At The Phipps Center for the Arts

Phipps-LogoTheater organist in concert Mar. 8

Award-winning organist Jonathan Ortloff will perform classics from Cole Porter and Duke Ellington to famous later compositions, including selections by Stephen Sondheim and the Muppets, on the Wurlitzer theater pipe organ on Saturday, March 8 at 2 p.m. at The Phipps Center for the Arts in Hudson, Wisconsin.
An organ builder, scholar, and classical as well as theater organist, Ortloff holds degrees from the Eastman School of Music and the University of Rochester in organ performance and interdisciplinary engineering. While at Eastman, he was a student of David Higgs and studied improvisation under William Porter.
As a performer, Ortloff has excelled as a young theater organist, winning the American Theatre Organ Society’s (ATOS) 2008 Young Theatre Organist Competition, and since performing for theater organ groups throughout the United States and Canada, including programs at three national conventions of the ATOS.
Tickets are $22 for adults and $15 for students of all ages. Reservations may be made by contacting The Phipps ticket office at 715-386-8409.

Northern Gael in concert March 15
Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with Laura MacKenzie (wooden flutes, whistles, concertina, various bagpipes, and voice), Ross Sutter (voice, guitar, bodhrán, and button accordion), and Danielle Enblom (fiddler and sean-nós dancer) on Saturday, March 15 at 7:30 p.m. at The Phipps Center for the Arts in Hudson, Wisconsin.
All members of Northern Gael have learned the arts of Irish and Scottish music and dance from noted tradition-bearers on both sides of the Atlantic, and continue to build their skills, repertoire, and collaborations.
MacKenzie was awarded a Bush Foundation Fellowship in traditional and ethnic performing arts and a McKnight Performing Arts Fellowship. Enjoying a richly varied career in traditional music, she has performed and recorded with diverse ensembles, worked with theatrical productions and for public radio, and has performed at festivals across the United States. She can be heard on a multitude of recordings and on several documentaries.
In 2012, the Ordway Center for the Performing Arts recognized Sutton with a Sally Award, which “honors individuals and institutions that strengthen and enrich our entire state with their commitment to the arts and arts education.”
Enblom was recently awarded a major post-graduate fellowship grant to research and teach traditional dance and dance history in County Cork, Ireland.
In concert, Northern Gael weaves together the vibrant traditions of Ireland, Scotland, and Nova Scotia. From trio performances of beautiful ballads to vigorous sets of dance tunes and nimble steps, Northern Gael presents a lively, genuine, and well informed concert program.
Tickets are $24 and $17 for students of all ages. Reservations may be made by contacting The Phipps ticket office at 715-386-8409 or online at thephipps.org.

Dance companies perform in March
The Phipps Dance Companies will perform Friday, March 28 at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday, March 29 at 2 p.m. at The Phipps Center for the Arts in Hudson, Wisconsin.
Modern, contemporary, jazz, lyrical, hip-hop and tap selections are featured in the production.
The Phipps Dance Company is comprised of 13 auditioned dancers who range in age from 13 to 18 years old: Lainey Hanson, Bayport; Laren Chang and Megan Gjerde, Afton; Nicole Branstad, Baldwin; Kaylie Brand, Chloe Hawksford, Annalee Kroll, Jade Kromer, Justine Ploeger, Hana Saifullah, Sarah Sparstad, Stephanie Stoerzinger, and Rachel Werner, all of Hudson. Brand, Gjerde, and Saifullah are co-captains. The company is led by artistic directors Barb Suick and Stephanie Campbell.
The production will also feature the debut performance of The Phipps Junior Dance Company, comprised of 12 auditioned dancers who range in age from 9 to 13: Sam Borchart, Taylor Casey, Keegan Foster, Julia Haas, Audrey Hatch, Emmerson Hatch, Sophia Huber, Claire Kromrey, Lauren Lansfeldt, Jessie Moore, Maia Paulisich, and Laura Seidel, all of Hudson. The company is directed by Mackenzie Lewis.
Both companies focus on building well-rounded, technically-advanced young dancers.
In addition to choreography by Suick, Campbell, and Lewis, the concert will showcase works by four guest choreographers: Clair Anderson, Denise Armstead, Melissa Huber, and Bre Poliak.
Tickets are $14 for adults and $12 for students. Reservations may be made by contacting The Phipps ticket office at 715-386-8409.

