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

Call for artists - Afton Art in the Park and Gift Gallery

@calt:Submissions from artists are currently being sought for the annual Afton Art in the Park and the Gift Gallery at The Phipps Center for the Arts. Postmark deadline for Afton Art in the Park is March 15 and for the Gift Gallery, March 2; visit, click on visual arts, then artist opportunities, or send a SASE to The Phipps, 109 Locust St., Hudson WI 54016, Attention: Afton Art in the Park or Gift Gallery.

The 2009 Afton Art in the Park is the 30th anniversary of this art fair, which will be held on Saturday, Sept. 26, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., and Sunday, Sept. 27, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., in the Village Square in Afton.

The mission of the Gift Gallery is to sell high quality, unique and handmade works of art by regional artists. All work is done on consignment (65 percent to the artist). Artists will be selected through a jury process. For more information, contact The Phipps Center at (715) 386-2305, ext. 103.

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.

Phipps Dance Company

Members of The Phipps Dance Company will offer three performances March 20-21. Now in its fourth year, the group is comprised of 13 girls between the ages of 13 to 18, including six seniors, from Hudson, River Falls, Ellsworth and Stillwater.

Artistic directors Stephanie Campbell and Barb Zak, along with three guest choreographers from the Twin Cities, Denise Armstead, Joanie Mix and Torrion Amie, have put together a program that includes hip-hop, jazz, modern and lyrical dance.

Performances are Friday, March 20, at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday, March 21, at 2 and 7:30 p.m. in the Black Box Theater. All tickets are $10.

'Frog Prince of Spamalot'

The Phipps Children's Theater will produce "The Frog Prince of Spamalot," by Edith Weiss, March 27-29. In this play, Hyronomous A. Frog doesn't quite fit in among the other frogs in the bog and embarks on a quest to become the prince he's always wanted to be. Performances are Friday at 7 p.m., Saturday at 2 and 7 p.m., and Sunday at 2 p.m. on the main stage. Tickets are $12 for adults and $10 for youth. This play is not recommended for children under age 4.

Ballroom dance parties

Tom Larson will offer ballroom dance parties Saturday, Feb. 21, March 21 and April 18, from 7:30 to 10 p.m. in the dance studio. Larson will offer a ballroom dance lesson from 7:30 to 8:30. 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 Thursdays, Feb. 26-April 16, 9:30-11:30 a.m. - $96 for eight sessions.

Thoughtful Living series

The last in the series of classes The Art of Thoughtful Living is scheduled at The Phipps Center: Victory Garden Revival is from 7-8 p.m. Thursday, March 5, with instructor Sara Morrison; $10 to $15. To register, call Kellie Seth at River Market, (651) 439-0366.

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.

Concrete and mosaic classes

Local mosaic artist Wouterina "Riana" de Raad is offering a Concrete Sculpture Workshop ($185) on Saturday and Sunday, March 14 and 15, and a Mosaic Workshop ($145) on Saturday and Sunday, April 25 and 26. The workshops run 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays and 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. Sundays. Participants will learn to make a metal armature and concrete statue in the Concrete class. In the mosaic one, students will learn how to cut and break glass and ceramic tile, grouting and more.


Marlys Hammer is teaching Beginning Rosemaling on March 27 and 28 and Advanced Rosemaling April 17-19. For more details, visit or call (715) 386-2305.

Healing Arts at Hudson Hospital

Currently on display are the works of Teita Amberg, Chuck Avery, Robyn Stoller Awend, Bernel Bayliss, Barbara Bend, Patricia Lange, Andrea Larson, Susan McDonald, Tom McGregor, Chris Meyer, Gregg Rochester and David Sebberson.

Gallery exhibits

A series of exhibitions featuring work by Laura Andrews, Kimber Olson, Gregg Rochester, Katherine Sandnas and Tara Sweeney, will be on view through Feb. 15 in the Galleries. In addition to these exhibitions, a show of watercolor paintings by Hazel Stoick Stoeckeler, paired with poetry by Elizabeth Weber, will be on view in the Atrium Gallery, and "Using Photovoice to Hear the Voices of Mothers Raising Children in St. Croix County" will be presented in The Commons.

"Ordinary/Extraordinary: The Art and Life of Stories," an exhibition of visual storytelling by artists from across the globe, will be on view in The Galleries through March 29. In this exhibition, artists from Liberia, Russia, Japan, the Midwest, East Coast and Belgium use painting, drawing, mixed media and video to bring to life all sorts of stories, both real and imagined. Artists are Susan Armington, James Disney, Heidi Hafermann, Catherine Kennedy, Tadashi Onoda, Alexandra Rozenman and Marie Simcox. Special events with the exhibition are a performance event (storytellers, musicians) Sunday, March 22, 2 p.m., in the Black Box Theater, for ages $5 and older (tickets $3 to $5); and a free artist roundtable discussion on sources of artistic inspiration, Sunday, March 29, 2 to 4 p.m. in The Galleries. 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.

The Gift Gallery

The Gift Gallery offers unique fine art and traditional crafts by noted area artists.