2016 HPAAC gala

HPAAC Sixth Annual Gala

Join the festivity & help support the Arts!

HPAAC galaThis sixth annual celebration of the arts in our communities culminates a month-long series of ARTober events that showcase Hastings and Prescott as “A place for the Arts.”

During this year’s gala, HPAAC will honor three area residents for their efforts and contributions to the local arts in Hastings and Prescott. You will also be able to see and bid on the completed En Plein Air Paintings created in Hastings and Prescott.

The fundraising gala will feature delicious food, music, a live and silent auction, and the opportunity to meet with local artists.

Location: Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish Hall, 2035 W. 15th Street, Hastings, MN 55033

Date and Time: Friday, November 3, 2017, 6 p.m.

Gala Tickets: tickets are available online, BreakAway Arts, and Orange Dragon Art Gallery.

This year’s Gala will be catered by Lake Elmo Inn

HPAAC Art Honorees for 2017:

HPAAC recognizes long-time arts supporters in the Hastings and Prescott area. Our 2017 honorees are Debbie and Allen Saunders, and Judy Johnson.

Debbie and Allen Saunders have been married forty years and together their support and tireless effort to make a place for the arts has created an impact worthy of recognition. Allen’s passion is music. He plays tenor saxophone for the River Valley Band and is now president of the group. This past year, he headed the Summer Arts Program and has worked for the Hastings schools for twenty years. Debbie is the secretary of HPAAC and has been a core member from the beginning. HPAAC is a full-time job for Debbie even though it’s volunteer work. She writes grants and organizes material for board meetings, events, and scholarships, among other responsibilities.

Judy Johnson is the founder and director of the Great River Road Theatre (GRRT) in Prescott. This year’s recognition coincides with the 25th Anniversary of the GRRT which started to raise money for the Prescott Chamber of Commerce. Their first play was performed in an open courtyard. After trying different locations around town, the group performed outdoors, under a tree in the park near the Prescott Middle School. Today, the GRRT has grown into a non-profit organization dedicated to bringing classic musicals and comedies to the Prescott area. In 2017, the GRRT moved their production of Annie to the auditorium in the new Prescott High School. They have also produced a dinner theater show in February since 2001.

For more info and updates, please visit HPAAC Gala and https://www.facebook.com/hastingsprescottareaartscouncil/

Connections Concert

connections concert posterThe River Valley Band is very excited about its next concert on October 24th where it will be sharing the stage in concert with the Hastings High School Wind Ensemble and with its special guest The Sheldon Theatre Brass Band of Red Wing.  These bands will perform together under the theme “Connections Concert.”

This concert name is appropriate because these bands will be making musical connections which demonstrate that musicians of all ages can find fulfilling outlets for their musical talents.

The Hastings High School Wind Ensemble, under the direction of Jim Jacobsen, is made up of advanced musicians from Hastings High School who audition for membership and perform college level repertoire.

The River Valley Band, under the direction of Rufino Ochoada, is a community band made up of over 60 Hastings-area musicians ranging in age from junior high schoolers to retirees.

The Sheldon Theatre Brass Band from Red Wing, directed by Jim Kurschner, is a nationally famous musical organization specializing in the “British brass band” format of orchestral bands, meaning they utilize no reed instruments. They have performed in venues all across America and have recorded extensively. They are one of the premier brass bands in America.

This FREE concert will take place at the Hastings High School Auditorium on Tuesday, October 24th at 7 p.m.

We invite the community to attend this free admission concert, made possible in part by grants from the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council, the Ruth and George Doffing Charitable Fund, Dakota Electric and the Hastings Prescott Area Arts Council.

For more info visit: https://www.facebook.com/rivervalleyband/

We hope to see you there! 

photo by Mike Hazard

“Seeds of Change” – ARTober Events

You are invited to the Opening Night Reception, Meet the Author, and Art Exhibit!

seeds of change name plateOPENING NIGHT Reception:

Enjoy the Art Exhibit: “Seeds of Change” by Mike Hazard opening night reception Friday, October 6, from 7 PM – 8:30 PM at Hastings Arts Center.

Mike Hazard’s 36 photographs, video, and artist book tell the story of a year in the life of the Hmong American Farmers Association (HAFA) farm. Located in Vermillion Township, the farm is attracting national attention as a model for sustainable stewardship.

