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

'The Belle of Amherst'

"The Belle of Amherst," starring Linda Kelsey, runs Jan. 9-18 at The Phipps. The one-woman play, by William Luce, celebrates the life of 19th century American poet Emily Dickinson. Performances are Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. Tickets are $22 for adults and $15 for all students with a current I.D., with a $2 discount for seniors on the Sunday matinees.

Season tickets on sale

The organ series features a holiday concert by Ron Reseigh; Jelani Eddington, the youngest-ever Organist of the Year; Dave Wickerham, organist in residence at the famed Milhous Museum in Boca Raton; and Ron Rhode, a favorite at American Theatre Organ Society conventions.

The special events series includes holiday concerts by "The Belle of Amherst" starring Linda Kelsey. Season subscribers have the first opportunity to purchase tickets to special performances by the Barbary Coast Dixieland Show Band.

Patrons can subscribe to any or all of the series, or create their own series of events. A season package of five events for $80 offers up to 30 percent savings over individual ticket prices. A season subscription of three events for $54 offers over 20 percent savings. Subscribers are also offered free exchanges.

New Year's Eve concerts

Colleen Raye and Company with the Minnesota Jazz Orchestra will perform family New Year's Eve concerts on Wednesday, Dec. 31, at 5 and 7:30 p.m. Raye's theme for this New Year's Eve is "Carnivale." Tickets are $26 for adults and $20 for all students with a current ID. For reservations, contact The Phipps ticket office at (715) 386-8409 or online at

Private violin lessons

Private violin lessons for students ages 7 through 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 classes

Ballroom dance classes continue on Sundays, beginning Jan. 25, with Tom Larson teaching Beginning Ballroom from 4-5 p.m., Beginning Salsa/Latin from 5-6 p.m., Intermediate Ballroom from 6-7 p.m. and Advanced Ballroom from 7-8 p.m. The fee for each class is $80 for eight weeks. Partners are encouraged, but not required.

Ballroom dance parties

Tom Larson will offer ballroom dance parties Saturday, Dec. 20 and Jan. 17 and Feb. 21, from 7:30 to 10 p.m. in the dance studio. Larson will offer a ballroom dance lesson from 7:30 to 8:30. 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 are provided. Admission is $10 per person.

Yoga classes

Vinyasa Flow yoga classes continue Thursdays, 6:30-8 p.m. Beginning yoga is offered Tuesdays and Fridays, 9-10:30 a.m. Classes are ongoing and may be taken at any time. Punch-cards may be purchased for $120 per 10 classes. Punch-cards are good for any of the three classes offered each week. Students only pay for the classes they attend. Students should wear loose, comfortable clothing and bring a yoga mat.

Tai chi classes

Tai chi classes continue on Thursdays, Dec. 18-Feb. 19, with no classes Dec. 25 and Jan. 1, from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. The fee for eight sessions is $96.

Children's theater classes

Mark Rosenwinkel will offer creative dramatics classes for students in grades 1-6 during four Saturday mornings, Jan. 17-Feb. 7. The final class will include a presentation of skills learned.

"Magical Journeys," for students in grades 1-3, is from 9 to 10 a.m. and costs $38. "Magic, Mischief and Mayhem," for students in grades 4-6, is from 10:15 to 11:30 a.m. for $48.

Pottery classes

Enrollment is now open for the winter schedule of pottery classes for children, teens and adults. Classes for teens and adults run for eight weeks, and Clay Class for children ages 7-12 runs for six weeks.

  • Beginning Pottery on the Wheel, Mondays, Jan. 19-March 9, 6:30-8:30 p.m., $207, with instructor Dick Morse.
  • Clay Sculpture and Raku Firing, Tuesdays, Jan. 20-March 10, 6:30-8:30 p.m., $207, with instructor Ben Gavin Cain.
  • Beginning/Intermediate Pottery on the Wheel, Wednesdays, Jan. 21-March 11, 10 a.m.-noon, $207, with instructor Marjorie Wade.
  • Intermediate/Advanced Pottery on the Wheel, Thursdays, Jan. 22-March 12, 6:30-8:30 p.m., $207, with instructor Ben Gavin Cain.
  • Clay Class for Kids, ages 7-12, wheel and hand-building skills, Tuesdays, Jan. 20-Feb. 24, 4:30-6 p.m., $113, with instructor Ben Gavin Cain.

    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

    Currently on display are the works of Gloria Adrian, Tai Allyn, Martin Corbett, Calvin deRuyter, Mary Hanson, Ron Germundson, Christine Mount Kapp, Lynn Middleton Koller, Jeanne McGee, Jim, Mulfinger, Ginny Olson, Sandi Pillsbury, Linda Statts, Kasey Westra, Emmy White and Teresa Zenk.

    The Galleries

    A series of exhibitions featuring work by five area artists, a sculptural installation by Melanie VanHouten, contemporary basketry by Tressa Sularz, woodcut prints and collage by Mary Barrett, layered woven textiles by Marie Westerman and original photomontage prints by Karen Klein, are on view through Jan. 4 in The Galleries of The Phipps Center for the Arts. Galleries hours are Monday-Saturday, 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m.; Sunday, noon-4:30 p.m., as well as one hour before and through intermission of all performances in The Phipps theaters.

    Holiday sale

    "A Gift by the Hand," the annual holiday sale of handmade items by local and regional artists, runs through Dec. 31, in the Gift Gallery. Hours are Monday-Saturday, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Sunday, noon-3 p.m., and one hour before and through intermission of all performances in The Phipps theaters. The Phipps will be closed Dec. 24 and 25.

    The Gift Gallery

    The Gift Gallery offers unique fine art and traditional crafts by noted area artists. Gift certificates are also available.

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