Christopher McLaughlin

Photo Artist Reception

Join Photographer Christopher McLaughlin at a special Artist Reception!

Christopher McLaughlinThe reception will be held at Hastings Arts Center on Saturday, June 10 from 1 to 4 p.m. There will be music, hors d’oeuvers and refreshments.

Artist Profile:

“My first experience with a camera was playing around with my Dad’s Polaroid I found in a closet when I was a kid. I couldn’t be separated from my first camera I got for Christmas when I was thirteen.

My interest lead me to a career as a Public Affairs Officer in the United States Coast Guard where I worked as a writer, photographer, news journalist. While in the Coast Guard I was able to work in Alaska, the Bering Sea and entire East Coast.” Read more

Hastings Arts Center
216 4th St E
Hastings MN 55033

Christopher McLaughlin

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Pleasant Hill Library

Upcoming Events at Library

The Pleasant Hill Library in Hastings, MN invites you to check out the following upcoming events:

Art Demo Tuesday: Wire Wrapped Jewelry

Tue, May 16, 4-6 pm

See a demonstration by a local artist.

The Jolly Huntsmen

Wed, May 17, 1-3 pm

Put a little oompah in your life with local German polka band the Jolly Huntsmen and enjoy light refreshments.

UFO Minnesota–Watch the Sky

Thu, May 18, 6:30-7:30 pm

Hear author Chad Lewis present some of the most amazing unidentified flying objects and alien encounters in Minnesota. Each year hundreds of people witness something in the sky that they can’t explain and experience encounters they believe are with extraterrestrial beings.

Pleasant Hill Library
1490 S Frontage Rd, Hastings, MN 55033

 For more information, visit, and search calendar of events.

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“Music on the River” Concert

You are invited to attend a River Valley Concert Band Event!

Go hear and enjoy the band perform a program of “Music on the River” at the Rotary Pavilion in Hastings, MN on May 20 at 4 p.m.

Director: Rufino Ochoada

Featured Soloists:

Trumpeter John Huth on Carnival of Venice
Flutist Rebecca Kuehl on Carmen

The concert is sponsored by the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council

For more info, please visit River Valley Concert Band Facebook page

UPDATE: Due to impending rainy and very chilly temperatures (49 degrees), the venue for the River Valley Band concert (May 20) has been officially moved to Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church at 400 West 9th St. in Hastings. The start time will be the same (4:00pm).

New Location: 400 9th St W, Hastings, MN 55033

Please follow River Valley Band’s Facebook page for updates.

Artist Nathan James

Songwriter’s Palette Live Music

You are invited to attend a series of  Tuesday Night concerts at BreakAway Café!

May Songwriter’s Palette Live Music:

May 2nd – Brian Reilly

May 9th – Nathan James

May 16th – Tony Norgaard

The free concerts will be held at BreakAway Café on Tuesday nights from 5 to 7 p.m.

BreakAway Café
111 3rd St E
Hastings, MN 55033

For updates and more information, please visit:

BreakAway Café or BreakAway Arts

Falcon sculpture

Sculptures on Tour

Find the Falcons!

Don’t miss the Sculptures on Tour… presented by ArtReach St. Croix and Pleasant Hill Library

Stop by the Pleasant Hill Library from April 24 – April 30, 2017.

See how local artists interpreted of The Maltese Falcon. The traveling installation will include work by Barbara Riegel Bend (textiles), Alan Honn (glass) and James Shoop (bronze).

Barbara Riegel Bend
As a fiber artist I am drawn to the rich heritage of cloth and the story it tells through its content, color, design, and cultural history. I work with fabrics that have their own integrity and voice. In my fiber sculptures I explore the interplay of cross cultural fabrics stitched side by side with a reconfiguration of contemporary ‘throw away items’ that share the pattern, color or texture.  Read more

Alan Honn
A Minnesota native, Al Honn worked as a professional glassblower in Boulder, CO and on Whidbey Island, WA before returning to settle in his home state. Currently, he is a studio artist and instructor at the Minnesota Center for Glass Arts and Foci Cooperative in Minneapolis. Read more

James Shoop
James Shoop has been a professional sculptor since 1983. He first started sculpting at his family’s foundry, Shoop’s American Bronze Casting. At the foundry, he was involved in producing sculptures for the awards and incentives market. For ten years he refined his skills at production molds, casting and finishing.  Read more

