River Arts Alliance Member Events
5:30 pm: Robert Long, a variety of works - Opening Reception
Robert Long, a variety of works
Join artist Robert Long for the opening reception for his new exhibit at the Blue Heron Coffeehouse. Robert is relatively new to Winona, so we hope you will take this opportunity to meet and welcome him into our arts community. This exhibit will be open during Blue Heron Coffeehouse hours through February.
3:30 pm: Great River Writes – Winona Writers Group
Great River Writes – Winona Writers Group
Do you like to write fiction, non-fiction, or poetry? Check out the Great River Writes – Winona Writers Group that meets every second Friday of the Month from 3:30-5:30pm in the Winona Public Library’s Youth Programming Room.
Each month you will receive writing prompts to work on and bring to the next meeting. Don't like the prompts? Then make your own. Bring one page, single-spaced of your work to be critiqued at the meeting. The Library will make copies of your work to be passed out at the meeting.
7:00 pm: Crafting Adventure at Pearl Street
Crafting Adventure at Pearl Street
Friday | January 10 | 7:00-9:00pm
Expanding on the great success of the films at Island City Brewery in Winona, Frozen River Film Festival will be showing a set of adventure films at Pearl Street Brewery in LaCrosse. The event is free and a dollar from every beer sold at Pearl Street during this time will be donated to the festival.
The Festival, and festival sponsor Mediascope, will be holding a giveaway of a cooler with built-in bluetooth speakers at the event.
10:30 am: Introduction to Nia
Learning about Nia
Saturdays | 10:30am-12pm
Mary Lee Eischen invites you to learn about Nia through her upcoming class. You may sign up for one class or the four part series to learn how to feel more alive and vibrant in your body. Using a chair during the movement portion is welcome. Cost for Winona Friendship Center Members: $5.50 or $18.00 for all four workshops;
January 11, 2020 – Introduction to Nia
10:00 am: Gate City Jazz Band - Gospel Service
Gate City Jazz Band - Gospel Service
Sunday | January 12 | 10:00am
Wesley United Methodist Church will host a gospel service with four members of the Gate City Jazz Band. All are invited to share this toe-tapping experience sponsored in part by the Charles Wesley Center for Sacred Music and Arts!
5:30 pm: River Arts Alliance Annual Meeting
River Arts Alliance Annual Meeting
Wednesday | January 15 | 5:30-7:30pm
Social Time: 5:30 to 6:00pm
Business Meeting: 6:00 to 7:00pm
Refreshments Served • Cash Bar • Free and Open to the Public
See you there!
7:00 pm: Third Thursday Song Circle
Third Thursday Song Circle
Thursday | January 16 | 7:00-8:30pm
Singing this month will include songs about peace, justice, and freedom, as well anything related to winter. If you like to sing, please join us - we take turns choosing songs, mostly from the book Rise Up Singing – copies are available at the center. Bring your song requests, and your own beverage.
7:30 pm: Chris Koza + Amanda Grace At Big River Theatre
Chris Koza + Amanda Grace At Big River Theatre
Saturday | January 18 | 7:30-9:30pm
Chris Koza is a composer and performer based in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Both solo and with his band Rogue Valley, he has supported and shared the stage with artists such as Brandi Carlile, Ingrid Michaelson and more. Born out of folk, country, storytelling and rock ʼn roll, Chris both honors and builds on uniquely builds on Americana music traditions.
Amanda Grace is a local singer-songwriter producing music drifting between folk and rock. With roots as a pianist her writing is thematically varied with an emphasis on melody and ballads wrapped in warm vocals. She’s released 6 albums and travels regionally.
2:30 pm: January Jazz Jam
January Jazz Jam
Sunday | January 19 | 2:30-5:30pm
H3O Jazz Trio invites you to the launch of the 2020 season of monthly Jazz Jams at Island City Brewing Company. Starting its third year, the Island City Jazz Jam continues to welcome talented performers of all ages from Iowa, Wisconsin, various Minnesota cities, Arizona, and even international locales! Whether you play an instrument or sing, the Jazz Jam is a chance for everyone to sit in with a professional rhythm section. All are welcome and encouraged to perform some of their favorite jazz standards in this family-friendly open mic setting.
Interested jammers can choose from a wide selection of jazz tunes. Players can pick music from Hal Leonard Real Books, bring their own, or ask the trio to play their favorites! Simply sign up on the clipboard and get ready to have some fun!
