At The Phipps Center for the Arts

Photography classes offered this summer

Nine weeks of fun and enriching Summer Art Camp Classes in the visual and performing artists are being offered for children ages preschool through teens from June 16 through August 15 at The Phipps Center for the Arts in Hudson, Wis.

Three photography classes for ages 8 to 13 are among the offerings, including two sessions of Exploring Photography I, on Monday through Friday, June 16 to 20, from 1-4 p.m., and July 21 to 25, from 9 a.m. to noon; and Exploring Photography II, on Monday through Friday, August 11 to 15, from 9 a.m. to noon.  The fee for each class is $130.

Exploring Photography I will cover the history of photography, techniques for properly using a digital camera, and the science of photography. Students will create unique photographic projects throughout the week.

Exploring Photography II is for students who have completed the first class this summer or last and want to take their photography skills to the next level. During this week, the class will continue to explore the history of photography, apply information about camera functions taught in Photography I, and create new photo projects.

Students are required to bring their own digital camera (point and shoot or SLR) with an empty memory card, charged battery, and manual, if possible.

Hudson resident and professional photographer Deanna Grigus will be teaching these classes. With a B.F.A. in art with an emphasis in photography, she exhibits and sells her work throughout the region. Currently, Grigus manages a Hudson Destination Imagination team and co-manages another with her husband. She has taught photography classes to adults and children at The Phipps for ten years.

These photography classes are only three of dozens of visual arts and performing arts classes being offered this summer at the Phipps. For more information or to register, go to, call 715-386-2305, or stop by the center. Summer Art Camp class fees range from $24 to $275.


Final week to view exhibitions

A series of exhibitions featuring mixed media drawings and paintings by Brenda Litman, mixed media paintings by Jon Reischl, mixed media installation graffiti art by Peyton Scott Russell, wood-fired pots by Joe Samuelson, oil and wax paintings by Michael Schmidt, acrylic and pen and ink paintings and drawings by David Strom, and ceramic sculpture by Jake Zeiher will be on view through Friday, May 23, in The Galleries of The Phipps Center for the Arts.

Galleries hours are Monday through Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Sunday 12 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.


Auditions for singers, dancers May 29 and 31

Auditions for male and female dancers age 16 and older for “The Phipps Dance Theater Celebrates Broadway,” the tenth annual summer dance production at The Phipps Center for the Arts in Hudson, Wisconsin, will be held on Saturday, May 31, with registration at 9 a.m. and the audition from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the dance studio of the center. Dancers are asked to bring tap, jazz, and character shoes.

In addition to the dance portion of the audition, the Dance Theater will hold vocal auditions on Thursday, May 29, with registration at 6:30 p.m. and auditions from 7 to 9 p.m. in the music studio of the center. All vocalists are asked to come prepared with 32 measures of an up-tempo Broadway song as well as sheet music for the accompanist.

Not all dance pieces will feature live singing. Dancers are encouraged to attend the vocal audition and singers are encouraged to attend the dance audition.

Both dancers and singers are asked to bring a current head shot and a list of potential rehearsal conflicts from June 1 through August 14.

The show will be performed Friday and Saturday, August 15 and 16, at 7:30 p.m. as well as Sunday, August 17, at 2 p.m. on the main stage. It will feature classic Broadway dance numbers from shows such as “The Lion King,” “Mary Poppins,” “Nine,” “The Phantom of the Opera,” “Sweet Charity,” “The Pajama Game,” “Cats,” and “Anything Goes,” choreographed by Melissa Huber, Christina Leines, Joanie Mix-Lande, and Mackenzie Lewis, who is also the director.

For questions regarding The Phipps Dance Theater or auditions, please contact Lewis at [email protected]


Illusionist and comic magican

Illusionist and comic magician Jared Sherlock will perform on Saturday, May 31 at 7:30 p.m. at The Phipps Center for the Arts in Hudson, Wisconsin.

Modern magic, high-energy comedy juggling, fun audience interaction, a contemporary performance of the infamous bullet-catch, and the magician sawing his beautiful assistant in half are just a few of the things audiences will encounter in this show.

Sherlock performs for theaters, corporate events, and fundraisers nationwide. He has also toured internationally in Shanghai, China, and Hong Kong.

His Minneapolis-based production company, Sherlock Studios LLC, is a popular consultant in the Twin Cities theater community, holding professional credits with Cardinal Theatricals and The Moving Company.

Sherlock graduated with distinction from Saint John’s University, where he received a B.A. in theater entrepreneurship. He is also a graduate of the Dell’Arte International School of Physical Theater’s summer intensive. As an actor, The American College Theater Festival nominated him twice for the Irene Ryan award for his performances in “Our Town” and “Macbeth.”

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