Free Admission

Individual Dates & Times: *
Apr 27, 2017: 10 am – 8:30 pm (Thu)
Apr 28, 2017: 10 am – 5:30 pm (Fri)
Apr 29, 2017: 10 am – 5:30 pm (Sat)
Apr 30, 2017: 1 pm – 5 pm (Sun)

Pleasant Hill Library
1490 S Frontage Road
Hastings, MN 55033

Phone: 651-438-0200

Official Website


Singer Lisa D

Live Music in Hastings

You are invited to attend BreakAway Café Tuesday concert series!

This Tuesday enjoy “The Songwriter’s Palette” – Live music with Lisa Deguiseppi

Lisa D. is a St. Cloud musician who just recently moved to Minneapolis. She says, “I have an easy listening music style.  I’ve been inspired by Norah Jones and Ingrid Michaelson. I’ve been playing for 4 years now, have two cd albums, and I am still working on new material to record. I am hoping to make it in the big city.”

Tuesday, April 18 from  5 to 7 PM

BreakAway Café
111 E 3rd St. Hastings MN 55033
651-437-3739 Café

For more information, please visit

“Ordinary to Extraordinary” Exhibit

You are invited to meet and greet artists at Orange Dragon Art Gallery

Come and meet the artists on Friday, April 7 from 5 to 7:30 PM

Themed Exhibition Dates: April 1 through May 21

Gallery hours: Wednesday through Sunday from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m

Location: 122 Orange St, Prescott WI

The Gallery is part of the non-profit Hastings Prescott Area Arts Council (HPAAC). Sale proceeds go to the exhibiting artists and to local arts activities.

Please visit Orange Dragon Art Gallery for more information.

Author Rowan

Meet the Author – Rowan Glaser

You are invited to meet Author Rowan Glaser on April 22, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. and April 27 at 7:00 p.m.

These events are part of the Break Away Café Author Series which include book readings, book signings and presentations.

Rowan Glaser
Motorcycles, Madness and Miracles
Raw and brutally honest testimony between veteran bikers at a Sturgis motorcycle rally, reveal the keys to personal freedom. Nearly everyone experiences trauma in their life – from shocking media coverage to living in a dysfunctional family. Many try to forget. Some try to forgive. Now let’s move from trauma to triumph together, with this heart opening story as your personal resource guide! Includes Toolbox filled with charts, questionnaires and articles by guest authors.

More info:

Meet the Author ● Book Reading ● Book Signing ● PowerPoint Presentation

April 22, 2017 from 10:00 am – 2:00 pm &

April 27 from 7:00 – 8:30 p.m.

BreakAway Café:
111 East 3rd Street, Hastings, MN 55033
Café 651-437-3739   Studio 651-437-3779

Meet the Author – Geoffrey Saign

WhipEye Chronicles-award-winning urban fantasy thrillers

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Author Geoffrey Saign

Meet award-winning author Geoffrey Saign this evening at the Robert Trail Library, Rosemount at 6:30pm.

Geoffrey is the author of the fiction series: WhipEye, Gorgon and Drasine

WhipEye is WINNER 2015 International Book Awards, Outstanding Children’s Fiction and Finalist 2016 Midwest Book Awards



WhipEye cover

WhipEye Book

Tuesday, March 21, 6:30 p.m.
Robert Trail Library
14395 S Robert Trl
Rosemount, MN 55068

More info:

Rosemount Area Arts Council

Author Geoffrey Saign




First Annual Writers Festival and Book Fair

Enjoy a “day-long celebration of the literary arts” at The Steeple Center!

The Rosemount Writers Festival on Saturday, March 18 has something for everyone. The day-long event begins with keynote, Mark Hirsch, author of “That Tree” at 9:30am.

The free book fair has 60 authors and publishing-related vendors. Plus, there are 20 writing workshops on the subjects of getting started, the craft of writing, marketing and PR, genre, and getting started, the craft of writing, marketing and PR, genre, and getting published are offered for $15 each.

Pre-registration is required for the workshops at

For more information visit Rosemount Writers Festival 

Saturday, March 18, 2017
9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Steeple Center
14375 S Robert Trail
Rosemount MN