Programing starts around 7:15 pm. Come enjoy light snacks and beverages and view more photos like “Ariana and the Zinnias.” Each of the 20 families at the HAFA farm grows about 60 different varieties of plants. Over 100 different vegetables, flowers, and herbs are grown at the farm.

MEET the Author

Author & Artist Mike Hazard’s Reading and Book Signing will be on Saturday, October 7 from 11 am-12 noon at Pleasant Hill Library.

Meet Mike Hazard, who documented the lives of Hmong American farmers in the photo show and book We Come from the Flower, and watch his short film Seeds of Change. Author Hazard will sign and sell his book.


The visual arts display that includes photographs and video is FREE and open to the public. The exhibit displayed at Hastings Arts Center will run until October 29, 2017.

Please visit ARTober for more details and specific dates and times to view the exhibit.

Hastings Arts Center, 216 E 4th St, Hastings, MN 55033

Pleasant Hill Library, 1490 South Frontage Road, Hastings, MN 55033

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HPAAC Writer’s Group – October

Facilitated by Diane Saed, the Hastings Prescott Area Arts Council’s (HPAAC) writers’ group usually meets monthly, 1st Tuesdays, 6:30-8:15. This month the meeting will be on Tuesday, October 10 at BreakAway Café.

Bring your writing, or be ready to discuss what you have been reading, or something you would like to share.  Feel free to invite a guest. Looking forward to seeing you all once again!  This is our 6th year!!!

Check HPAAC/Literary arts for additional information.

You need not be an experienced writer or a professional to attend.  All are welcome.

Writers are encouraged to bring reading suggestions, share their writing, and discuss the issues or joys they have encountered while writing. Each class is structured into three segments:

  • Sharing of what participants have read and recommend
  • Writing from a prompt provided by Diane
  • Sharing what they have written (only if participants wish to do so)
  • Visiting authors are frequently invited to share their viewpoints on writing, editing,
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En Plein Air Invitational – ARTober

Will your favorite spot in Hastings and Prescott be the inspiration for the En Plein Air painters?

invitation to receptionFind out on Saturday, September 30th from 6:30 to 8 p.m.!

You’re invited to view the finished works at the artists reception at Evansen Art Studio.

If you would like to follow these renowned painters throughout the day, check out the ARToberhpaac.com website for location updates. They will be painting En Plein Air (in the open air) in Hastings and Prescott from approximately 8:30 am to 3:30 pm.

The high quality original paintings of the two communities will be available at the HPAAC Gala’s auction on November 3. Artists will set a price on each painting which will serve as an opening bid for the auction. If anyone is interested in purchasing a painting at the flat price set by the artist prior to going on the auction block, please attend the September 30 reception.

Evansen Art Studio
Artspace Hastings River Lofts Gallery
121 Tyler Street, Hastings

Don’t miss other ARTober events – visit ARToberHPAAC.com for more details

glass fish art

“From Heaven to Earth” Artists Reception

How did artists interpret the theme “From Heaven to Earth?”

artists receptionFind out during the Meet and Greet Artist Reception tonight, Friday, Sep 8 from 5 to 7:30 p.m. The reception kicks off Prescott Daze weekend.

Featured artists are Sandy Sanders, Lifeworks Traveling Art Show, and Student art.

The exhibit will run until Oct 29.

“We look forward to seeing you all!”

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

books for sale

Pleasant Hill Library Events

Did you know that the Pleasant Hill Library offers a vast variety of community events?

Here is a small sample of upcoming events:

Fall Book Sale:

Discover great deals on gently used materials and help support your local library branch.

The Friends of the Library will be hosting their next book sale Friday, Sep 22 – Sunday, Sep 24.

Fri, Sat 10-4:30, Sun 1-3

There will be a special preview for Friends of the Library on Thursday, Sep 21 from 5-7 p.m. You can become a Friend and join at door for $10.

Sorted; no buyer restrictions; adult $1-$2; Sunday bag sale. For more information, please contact the library at (651) 438-0200

Seeds of Change Mike Hazard

Saturday, October 7 from 11 am-12 noon

Meet author and artist Mike Hazard, who documented the lives of Hmong American farmers in the photo show and book. We Come from the Flower, and watch his short film Seeds of Change. Hazard will sign and sell his book.

