Category Archives: Local Arts

Anna VanDemark – Art Never Stops

For many artists creating art is not a collaborative process, but rather a solitary pursuit. So, during this pandemic period, the way I create art hasn’t really changed. But, with limited social interactions and activities, the amount of time I’ve had to create has definitely increased.  

The majority of my creative days have been spent photographing the flowers from my garden – sometimes outdoors, other times inside. It’s been a joy and meditation of sorts, taking my mind off of this currently dark and troubling period. Please step into my garden and enjoy the view!

Anna VanDemark


Anna VanDemark is a member of the River Arts Alliance. To learn more about the benefits of membership, please visit:


Winona Symphony Orchestra Welcomes New Board Members

Winona Symphony Orchestra is pleased to welcome its newest board members Alan Dunbar, Professor of Voice at Winona State University and renowned performer, Gary Evans, founder and retired CEO of Hiawatha Broadband Communications and recognized community leader, Dan Hall, Regulatory/Quality Systems Manager for RTP and active community volunteer, and Pamela Kimber, Director of Finance for… Continue Reading

Member Spotlight: Jean Mueller

Jean Mueller is one of the new board members of the RAA and lives outside of Winona on a farm setting. Her lifelong love and practice of the arts began as an art student in high school and at Winona State University. The texture element of fiber brought contemporary fiber pieces to the center of… Continue Reading

Family Art Day — the 2020 Way

Due to COVID-19 restrictions and concerns, River Arts Alliance (RAA) was compelled to cancel this year’s Family Art Day. The event, usually held the first Saturday in September, was first held in 2008 and has 500-600 participants (depending on weather). Believing that ‘Art Never Stops,’ the board of directors at River Arts Alliance chose to… Continue Reading

Member Spotlight: Frank and Ruth Bures

For 40 years, you’ve seen this musical couple every Wednesday evening in the summer, playing clarinet in the bandshell. No doubt, you’ve stopped to discuss their musical t-shirts or listen to a bad dad joke or two from Frank. They are one of many couples who have helped make Winona a vibrant arts community over… Continue Reading

José Peláez: Local Graphic Artist

I’ve been doing graphic design professionally for the past 15 years, helping the Winona business community with graphics and branding services. I like to say I specialize in logo design and that my time is always spent helping a local business or organization. Occasionally I take on a project from out-of-town. When I do, it… Continue Reading

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