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January 23, 2014

PLRAC grantee exhibit on display at Arts Center of St. Peter

PLRAC grantee exhibit on display at Arts Center of St. Peter

ST. PETER — Prairie Lakes Regional Arts Council's fourth annual Artist Grantee Exhibition at the Arts Center of St. Peter features works created during projects funded two years ago. The visual artists represented are among the 15 people from throughout Prairie Lake's region who were awarded $1,000 grants during the 2012 round of Emerging Artist grants.

PLRAC, which serves a nine-county area in south central Minnesota, provides grants and programs for the development of local artists, arts organizations and art audiences. The council administers several grant programs with funds appropriated by the Minnesota State Legislature and the McKnight Foundation. The McKnight Foundation in Minneapolis provides funding for PLRAC's emerging artist program.

Visuals artists represented in the show include Gregory Euclide of Le Sueur, whose mixed media works were featured last month in the Arts Center's main gallery. Judith Forster-Monson of Le Center has four acrylic paintings in the PLRAC show. More of her amusing images of people and their pets are on display in the restaurant area of St. Peter Food Coop.

Oil works on display are landscapes created by Margaret Larson of Mankato during a workshop in Arizona, and paintings of farm animals, flowers and produce by Malia Wiley of St. Peter.

Kristin Harsma of Mankato is showing her stained-glass abstract pieces. Nicole Larish Volk of Waterville used dyed silk, Batiked cotton and rice paper for the four pieces she is displaying.

Steve Wilson of North Mankato photographs of cell phone users are on display in the lower-level space. Photos by Wilson were part of a 2012 show at the Carnegie Art Center.

Writers who received 2012 grants include Meredith Cook of Blue Earth, who attended a national convention of poets in Indiana.

During a Saturday afternoon showcase, the poetess read some her works and grantee-musicians Nick Burris of New Ulm, Ben Marti of Mankato and Lehi Gertz of New Ulm presented musical performances. Sandra Newbauer of Mankato read from her young adult fiction manuscript, "Summer of the Barenakeds" and a small acting troupe presented a comedy by playwright Joeleen Osborn Krier of Madelia.

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