Posts Tagged: fall art trips

Fall Art Trips: Lanesboro Arts Center

Fall is the loveliest season around here (we think). So we put together a little list of events to add to your calendar! Go ahead and hit the road this fall for some fun art trips in the Driftless Region! Next up: Lanesboro Arts Center!


lanesboroartsLanesboro Arts Center
Swingsation November 5, 2016
Lanesboro, Minnesota 

You know what drive is lovely? Any way you head into Lanesboro, Minnesota. Lucky for us, the arts scene is rich in this tiny (pop. Roughly 750) community, so if you’re looking for a little cultural exploration, plan to stay all day – or even the weekend! Make sure to check out events going on at the Commonweal Theatre, St. Mane Theatre, and, of course, Lanesboro Arts Center.

The Lanesboro Arts Council was formed in the early 1980s – it helped create the Cornucopia Art Center, giving artists a beautiful space to exhibit and providing community arts activities. In 2010, the Council and Cornucopia merged to create Lanesboro Arts.

Programming includes free youth education classes, fine arts galleries, internship programs, performance art, opportunities to participate in public art, and more. Lanesboro Arts has brought innovative arts experiences to audiences for over 30 years, becoming a national model for empowering communities through the arts. A great way to support this darn cool arts center is at their annual benefit gala, Swingsation, November 5, 2016. The event always features a live and silent auction, and this year there’s a New Orleans-inspired theme, with food by Johnny Mango’s Catering, and New Orleans swing jazz. Find details at

Fall Art Trips: Driftless Film Festival

Fall is the loveliest season around here (we think). So we put together a little list of events to add to your calendar! Go ahead and hit the road this fall for some fun art trips in the Driftless Region! Next up: Driftless Film Festival!


driftlessfilmfestivallogoDriftless Film Festival
November 3-6, 2016
Mineral Point, Wisconsin

Now entering its seventh year, the Driftless Film Festival will return to the Mineral Point Opera House this November for four days of independent cinema, live entertainment, workshops, filmmaker discussions, and networking opportunities.

The festival is known for boasting a healthy lineup of both regionally-produced cinema and popular independent productions not typically found on small-town movie screens.

“We’re really proud of our program this year,” says festival director Eve Studnicka. “We are screening more features shot in Wisconsin than we have in the last few seasons.” These include opening night film American Fable which features a surreal scene shot in local attraction House on the Rock, and The Seeker, a feature-length narrative set to the music of regional band Cloud Cult – members of which will be in attendance for a Q&A. The crowd-pleasing Wisconsin Shorts Showcase will also return in 2016, featuring short films produced in-state.

Studnicka notes that once again 50 percent of the features and shorts in the festival lineup are directed by women, and there is no shortage of heavy-hitting documentaries in the 2016 program.

Expanding its educational outreach, Driftless Film Festival will partner this year with the Madison Media Institute and Frozen Stage Films to bring attendees two unique workshops on DIY cinema lighting and writing & directing with a focus on story arc. The popular Student Shorts Showcase will also return to the festival, featuring student-produced short films from across the world competing for a cash prize.

New to the festival this year is a late-night program entitled Temptations, showcasing short films with central themes of indulgence, decadence, and the pursuit of pleasure. “It’s a little risque,” says Studnicka, “but not distasteful. The stories are meant to make us think about how we treat ourselves and really enjoy what life has to offer.”

The Driftless Film Festival will take place November 3-6, 2016 at the Mineral Point Opera House with after-parties at local nightlife establishments.

Fall Art Trips: Vesterheim Skål Exhibit!

Fall is the loveliest season around here (we think). So we put together a little list of events to add to your calendar! Go ahead and hit the road this fall for some fun art trips in the Driftless Region! Next: Vesterheim “Skål! Scandinavian Spirits” Exhibit


Vesterheim “Skål! Scandinavian Sprits” exhibit / Free Thursdays
Opening reception September 10, 2016, Exhibit runs through December 31, 2016
Free admission first Thursdays of the month

Who said museums and alcohol don’t mix? Maybe no one, eh?!

Alcohol has long inspired art and arguments – hopefully it inspires you to check out the new exhibit, Skål, at Vesterheim Museum in Decorah (save the drinking for a non-driving time, though).

Curated by the Museum of Danish America and presented by Aalborg and Linie Aquavits, this traveling exhibition shares the history and traditions of drinking culture in Sweden, Norway, and Denmark, and how those traditions carried into the U.S. with immigrants. The exhibition focuses on beer and aquavit – the traditional flavored spirit of Scandinavia that means “the water of life.”

Drinking traditions offer one way for Scandinavian Americans to connect to their heritage. Scandinavians have brewed beer for over 1,500 years. In pre-Christian times, the Norse god Odin was credited with teaching humans how to brew beer, and drinking beer was often involved in worship and as offering to the deities. Beer was part of battle victory celebrations and sometimes drinking challenges. In the 1500s, distilled liquor became known through Scandinavia as a medical cure-all. Early distilling efforts often produced awful flavors, so herbs and other plants were used to improve the taste – creating what is now known as aquavit. Cool!

The exhibit name, Skål, is a traditional Scandinavian drinking “cheers” proclamation.

Watch for classes  – Lexi from the Old Ballard Liquor Company in Seattle, Washington, will teach two workshops about aquavit in October. Skål!

Added bonus: We just love that every first Thursday of the month at Vesterheim includes free admission to the museum!

FYI: Through 33,000 artifacts and 12 historic buildings, Vesterheim, the national Norwegian-American museum and heritage center in Decorah, Iowa, shares the most comprehensive collection of Norwegian-American artifacts in the world.