Sixth Annual HPAAC Gala

Save the Date!

Preparations are underway for the Sixth Annual gala. This fundraising gala will take place on Friday, November 3, 2017 from 6 to 9 p.m. at St Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Parish.

The gala will feature delicious food, music, a live and silent auction, and the opportunity to meet with local artists and help support the Arts!

If you would like to donate to the live or silent auctions, please send us an email to hastingsprescottarts @gmail.com

To become a sponsor, please contact Dick Graham at 651-437-8678 or Deborah Saunders at 651-285-5424.

Now in its 9th year, HPAAC continues its mission of fostering the arts by providing scholarships and funding various programs. Some community programs include art/music/theater/dance in the park, a monthly writers workshop, music programs in the schools and free weekly art lessons for adults.


Fifth Annual HPAAC Gala

 Thank you to everyone that participated in this year’s gala!

Please share your photos on HPAAC’s Facebook page

2016 HPAAC ‘s Art Heroes

During this year’s gala, HPAAC honored three area artists for their efforts and contributions to the local arts in Hastings and Prescott.

Heidi Langenfeld of Hastings and Karl and Collette Sakschek of Prescott received the HPAAC’s Art Hero Award.

photo of Heidi Langenfeld

Heidi Langenfeld

photo of Karl Sakschek

Karl Sakschek

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Collette Sakschek













If there is one constant in Heidi Langenfeld’s life, it is that she can be counted on to participate in what is going on around her. Wherever she lives, she makes it a better place. It is hard to recount all the programs and activities that Heidi has helped organize in the Hastings area; a short list includes bringing the scouting program to Vermillion, recording the lives of senior citizens in Hastings and managing the Historic LeDuc Estate. As the 2016 HPAAC Arts Hero, Heidi is being honored for her long participation in fostering the arts in our community.
When there was a need to find people interested in bringing the arts to Hastings, Heidi was called upon to help shape HPAAC. She was at the first gathering of those interested in the arts and spent three years on the HPAAC board during its crucial development as an organization. She worked on the original committee of the Art In the Garden Tour (now known as the Sanctuaries Tour), which was a collaborative effort between HPAAC and the Hastings Garden Club in 2011 and has continued to work on it throughout the years. She is a willing volunteer on many of HPAAC’s programs and events, serves as president of Friends of LeDuc and Historic Hastings and volunteers at the Pioneer Room in City. The idea of making the world a better place has remained with Heidi and has continued to influence her entire life.

Collette and Karl Sakschek are the 2016 HPAAC Arts Heroes from Prescott, Wisconsin. They will be honored for their contributions to the arts in Prescott, Wisconsin. Karl and Collette were raised in Oshkosh, Wisconsin and met each other while they attended UW Oshkosh. They moved to Prescott when Karl was hired as the art teacher at Malone Elementary. Both Karl and Collette are artists; Karl was the art teacher at Malone Elementary for 36 years and Collette became known as the “Chicken Lady” for her colorful paintings and drawings of chickens.
Both Collette and Karl understood that the talents and needs of the Prescott students were not being met by current school budgets. At first, they used their own money to meet those needs, but soon realized that students could help fundraise through arts activities. Over the years, Karl and Collette raised $40,000 for the Prescott schools. To accomplish this, they organized workshops for students to make and sell alien bread monsters, painted pumpkins and decorated Valentine cookies. Collette designed, constructed and hand-painted ceramic pins to be sold by Prescott students at concerts and art fairs in Prescott, Red Wing, River Falls and other locations. They were instrumental in adding art to the summer school program for the first time.
The Sakscheks have also been involved in Prescott community activities throughout the years. Collette designed three large banners for Joy Lutheran and supervised the creation of murals at Malone Elementary, Durand Federal Bank and Prescott Middle School; both Karl and Collette designed the Miss Prescott city float for Prescott Daze. When Karl and Collette are not working on art projects, Karl makes bread and both Karl and Collette are wonderful cooks. Currently, they live in a cabin in northern Wisconsin and enjoy fishing together.

2016’s Gala Auctioneer: Katie Imholte!

photo of Katie ImholteWe are pleased to announce Katie Imholte of Fladeboe Auctions as this year’s auctioneer.

Katie Imholte has been influenced by the auction business for over 25 years, as she grew up working for her family’s auction company.  She earned a bachelor’s degree in Accounting from University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire and is a CPA and Business Development Director for a staffing firm in Minneapolis.  Katie advanced her auction career by attending the World Wide College of Auctioneering and holds her Benefit Auctioneer Specialist designation. She is a member of the National Auctioneers Association and the Minnesota State Auctioneers Association.

Katie is deeply involved in the Greater Minneapolis community, as well as globally focused on business and humanitarian causes including local board involvement and volunteer service trips to India, Guatemala and Haiti.   To recognize her efforts to give back, Katie was awarded the MNCPA’s 2010-2011 Public Service Award.  She brings a mix of business acumen, passion and charm to her work.

