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					      June. 2009
       Issue # 41

  Willmar Area Arts
  P.O. Box 165
  Willmar, MN 56201

Our Office is located in the
Willmar Education and Arts
Center, Third Floor
611 SW 5th Street
Willmar, MN 56201
                                           Studio Hop Time
Janet L. Olney
Administrative Assistant

  Board of Directors
President – Susan Mattson
President-elect –
            David Korsmo
Treasurer – Bea Ourada
Kristin Allen                     Plan now to celebrate summer on Saturday, June 20,
Helen Behrends                    10-5 and Sunday, June 21, 12-5 by filling up your car with
Helaine Bolter                    friends and relatives for a trip through the 5th Annual Lakes
Violet Dauk
Ruth Fairchild                    Area Studio Hop. 30 artists using a wide variety of media will
Marcia Kleberg                    show their work, some will give demonstrations, at 19
Keith Petersen                    participating studios. Watch for brochures with maps at
Bonnie Smith
Kay Thompson                      local businesses or visit the website,, to
Doug Wilkowske                    get a map so you can plan your personal “hop” in advance.
The Willmar Area Arts Council
                                  Prizes, goodies and give-aways you won’t want to miss are
Board meets monthly usually       part of the fun.
on the second Tuesday. Exact
date, time, and location can      Be at the WEAC gallery at 7PM on June 5th for the opening
be obtained by calling or
e-mailing the Arts Council
                                  of the Studio Hop exhibit and artists reception where you
office. Arts Council and other    will get a sneak peek at works by participating artists and an
community members wishing         opportunity to visit with them. The exhibit will be open at
to address the Board may be
listed on the agenda by calling   the gallery daily on weekdays and on weekends when other
or e-mailing the Arts Council     events are being held through the rest of the month.
office before the meeting.

The formation of our Arts
                                  We can’t wait to see YOU at these events so don’t forget!
Council was made possible
in part by the Southwest
Minnesota Arts and Humanities
Council (SMAHC) from an               Thanks to our ARTspark Sponsors
appropriation by the
Minnesota State Legislature
and a grant from the National
Endowment for the Arts.
Artspark – Becky Romosz
            Judy Foley
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2009 Membership (as of 5/15/09)
                                   A Word from Our President…
Business Executive
Gilbertson, Martinka & Martinka      Welcome to the Willmar Area Arts Council newsletter! We are pleased to
                                   announce the completion of our new website at
Business Patron                    Check out the current calendar of events, the updated artist registry, the Art on
Affiliated Financial & Insurance   Loan program, the gallery, and more. In the future, you’ll even be able to access
         Services Inc.             the ArtSpark electronically. A big thank you to Jason Zook for his work designing
Holthusen, Madden & Assoc.
                                   and developing the new website!
Kandiyohi County & City of
 Willmar Economic Development        Coming in the next few months will be some of our most compelling events and
The Mikkelsen Collection, Inc.
                                   thanks to your memberships and the donations from our community partners, we
                                   can continue to bring them to you. Don’t miss the opportunity to visit artist studios
Patron                             in the area at the Studio Hop June 20 and 21. Then, September 19 brings the
Fred & Candy Anderson              downtown community festival Celebrate Art! Celebrate Coffee! In addition,
Helaine Bolter                     we’ve provided assistance to the Willmar Junior High to bring the author of
Joel & Marianne Brenckman          Touching Spirit Bear; we’ve given funds to the Willmar High School to enable
Sharon Broman                      fifty-five students to attend the opera Pinocchio; we’ve assisted with projects of
Jeanette & Alan Carlson            Friends of the Library; we’ve coordinated artist residencies in the schools; our
Rick & Norma Conway
                                   volunteers assemble the Small Works Silent Auction and other exhibits at the
Gary & Nancy Geiger
Sheila Gemar                       Willmar Education and Arts Center (WEAC); and we will assist with funding for
Raeanna & Walt Gislason            the Teen Summer Reading program at the Willmar Public Library. There is still
Bill Linder                        time for you to join us in supporting our art initiatives! Just complete the
Susan Mattson                      membership form in this newsletter and you’ll be part of the recognition of our
Sandy McCartney Ehlers             2009 members and our community partners.
Suzanne Meyerson
Marvin & Suzanne Napgezek            In addition, the Arts Council and the Board of Directors welcome your input! Let
Dennis & Ruthanne Neeser           us know how we can serve the West Central Minnesota art community in ways that
Palmer & Dee Norling               are more effective and efficient by contacting either Janet Olney or me at (320)
Marie & Tim Ostby                  231-8560 or
Rebecca Romosz
Bob & Dee Rosenbrook               Thank you very much for your support!
James & Cindy Firkins Smith
Roger & Kay Strand                 Susan Mattson , Willmar Area Arts Council President
Business Sponsor
Family Eye Center
Janning ENT Center
North American State Bank

