Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Because it's June. . .

June – and one can finally leave the house without putting on a jacket. Summer must be here, and at the Fosston Community Library Arts Center, the Summer Library Experience began on June 1.
Pre-readers and readers of all ages (including adults) are invited to pick up a reading log and keep track of the books they read as well as some other library experiences for chances to win some great prizes. Also (this is just for the kids) find the hidden owl and pick a prize from the treasure chest. The owl moves around from week to week, so come back often.

In addition, there will be special space-themed programs each Wednesday at 2 p.m. On June 12, a naturalist from Itasca State Park will share star stories. For thousands of years, people have grouped stars into patterns called constellations and told stories about them. Here’s your chance to learn about them.

On June 19, the Headwaters Science Center of Bemidji will bring its Starlab inflatable planetarium. Those in attendance can watch stars, constellations and planets as they appear in the night sky, without staying up past your bedtime.

Continuing the space theme on June 26, Cheryl Winkelmann will demonstrate decorating alien cupcakes and launching straw rockets. Cheryl’s food-based crafts are always a big hit.

Preschool storytime will be held every other week this summer on Fridays at 10:30 a.m. Dates in June are the 14th and the 28th.

The big event for June is the Fosston Community Children’s Theater production of Mary Poppins, Jr. on Thursday and Friday, June 27 and 28, at 7 p.m. Directed by Abby Pearson, the musical is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International which also supplies all authorized performance materials. You have probably seen the Walt Disney film and maybe even have read the book by P.L. Travers. Using a combination of magic and common sense, everyone’s favorite nanny, Mary Poppins, has lessons for all of us. Now you can see a live performance by area young people. Tickets are available at Generations Clothing in Fosston.

On display in the Sorenson Gallery during June will be mosaics by DeeDee Narum. Watch for an announcement about a reception for DeeDee some time during the month.


Thursday, May 2, 2019

We Welcome May

After a long, hard winter, I think most everyone is happy to see the calendar turn to May. I’m starting to see a little green grass, and before the month is over, we should have leaves on the trees. However, whatever the weather, I know there are some enjoyable events scheduled at the Fosston Community Library Arts Center.
May means recitals by the music students who have been working so diligently since last September. Now is the time for them to show what they have learned. Two recitals are coming up. On Sunday, May 5, the piano students of Molly Peltier and the piano students of Dwana Carroll will perform. On Sunday, May 12, Jeff Menton’s string students will have their turn, along with my piano students. Both programs are scheduled for 7 p.m. and are open to the public. Refreshments will be served.
On Thursday, May 2, there will be a reception at 7 p.m. for the artists and businesses taking part in the Spring Art Crawl. The public is invited to meet the artists, enjoy some refreshments and see the current gallery exhibit “Abigail & Audrey.” In other gallery news, the show going up in May will feature FCLAA’s in-house collection of vintage photographs.
The library book club will meet Tuesday, May 14, at 7 p.m. to discuss Any DreamWill Do by Debbie Macomber. I haven’t started reading it yet, but it is described as “the story of a woman who is forced to start her life over after finding herself in a dangerous situation.” There are always coffee and goodies as well as some interesting discussions.
Writers’ group will meet on Tuesday, May 28, at 7:30 p.m., then will probably take a break for the summer months. New members are always welcome.
Looking ahead to June, the theme for the summer library experience this year is “Explore!” Once again there will be special programs every Wednesday at 2 p.m. The kickoff on Wednesday, June 5, will blast off with a chance to learn about rockets and even launch one. Once again there will be prizes given away at the end of the summer. The big one this year is a Kindle.
Just a reminder: The library will be closed on Monday, May 27, in observance of Memorial Day.


Saturday, April 20, 2019

In the Sorenson Gallery

Abstract acrylic by Abigail Anderson

Acrylic painting by Audrey Siverson

Work by Audrey Siverson

Saturday, March 30, 2019

April fool!

It’s April, and while much of the landscape is still white, the snow piles are getting smaller, I’ve seen some robins, and I hear the geese flying overhead. Spring is coming, although at a slow pace. At the Fosston Community Library Arts Center, there several enjoyable activities coming up.