‘The Fox on the Fairway’ comedy
“The Fox on the Fairway,” a comedy by Ken Ludwig, will be performed April 11 through May 4 at The Phipps Center for the Arts in Hudson, Wisconsin.
“The Fox on the Fairway” is a tribute to the great English farces of the 1930s and ‘40s. Two archrival country club owners are thrown for a loop when the best golfer switches teams on the eve of their annual grudge match.
Denise Baker will make her Phipps directing debut. Among the shows she has staged are “Suessical the Musical” for St. Croix Festival Theatre as well as “Steel Magnolias,” “South Pacific,” and “Nunsense” for Willow River Players. Baker is also a choreographer and actor in the Twin Cities area and a longtime member of the Lev Mailer Actors Studio.
Eleven performances will be given on Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m., as well as Sundays at 2 p.m. (not April 20) on the main stage.
Tickets are $22 for adults and $15 for students of all ages, with a $2 discount for seniors on the Sunday matinees. Reservations may be made by contacting The Phipps ticket office at 715.386.8409 or online at thephipps.org.

Rosemaling Workshop open for enrollment
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 to 5 p.m. at The Phipps Center for the Arts.
Students are encouraged to bring painting and design problems to be solved. Morning and afternoon demonstrations using transparent techniques will show how designs are built in both Telemark and Hallingdal style to help students with their design. The instructor will help every student and meet them at their own level of ability. Participants should bring pieces which are partly finished or started, potential design ideas, or light-colored painted cardboard. Prepared cardboards in off-white will be available for purchase from the instructor for $1 to $2. All abilities are welcome, but some painting experience is recommended.
All demonstrations will be done using round brushes and oil paints. The instructor has painted with and taught using acrylics many times, and will be able to help students in that medium. Students who use acrylics but wish to try oil paints may use the instructor’s supplies for a $5.00 fee, payable to the instructor. All should request a materials list upon enrollment.
Instructor Judy Kjenstad took her first rosemaling course in 1975 and earned a gold medal in rosemaling in 1981 from Vesterheim, the Norwegian American Museum. Since then, she has expanded her repertoire to include Swedish, German, and Dutch decorative painting as well as faux finishing. These skills led to large public and private commissions around the Midwest including The Hotel Pattee in Perry, Iowa; The Black Forest Inn and Ingebretsen’s in Minneapolis; and the Norway Pavilion at Epcot Center in Orlando, Florida. Kjenstad earned a bachelor of science degree in design from the
University of Minnesota in 1990 and has taught courses around the region and the country.
The fee for this workshop is $169. For more information or to register, go to thephipps.org, call 715-386-2305, or stop by the center.

Digital Photography Class at The Phipps
A Beginning Digital Photography class for students age 16 through adult will be offered on four Tuesdays, April 22 through May 13, from 6-8:30 p.m. at The Phipps Center for the Arts in Hudson, Wisconsin.
The goal of this class is for students to see their environment to yield photographs suitable for framing. Students will be encouraged to use their photographic equipment to its fullest, rather than rely on the “automatic” settings. To take this class, students must have a basic knowledge of the menu operations of their camera and an ability to navigate simple operations such as adjusting aperture, shutter speed, and ISO level. Because of the numerous camera brands and models, class time will not be used to show students how to use their specific camera. Students may hire the instructor for personal instruction by contacting him directly at 801.718.1906.
In this class, students will gain a basic understanding of aperture, shutter speed, and ISO, and how these elements can be used to create a balanced exposure. The instructor also will address depth of field and its role in composition through an examination of photographic subjects such as landscape, close-up (macro), sports, architecture, and patterns. Assignments will be given at the end of each class, and this work will be reviewed at the beginning of the next class meeting.
Instructor Bob Lyksett has worked as a news photographer for an ABC affiliate in Salt Lake City, freelance photographer, and photographic instructor for the Park City School District, Utah. He enjoys photographing sports of all kinds. His work was most recently published on the cover and accompanying the cover story of the national magazine Rodeo News. Lyksett also has contributed outdoor and nature photography to other publications.
The class fee is $99.  For more information or to register, go to thephipps.org, call 715.386.2305, or stop by the center.