Eunice Buchanan
Hans & Janet Dahl
Bob & Patti Dols
Dave & DeeAnna Dorsey
Larry & Pauline Duininck
Ruth Fairchild
Connie Feig
Kendall & Doug Fenstra
Mike & Sandy Gardner
Bernice Grabber Tintes
Jodi Fonkert & Mike Hanson
Joan & Harris Hinderaker
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Mark & Beth Johnston
                                WILLMAR AREA ARTS COUNCIL
Glenn & Julie Joplin            EXHIBITION COMMITTEE
Judith Kasper
Earl & Betty Knutson            I would like to start by introducing myself. My name is Violet Dauk and I am
Mary & John Lindstrom           elected to the position that Eunice Buchanan has held, chairman of the Exhibition
Burt & Toots Lundberg           Committee. I live in New London and am primarily a watercolor artist, but also
Lyle & Melissa Mangen           work in oils, fine art jewelry and ceramics. I have also taught private art classes for
Dorothy Timm Meili              youth the past 15 years.
Rand & Donna Middleton
Kathy Nedrelow                  Since taking over the position in January I have been meeting with Eunice and the
Sandra Nelson                   Exhibition Committee to put together plans for the coming year. We have
Gabrielle Olson                 completed the schedule of artists for WEAC Gallery. Along with the artists shows
Randall & Mary Jo Patton        are the June Studio Hop, and the November Small Works Auction.
Jacob & Ruth Polta
Kevin & Joan Quinn              The Art-on-Loan project is one that we have decided to put special emphasis on.
Brad & Cheryl Schmidt
                                This program provides businesses the opportunity to display artwork by local
Connie Spartz
Kerry Texley
                                artists. Businesses need to be members of the Willmar Area Arts Council to
Kay Thompson                    participate in this program. We feel this program is beneficial to both the business
Vernon & Carol Olson Thorstad   and the artist alike.
Kevin & Sandi Unger
Alan & Laura Welle              I have also been meeting with the Jason Zook and the web-site design committee.
Mary Lou Werner                 It is exciting to see the Willmar Area Arts Council web-site coming together.
                                There are two pages on the web-site highlighting projects our committee is
Friend                          responsible for: the Gallery and the Art-on-Loan pages. Check them out for more
Ron Adams                       information on exhibitions and the Art-on-Loan program.
Kristin Allen
Helen Behrends                  A new opportunity we will be taking advantage of has been presented to us by the
Karen Bell                      Kandi Mall. They will be providing the Willmar Area Arts Council a place for a
Betsy Bonnema                   permanent sign near Kmart.
Al & Lylas Boonstra
Gordon & Lois Bos
Ann Bosch                       Minnesota State Arts Board
Nancy Carlson                   A Call to Artists
Marti Carlson-Twite
Donna Jean Carver
                                    A representative of the Minnesota State Arts Board will be in Willmar June 1
Mary Chalmers                   to present a grant information session for artists. The workshop, presented in
Della Conroy                    partnership with the Willmar Area Arts Council, is your opportunity to learn about
Violet Dauk                     grant opportunities for artists, the grant review process, and to help you prepare
George & Dorothy Davies         your application with one-on-one support. The Information Session will be
Ric & Sharon Dubois             Monday, June 1, at the Willmar Public Library, 5:30 – 7:30 pm. Individual
Odelia Eckhart                  appointments with a program officer to work on your application are available the
Craig & Lynn Edwards            morning after the session at the Arts Council office. To register for the workshop
Nicolle B. Erickson             or to schedule an individual appointment call (800) 866-2787 or register online at:
Audrey & Richard Falk
Loretta Fenske
Robert & Judy Foley
Rev. Robert & Mrs. Friedrich
Bobbi & Larry Gates
Ruth Gauquie
Megan Gilles
Bill Gossman
John & Donna Haines
Don & Linda Hanson
Linda Hanson
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Greg Harp
                                       BOARD BIOS
Mary Ann Hodapp
Shayann Hoffer                         Doug Wilkowske
Stephanie Hoffman
Eileen Huberty                         Doug was an elementary teacher in White Bear Lake and Willmar for 34 years
Fred & Kathryn Hund                    before retiring in 1999. He is married to Mary (Norman) and they have two sons,
Julia Iverson
                                       Chris (and Hannah), a hydrologist in Salt Lake City, Utah and Andy (and Erika),
Phyllis Jacobson
Marcia Kleberg                         an opera singer in St. Paul. They have two lovely granddaughters. He has been
David Korsmo                           active in the Barn Theatre on stage and the board of directors and in the past
