At the Phipps Center for the Arts

A child participates in a "Pottery on the Wheel" class June 16. (Photo courtesy of The Phipps)
A child participates in a “Pottery on the Wheel” class June 16. (Photo courtesy of The Phipps)

Summer art camp classes

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 Aug. 15 at The Phipps Center for the Arts in Hudson, Wis.

Most classes are available, including Pottery on the Wheel for ages 7-12, which is offered every week during the summer; as well as many classes offered during the weeks of June 23 and 30, including Painting with the Masters for ages 8 to 12, offered June 23 through 25, from 9 a.m. to noon; Puppet Make and Take for ages 7 to 16, offered June 23 and 24, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.; My Favorite Cartoon Characters Art Camp for ages 3 ½ to 6, offered June 30 and July 1, from 9:30 a.m. to noon; and Kids’ Sculpture in Clay for ages 7 to 12, offered June 30 through July 2, from 1:30-3 p.m.

Class fees range from $24 to $275. For a complete list of classes offered throughout the summer, or to register, go, call 715-386-2305 or stop by the center.

Minnesota Orchestra

The Phipps Center for the Arts proudly announces the 26th annual free outdoor concert by the Minnesota Orchestra on Monday, June 30 at 7:30 p.m. in Hudson’s Lakefront Park band shell.

Selections will include “The Star-Spangled Banner,” “Armed Forces Salute,” John Philip Sousa’s “El Capitan,” John Williams’s Theme from “Jurassic Park,” Hector Berlioz’s “Le Corsaire (The Pirate),” Dmitri Kabalevsky’s Overture to “Colas Breugnon,” Opus 24, Johann Strauss, Jr.’s “Emperor” Waltz, Opus 437, and Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s “1812,” Overture, Opus 49. The Lakefront Park band shell is located west of The Phipps Center at the corner of First and Locust Streets. Audience members are encouraged to bring lawn chairs or blankets.

For further information, contact The Phipps Center at 715-386-2305.

Mixed media by Lyz Wendland on display

A series of exhibitions featuring conceptual sculpture by Davie Duke (Minneapolis), works in fiber by Marjorie Fedyszyn (Minneapolis), mixed media sculpture by Sarah Kusa (St. Paul), new collage works by Nathan Stromberg (St. Paul), and drawing, painting, and installation by Lyz Wendland (Brooklyn Park, Minn.) will be on view through July 6 in The Galleries of The Phipps Center for the Arts in Hudson, Wisconsin.

Wendland is a mixed media artist who received her B.F.A. in drawing and painting from Minnesota State University, Mankato, in 2007, and her M.F.A. in visual studies from Minneapolis College of Art and Design in 2009. Wendland is currently an associate lecturer of art at the University of Wisconsin – River Falls and an adjunct instructor of painting and design at Augsburg College in Minneapolis.

In her work, Wendland is influenced by contemporary artists such as Ann Hamilton, Michele Grabner, Alex Roulette and Heather Benning, and by her surroundings.

She wrote, “Inspired by living in suburbia, my work reflects my interest in mapping and architecture, especially the appeal of repetition and the reassuring promise of reliability. My abstract pieces deal with the comfort offered by repeating forms and actions; they examine the subtle rigidity of my cookie-cutter neighborhood, which offers a sometimes clear and sometimes blurred delineation between public and private spaces.”

Galleries hours are Monday through Saturday from 9:00 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 will be closed Friday, July 4.

The Phipps is at 109 Locust St., Hudson, Wis.

Stand-up comedy

A stand-up comedy class will be offered by Scott Novotny on Monday and Tuesday, July 7 and 8, as well as Monday and Wednesday, July 14 and 16, from 7- 8:30 p.m., culminating in a special showcase on Saturday, July 19, at 7:30 p.m. at The Phipps Center for the Arts in Hudson, Wis.

A step-by-step approach will enable participants to develop a three to seven-minute routine that will be performed in the Black Box Theater at the end of the class on a special showcase night. The class is limited to 12 students.

A professional comedian for over 30 years, Novotny brings his vast array of talents to this class. The fee is $115 and registrations may be made by mailing the fee to The Phipps Center, 109 Locust St., Hudson, Wis. Enrollments may also be made by calling 715-386-2305 or going to

‘A Murder is Announced’ auditions

Auditions for Agatha Christie’s “A Murder is Announced” will be held on Tuesday and Wednesday, July 8 and 9, from 6-9 p.m. at The Phipps Center for the Arts in Hudson, Wisconsin. Callbacks will be held Thursday, July 10, from 6-9 p.m., if needed.

The play is a classic Agatha Christie puzzle of mixed motives, concealed identities, a second death, twists and turns and Miss Marple on hand to provide the final solution. Director Mary Cutler is looking for actors to play the following roles:

• Letitia Blacklock, the mature lady of the house

• Dora “Bunny” Bunner, Leticia’s elderly, fluttery childhood friend

• Patrick Simmons and Julia Simmons, Blacklock’s spoiled, foolish young cousins

• Mitzi, Blacklock’s foreign housekeeper and cook and a young refugee

• Miss Marple, Christie’s famed female sleuth

• Phillipa Haymes, a young widowed guest/gardener with a young son

• Mrs. Swettenham, an elderly lady who dotes on her son, Edmund

• Edmund Swettenham, a cynical young writer

• Rudi Scherz, a young man of Swiss extraction; a receptionist at a local spa

• Inspector Craddock, a traditional Christie inspector

• Sergeant Mellors, Craddock’s second

All auditioning should come prepared to read from the script, which will be available at 5 p.m. each evening. Those auditioning should also bring a resume and headshot, if they have them, and a list of conflicts they may have during the rehearsal period.

Rehearsals will be held Monday through Thursday evenings and either Friday evenings or Saturday afternoons, beginning July 28. Nine performances will be given Sept. 12-28.

For further information, contact the center at 715-386-2305.

Jr. Dance Company auditions are July 12

Auditions for The Phipps Junior Dance Company 2014-15 season will be held on Saturday, July 12 from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the dance studio of The Phipps Center for the Arts in Hudson, Wisconsin. Registration begins at 9:30 a.m.

This ensemble focuses on building well-rounded, technically advanced young dancers ages 9-13 through a non-competitive, professional, encouraging, and fun environment. It rehearses September – May for performances given locally and throughout the Twin Cities.

Auditions for this ensemble are open to dancers ages 9 to 13, with a minimum of two years of dance training from any school. No preparation is necessary. Dancers should bring shoes for all styles of dance in which they are trained, including ballet, tap, jazz and dance paws. Company members do not need experience in all of these styles. All attending the audition are asked to wear leotards and tights with their hair secured back.

For more information, contact director Mackenzie Lewis at 715-441-3843 or [email protected]