The Free Press, Mankato, MN

September 19, 2013

Briefs: Receptions at Waseca, 410; Watercolor workshop at Carnegie; Hanel speaks in Elysian

The Mankato Free Press

---- — Laxen workshop at Carnegie

MANKATO — Well-known watercolorist Charlotte Laxen is holding a painting workshop at the Carnegie Art Center on Oct. 19.

The workshop will be held 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The cost is $75 and the workshop is intended for beginners. Laxen will cover the fundamentals of watercolor and finish the day with how to journal using watercolors.

Those interested or have questions may contact Gerry Tostenson at 507-625-1768. Reservations are required.

Hanel speaking at Elysian library

ELYSIAN — The Elysian Book Club will host Waseca native and Madison Lake author Rachael Hanel at 7 p.m. today at the Elysian Area Library, 132 E. Main St.

Hanel will present and discuss her recently published book "We'll Be the Last Ones to Let You Down." The memoir of a gravedigger’s daughter released in 2012 will be available at the event.

Reception today for Waseca's Hager exhibit

WASECA — The Waseca Art Center is hosting a reception 4-6 p.m. today for its special exhibition of Fred M. Hager's oil paintings on display through Oct. 12.

Hager (1915-1983) was raised in Owatonna, lived in Carmel, Calif., and Waseca, and was an accomplished amateur painter.

Hager graduated from the University of Minnesota in 1937. He was employed for almost a year as a development engineer with Sylvania Corporation before joining the E.F. Johnson Company as a design engineer. During World War II he served in the Signal Corps, finally retiring from the active reserve service in 1972. While at E.F. Johnson, Hager designed a large number of broadcast station phasing equipment. After retirement, Hager continued his hobbies of amateur radio, oil painting and collecting antique gla

Reception Friday for 410's Banned Book exhibit

MANKATO — The 410 Project art gallery is hosting a reception 7-9 p.m. on Friday for "Banned Books: Artistic Refelctions," on exhibit on display through Oct. 6.

The annual curated exhibit that includes work inspired by and reacting to banned books, and coincides with National Banned Book Week, includes work by: Jonas Criscoe, Yoko Hattori, Aaron Horkey, Jason Kiley, Jason Ruhl, Lucas Saugen, Shawn Skabelund, Bobby Wilson and Josh Winkler.

The 410 Project is located at 523 S. Front St. For more information, visit