Stephen & Connie Medin                 directed children’s shows there. He has assisted Mary in small ways with Celebrate
Joanne Meierhofer                      Art! Celebrate Coffee! for many years, directing the Children’s Art Tent on a
Colleen Thompson &                     couple of occasions.
   James Michels
Greg Minkel                            In 2003 Doug and a few enthusiastic volunteers founded E-quip Africa, a 501 (c)
Katie Morgan                           (3) dedicated to increasing learning opportunities in West Africa, specifically in
Patricia Nelson                        the country of Ghana. E-quip Africa collects and refurbishes used computers and
Janet Olney
                                       other items useful in schools and ships them by ocean container to Ghana.
Jean Opitz
Bea Ourada
Tammi Joy Parsons
Charlene Paulson                       Bea Ourada
Florence Pendergrast
Robert Pritchett                       I was born in Willmar and have lived in the area my whole life except while in
Steven & Dawn Renquist
                                       college. I am a graduate of the University of Minnesota – Minneapolis campus –
Ann Marie Schaefer
Darrel & Sharon Schuetze               with a degree in business administration. I was the founding partner of Ronning
Bonnie Smith                           and Baker, now owned and operated as Anfinson Thompson & Company PA. I
Michele Steffen                        taught accounting at Willmar Area Technical Institute (now Ridgewater College)
Carol Steffensen                       for twenty years.
Roxanne Stotko
Carolyn & John Swanson                 I am active in my church, where I am treasurer-financial secretary. I chair the
Kris Swanson                           AAUW State financial examination committee and serve on the Fairview
Jesse Texley                           Cemetery Board. In my spare time I enjoy reading, knitting, and doll collecting
Monica Villars                         activities.
Kathy Vruwink
Connie Wanner
Clarence Welch
Kim Wendlandt                          ART WARS
Irene Whitmyre
Bob Whitney
                                         ART WARS, an intermittent exhibition at Potato Eaters Gallery in Downtown
Community Partners                    Willmar confronts, exposes and celebrates the passionate differences in artists’
 Affiliated Community Medical Centers work. In a two-hour public exhibition, two artists critically interpret each other’s
 Bremer Bank                          works and, in turn, offer excuses for their own perspectives. ART WARS seeks to
 Christianson & Associates, PLLP      strengthen artists and art through open dialog and straight forward feedback while
 Conway, Deuth & Schmiesing, PLLP     also seeking to attract a big crowd of onlookers.
 CUB Foods                               Many artists have already expressed excitement and anticipation about the ART
 Dairy Queen                          WARS project. Photographer and multimedia artist Carissa Johnson and tattoo
 Deidra's Espresso Café & Bakery      artist Greg Benson became the first valiant participants on May 29th. At least
 DEMOinc                              three other artists are presently seeking "Worthy Opponents".
 Edward Jones                             If you are interested in participating in the ART WARS project or if you can
 Elmquist's Jewelers                  imagine an interesting juxtaposition you'd like to witness, please contact Chalyn
 Gilbertson, Martinka & Martinka      Day at or call her at 320 237 4148.
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 Community Partners
 Glacial Ridge Winery
                                     Willmar Friends of the Library
 Heritage Bank                       Author Visit
 Holiday Inn                         June 4, 2009 – 6:30 pm
 Jimmy's Pizza
 Johnson, Moody, Schmidt &            The Willmar Public Library is excited to be hosting New York Times Best Seller
       Kleinhuzen, P.A.              Author, Vicki Myron on Thursday, June 4, at 6:30 pm in the Multipurpose Room.
 KDJS Radio                          Ms. Myron will talk about her book Dewy, the Small-town Library Cat Who
 KKLN - The Loon                     Changed the World." Hear about her current book, upcoming children's books and
 KWLM                                the upcoming movie about Dewey. The author will be happy to sign personal
 Lakeland Broadcasting               copies of her book. Copies of the book will also be for sale.
 Lynnea Pritchett
 McKale's Family Restaurant &
                                     Refreshments will be served. This event is sponsored by the Willmar Public
 North American State Bank           Library, Friends of the Library and the Willmar Area Arts Council.
 Northern Grounds
 Potato Eaters Gallery
 West Central Sanitation
 West Central Tribune
 Whitney Music
 Willmar Jaycees

