters and their kin, it kind of takes over their lives. “My husband grows rhubarb,” Hanson says. “And he has a Google news alert for rhubarb. He’s on the pulse of rhubarb.”

    So what does that pulse sound like? Warm up the pitch pipe and listen to the Rhubarb Sisters sing “What Shall We Do With the Extra Rhubarb” to the tune of “What Shall We Do with a Drunken Sailor.” “We have a good time,” Hanson says. “We make our fun.” So much fun that Hanson likes to dabble in a little rhubarb standup comedy. When asked if she is the top rhubarb standup comic in the country, Hanson doesn’t hesitate, “I might well be.”

  4. Over the Back Fence Community Variety Show

    Over the Back Fence Community Variety Show

    206 Parkway Ave N
    Lanesboro, MN 55949
    Call: (507) 467-2446

    Showcasing a talented local cast, musicians and other guests, Over the Back Fence features a new theme and material each month with music, skits, jokes, comedy, poems, and more! Since 1994, lively host Damon Prestemon keeps the show rolling, managing the stage chaos of Back Fence cast members, sound effects, sponsor interviews, audience participation, spontaneous humor, and sing-along songs

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