painting by Constance Misener

Art Demo by Constance Misener

Enjoy a great demo by artist Constance Misener!

Connie paints subjects ranging from traditional still life, flowers, pastoral scenery, and river scenery.

Please stop by the Orange Dragon Art Gallery on Sunday, August 20 between 1-3 p.m. for an interactive demonstration. Find out more about Connie’s inspirations, drawings and painting techniques. Watch as she explains and demonstrates the hows and whys of her beautiful art. Feel free to ask questions.

“Living in Minnesota for over 10 years, it is my home. I paint for myself for the pure joy of it. I have a BA in Art from N.Y. State Univ. at Buffalo, previously attending classes at Everson Museum of Art, Syracuse, N.Y. I’ve taught painting at the Sharon N.H. Art Center and worked throughout New England painting murals and in the field of antique restoration, becoming a Guild member of the Historical Society of Early American Decorative Arts. I am currently a member of the Little Colony painters group in Prescott WI. I teach painting and sell antiques in Hastings, and show regularly at the Orange Dragon Gallery. I would love for you to enjoy my work.”
Constance Misener


Donations gratefully accepted to help support the programs and events offered by the Orange Dragon Art Gallery.

Orange Dragon Art Gallery
122 Orange Street
Prescott WI

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Roots in Blue Band Concert

Enjoy a great concert by the USAF Roots in Blue Band!

roots in blue bandUnited States Air Force’s Roots in Blue Band will be performing a concert at the Hastings Rotary Pavilion in Veterans Memorial Levee Park.

This free concert will be held on Wednesday, August 23 from 7 to 8:30 PM.

“Roots in Blue is the newest performing group of the USAF Band of Mid-America. This seven piece popular music group features guitar, bass, drums, piano and vocalists, and is sure to impress audiences of all ages.

Located at Scott Air Force Base, Illinois, this ensemble is committed to honoring our veterans and active duty members, communicating esprit de corps, motivation and inspiration, and rendering honor to our Airmen and country across a 10-state region in the Midwest and Southern United States.

Roots in Blue celebrates America’s love for rock, country and popular music. A versatile ensemble, Roots in Blue is adaptable for military functions, community concerts, school assemblies and outdoor festivals. Roots in Blue’s programming suits everything from large venues to small acoustic shows. No matter the audience, Roots in Blue is sure to bring you an unforgettable show!”

Concert location: Hastings Rotary Pavilion, 20 Ramsey Street, Hastings
In case of significant rain fall, the performance will be held at the Hastings Veterans Home at 1200 18th Street East, Hastings

This concert is sponsored by Hastings’ Lyle Russell VFW Post 1210 and the City of Hastings.

Lyle Russell VFW Post 1210 is a 501c (19) charitable tax-deductible organization.

For VFW membership eligibility information, stop by their Post home at 275 West 33rd Street, Suite I, between Highway 61 and 316 in the Crossroads Strip Mall or call (651) 437-8231 or email:
Regular hours of operation are 11 – 2 PM Wednesday and Saturday

Hume & Maplethorpe

“Personal Delight” Art Exhibit & Reception

Come and meet local artists at Orange Dragon Art Gallery!

Get to know the featured artists Jean Hume & Cheryl Maplethorpe on Friday, 11 August from 5 to 7:30 p.m.

Exhibit Dates:  July 19 –  August 27

Jean Hume, Jewelry Artist

Jean has explored the arts since childhood in Crookston, Minnesota. In the summer of 2000, she and husband, Dave moved from California to Hastings, Minnesota to raise two daughters. During this year, she renewed her interest in art using watercolor and pastel taking lessons in Hastings.

Since 2010, Jean has been creating jewelry, wire and wool art. The work is rustic and organic in nature as she uses natural fibers and objects for the creations. Jean is an active member in several local arts organizations.

Cheryl Maplethorpe, Painter/drawing

Cheryl has had an interest in art since high school but had little time for art until she retired in 2013. Prior to retirement she worked for the Minnesota Office of Higher Education as the Director of State Financial Aid and for Globe University as their Corporate Financial Aid Director.

Since retirement she has been able to spend more time creating art. Cheryl’s only formal art training was high school art classes and a couple of classes from local artists.

She has had art shows at Gallery 120, and Art’s House in River Falls, and the Orange Dragon Gallery in Prescott, WI.

Cheryl enjoys her unique creations and wants her art to encourage viewers to see common situations in new ways.

“We look  forward to seeing you all!”

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Orange Dragon Art Gallery Hours:
Wednesday to Sunday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
122 Orange Street Prescott, Wisconsin 54021

percussion in park

Percussion with Marc Anderson

Join SPARK for the final two percussion classes!

Marc Anderson, founder and executive director of the M2 Foundation in Saint Paul will work with children to explore rhythm and music.

Don’t miss these last two classes on August 8 and 9!

Our Saviour’s Church
400 9th Street W
Hastings MN 55033

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Synod Assembly

“The Synod Senior Band” Concert

Join The Synod Senior Band for a special concert!

“Come and hear what seniors can do!”

The free concert will be at St. Philip’s Lutheran Church on Wednesday, August 2 at 11 a.m.

This 90+ piece band, which was founded in 2005 by and is under the direction of Emmett Stark, is a music ministry to and for seniors.  The band is endorsed by the Minneapolis Synod of the ELCA which provides rehearsal space at Westwood Lutheran in St. Louis Park.  You may remember the band played at OSL some years back.