   Every Thursday at Whitney
Music Center at Jazz N’ Java
Espresso Cafe, we host a musical
event starting at 6:00 PM called
Great Food, Great Music, Great
Times. Most events feature special
music and a community sing-along
with the Great Times Band. Free-
will pass-the-hat for musicians.
Summer guest artists include:
     • Groovey Tuesday Jazz
         Combo, 6/4;
     • One Accord Choir, 6/11
     • Sandy Peterson & Bev
         Barnes, vocal duets,
     • Radivoje Spasojevic,
         guitarist, 6/25             KANDI IS DANDY DAYS
     • Jose Gonzalez,
         vocal/guitar, 7/2             Come to Kandi Is Dandy Days Saturday, June 13th to support The Business
     • Guy Steverman,                Supper (5-7pm) and stay for the free concert! PhenomenAl Harmonica Player
         guitarist, 7/9
                                     Clint Hoover and 12-string guitar Master "Papa" John Kolstad will play Old Time
     • Bev Barnes, vocalist,
                                     Blues, Rags and Jug Band Music at the tent west of the Kandiyohi Civic Center
                                     432 North Atlantic Ave, 5-7:30 pm. Held rain or shine! Bring your own chair.
Future artists to be announced.
Come join the fun!!
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Prairie winds band                  Summer program
  The Prairie Winds Summer          “Mad Hatter’s Tea” ~ Fifth Annual Tea at the Sperry House
Band will once again have           Friday, June 12, 2009 ~ 1:00 p.m. or 3:00 p.m.
concerts in Willmar's Rice Park.             The fifth annual "Tea at the Sperry House" will be held Friday, June 12,
Concerts will be held June 10,      2009, serving at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. A variety of tea and authentic treats made from
17, 24 and July 1 at 7:30pm         century-old recipes will be served. Themed "Mad Hatter's Tea" guests are
(except June 24 – 7:00pm) and       encouraged to wear silly, crazy, and unique hats. If guests do not own hats, KCHS
are free. Just bring a lawn chair   has a variety of hats visitors could borrow and wear for the day.
and enjoy familiar tunes by the              Cost is $16 per person (adults only), with proceeds to benefit KCHS. Only
band while eating free popcorn      16 people will be served for each of the two teas, so reservations will fill quickly!
by Walt's Car Wash and water        Stop at the KCHS museum to register or call 320-235-1881.
by Willmar Water and Spas. On
June 10 the band will celebrate     Swedish Institute ~ Bus Trip
Dairy Days and June 24
                                    Thursday, July 30, 2009
Willmar Fests royalty will be
                                              "Step into the heart of Swedish America.” The American Swedish
present. The band will be
                                    Institute is a historic house, museum, and cultural center located near downtown
directed by Dennis Benson. If
                                    Minneapolis. The 33-room mansion is a fine example of early 20th century
you'd like to play with the band
                                    chateauesque architecture. Graced with a majestic two-story grand hall, carved
this summer contact Dennis at
                                    stone and woodwork, sculpted ceilings, and eleven floor-to-ceiling kakelugnar
                                    (Swedish porcelain tile stoves), the mansion is now a blend of period rooms and
The Prairie Winds web site is
                                    exhibit galleries.
                                             A smorgasbord, all you can eat buffet is included in the ticket price. “This
                                    classic three-course Swedish buffet is our most popular package. Start with an
                                    assortment of Swedish breads and cheeses, caviar cream eggs, two varieties of
Little crow photography             herring, and pickled beets. Continue with potato sausage rounds served with sweet
club                                mustard, peas, dilled potatoes, and of course, Swedish meatballs! For dessert,
                                    enjoy rice pudding with lingonberries, accompanied by pepparkakor, the
The Little Crow Photography
                                    traditional Swedish ginger cookie. Served with saft (berry juice), water, and
Club meets the fourth Monday
evening of each month at 7 p.m.
at the Dethlefs Senior Center in
Spicer, MN. We have                 Tickets are $55 per person, which includes tour of the Turnblad Mansion,
informational programs and a        Smorgasbord all you can eat lunch, and Immigrant Trunk program. Please call
monthly contest theme. In June      (320)235-1881 in advance to reserve your ticket. Reservations must be paid by
we have a print (digital or film)   July 24, 2009.
contest and in December we
have a slide contest. There are
several filed trips planned – the
next being June 23rd – Garden
Flower Close-ups. For a
complete list, please call
235-2853 or 235-9712 and a
card of the 2009 events will be
mailed to you. We continue to
grow and welcome visitors and
new members.