On Friday, April 5, and Saturday, April 6, author Brent Olson will be in residence in Fosston. Olson who lives near Clinton, Minnesota, writes a weekly column intitled “Independently Speaking”, which is syndicated around the world. He has published several books, The Lay of the Land, Letters for a Peasant, Still Whistling, Papa, and the Inadvertent CafĂ©. During the day Friday, he will be at the English classes at the Fosston High School. At 7:00 p.m. Friday evening, the public is invited to attend an evening of storytelling and conversation at the FCLAA theater followed by a reception. On Saturday morning Olson will lead a writer’s workshop at the arts center from 9 a.m. to 12 noon. Registration is required for the workshop. Check the FCLAA website for details.

The Fosston Library book club will meet Tuesday, April 9, at 7 p.m. to discuss The Life We Bury by Allen Eskens. Set in Minnesota, the book tells the story of Joe, a University of Minnesota freshmen who begins interviewing Carl Iverson (There’s a Minnesota name for you.), a convicted murderer who has been medically paroled to a nursing home. Joe discovers that things are not always what they seem and works to clear Carl’s name while dealing with his own chaotic home life. It was a good read, and of course, there will be coffee and goodies.

Writers’ group will meet Tuesday, April 23, at 7:30 p.m. I missed the last meeting because of a scheduling conflict, but I understand there was a great turnout, with several new attendees. If some of are inspired to attend the workshop on April 6, you can follow that up by coming to writers’ group.

The Sorenson Gallery will feature acrylic paintings by Audrey Siverson and Abigail Anderson during the month of April. Award winners at the March Madness Juried Art Show were Debbie Aune of Gatzke, first place for her painting, and  Ella Carlin of Fosston, second place for her drawing. Patricia Lovegreen of Leonard ( woven wall hanging) and Ivy Bailie of Fosston ( painting) tied for third place.

Saturday, March 9, 2019

Ah, March!

Ah, March – a month associated with lions and lambs. This year, however, I think the month has come in like a polar bear. Hopefully, by the time April comes around, the weather will be more like spring, but there are no guarantees. However, I can tell you about some interesting events going on at the Fosston Community Library Arts Center.

The March Madness Juried Art Show will be on exhibit in the Sorenson Gallery throughout the month with a wide variety of art submitted by several area artists. If you wish to meet the artists, there will be reception on Thursday, March 28. Watch for information about the time for this event. On a related note, the FCLAA gallery committee has a new member – Abigail Anderson.

The third annual “Cans” Film Festival will be held Sunday, March 10, beginning at 2 p.m. with family friendly films suitable for all ages. Admission is a food item to be donated to the Loaves & Fishes Food Shelf.  On Monday, March 11, the films will be shown the Magelssen Elementary students at the Fosston Theater. The students are also asked to bring an item for the food shelf. The event coincides with the Minnesota FoodShare March Campaign.

The library book club will meet Tuesday, March 12, at 7 p.m. to discuss the book The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane by Lisa See. Set in a remote Chinese mountain village, the book tells the story of two women, a mother and daughter, separated by circumstances, culture and distance. I’ve just gotten started reading it, but I think it will be a good book. There are refreshments and some good discussions.

Writers’ group will meet Tuesday, March 26, at 7:30 p.m. Despite the snowy weather this last month, we had a good attendance. New members are always welcome. Feel free to come and see what we do.

The FCLAA is pleased to announce that the arts center has a new piano, which was dedicated at the recent Harmony Concert event. A generous gift from Daisy Hagen’s sister, Camille, Claudia, Geni and Kathy served as a grant match to the Northwest MN Arts Council and FCLAA funds. Thank you to the Hagen family!

Monday, February 25, 2019

In the Sorenson Gallery

Sweater, hat and mittens knitted by Steph Anderson

Flower Patch  pieced by Connie Strom, quilted by Collette Fish

Desert Sky pieced by Connie Strom, quilted by Collette Fish