‘The Fox on the Fairway’
“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, Wis..
Director Denise Baker asks, “Ever have one of those days where nothing seems to go your way? When you just can’t seem to catch a break? Henry Bingham of the Quail Valley Golf and Country Club is having one of those days but, unlike most of us, he has $200,000 at stake. Just when Henry thinks he has it all figured out, his world turns upside down. Hilarity and surprises ensue as he tries to turn it right side up again. How far will he go to save his money, his club, and get the girl? How far would you go?
“I love the play ‘The Fox on the Fairway’ not only because it’s extremely funny, it also shows us that when things are at their worst and all seems lost, don’t throw in the towel just yet. If you persevere, keep your head down, and your feet moving forward, things just may work out in the end. Perhaps not the way you thought they would, but I guess it’s all for the best.”
Baker makes her Phipps directing debut with this production. Among the shows she has staged are “Seussical 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 from April 11 through May 4 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 atThePhipps.org.
Workshops in concrete sculpture and mosaic
Wouterina “Riana” de Raad, an award-winning artist living in Beldenville, Wisconsin, is offering a Concrete Sculpture Workshop on Saturday and Sunday, April 5 and 6, and a Mosaic Workshop on Saturday and Sunday, April 26 and 27, at The Phipps Center for the Arts in Hudson, Wisconsin.
In the Concrete Sculpture Workshop, which will be held on Saturday, April 5, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and on Sunday, April 6, from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m., participants will learn to make a concrete planter, birdbath, or statue that can be outside all year round in a subzero climate. De Raad has been working in this media since 1987, and will be teaching her own techniques and formulas. With this knowledge, students also will be able to create concrete environments, with benches, fireplaces, walls, and arches that light up, without welding.
During the first day of this workshop, participants will make a multi-layered metal armature which will be cemented in the following day. Participants will learn how to cut and shape metal lath as well as when and how to use reinforcements. There will be a demonstration on various cementing techniques and discussions on cement formulas as well as what pigments to use for coloring cement. Students should wear work clothes and bring garden gloves with a cloth upper and a thin nitrile palm (Atlas gloves are recommended, and are available at most garden centers), band-aids, a dust mask, and safety glasses, as well as a sack lunch each day. All other materials and tools will be provided. The fee for this workshop is $235.
The Mosaic Workshop will be held on Saturday, April 26, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and on Sunday, April 27, from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. Participants will learn the basic skills of mosaic tiling, including how to cut and break glass and ceramic tile, as well as what materials and adhesives to use for a subzero climate. There will be a grouting demonstration and discussions on cement formulas as well as how to use pigments and texture a cement surface. Participants must wear old clothes; provide the object or sculpture to mosaic; bring tiling objects such as broken dishes, buttons, mirrors, beads, shells, tiles, recycled, found objects, etc. (for outdoor work, tiling materials must be impermeable); and bring old towels or rags, garden gloves with a cloth upper and a thin nitrile palm (Atlas gloves are recommended and are available at most garden centers), band-aids, a dust mask, safety glasses, and a sack lunch each day. All other materials and tools will be provided. The fee is $180.
To see more of de Raad’s work, go to www.concretemosaicsculpture.com.
For more information or to register, go to ThePhipps.org, call 715-386-2305, or stop by the center.
Rosemaling Workshop set for April 11 – 13
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 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.
Phipps Oratorio Society performs ‘Oratorio and Organ Ovations’
The Phipps Oratorio Society will perform “Oratorio and Organ Ovations, Music for the King of Instruments” on Sunday, April 13 at 2 p.m. at Bethel Lutheran Church, 920 Third Street, Hudson, Wis.
The concert will feature festive and celebratory works for chorus, organ, and brass, and will utilize the Casavant pipe organ at Bethel Lutheran Church. Thomas Dahle, music director, will conduct the choral selections.
The performance will include eight works for chorus and organ: “Arise, Your Light Has Come” by David Danner; Kyrie from the Mass in C# by Louis Vierne, “In the Year that King Uzziah Died” by David McK. Williams; “The Old 100th” arranged by Ralph Vaughan Williams, “Zadok the Priest” by George F. Handel; Sanctus from “Requiem” by Gabriel Faure; “Jerusalem” by Sir Huber Parry; and “The Heavens Are Telling” from “The Creation” by Joseph Haydn.
The program will also include the “Finale” from Sonata #1 for Organ by French organist and composer Alexandre Guilmant (1837-1911) and “Grand Choeur Dialogue” by Eugene Gigout (1844-1925), arranged for organ and brass sextet.
General admission tickets to the performance are $22 for adults and $10 for students of all ages. As a courtesy to other patrons, children under five years old are not allowed.
Reservations may be made by contacting The Phipps ticket office at 715.386.8409 or online at www.ThePhipps.org.
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 www.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 a.m. to 3 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 www.ThePhipps.org, call 715.386.2305, or stop by the center.
Annual area high school exhibit
The Annual Area High School Art Exhibition will be on view through April 13 in the Galleries of The Phipps Center for the Arts in Hudson, Wisconsin. Also on view is the Annual Area High School Art Teachers Exhibition in The Commons. A closing reception for these exhibits will be held on Sunday, April 13, from 1:30 to 3 p.m. This event is free and open to the public.
Over 175 students from 18 area high schools participated in the exhibition this year. The schools represented are Chetek-Weyerhaeuser High School, Chippewa Falls High School, Eau Claire Memorial High School, Eau Claire North High School, Ellsworth High School, Henry Sibley High School, Hudson High School, Mondovi High School, New Richmond High School, Oakland Jr. High, Osceola High School, Prescott High School, Regis High School, River Falls High School, St. Croix Central High School, St. Croix Preparatory Academy, Somerset High School, and Woodbury High School. In addition, seven teachers with student work exhibited have submitted work of their own for the Art Teachers Exhibition.
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.
Pictured left to right: Louise (BethAnne Nelson, St. Louis Park) shields an injured Justin (Rusty Lavelle, Lino Lakes) from an angry Mr. Bingham (Andrew Robertson, Woodbury). At the same time, Muriel (Anne Spradley, St. Paul) is devastated by what she sees and Dickie Bell (Troy Stolp, St. Louis Park) is delighted. 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 www.ThePhipps.org. (Photo by Erik Olson)