The band will perform a concert entitled “Marches and Musicals” giving the audience a wide-ranging program of parade and ceremonial marches plus Broadway and movie showtunes.  “As we age, opportunities and the joy of working together on “teams” diminish.  Concert bands, however, allow seniors the joy of “teamwork.””

“This will be a concert you won’t want to miss so please mark your calendar now.  The concert will be open to the public so please invite your friends and neighbors to join you that day.”

St. Philip’s Lutheran Church
1401 15th St. West
Hastings, MN 55033

pottery demo

Artist Reception – Jeff Wilson

You are invited to an artist reception!

potteryJoin artist Jeff Wilson on Friday, August 4 from 5 to 7 p.m.

Hear about his artistic inspirations and fascinating processes for creating both functional stoneware and decorative raku. Jeff throws his own pieces and uses several finishing methods for his raku, including obvara.

Artist statement:
“I like to create functional stoneware with the occasional dabble into Raku. However there are still the moments where caution goes to the wind and something strange is created. Cone 6 stoneware with electric firing is mostly how things happen in my studio. I create my own glazes for the most part as well (which can lead to some interesting results). Unless otherwise marked, all my glazes are food/microwave/dishwasher safe.”


Light refreshments will be provided and the Great River Road Visitor and Learning Center at Freedom Park educational exhibits will also be available for viewing.

Great River Road Visitor and Learning Center at Freedom Park
200 Monroe St, Prescott, Wisconsin 54021


Art Truck Extravaganza

Join the Art Truck under the bridge!

art truckDecorate the sidewalks of Hastings with chalk.

Create your chalk masterpiece for all to see!

Date: Saturday, 22 July from 9:30 AM – 12:30 PM

Location: Under the Hastings Bridge on Second Street



Call for Artwork!

Grant dollars available through application process for Artwork!

metal warming houseThe city-sponsored Public Arts Grant Task Force in Hastings is currently seeking artists to apply for a grant for the latest public arts project. The Task Force is seeking an artist to enhance the exterior of a metal warming house used in Levee Park on the riverfront in downtown Hastings. The warming house, fashioned from a shipping container, is placed near a small skating rink that was designed during Hastings Riverfront Renaissance. It is utilized during the winter months and is highly visible and easily viewed by all who gather to skate, play, or stroll on the Hastings RiverWalk.

Artists will be asked to provide a written description of the proposed artwork, samples of previous work, specifications for installation, and proposed commission price. The artwork will be installed outdoors and is expected to be able to withstand harsh Minnesota weather in all seasons. The task force is currently reaching out to artists across the Midwest, and plans to install the artwork during the coming winter season.

Deadline to submit proposals is 4:30 p.m. on August 14, 2017.
Details and application materials can be found at City of Hastings Public Arts page

This is the second piece of art supported by the City’s Public Arts Grant Task Force. The first piece, a sculpture entitled Nascent, was created specifically for the community utilizing Hastings history and was placed in a public square in the parking lot of Levee Park. The Public Arts Task Force is a seven member group made up of local artists and art enthusiasts and facilitated by Deputy City Clerk, Sarah Hodder. Sarah holds a bachelor’s degree in Visual Arts. The Task Force is a two-year pilot program formed in 2015 to support art that is free and accessible to the public. $10,000 is currently allocated to this efforts in 2017.

For More Information Contact:

Lee C. Stoffel
Communications Coordinator
Ph: 651-480-2344

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Help needed for “Annie”

Great River Road Theatre needs your help for the theatre production of the Musical Annie.

The performances are at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Friday and Saturday July 13, 14, 15 & July 20, 21, 22.

The Sunday matinees are July 16 & 23 at 1 p.m.

1. They need 4 adults to work as ushers/monitors at the theatre doors for each performance.

Duties are to take tickets and to monitor theatre goers so no one takes food or drink into the new theatre. Hours are 6 p.m. till after intermission for evening performances and 12 noon till after intermission for Sunday performances.

2. Their concessions this year will be bottled water, juice boxes, cookies and brownies. Four people needed for each performance. One or two should be adults and the other 2 may be responsible teenagers. Adult duties are to take money & watch supplies. Teens can hand out the refreshments. Gloves will be provided.

Check in is at the ticket table.

If you can help, please contact Marie Anne Deiss at 715-425-0039. Please leave a message with the dates you are available, your name and phone number.

“Thank you for whatever help you can give. We want to make our first production in the new theatre a success and a tribute to the 25 years Great River Road Theatre has been doing productions.” Great River Road Theatre Board

child fising with ranger

Fish Printing with the Art Truck

Come and fish with a park ranger: Ancient Japanese Gyotaku Fish Printing with the Art Truck!

Fish with a Park Ranger from the Mississippi National River and Recreation Area on Tuesday, July 18 from 10:00-noon

Immortalize your catch with the Art Truck by using the ancient Japanese fish printing technique.

Gyotaku was developed by fishermen in the early 1800’s in order to record their catch.

Bait, tackle and instruction provided.

Adults fishing will need a current MN fishing license.

Youth under 15 years old do not need a license to fish.

All youth 15 and under should be accompanied by an adult.

Don’t miss this free event!

Lake Rebecca Park, 415 Lock and Dam Road

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