At The Phipps Center for the Arts

Art classes and workshops open for enrollment
Classes and workshops in pottery, painting, photography, knitting, and rosemaling are currently open for enrollment at The Phipps Center for the Arts in Hudson, Wisconsin.
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, January 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, January 27 through March 24 (no class March 17), from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. The fee for this class is $207, which includes clay, glazes, and firings. It will be necessary for students to 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 in the fee.
Creating Assembled Forms is a workshop for teens and adults in which students will explore a variety of methods, including wheel-throwing and hand-building, to create singular cohesive pieces from the assembly of individual parts. This two-week workshop will be held February 12 – 22, on Wednesdays, from 6:30-8:30 p.m. and on Saturdays, from noon to 2 p.m. The fee, which includes all materials, is $105. The Phipps’ address is 109 Locust St, Hudson, Wis.

Teen art classes
Two oil painting classes for teens and adults will be offered this winter. Painting Flowers in Oil over Four Days, on Tuesdays from January 14 through February 4, from 9 a.m. to noon, for a fee of $119, and Oil Portrait Painting from Photo over Six Days, on Tuesdays from February 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.
A four-week beginning digital photography class will be held on Mondays, February 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. The fees include all materials and supplies.
A three-day rosemaling workshop for beginning to advanced students will be held on Friday and Saturday, April 11 and 12, from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday, April 13, from 12:30-5 p.m. The fee for this workshop is $169.  A supply list should be requested upon enrollment.
For more information or to register, go to, call 715-386-2305, or stop by the center. The Phipps’ address is 109 Locust St, Hudson, Wis.

“A Tribute to the ‘50s and ‘60s”
The Shadows will perform “A Tribute to the ‘50s & ‘60s,” on Saturday, January 25 at 7:30 p.m. at The Phipps Center for the Arts in Hudson, Wisconsin.
Selections will include “Peggy Sue” and “It Doesn’t Matter Anymore” by Buddy Holly, “Only the Lonely” and “Pretty Woman” by Roy Orbison, “Rubber Ball” and “Take Good Care of My Baby” by Bobby Vee, “Town Without Pity” and “Liberty Valance” by Gene Pitney, as well as songs by the Everly Brothers.
Dick Dunkirk, who does tributes to the Big Bopper and Vee, is one of the original members of Bobby Vee and the Shadows, the band that filled in for Holly, Ritchie Valens, and the Big Bopper at the Moorhead, Minnesota, Armory on February 3, 1959, known as “The Night the Music Died” when the three musicians died in a plane crash.
Dunkirk revived the band after they were elected to the Mid-America Music Hall of Fame in 2005. Jeff Boxell, who starred in the musical “Buddy” performs as Holly. Wayne Luchau, who has an incredible vocal range, performs as Orbison and Pitney.
Visit to see videos of the band in concert.
Tickets are $25 in advance and $29 at the door. Ticket availability is limited to side stage seating. Reservations may be made by contacting The Phipps ticket office at 715-386-8409.The Phipps’ address is 109 Locust St, Hudson, Wis.

Organist Clark Wilson to accompany silent films
Buster Keaton’s silent film comedy “Sherlock Jr.” and a Laurel and Hardy short, “That’s My Wife,” will be accompanied by Clark Wilson on the Wurlitzer theater pipe organ on Saturday, February 1 at 2 p.m. at The Phipps Center for the Arts in Hudson, Wisconsin.
In the 1924 silent film comedy “Sherlock Jr.,” Keaton is a cinema projectionist who dreams of being a famous detective, like Sherlock Holmes. In love with a beautiful girl (Kathryn McGuire), he presents her with chocolates and a ring, but another suitor (Ward Crane) also vies for her affections. The projectionist unsuccessfully tails his romantic rival, a deceitful sort who has stolen a watch from the girl’s home and pawned it to buy her a larger box of candy. Falsely accused of the crime by his girlfriend’s family, the heartbroken young man falls asleep at work while exhibiting a movie. He dreams that he walks into the screen and interacts with the characters in the film — now the players in the stolen watch imbroglio.
In the 1929 Laurel and Hardy comedy, Oliver stands to inherit a large fortune from his rich Uncle Bernal, with the condition that he be happily married. But when Mrs. Hardy walks out just before Uncle Bernal is due for a visit, Laurel is pressed into duty to impersonate Oliver’s loving spouse. He is convincing enough to earn a pass or two from a drunk at a nightclub, but when a stolen necklace gets dropped down his dress, attempts to recover it disclose Laurel’s true gender.
Wilson is one of the most prominent and recognized scorers of silent photoplays in America today. He works exclusively with the organ in developing accurate and historic musical accompaniments as they were performed in major picture palaces during the heyday of the silent film.
Wilson began his scoring career in 1980 and has successfully toured North America with hundreds of film presentations at schools and universities, performing arts centers, theaters, film festivals, and conventions. His work has led to performances for the Chautauqua Institution, Cinequest and San Francisco film festivals, the Los Angeles Conservancy, the Packard Foundation’s Stanford Theatre film series, and annual presentations for the Los Angeles Philharmonic Society at the Walt Disney Concert Hall organ. He is the organist of choice for many of the American Theatre Organ Society’s international convention silent film presentations, and he has scored pictures for Kino International for public DVD release.
Wilson has been organ conservator and resident organist at the Ohio Theatre for the Columbus Association for the Performing Arts since 1992 and is responsible for all music during the annual classic movie series, which also features one or more major silent films each season.
Tickets are $22 for adults and $15 for all students. Reservations may be made by contacting
The Phipps ticket office at 715.386.8409 or online at The Phipps’ address is 109 Locust St, Hudson, Wis.