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For more information, contact The Phipps Center for the Arts at (715) 386-2305, (715) 386-8409 (box office) or www.ThePhipps.org.

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Private violin lessons

Private violin lessons for students ages 7-adult are offered throughout the year by Sarah Bertsch, (715) 381-5735.

Private voice lessons

Elizabeth Hawksford Schaefer offers private voice lessons for ages 12-adult. Adults and homeschooled teenagers are especially welcome to call for available daytime openings. For more information, call The Phipps center at (715) 386-2305, ext. 101.

Ballroom dance party

Ballroom dance parties will be offered on Saturdays, Jan. 16 and Feb. 20, from 7 to 10 p.m. in the dance studio. Tom Larson will offer a ballroom and Latin dance lesson during the first hour. This is an opportunity to have fun trying out new dance skills in a relaxed and comfortable environment. Dancers of all experience levels are welcome. Refreshments will be provided. Admission is $12 per person

Tai Chi classes

Tai chi classes continue on Thursdays from 9:30 -11:30 a.m. Classes are ongoing and may be taken at any time. Punch-cards may be purchases for $96 per eight classes and are good for four months. Students only pay for the classes they attend.

Theater classes for young people

Theater classes for students in grades 1 - 6 will be offered on four Saturday mornings, Jan.16 through Feb. 6.

Creating the Characters of Beatrix Potter will be offered for students in grades 1-3 from 9-10 a.m. Participants will study the work of the beloved children's author and adapt her memorable animal characters for the stage. Peter Rabbit and Benjamin Bunny will leap off of the page and onto the stage as students use their imaginations to determine how these characters walk, talk, and behave. An informal presentation for parents will be held the last half of the final class. The fee is $35.

Fairytales Come to Life will be offered for students in grades 4 - 6 from 10:15 to 11:30 a.m. Young actors will adapt their favorite fairytales for the stage. Participants will learn to communicate ideas through dialogue as well as how to use character building techniques to show, not tell, aspects of setting and plot. Students will dive into such questions as: "What is the weather like in Snow White's enchanted forest?" and "How can I show an audience what it is like without telling them?" An informal presentation will be held for parents the last half of the final class. The fee is $40.

Photography club

The Western Wisconsin Photographic Club meets regularly at The Phipps. Photographers of all levels of ability and experience are invited to these meetings. For more information, contact Margaret Strehlo, (715) 386-5048.

Healing Arts at Hudson Hospital

The work of Martin Corbett, Toni Easterson, Lindsy Halleckson, Margaret Holmes, Peter Landherr, Douglas K. Limon, Michael McGraw, David Mngodo, Jodi Reeb-Myers, Elisabeth Paper, Odessa, Victoria Demos Stevens, Hazel Stoeckeler, Michon Weeks, and Terry Zenk is currently on display.

The Galleries

A series of exhibitions featuring work by area artists Barbara Riegel Bend (New Richmond), Ron Germundson (St. Paul), Robert James Kelly (Eden Prairie), Christopher Copeland (Stillwater), and Joseph Haid (Hudson) is on view through Jan. 17 in The Galleries.

Also on view in the Atrium Gallery through Jan. 3 is "Working Systems: What are Sustainable Artmaking Practices?," an exhibition by artists who participated in a series of seminars organized by The Phipps on the role of art and sustainability. Participating artists are Gloria Adrian (Cushing), Barbara Riegel Bend (New Richmond), Sheila Bergman (Prairie Farm), Mary Bergs (Minneapolis), Karla Faith (New Richmond), Patty Kuebker Johnson (Roberts), Amy Klein (St. Croix Falls), Bernard Marks (Somerset), and Teri Power (Amery).

Galleries hours are Monday through Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Sunday 12 noon to 4:30 p.m., as well as one hour before and through intermission of all performances in The Phipps theaters. The center will be closed Jan. 1.

The Gift Gallery

The Gift Gallery offers unique fine art and traditional crafts by noted area artists. Gift certificates are also available. "A Gift by the Hand," the ongoing annual holiday sale of handmade items by local and regional artists in the Gift Gallery, continues through Dec. 31. Receive a 20 percent discount throughout the remainder of the sale.

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