Southwest Minnesota Arts Council “Spirit of the Region” Basket Raffle project is in search of items created and locally made in Big Stone County!
The “Cari Me” art exhibit will be held at –
Where: The Inadvertent Cafe in Clinton, MN
When: Monday, August 1st
Time: Starting at 6:30
The “Cari Me” project was inspired by the GIVING SPIRIT of Becky Stattelman’s late sister Cari. Becky leveraged “Art” to encourage each of us to “Please step forward” by giving to local causes and to honor art as a vehicle that can make a difference.
The Big Stone Arts Council has been anticipating the opportunity to play our part. Let’s make ours a Big Step Forward!
Congratulations Becky, on behalf of the Big Stone Arts Council.
To read the article in Make it Minnesota:
The Big Stone Arts Council has posted updates on their Facebook Page – we will now start posting regularly on our website!
This video is about our Water Plant Building project (we are working on an official name for the project).
Water Plant Project Individual Artist Survey 2014-15
As we move forward with our vision for the water plant building it is critical to have specific input from our artists. Our goal is to have this space first serve artists but also stand as a hub for connecting community. The versatility of this space will strengthen sustainability.
Please give some thought to the questions on the attached survey and give us your input – Thank you!!
Link to Survey (PDF) : BSAC Individual Artist Survey
2014 Lakeside Writers Weekend
“Write Where You Are”
Workshops for Emerging and Experienced Writers
Two Presenters, Two Choices…
1) Short Story Manuscript Session – limited capacity
2) Poetry, fiction, non-fiction & blogging
Friday 9/19 – (6-8 pm): Public Reading at Ortonville Public Library
412 NW 2nd Street, Ortonville, MN
Saturday 9/20 (9-4): Workshops at Lakewood Supper Club
Sunday 9/21 (9-1): 1073 Lakeshore Drive, Ortonville, MN
The two workshop presenters are Judy Wilson and Marianne Zarzana, creative writing professors at
Southwest Minnesota State University, Marshall, Minnesota. Wilson, returning by popular demand after leading the September 2013 workshop, will present an advanced workshop for writers of fiction and creative non-fiction. Wilson has published a book of short stories titled Trespass. In addition, she has been published in Renovated Lighthouse Literary Magazine, Product, Southern Literary Festival Anthology, Skylark Literary Annual, Mississippi Review, and The Atlantic Monthly’s Atlantic
Zarzana’s workshop is open to writers at all levels of writing experience and
covers all genres—poetry, non-fiction and fiction—as well as blogging. On Sunday during t
he workshop, both authors will present information on promoting and publishing literary work. Zarzana has recently published essays in Notre Dame Magazine, and her
poetry has appeared in Savoring (a collaborative art and
poetry exhibit), Dust & Fire, Farming Words, Blue Earth
Review, Minnesota River Review, Umbrella Journal, and Kitchen Scraps among other
publications. She writes a blog, “Fly-over Country,” on her website: www.mariannezarzana.com.
Advanced Fiction and Creative Non-Fiction Workshop
For those ready to dive into the deep end of the literary pool, award-winning fiction writer and editor, Judy Wilson, offers a day-long, intensive workshop designed for participants with a prior awareness of the qualities of good literature, prior practice in the craft of writing stories, and an ability to offer an aesthetic response to the writings of their peers in the workshop arena. Participating writers benefit from the feedback of a ready audience of their fellow writers who will give serious attention to their work in a casual and friendly atmosphere. This is the perfect opportunity to find out what’s working and what’s not in your stories. Because of the serious scrutiny given to each writer’s work, this workshop is limited to 10 participants and registration deadline for this session is August 25. You will be notified when successfully registered.
Each writer will submit a short story (typically 8 to 18 pages), double-spaced, preferably in Times New Roman, 12 pt. font. Short stories are either fiction or creative non-fiction. Submit stories as Word or PDF file attachments firstname.lastname@example.org. In the subject line, type Lakeside Participant and your last name. (For example, Lakeside Participant Capulet) The deadline for story submissions is August 31st. The collected stories will be distributed to the group by email on September 1st so that each participant can print, read, mark up, and develop a response for each story prior to the weekend workshop. Guidelines regarding providing feedback to workshop stories will accompany the distribution of stories.
All Levels and All Genres Workshop
Author Marianne Zarzana will present to participants a wide range of writing experiences including poetry, non-fiction, fiction, and blogging. She will share habits and strategies such as images, energy, tension, pattern, insight, and revision. These strategies help produce good writing in any genre. In this hands-on workshop, participants will be exposed to examples of strong writing and will generate their own writing. Zarzana guides participants to the good stuff—the powerful, lasting images we want to create and the stories we want to tell. Creative writing is fun, and this is an opportunity to play and explore, to leave your inner critic at home and freely express yourself in a supportive atmosphere. Deadline for registration for this session is September 15 and the group is limited to 30.
For the half-day Sunday session, fiction writer Wilson and poem Zarzana come together to divulge a wealth of information on taking care of the business side of writing. Topics covered will include promotional strategies such as creating blogs, networking, attending conferences or writing events, scoping out literary agents, submitting work for publication, entering writing contests, participating in or organizing a writers’ group, and sustaining the writer in you.
Registration for Senior (65+) and Traditional (up to age 22) students is $65. All other students are $75. Registration includes a light breakfast, lunch and dinner on Saturday and a light breakfast and lunch on Sunday. A reduced fee is available for students and senior citizens. The workshop will go from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, followed by dinner, and from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Sunday.
Printable PDF Flyer: 2014WritersWeekendFlyerwithpics
Hosted by Big Stone Arts
For lodging information contact: Econo Lodge-320.839.2414 or Big Stone Lake Area Chamber of Commerce: 320.839.3284
This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the SW MN Arts Council, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.