For more info on his upcoming photo exhibit in Hastings, please visit ARTober HPAAC

Book Group Meetup

Tuesday, October 17 from 6:30-8:00 pm

Hear from a publicist from Bethany House, a Minneapolis publisher of high quality books, meet members of other book groups and learn about various services the library offers. Contribute your ideas for future book group kits and help select upcoming author events. enter to win kits and other door prizes.  Contact Gladys Kim at gladys.kim@co.dakota.mn.us or 651-438-0207 for details.

For a full listing of library events, please check out their calendar

Pleasant Hill Library
1490 S Frontage Rd
Hastings. MN
(651) 438-0200


February is “Black History Month”
May is National “Mental Health Month”
July is National “Ice Cream Month”

And in 2016, October was proclaimed “National Arts and Humanities Month” by Presidential decree.

Cities around the country – from Richmond, VA, Nashville, TN, to Galveston, TX – come together to celebrate and promote the arts and humanities during October. It is an opportunity to showcase the beauty and the economic importance of a thriving art scene.

This year, the Hastings Prescott Area Arts Council (HPAAC) is launching its own ARTober celebration! HPAAC will highlight events and experiences throughout the month by local artists and venues. Experience events such as art exhibits, live music events, talks with authors, and even an illusionist!

To kick off ARTober, local artist and gallery owner, Andy Evansen is hosting his Second Annual En Plein Air Invitational on Saturday, September 30th with around 20 award winning artists participating this year. The artists will scout out various locations to spend the day capturing the essence and character of Hastings and Prescott. The day concludes with a 6:30 p.m. reception at the newly built Artspace Hastings River Loft, where the artists will present their work for the public to purchase.

HPAAC is excited to share another local gem’s work highlighting the diversity of the area. Mike Hazard’s Seeds of Change: A Portrait Of The Hmong American Farmers Association exhibit, on loan from the Minnesota Museum of American Art, will be on display at the Hastings Arts Center from October 6 – November 12th. This multimedia exhibit celebrates the stories of the Hmong community. Join us Friday, October 6th from 7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. for the opening night reception! Check out the ARTober or Hastings Art Center website to find the hours open to the public.

Throughout ARTober, local artists and businesses will share their talents, offer food specials, and giveaways. We encourage you to get out and see the importance of art to the community. Events are free, family friendly and open to the public! Stay up to date with the ARTober events here! For more information, please contact us at hastingsprescottarts@gmail.com or info@cardinaleventsplanning.com.

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Writer’s Group – September

Calling all writers!

You don’t need to be an experienced writer; you just need the desire to write and hone your skills.

Facilitated by Diane Saed, the Hastings Prescott Area Arts Council (HPAAC) writers group usually meets from 6:30 to 8:15 pm on the first Tuesday of each month. This is our sixth year!

This month, the group will meet on Tuesday, 12 September at BreakAway Arts at 6:30 p.m.

Writers are encouraged to bring reading suggestions, share their writing and discuss the positives and negatives they have encountered with writing. Each session is loosely structured into three segments: discussing what participants have read and recommend; writing from a prompt, critiquing previous writing, or a brief writing lesson, and sharing of personal writing or writing of others.

“Bring your writing, or be ready to discuss what you have been reading, or something you would like to share. Feel free to invite a guest. Looking forward to seeing you all once again!”- Diane Saed

For more details, please contact Diane Saed at dianefaridsaed@gmail.com

This September meeting will take place at:
BreakAway Arts
111 3rd St E, Hastings, MN 55033

civil war cannon

Civil War Weekend at LeDuc

Come explore the world in which most Civil War soldiers spent 90 percent of their time!

civil war drillingThe Dakota County Historical Society will host “Civil War Weekend” at the LeDuc Historic Estate on Saturday, Sept. 9 and Sunday, Sept. 10, 2017. The event will start at 10 a.m. and close at 5 p.m. each day.

This year’s theme is “Where the Soldier Spent His Time: The Civil War Encampment.” Visitors will learn what a typical encampment was like and how it affected the surrounding areas, as well as how the typical camp lifestyle affected the psyche and physique of soldiers.

Throughout the day, visitors can interact with various reenactors to the site, listen to live Civil War-era music, attend presentations and much more.

Admission to the event is $9 for an adult, $8 for seniors, $7 for children (ages 5-17) and free for children 4 & under, or for members of the Dakota County Historical Society.

The LeDuc Historic Estate is located at 1629 Vermillion Street in Hastings, MN

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