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Visible/Invisible Opening Reception

Friday | January 24 | 5:00-7:00pm
Public Launch | 119 E 3rd St

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.

The portraits feature people in settings that help them understand or deal with their mental illness in some way, and their narratives highlight their experiences with mental illness. In this way, the exhibition hopes to make what is very common but often invisible more visible. It is an attempt to help create space for sustained discussions that will address mental health concerns in our community.

While some participants in the exhibition address trauma and traumatizing events, many of them also discuss strategies of resilience that they’ve developed to help them live more fulfilling lives. Viewers should be aware that the exhibition contains accounts and representations of trauma that may be triggering.

The exhibition will run through Feb. 21st at Public Launch and will reopen on Feb. 24 in the lobby of the Page Theatre at St. Mary’s. It will remain there until April 3rd.

This project is funded by a Southeastern Minnesota Arts Council Emerging Artist grant.

Joy Davis Ripley and Public Launch are members of the River Arts Alliance. To learn more about the benefits of membership, please visit:


80th Birthday Celebration for Rev. Jim Riley with Piano Concert by Dr. Christopher Mechell

Sunday | January 26 | 3:00-6:00pm Old Main | 20869 College Ave Galesville, WI | 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… Continue Reading

Rooted in the Land Exhibit Opening Reception

Opening Reception: Thursday | January 23 | 4:30-6:30pm People’s Food Co-op | 519 First Ave | Rochester 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… Continue Reading

Lois Peterson: Listening For Evidence

Wednesday | January 22 Artist Talk: 5:00-6:00pm | Stark Hall Reception: 6:00-7:00pm | Watkins Hall Lobby Winona State University Exhibition on view January 13th–February 5th In the words of the artist: “What I study and focus upon comes from quiet and deep spaciousness, both from within and outside myself. Midwest prairie winter landscapes, Arctic expanses… Continue Reading

River Arts Alliance Annual Meeting

Wednesday | January 15 | 5:30-7:00pm Wanek Center | Winona County History Center 160 Johnson St. Please plan to join us for the River Arts Alliance (RAA) Annual Meeting! Social time will be from 5:30 to 6:00pm with a cash bar and light refreshments. The program at 6:00pm will focus on reports about our accomplishments… Continue Reading

Robert Long, a variety of works

Opening Reception: Friday | January 3 | 5:30-7:30pm Blue Heron Coffeehouse 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… Continue Reading

2019 Winona Art Walk Photos

The photos above are from the 2019 Winona Art Walk, courtesy of Mary Farrell. Thanks Mary! Many thanks to all of the artists and businesses who participated and to all who turned out to discover the talents of our local artists! Thanks also to Wesley United Methodist Church and the volunteers to helped make this… Continue Reading

Winona Holiday Market

Saturday | December 14 | 12:00-4:00pm Levee Park Plaza and Patio | Winona The City of Winona, WINONArts, the Boathouse Restaurant, and Winona entrepreneur Alisha Christiano are teaming together to return a holiday tradition to Winona: the Winona Holiday Market. Like the wonderful European and Metropolitan style Christmas Markets in major cities, the Winona… Continue Reading

December Second Saturday at MMAM: ‘The Gift of Art’

Saturday | December 14 | 10:00am-5:00pm Minnesota Marine Art Museum | 800 Riverview Dr Celebrate the season and the wonder of art at the Minnesota Marine Art Museum (MMAM) as part of MMAM’s Second Saturday events. This month’s theme is ‘The Gift of Art’. December’s event offers $1 admission for all, free guided tours,… Continue Reading

Winona Fine Arts Commission Holiday Awards Reception

Monday | December 9 | 6:00-8:00pm Blue Heron Coffeehouse | 162 W 2nd St The Fine Arts Commission will recognize the 2019 Fine Arts Commission Award recipients and Grants awardees and our new Creative Laureate at a special Holiday Reception with light food, cash bar, and live music from the Wabasha Street Trio. The… Continue Reading