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 annual Art in the Park Father’s Day festival returns for its 37th year in Lanesboro’s Sylvan Park with 90-plus fine art & craft booths and live music.

    The focal point of Art in the Park is of course the art! Fine art and fine craft artist booths encircle Sylvan Park underneath canopies of shade, featuring a wide variety of artist-made work by artists from the tri-state region. There will be paintings, photography, fine jewelry, textile rugs & quilts, fish leather fashion accessories, varied fabric creations, stained glass, blown & fused glass sculptures, artworks utilizing reclaimed wood, artisan soap, ceramics, metalwork, hand-sculpted birdbaths, and whimsical yard/garden art, and more.

    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 and root beer, offered by Kinney Creek Brewery of Rochester.

    In honor of Father’s Day 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

    7 professional theatre artists from Southeastern Minnesota, Chicago, Kansas City and beyond will come together for 7 days to create 7 vignettes for two stagings of innovative, inspiring and thought provoking performances. Lanesboro artist Catherine Glynn has invited fellow professional actors Carla Noack, Rachel Kuhnle, Wendi Weber and more to take some time away from their busy schedules for a week of ReCreation 101.

    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.

    Be surprised and delighted by joining us for 7 Audacious Raw Theatre vignettes of 7-15 minutes, while gaining insight into the creation process and embracing the spontaneous. Come for both stagings — artists will be revising and recreating throughout their time in Lanesboro. Each performance will be unique!

    “We shall not cease from exploration, and at the end of all our exploring will be to arrive where we started and know the place for the first time.” — T. S. Eliot

    Catherine Glynn is a native Minnesotan who makes her living performing, writing, and teaching. She was born and raised in Southwest Minneapolis and she studied Humanities at the College of St. Benedict & St. John’s University. After graduating Catherine traveled to the Federated States of Micronesia to serve in the Peace Corps. Following her stint abroad, she created her first original one woman show called “Cassandra” at the Pillsbury Playhouse. She then headed to Texas to study acting at UT-Austin. Once she had her MFA, she was hired to teach at UT’s Theatre & Dance Department. She spent 5 years as a full time adjunct professor in voice, acting and movement. Because she loves learning so much she went back for even more schooling at, what her brother Tom lovingly refers to as the ‘Citadel of Acting’ (i.e., The University of Delaware’s Professional Theatre Training Program.) At the PTTP she studied the classics intensively, traveled to Japan to stomp her way into Tadashi Suzuki’s highly acclaimed version of Oedipus Rex, and earned her second MFA.

    Catherine is a former company member with the Rude Mechs in Austin, Texas; the Commonweal Theatre in Lanesboro; and is an Artistic Associate with Collaboraction Theatre in Chicago. She’s acted in Shakespeare Festivals across the US, danced and performed in various Fringe Festivals in Austin, San Diego, and Minneapolis. She even did some burlesque in Chicago. Among her favorite contemporary stage performances is yet another one woman show called “Bad Dates” which she performed at the New American Theatre in Illinois. She’s delighted to have found an artistic home in Lanesboro with her husband Jeremy van Meter. A.R.T. comes on the heels of Catherine’s stagings of “Miss Myrna Davenport’s Poetry in Motion” and “The Belle of Amherst” at the St. Mane Theatre in 2016 and 2015 respectively. She takes great pleasure teaching people to express themselves fully. In addition to her performance career Catherine is the owner and Director of Voce Veritas, an executive coaching firm.

  3. Concert: Johnsmith

    Concert: Johnsmith

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

    Johnsmith is one of those artists so often under-recognized – he possesses a genius that cannot be denied, ignored, or overlooked. For the past thirty-plus years, Johnsmith has been sharing his music all across America and abroad. He has become a favorite at festivals, clubs, and house concerts alike. In addition to being a Kerrville New Folk Winner, Johnsmith has released seven solo CDs to rave reviews, leads musical tours to Ireland, teaches songwriting, and has served as a staff songwriter in Nashville.

    With his faded jeans, his twinkly blue eyes, and his infectious smile, John immediately connects with audiences. You get the sense of a man who loves his life, his family and friends, and who loves nothing more than sharing that love in song and stories all across this land.

    “Johnsmith’s songs always move me. They make me laugh, cry, dance or just sing along. He is one of the most consistent writers of quality songs that I’ve ever met.” – Lydia Hutchinson, Editor, Performing Songwriter Magazine

    “[Johnsmith] is one of those really pure hearted people that isn’t wasting any time on the cool factor, he gets there by virtue of his integrity.” – Frank Goodman

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

    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.”

  5. 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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