Daring Greatly with Big Stone Arts By Edie Barrett
After three years of negotiations, Big Stone Arts has a commitment from the City of Ortonville to procure the water plant building next to Lakeside Park. Transforming this dilapidated building will be an ambitious endeavor. While Big Stone Arts has a committed core group, we are looking for people who are able and willing to contribute to the process, whether that’s in construction, physical labor, design, financial contributions, or simply supporting us in the vision.
Once a month, Big Stone Arts meets in the downstairs basement of the Ortonville library. The meeting is held at 6:30 PM every second Tuesday. We welcome your participation at these meetings. Being an artist is not a prerequisite. This is a wonderful group of people who are creative and inspired and want to contribute to our community and region.
On Tuesday, February 11, our presentation will be “Show and Tell.” My plan for that meeting is to do a book review and relate it to the water plant building. As I began to create my notes and a handout, I realized there could be some value in publicizing the information. What follows was created with that intention.
Daring Greatly: How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead written by Brene´ Brown, published by Gotham Books, copyright 2012. Brene´ Brown has a PhD in social work and is a research professor at The University of Houston.
In the introduction of her book, Brene´ Brown quotes a speech written by Theodore Roosevelt titled “Citizenship in the Republic.” This speech was given on April 23, 1910 at the Sorbonne in Paris, France. “It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly…”
According to Brown, “Vulnerability is not a weakness, and the uncertainty, risk, and emotional exposure we face every day are not optional. Our only choice is a question of engagement. Our willingness to own and engage with our vulnerability determines the depth of our courage and the clarity of our purpose; the level to which we protect ourselves from being vulnerable is a measure of our fear and disconnection… Perfect and bulletproof are seductive, but they don’t exist in the human experience. We must walk into the arena, whatever that may be – a new relationship, an important meeting, our creative process, or a difficult family conversation – with courage and the willingness to engage. Rather than sitting on the sidelines and hurling judgment and advice we must dare to show up and let ourselves be seen. This is vulnerability. This is daring greatly.”
When I consider a project that seems significant, I asked myself the following questions: 1. Can I imagine it? Can actually see the outcome? 2. Is it in service to something greater than me? 3. Is it in alignment with my personal beliefs and my life mission? 4. Is it attainable and realistic? 5. Do I feel passionate about the project? For me, in regards to the arts procuring the water plant building, I have sustained a resounding YES to all of these questions. But I also know I am not in charge. This isn’t about me or any one person specifically. The image that comes to mind is an Amish one of “Raising the Barn.” The truth is this project will require the assistance from people in all walks of life, not just artists.
What I deeply care about – equal to the building itself – is the quality of engagement that will be required by each and every one of us. If this project is about building community, it has to start here and now. It is my hope that each of us would look into our hearts and think, “There is nowhere else I’d rather be than sharing this vision and being part of this project.”
This renovation will require all of us to dare greatly, to be in the arena, to be vulnerable, to be seen, because—really—the whole community is watching. If we are able to embark upon this endeavor truly consciously, respectfully and mindfully, we will have created something valuable for our community and in that process become better at being human.
We stand, ringing the bell, asking that you to come and help us raise the barn. Our next Big Stone Art’s meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, February 11 at 6:30 PM, downstairs in the Ortonville library. We hope to see you there!
Edie Barrett is an artist and writer who moved to Ortonville in 2011 after living for 26 years in Santa Barbara, California. During the turn of the century, her ancestors lived in this area. Her grandparents, Julian and Clara Bursheim, lived in Waubay and Summit, South Dakota. Her great-grandparents were Catherine and Carl Wold of Clinton.
Big Stone Arts Annual Celebration
Saturday, November 16th
Matador South Room
Complimentary hors d’oeuvres & cash bar
Program: Dancing with Our Star
Silent auction of JoAn Melchild’s remaining art
Public welcome…Come see what’s next for the arts!
Limited seating, to RSVP call Elaine Gable@ 839-2085 or email email@example.com
Learn how to paint this expressive still-life using acrylics with Deb Larson at Java Jule’s Bistro and Coffee Shop on Saturday September 21st, 2013, 1-4pm. Artists will have the option to choose a different background color.
$35 includes your very own painting and scrumptious refreshments. Aprons and all painting supplies provided. There is limited space, please drop in to reserve your easel with $10 or give Julie a call at 487-1111.
Education and work history:I studied a year of fine arts at the University of Bridgeport in Connecticut when I was 19, but being unclear on how I would make a living with art at that time, I took a break and entered into the workforce, eventually completing a degree in psychology. I worked with families in personal crisis as a contracted Family-based Services Provider for LQP Family Services. At that same time, I was the Director of the LQP Mentor Program that focused on children with special needs. I was honored to work directly with these youth as their 4-H club leader, a club formed specifically to meet their needs. While I found working with children and their parents gratifying, I also felt a strong pull to explore my original calling to pursue art. I continue to have an interest in working with children and adults by providing quality hands-on art experiences. Continue reading
The 2013 Meander will be October 4, 5, & 6th
Link to information (website): www.artsmeander.com
The award winning Meander is a free self-guided tour of artist studios featuring many local artists from the Upper Minnesota River Valley. The Meander is a great “trip on a tank full” for those seeking authentic culture, history and scenic vistas. The event is about welcoming people and being connected to the local history, culture and landscape. We encourage visitors to visit artists in their own environment who celebrate a lifestyle that represents the small, handmade, personal and local culture of the area.
This event has more than 33 individual studios in and near the Western Minnesota Communities of Ortonville, Appleton, Madison, Milan, Dawson, Montevideo and Granite Falls.
This year the Meander brochure features artwork from our very own Don Sherman!