Category Archives: Local Arts

Member Spotlight – Eric Heukeshoven and the H3O Jazz Trio

H3O Jazz Trio features a father and his two sons. They began playing together when the younger son, Max, was only 14 years old. Along with older brother Hans on drums and vibes and dad Eric on the piano the group was asked to play for a private pool party and haven’t stopped since!

A. Eric Heukeshoven is an assistant professor of music and director of Jazz Studies at Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota. Hans Heukeshoven is a 2014 graduate of Saint Mary’s with degrees in Music Performance and Computer Science and works as a software engineer. Max Heukeshoven is a 2019 graduate of Saint Mary’s with degree in Music Industry and plans to attend law school.

When COVID-19 forced all venues to close, H3O decided to create a series of “Virtual Jazz Jams” online. Recordings are made separately – although Max and Eric can record together at their home. The song and format are agreed to ahead of time and everyone records a cell phone video while listening to the bass and piano track. Eric Heukeshoven takes all of the separate components, mixes the audio and then creates the final video. The first three tunes are available at and more are in the works. Anyone interested in joining a virtual jam should contact H3O at

H3O performs a wide variety of jazz styles including original music. They have worked as the rhythm section for numerous area professionals including Minnesota Music Hall of Fame’s Les Fields, The D’Sievers, and Dr. John Paulson. Recent appearances include Gray Duck Theater & Coffeehouse, Rochester City Jazz Fest,  Castle Community,  Midwest Music Fest, Great River Shakespeare Festival, HBC25’s Artwork Winona, Free Family Concert Series,  Blooming Grounds Coffee House, Winona County Historical Society, Steele County Historical Society, Minnesota Marine Art Museum, Winghaven Pizza Farm, Salem Glen Winery, Grace Presbyterian Church, Faith Lutheran Church, and numerous private events. The Winona, MN trio hosts a monthly Jazz Jam at Island City Brewing Company usually on the third Sunday of every month from 2:30 to 5:30 pm.

More information about the H3O Jazz Trio and current calendar can be found on their website –

Creatives’ Convening

Friday | April 24 | 5:00-6:00pm Winona’s Creative Laureate Sarah Johnson will host a virtual happy hour for creatives of all kinds. The focus of this will be to connect with one another, check in on how creatives are doing, and share some strategies for self-care during this strange time. Sarah will be facilitating… Continue Reading

The State of the Arts (in Minnesota)

River Arts Alliance is committed to helping our community and members get the word out about the adjustments that we all must make during this time of national uncertainty. We will share information that is provided to us and keep our Facebook feed ( up-to-date as things progress. A few updates as of today, March… Continue Reading

Member Spotlight: Billy X. Curmano

Billy X. Curmano is an award winning former McKnight Foundation Interdisciplinary Art Fellow trained as a painter and sculptor (If, of course, painters and sculptors can be trained). His more traditional objects have been exhibited both here and abroad. Notably, his paintings represented the USA in the III Vienna Graphikbiennale. His works are included in the… Continue Reading

Member Spotlight: Terri Karsten

Terri Karsten has been a writer and educator all her life. After twenty-one years teaching high school English, she now works as a writing coach and focuses on writing historical fiction. Her debut novel, A Mistake of Consequence (2015, B.R.A.G. Medallion Honoree) takes readers into 18th century Colonial America. Her second novel, When Luck Runs… Continue Reading

Member Spotlight: Julia Crozier

Anyone who knows anything about the River Arts Alliance also knows that Julia Crozier is one of the people who gets things done for RAA. We are pleased to put her in the spotlight to celebrate her dedication to her art and to her community. Julia Crozier is an artist who resides in Winona with… Continue Reading

Clay Play Day at Rivertown Pottery

Saturday | November 16 | 10:30am-5:30pm 252 E 8th St | Winona You are invited to our studio at Rivertown Pottery in Winona, MN. Demonstrations and assistance in hand building your own pottery. There are two ticket types available. The sculptor pass, which will let you come play with clay. Or the tour pass,… Continue Reading

Member Spotlight – Colleen and Larry Wolner

The Blue Heron Coffeehouse is dedicated to good food and to good art! Colleen and Larry Wolner have enriched our lives by not only offering a healthy menu featuring locally sourced, organic ingredients, but also by offering locally sourced art to their customers as well. The Wolners hosted River Arts Alliance’s annual Members Exhibition this… Continue Reading

Member Spotlight: Anna VanDemark

Anna VanDemark grew up in a family of artists and trained as a classical painter at Atelier Lack, Minneapolis, MN. She has worked in a variety of mediums over the years garnering awards at national exhibitions. But, it is with digital photography that Anna has found the perfect medium to capture life’s fleeting moments and… Continue Reading

MMAM: Second Saturday – Gardens

Saturday | June 8 | 10:00am-5:00pm Minnesota Marine Art Museum Join the Minnesota Marine Art Museum for the June Second Saturday, featuring $1 admission and special themed activities based on June’s theme, ‘Gardens’! Our tours for the day include MMAM highlights tours, which will introduce you to pieces from our permanent collection, and a… Continue Reading