Fladeboe Auctions is a second-generation, family-owned business specializing in benefit fundraising and agricultural land auctions. Siblings Glen, Kimberly and Kristine (all auctioneers) are passionate about carrying on the family business their father Dale started in 1978 in Willmar, Minnesota.  Today, Fladeboe Auctions is one of the largest benefit auction companies in the country. The company considers it a privilege to have helped nearly 260 nonprofit and educational organizations raise more than $21 million in 2015

HPAAC Gala Menu:

  • Stuffed Mushrooms with bacon, shrimp, cheese and herbs
  • Peppadew stuffed with goat cheese, blue cheese, or feta (These are sweet piquante peppers grown in the Limpopo province of South Africa.)
  • Baby greens seasoned with fresh dill, roasted almonds and vinaigrette
  • Chicken Marsala with sautéed mushrooms
  • Roasted Teriyaki green beans with carrot slivers and sesame seeds
  • Penne Pasta with spicy Italian Sausage in Marinara Sauce
  • Italian Bread basket
  • Dessert and coffee: Choice of Tiramisu, Chocolate cake, or Cannoli
  • Assorted Beers and Wines will  be available for purchase
 Catering by: Vista Rio

Sneek Peek at the Auction Items

This year’s gala will feature a variety of unique live and silent auction with over 100 packages, divided into the following categories:  Art, Food & Drink, Beauty & Health, Things to Do, and Personal Services. You will also be able to see and bid on the completed Plein Air Paintings created in Hastings and Prescott.

Don’t miss your chance to bid on our premium live auction items! Featuring…

St Paul Sports Package: “Escort the Pig” Package and tickets to a Wild Game

BreakAway Arts Package: Annual Membership and special coffee each week for a year

Quilt by Peggy Knoll: this quilt’s pattern was a mystery quilt thru a Block of the Month

Luxury Motor Mystery Tour

“Thanksgiving Feast Gift Basket”

Week Stay at White Birch Resort 

Andy Evansen Commissioned Watercolor



The Fifth Annual Gala, sponsored by HPAAC, will feature delicious food, music, a live and silent auction, and the opportunity to meet with local artists and help support the Arts!

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

Date and Time: Friday, November 4, 2016, 6 p.m

Gala Ticket Locations: tickets are available at BreakAway Arts, Hastings YMCA, and Orange Dragon Art Gallery

child paintingNow in its 9th year, the mission of HPAAC is to foster the arts in the community. To accomplish this mission, HPAAC funds activities such as the Art in the Park, Black Dirt Theater, a monthly writers workshop, music programs in the schools and free weekly art lessons for adults. HPAAC has also been instrumental in bringing a new Artspace building to Hastings. When completed, the building will provide 37 affordable live-work spaces for artists as well as community and commercial space in downtown Hastings.

if  you would like to become a sponsor please contact Dick Graham at 651-437-8678 or Deborah Saunders at 651-285-5424 or donate online – HPAAC SPONSOR

2016 Gala Games

Here is a quick listing of the games:

beadsHeads or Tails: On Gala night one lucky player will win a cash jackpot in the game of Heads or Tails. The “Heads or Tails” game is a 50/50 raffle with a potential grand prize of $599.99. The more strands of beads purchased the larger the prize and the more strands you purchase the better the odds you will be our winner!

Bead sellers will be strolling the Gala hall from 6 until the start of the live auction and beads are $10 a strand or three (3) for $25. Each player may purchase a maximum of three (3) strands. This simple and fun game has participants standing and placing their hands on either their head or their “tail.” A coin is flipped and, if it lands on head, all the tails need to give up a strand of beads or sit down when they have used their final chance. The last player standing is the winner.

Fishing for Gifts: here is your opportunity to show your fishing skills and win a mystery gift card valued from $10 to $50. Purchase a chance and win big (maybe even a therapeutic massage). There are great offerings at this year’s Fishing game of chance.


Previous Galas

2015 Auction Items, Artists Tables and Photo-booth Pics

Previous HPAAC Gala Art Heroes:

2015 HPAAC ‘s Art Heroes

Art and CharThe Hastings Prescott Area Arts Council (HPAAC) recognized two area artists for their talents and contributions to the local arts community. Art Nordstrom of Hastings and Charlotte Vick of Prescott received HPAAC’s Art Hero award at the organization’s fourth annual fundraising gala, on Friday, Oct. 16 at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton’s Grand Hall, Hastings.

Art Nordstrom has lived in Hastings since 1965 and spent most of his career teaching art at Hastings High School and serving as the yearbook advisor. An accomplished painter, he honed his skills in oil and water color while pursuing degrees in art and business education at Minnesota State University- Moorhead. He is also a skilled potter, specializing in Raku pottery, which has its origins in Japanese tea bowls. Nordstrom is a long-time supporter of HPAAC and a former board member.

Charlotte Vick is a lawyer and community activist from Prescott, Wis. She was instrumental in the development of the Freedom Park community center in Prescott and is active with the Confluence project, a joint effort between arts advocates, business and community leaders, and state and federal natural resource agencies to develop the area surrounding the confluence of the Mississippi and St Croix rivers. Vick drafted HPAAC’s bylaws, helped the organization achieve nonprofit status and currently serves as its vice president.


Lin and Kathy Warren  –  Hastings Tom Blanck and Linda Bjorklund  –  Prescott


Janet L. Martin  –  Hastings Ken and Deanna Roen  –  Prescott


Bertrand & Margaret Goderstad  –  Hastings Mike Erie  –  Prescott


2015 Gala

HPAAC recognizes our exhibiting artists and auction donors. Thank you for your efforts to enrich the quality of life in the Hastings/Prescott area.

2014 Acknowledgements

2013 Program 2012 Gala