An up-to-date schedule is always available at H3OJazz.com. The event is free and open to everyone – young and not so young. And if you’re not quite ready to sit in, come and enjoy a great afternoon of jazz. Please contact Emily Johnson: email@example.com for more information.
5:00 pm: Lois Peterson: Listening For Evidence - Artist Talk
The Watkins Gallery at Winona State University Presents: Lois Peterson: Listening For Evidence
Wednesday | January 22
Exhibition on view January 13th–February 5th. Learn more.
4:30 pm: Rooted in the Land Exhibit Opening Reception
Rooted in the Land Exhibit Opening Reception
Thursday | January 23 | 4:30-6:30pm
Rooted In The Land: paintings of women farmers in Southeastern MN by artist Julie Johnston is currently on exhibit at the People's Co-op in Rochester, MN. You are invited to the opening reception with the artist. Refreshments will be served. Free and open to the public.
Julie Johnston traveled the region interviewing and capturing images of women farmers. Her paintings highlight the multiple aspects of farm work these contemporary women farmers do. Johnston's art sheds light on the impact women farmers have in nurturing and feeding their communities. Johnston feels this project is a way to celebrate these historically “invisible” farmers.
This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Southeastern Minnesota Arts Council thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts & cultural heritage fund.
5:00 pm: Visible/Invisible Opening Reception
Visible/Invisible Opening Reception
Friday | January 24 | 5:00-7:00pm
Please join Public Launch for the opening reception for Visible/Invisible: Landscapes of Mental Illness by Joy Davis Ripley. The exhibition is a community project highlighting Winonans who want to talk about their experiences with mental illness. The project combines portraits and narratives to create a new way of talking about mental illness and its devastating impact on many of the lives in our community. Learn more.
10:00 am: Meet the Author: Ken McCullough
Meet the Author: Ken McCullough
Saturday | January 25 | 10:00am
2:00 pm: Patina at Elmaro
Patina at Elmaro
Saturday | January 25 | 2:00-5:00pm
This is a great chance to listen to some lively Irish music while you sip a few of Elmaro’s award winning wines. Patina will perform their own blend of traditional and contemporary Celtic tunes mixed with some originals, covers and some easy listening thrown in for good measure.
3:00 pm: 80th Birthday Celebration for Rev. Jim Riley with Piano Concert by Dr. Christopher Mechell
80th Birthday Celebration for Rev. Jim Riley with Piano Concert by Dr. Christopher Mechell
Sunday | January 26 | 3:00-6:00pm
Celebrate Jim Riley’s 80th birthday with a piano concert and fundraiser. Dr. Christopher Mechell, piano professor at St. Cloud State University, will provide a classical piano concert at 3:00 p.m. We will follow the concert with an open house reception around 4:15 with cake and other refreshments. Free-will donations will help support the program of stipends for students who perform at Old Main—vocal and instrumental.
11:30 am: Methodist Ham Ball Dinner
Methodist Ham Ball Dinner
Saturday | February 1 | 11:30am-1:00pm
The Charles Wesley Center for Sacred Music and Arts will again offer a Methodist Ham Ball dinner at the Wesley UMC. The menu is Methodist Ham Balls with Charlie’s Cheesy Potatoes, drink, and dessert for $12.00. Tickets are available at Midtown Foods and at the door. Takeout will be available in containers that can be washed and re-used.
Proceeds from the ham ball dinner power the work of the Charles Wesley Center for Sacred Music and Arts, which uses music and the arts to bring people together for experiences of grace. The CWC has made a point of showcasing regional choral music, The Heartstings Harp Circle, bell ringers, organists, pianists, vocalists, and instrumentalists from several regional churches and groups have taken their turn in the acoustically live sanctuary. Visual artists will also displayed their work. The hope is that people from many churches and faith groups may benefit from a stimulated interest in sacred music and the arts. Food itself is an art form, and the cooks at Wesley United Methodist Church are offering a delightful way to support people of faith who are expressing themselves through the arts.
3:00 pm: The Okee Dokee Brothers
The Okee Dokee Brothers
Saturday | February 1 | 3:00-4:00pm
With songs written under wide-open skies and harmonies fine-tuned around the campfire, the natural world is at the heart of The Okee Dokee Brothers' Americana folk music. Grammy-winning duo Justin Lansing and Joe Mailander make room for kids to dance, for parents to share stories, and for everyone to gain respect for nature, each other, and the world we live in. Their latest project, Winterland, celebrates the season of coziness, family time, and outdoor fun. All tickets to the duo's performance are offered on a pay-what-you-can basis. Visit pagetheatre.org to learn more.