Deb Larson

Deb Larson ArtDeb Larson, Visual Artist
Rusty Heron Studio
794 Highland Highway Avenue
Ortonville, MN  56278

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 “Deb Larson”


Upper Minnesota River Art Crawl

The 2013 Meander will be October 4, 5, & 6th

Link to information (website):

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!

2013_art_full Meander Brochure Don Sherman

Lakeside Writers Weekend

lakewood4Lakeside Writers Weekend

A Writing Workshop with Dr. Judy Wilson, Professor of Creative Writing at Southwest Minnesota State University and Published Author

Friday, October 18th, 2013: 7 pm welcome reception for participants
Saturday, October 19th: 9 am – 4 pm registration and workshop
Sunday, October 20th: 9 am – 2 pm workshop

Lakewood Supper Club, 1073 Lakeshore Drive, Ortonville, MN

judy-wilson-books-and-stories-and-written-worksDr. Judy Wilson is the founder and editor of The Yellow Medicine Review: A Journal of Indigenous Literature, Art and Thought. The workshop will cover the basics of literary art in the form of the short story. Dr. Wilson will share her expertise as a writer, teacher and editor. Join us and be inspired to begin or complete your writing. This workshop applies to all levels of writing experience. General admission is $65 and includes refreshments and lunch on Saturday and Sunday.

Register online: writers weekend registration and pay here.  Questions?call Maureen Stores at 320-265-6121 or email
“This activity is made possible in part by a grant from the Southwest Minnesota Arts and Humanities Council (SMAHC) with funds appropriated by the State Legislature and/or by the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund as appropriated by the Minnesota State Legislature with money from the vote of the people of Minnesota on November 4, 2008.”

For out of town participants, we have arranged the following possible housing:
Econo-Lodge has 6 rooms set aside for our group and their phone number is  320-839-2414

Rental House next to the Lakewood Lodge—4 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms and the cost is $600 for the weekend.  Check  for the info on the site of the workshop and more information and pictures of the house for weekend rental.  It could be a great chance for 4-6 friends to get together and rent it and then split the $600 bill.

Our local Chamber of Commerce could also be of assistance in this area and their phone number is 320-839-3284.