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

Annual members' meeting Nov. 30 at The Phipps

The Phipps Center for the Arts will hold its Annual Members' Meeting on Monday, Nov. 30 at 5:30 p.m. in the River Room. Any adult who made a monetary contribution to The Phipps Center after October 28, 2008, is a member during the 2009 calendar year. If the donation was made by joint check, each person named on the check is a member. Only individuals are members; not corporations.

The agenda will include the election of a director-at-large who will represent the membership on the board of directors. In addition, participants will approve the minutes of the last annual meeting, and will be able to address the board directly with any new business.

@sub:"Madeline's Christmas" Dec. 10-13

@calt:"Madeline's Christmas," produced by The Phipps Children's Theater, will have a special limited run this holiday season Dec. 10-13.

"In an old house in Paris that was covered with vines lived twelve little girls in two straight lines. They left the house at half-past nine in two straight lines, in rain or shine. The smallest one was Madeline." So begins the story of "Madeline's Christmas," with its book and lyrics by Jennifer Kirkeby, music by Shirley Mier, based on the book by Ludwig Bemelmans.

Only five performances will be given on the main stage December 10 - 13, on Thursday and Friday at 7 p.m., Saturday at 2 and 7 p.m., as well as Sunday at 2 p.m. The running time for the show is approximately one hour. Tickets are $13 for all youth 18 years and younger and $15 for adults.

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.

Dance classes

Dance technique classes for children and adults began in September and continue through May 2010. Students can now register for the second quarter of ballroom dance, salsa/Latin, jazz/hip-hop, musical theater, tap, ballet, lyrical, modern, preballet/tap, and bharatanatyam (South Indian classical dance). The class year is divided into four quarters of eight weeks each. All instructors are experienced as both educators and performers.Reduced rates are available for two successive quarters for all classes except salsa, ballroom and bharatanatyam. Fees are due one week prior to the first class of each quarter (eight weeks).

Ballroom dance party

A ballroom dance party will be offered on Saturdays, Dec. 19 from 7 to 10 p.m. in the dance studio of The Phipps Center for the Arts.

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.

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.

Adult and child holiday clay workshop

An adult and child hand-building with clay workshop, Holiday Treasures and Gifts, will be offered on Saturday, Dec. 12, from 10a.m. to noon.

Adults and children will work closely together as they learn basic hand-building techniques such as pinching, coiling, and slab-building. Using white clay and colorful underglazes, participants will create snowman figures, candleholders, candy dishes, and other unique gifts. The instructor will apply a clear glaze and fire the work, which will be ready to pick up on Saturday, December 19. This workshop is for children ages 4 ½ and older.

The workshop fee is $37 per adult and child pair, and $14 for an additional child.

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.

@sub:Healing Arts at Hudson Hospital

@calt: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 Elizabeth Kuth (Duluth), David Mataya (Hudson), Frank Quadflieg (Hudson), Jan Shoger (Northfield, Minn.), and Glenn Quist (Elk River, Minn.) is on view through Dec. 6.

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, Wis.), 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 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Sunday noon to 4:30 p.m., as well as one hour before and through intermission of all performances in The Phipps theaters. The Phipps will be closed Nov. 26, and Dec. 24 through 27.

The Gift Gallery

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

Gift Gallery hours are Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Sunday noon to 4:30 p.m., as well as one hour before and through intermission of all performances in The Phipps

"A Gift by the Hand," the annual holiday sale of handmade items by local and regional artists, is going on now through Dec. 31. Members of The Phipps receive a 10 percent discount throughout the remainder of the sale.

"A Gift by the Hand" hours are Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., as well as one hour before and through intermission of all performances in The Phipps theaters. The Phipps will be closed Nov. 26, and Dec. 24 through 27.