Public Art Workshop for Community Rain Garden at The Phipps
A public art workshop for children ages 9 through 12 in which they will create interpretive elements for the Artful Rain Garden program’s demonstration garden will be held on Saturday, April 26, from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at The Phipps Center for the Arts in Hudson, Wisconsin.
“Join us for a fun art/science workshop to create public art for Hudson’s first community rain garden,” encourages workshop co-leader Liz Malanaphy. Participants will take a spring walk to the garden at 7th and St. Croix Streets in Hudson and learn about the science that goes into planning a garden that helps clean our water supply. Returning to the center, they will create garden totems, which will inform garden visitors about the plant species, purpose, and importance of the garden.
This workshop is co-facilitated by Malanaphy, Hudson Destination Imagination coordinator, and Aleisha Miller, environmental educator.
The fee for the workshop is $10, including lunch. For more information or to register, go to thephipps.org, call 715.386.2305, or stop by the center.

Artists call for annual high school exhibit at The Phipps
All high school-age students from Western Wisconsin and Eastern Minnesota are invited to submit one recent original work in any media – drawing, painting, collage, photography, sculpture, ceramics, jewelry, or other fine crafts – for display in the Annual Area High School Art Exhibition, which will run March 21 through April 13, in The Galleries of The Phipps Center for the Arts in Hudson, Wisconsin.
All submissions must meet the specified guidelines and be dropped off at The Phipps on Tuesday, March 18 or Wednesday, March 19, from 8:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. If students are unable to deliver work on these dates because of spring break, they may drop off on Thursday, March 13, from noon to 6:30 p.m., but must contact The Phipps in advance to use this early drop off date. Submission guidelines and entry forms can be found at www.ThePhipps.org/events/calls_for_artists. A closing reception will be held on Sunday, April 13, from 1:30-3 p.m.
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 is located 15 miles east of St. Paul.  Take Hudson Exit 1 off I-94, Hwy 35 North, and turn west on Locust Street.
For further information, contact Anastasia Shartin, visual arts director, at 715/386-2305, ext. 103.

Wood-fired stoneware by Zac Spates featured in gallery
A series of exhibitions featuring mixed media drawings by Nancy Carlson (Minnetonka), digital photography by Ron Germundson (St. Paul) and Jamie Heiden (Holmen, Wis.), pastel and charcoal on paper by Don Palmgren (St. Paul), photography and sculpture by Areca Roe (Minneapolis), mosaic sculpture by Patty Carmody Smith (Minneapolis), wood-fired stoneware by Zac Spates (Hudson), and metal sculpture by Asia Ward (Minneapolis) will be on view through March 16 in The Galleries of The Phipps Center for the Arts in Hudson, Wisconsin.
Spates received his BA in studio arts summa cum laude from Saint John’s University, Collegeville, Minn., in 2003. He was an assistant to Richard Bresnahan in Saint John’s Pottery 2000-03, and then was an apprentice at Mark Hewitt Pottery, Pittsboro, N.C., 2003-06.
Spates writes,
Spates’ work has been exhibited most recently at Strictly Functional Pottery National (National Juried Exhibition, Lancaster, Penn., 2013); Zac Spates: Recent Works (Solo Exhibition, College of St. Benedict, St. Joseph, Minn., 2012); Artist of the Month (Northern Clay Center, Minneapolis, 2012); and May Potters Invitational (Seasons on St. Croix Gallery, Hudson, 2011). He is represented in the following galleries: Lillstreet Clay Center, Chicago; Grand Hand Gallery, St. Paul; Seasons on St. Croix Gallery; and Stone’s Throw Pottery, Bayfield, Wis. His work is in the collection of the College of St. Benedict.
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 is located 15 miles east of St. Paul.  Take Hudson Exit 1 off I-94, Hwy 35 North, and turn west on Locust Street.
For further information, contact Anastasia Shartin, visual arts director, at 715.386.2305, ext. 103.
Image caption: Zac Spates, “Pitcher,” Wood-fired stoneware, 13” tall

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