The Phipps Center for the Arts

Installation photograph of the Members’ Spotlight exhibition at The Phipps, featuring work by 111 member artists. (Submitted)

Members’ Spotlight Exhibition

The Members’ Spotlight exhibition will be on view through September 10 in The Galleries of The Phipps Center for the Arts in Hudson, Wis. This show features 189 original works of art by 111 participating artists. A broad range of media is represented, including painting, photography, sculpture, mixed media, pottery, fashion design, wearable art, jewelry, stained glass, and more.

“This year’s Members’ Spotlight fills The Galleries with creativity – it is a diverse and fun show with artwork of exceptional quality, a must-see on your summer list,” exudes Phipps visual arts director Anastasia Shartin.

Together, members of The Phipps are a creative network joined by the belief in the center’s mission to “celebrate the creative spirit.” All members were encouraged to share their unique creative talents in the Members’ Spotlight and connect with other members who have similar creative inclinations.

The Galleries are free and open to the public. Galleries hours are Monday through Saturday, 9 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 will be closed September 2-4 in observance of Labor Day.

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.

Dance technique classes begin Sept. 10

The Phipps Center for the Arts in Hudson, Wis., offers dance technique classes for children and adults beginning in September and continuing through April 2018. Students can now register for adaptive dance, ballet, ballroom, contemporary, hip-hop, jazz, lyrical, musical theater, pre-ballet/tap, and tap classes as well as private lessons. The class year is divided into two semesters of 14 weeks each, except for ballroom, which is divided into four quarters of eight weeks each. All instructors are experienced as both educators and performers.

Class times and fees as well as a complete brochure may be found at The Phipps.org.

Registrations may be made by sending the class fee to The Phipps Center, 109 Locust Street, Hudson, WI, 54016, or by calling 715-386-2305, or online at ThePhipps.org.

Touching comedy ‘The Savannah Sipping Society’

“The Savannah Sipping Society,” a comedy by Jessie Jones, Nicholas Hope, and Jamie Wooten, will be performed Sept. 15 through Oct. 1, on Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. as well as Sundays at 2:30 p.m.at The Phipps Center for the Arts is Hudson, Wis.

This joyful and touching comedy written is by a trio with numerous film and television credits. Together this team has written eight plays, including “The Dixie Swim Club,” that have been produced all over the country.

In “The Savannah Sipping Society,” four very different Southern women have a chance encounter at a spontaneous happy hour and decide to recapture the zest for life they have lost over the years. Randa, (Jennifer Allton of New Richmond) perfectionist and overachiever, is forced to deal with a career derailment. Dot (Megan Rowe of Minneapolis) must deal with the recent demise of her husband, a less than perfect retirement, and life alone. Outrageous MarlaFaye (Darcy McDowell of Stillwater) blew into Savannah after she divorced her husband because of his affair with a 23-year-old dental hygienist. She desires a new happier life, particularly if it can also provide revenge on her ex-husband. Jinx (Mary Beth Arthaud of New Richmond) is also new to Savannah and volunteers to be the life coach for this mismatched group, only to discover that she is the one in need of coaching. The cast is completed by Granny (Karla Haas of Hudson), who provides constant humor and a bit of wisdom.

Over the course of six months, they share continuous laughter, multiple misadventures, and more than a few cocktails. During that time, they find the momentum to take back the joy of life and discover they have formed lasting friendships.

Tickets are $26 for adults and $19 for students of all ages, with a $2 discount for seniors on the Sunday matinees. Discounts are available by purchasing season tickets. Reservations may be made by contacting The Phipps ticket office at 715-386-8409 or online at ThePhipps.org.

Champagne brunch cruise and theater packages are available for the Sunday matinees. Reservations may be made by contacting Afton-Hudson Cruise Lines at 651-436-8883 or online at AftonHouseInn.com.

Clay class for children ages 7 – 12

A clay class for children ages 7 to 12 will be offered Tuesdays, Sept. 19 to Oct. 24, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at The Phipps Center for the Arts in Hudson, Wis.

In this six-week class, students will learn the basic techniques of throwing pottery on the wheel and will build their skills and understanding of the sculptural possibilities of clay through pinching, coiling, and slab construction. Students will be given freedom to experiment with their new skills and will receive significant one-on-one attention. Class size is limited to nine.

The fee for this class is $129, including all materials and supplies. For more information or to register, go to ThePhipps.org, call 715-386-2305, or stop by the center.