The Free Press, Mankato, MN

April 4, 2013

Notebook: Pottery workshop in St. Peter; art classes at Carnegie and 410

By Tanner Kent
The Free Press

— Time to get your hands dirty, folks.

There are a host of art classes and demonstrations at area galleries in the coming weeks. Mark your calendars now:

Ceramics workshop in St. Peter

The Arts Center of Saint Peter will feature an exhibition of work by a number of noted Minnesota ceramic artists beginning on Saturday. 

A reception for “Minnesota Potters” will be held 1-5 p.m. on Saturday. During that time, the Arts Center will also host a ceramics workshop and gallery talk with Linda Christianson and Guillermo Cuellaron from 1-5 p.m. The workshop is free and open to the public. 

Furthermore, a screening of the documentary “Minnesota Potters: Sharing the Fire” will be shown at 2 p.m. on Saturday.

The exhibition, “Minnesota Potters: Sharing the Fire,” features the work of four of the best-known potters in Minnesota: Richard Bresnahan, Robert Briscoe, Linda Christianson and Warren McKenzie; and potters with whom those four have shared their knowledge and expertise: Guillermo Cuellar, Steven Lemke, Jason Trebs and Jil Franke. The exhibit celebrates the ways that knowledge, experience and spirit, and pottery as a tradition, are passed from person to person.

The Arts Center of Saint Peter is located at 315 S. Minnesota Ave., St. Peter. For more information, visit www.artscentersp.org or ‘like’ them on Facebook.

Carnegie art classes

The Carnegie Art Center in Mankato is hosting a pair of upcoming classes in its newly constructed Education Room:

-- “Is Watercolor for You,” will be held 5-7 p.m. on April 18. The introductory, one-session class will walk through the materials needed for watercolor painting and include demonstrations and time for practice. Area watercolor painters Gerry Tostenson and Carol Stott will lead the class. Cost is $20 for non-members, $10 for members. Registration required by calling the Carnegie at 507-625-2730.

-- “Knitting 101,” will be held 1-3 p.m. on April 20 and 27 as well as May 4 and 11. Area wool fiber artist Melinda Kjarum will lead the course. Cost is $40 for four two-hour sessions, plus a $20 fee for materials. All participants will make something to take home. Registration is required by calling the Carnegie at 507-625-2730.

410 Project art classes

The 410 Project gallery in Mankato has a robust schedule of community classes in April.

Cost is $5 per person, payable in advance or at the door.

-- “Drawing Through Collage,” from noon to 2 p.m. on Saturday. For children 17 years old and younger.

-- “Drawings Through Progress,” a course on drawing with guided instructions, 6-8 p.m. on April 11. For adults.

-- “Relief Printmaking for Kids,” from noon to 2 p.m. on April 13. For children 17 years old and younger.

-- “Transparent Collage Making,” from 6-8 p.m. on April 18. For adults and children accompanied by an adult.

-- “Painting Pictures of Our Favorite Things,” from noon to 2 p.m. on April 20. For children 17 years old and younger.

-- “Turning Printmaking into Collage,” course on using printmaking techniques to create mini-collages, from 6-8 p.m. on April 25. For adults.

-- “Cut Paper Sculpture Making,” course on creating hanging sculptures from cut paper, from noon to 2 p.m. on April 27. For children 17 years old and younger.