The River Arts Alliance generates creative, financial and intellectual resources in order to strengthen communications among all entities, elevate the quality of art for all and enrich lives through the arts.

Creativity Takes Practice

I was scheduled to have rotator cuff surgery in early January. When discussing this with the doctor, I asked him, “Doctor, will I be able to play the piano after I go through physical therapy?” The doctor said, “I don’t see why not?” “That’s strange’, I said. ‘I wasn’t able to play it before.” Actually,…

An art-filled life

A friend asked me about art opportunities for her son (who spent his morning making masks)… and I said: There are some venues around here that offer art opportunities. We can talk about them sometime. But I want to say that while it is grand to get kids together to make art, I think it’s…

The ART of Fine Furniture

Art: “The expression or application of human creative skill and imagination, typically in a visual form such as painting or sculpture, producing works to be appreciated primarily for their beauty or emotional power. Furniture:  “The movable articles in a room or an establishment that make it fit for living or working.” “He who works with…

“The Year of the New” at MMAM

2013 is “The Year of the New” at the Minnesota Marine Art Museum (MMAM) in Winona, and it is about to reach its crest! Here is a little summary of an exciting, transformational season at your art museum: Thanks to a tremendous team of Museum leadership and designers, the MMAM has a new visual identity, resulting…

Family Art Day Extravaganza

The River Arts Alliance and Winona Parks & Rec are happy to announce the sixth year of the FAMILY ART DAY Extravaganza to be held on Saturday September 7, 10am to 2:30pm at JAYCEE PAVILION, Lake Park. This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Southeastern Minnesota Arts…

WSUartsUpdate

Once the students and faculty at Winona State are settled into the new fall routine, with the brisk winds stirring the leaves up and down the campus, the university’s cultural events begin in earnest. We welcome the larger community to our performing arts, visual arts, and eclectic speaker series events. Hopefully parking and logistics won’t…

Winona Art Walk

The 11th annual Winona Art Walk (formerly Christmas Art Walk) will be held 9am – 5pm, Saturday, November 19. For the second year the Art Walk is the Saturday before Thanksgiving. Here’s a chance to support the local economy and over 30 regional artists who make glass, jewelry, paintings, ceramics, carvings, wood, textiles, photography, baskets,…

Minnesota Arts Lovers Alert

Heads up artist and arts lovers.  MPR just reported that some Minnesota republicans are wanting to take the cultural legacy part of the amendment (Monies) to build a Vikings stadium.  Treachery!  Treachery!

Hudson River Valley Autumn

The weather has taken a turn.  It’s cool today.  Autumn is blowing through the leaves the the Azure maple tree in the front yard.   Although the landscape is still green it feels different looking out at the neighborhood. As I sit here watching the children get off the bus and walking up the hill…

Setting Prices for Artwork

Recently there was a post in a forum asking for advice on setting a price for artwork: “I need some pricing help! How do you guys price your art to sell? … I don’t want to become another artist who charges a fortune and no one buys anything. HELP! How do you guys charge for…