At the Phipps Center for the Arts

This work by Chholing Taha, We Pull Together, acrylic on heavy watercolor paper, is included in two new exhibits at The Phipps. (Submitted Photo)

This work by Chholing Taha, We Pull Together, acrylic on heavy watercolor paper, is included in two new exhibits at The Phipps. (Submitted Photo)

Two new exhibits

The 45th Parallel Exhibition, a juried group show featuring work by over 60 local and regional artists, and Wood-Fired Pottery, an exhibition of work by Willem Gebben of Colfax, Wis., presented in partnership with Northern Clay Center, will be on view from Jan. 10 through Feb. 9 in the Galleries of the Phipps Center for the Arts in Hudson, Wis.

An opening reception will be 6:30-8:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 10. Artists will be present, and hors d’oeuvres will be served at this free event, which is open to the public.

Prior to the opening, at 6 p.m., Gebben will talk about his work in the Atrium Gallery. A special ticketed event will follow the reception, from 8:30 to 10:30 p.m. in the Black Box, with live music, light snacks, and local beer. Tickets are $5 and are available in advance at thephipps.org, or at the door. The post-reception event is for ages 21 and older.

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

Art classes and workshops open for enrollment

Classes and workshops in painting, pottery, photography, knitting, and rosemaling are currently open for enrollment at the Phipps Center for the Arts in Hudson, Wis.

Two oil painting classes for teens and adults will be offered this winter, Painting Flowers in Oil over Four Days, on Tuesdays, from Jan. 14 through Feb. 4, from 9 a.m. to noon, for a fee of $119; and Oil Portrait Painting from Photo over Six Days, on Tuesdays, from Feb. 11 through March 25 (no class March 18), from 9 a.m. to noon for a fee of $167. All materials and supplies are included, although students are asked to bring photographs from which to paint.

Earth and Water, a ceramic art workshop featuring demonstrations by three St. Croix Valley artists, Andrea Leila Denecke, Willem Gebben, and S.C. Rolf, presented in partnership with Northern Clay Center, will take place on Saturday, Jan. 25, from 1-5 p.m. The fee for this workshop, which is open to everyone, including pottery students working at all levels and others interested in learning more about the artists’ working process, is $27.

An eight-week beginning/intermediate pottery on the wheel class for teens and adults will be held on Mondays, Jan. 27 through March 24 (no class March 17), from 6:30-8:30 p.m. The fee for this class is $207. Clay, glazes, and firings are included in the fee. Students must provide or purchase a tool kit for an additional $15.

A six-week clay class for children ages 7-12 will be offered on Mondays, Jan. 27 through March 3, from 4:30-6 p.m., for a fee of $113. All materials and supplies are included.

A four-week beginning digital photography class will be held on Mondays, Feb. 3, 10, 24, and March 3, from 6-8:30 p.m. for a fee of $119. Students must provide their own cameras.

Two knitting classes for adults will be offered for two weeks each, Beginning Knitting 1 on Wednesdays, Feb. 5 and 12, from 1-3 p.m. for a fee of $55, and Beginning Knitting 2, on Wednesdays, Feb. 26 and March 12, from 1-3 p.m. for a fee of $45. All materials and supplies are included.

A three-day rosemaling workshop for beginning to advanced students will be held Friday and Saturday, April 11 and 12, from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, April 13, from 12:30-5p.m. The fee for this workshop is $169. Participants should request a supply list upon enrollment.

For more information or to register go to thephipps.org or call 715-386-2305.

‘Our Town’ performances added due to demand

Because of popular demand, performances have been added to the production run of “Our Town,” by Thornton Wilder, at The Phipps Center for the Arts in Hudson, Wis.

Moving as well as funny, this Pulitzer Prize-winning drama of life in the town of Grover’s Corners, New Hampshire, in the early 20th century captures the richness and wonder of ordinary people living ordinary lives and encourages viewers to make a difference in their own lives. Scenes from the town’s history between the years 1901 and 1913 are performed without a set and the actors mime their actions without the use of props.

The plot focuses on two prominent families, the Webbs and the Gibbs.

Performances will be given from Jan. 17 through Feb. 2 on Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. as well as Sundays at 2 p.m. in the Black Box Theater.

General admission tickets are $22 for all adults and $15 for students 18 years and younger, with a $2 discount for seniors on the Sunday matinees. Make reservations by calling the 715-386-8409 going to thephipps.org.

Register for theater classes for young people

Theater classes for students in first through sixth grades will be offered on four Saturday mornings, Jan. 18 to Feb. 8, at the Phipps Center for the Arts in Hudson, Wis.

“Fact or Fiction” for students in first through third grades will be offered from 9-10 a.m. Andrea Tutt will teach the class. Classes will end in a performance of the students’ work.

“If Music is the Food of Love, Rock On” for students in fourth through sixth grades will be offered from 10:15-11:15 a.m.

Tutt, a graduate of one of Canada’s leading theater conservatories, has been performing professionally and teaching theater for over 10 years. As an international artist, her approach utilizes a wide variety of disciplines. Physical theater became Tutt’s passion early in her career, which led to critically acclaimed performances in musical theater, clowning, and animation. She has taught acting, movement for the actor, and dance at the Ontario Ballet School in Toronto, Canada; Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio; Toi Whakaari – New Zealand Drama School; and New Zealand School of Dance. She has most recently taught at the University of Minnesota’s BFA/Guthrie acting program; Saint Paul Conservatory of Performing Artists; Guthrie Theater; and SteppingStone Theatre.

The fee for each class is $45. Registrations may be made by mailing the fee to the Phipps Center, 109 Locust St., Hudson, WI, 54016. Or register by calling 715-386-2305 or going to thephipps.org. A $4 processing fee will be charged to all phone, mail, and online orders.

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