Historical society
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North American Financial Center displays photography of Kelly Welch
North American State Bank is excited to display a collection of photographs taken by Willmar photographer
Kelly Welch. Welch’s photography will be on display at the North American Financial Center beginning July
Welch’s collection will include a variety of subjects, styles, and themes. Subjects will include photos of
children, a red steamy sunrise, fall leaves, and ice fishing; while his styles will range from realism to the
abstract. The photographer will be rotating new photographs into his display every two months. His intention
to have “something for everyone” as the exhibit is scheduled to run through December 2009.
The photography exhibit will be on display in the lobby of the North American Financial Center at 2800 South
First Street Monday through Friday from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm. Members of the community are also invited to
“Meet the Artist” at a community reception being hosted for Welch on July 14 from 3:00 to 5:00 pm.

North American is proud to celebrate the passion and talents of our flourishing arts community by establishing a
Community Arts Showcase. As part of the Community Arts Showcase, North American State Bank will
continue to present the work of selected artists, organizations, schools, and events in our area.

          North American State Bank | 2800 South First Street | Willmar, MN 56201 | 320.235.7000

                                      Now serving a selection of fine wines

Deer camp
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In a special limited engagement, The Barn Theatre is hosting
DEER CAMP on June 13, 2009 with a 2:30 matinee
and 7:30 evening performance. This popular musical
comedy features two Willmar natives Doug Spartz, who
wrote the music and Mike Johnson, as one of the performers.
When four beerheads from Elmwood, MN head up north,
the only ones safe in the woods are the deer! Tickets
are $19.00 for adults, $17.00 for seniors (age 60+)
and groups of 20 or more. Tickets are available at the Barn.

Summer Season Tickets
On Sale at $39.00 for overall savings of 15%!               Reserve your seats for all three shows NOW !!!

July 8-11, 15-18, 22-25, 2009                 August 19-22, 26-29, 2009                           September 16-19, 23-26, 2009

The Barn Theatre * 321 SW 4th St * Willmar , MN * 320-235-9500 * Hours: Mon-Fri, 9:00 -4:00 pm                or      email:
Summer Season tickets are still on sale. Purchase a ticket for $39.00 and save 15% on single ticket price for all 3 shows! Individual
tickets of $15.00 Adult and $8.00 Student will go on sale to the public on June 15, 2009. We kick off the season with ANNIE
beginning July 8, 2009 Tickets make great gifts for moms, dads, anniversaries and birthdays! One size fits all!

Over 100 men, women and children filled the Barn Theatre lobby and stage for auditions on May 4 and 5th. Casting the roles of
Daddy Warbucks, Annie, Miss Hannigan, Grace Farrell, Rooster, Lily, Bert, the Boylan Sisters, President Roosevelt, along with
orphans, servants and Hooverville gang was a tremendous task to coordinate just the right mix. The production crew for ANNIE
consists of director Nikki Bettcher Erickson, orchestra director Dennis Benson, vocal director Darcy Lease Gubrud, tech director
Carol Olson, choreographer Charlie Olson, stage managers Becky Sorenson and Louanne Villnow, Joanne Meierhofer costumer and
Heather Lorenson assistant to the director.

For more information contact the Barn Theatre by phone #320-235-9500, email or website Our theatre is located at 321 SW 4th Street in downtown Willmar, MN (across from the Bethel Church
clock tower) Our Box Office is open Monday-Friday, 9:00 am to 4:00 pm.
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