Imagine a room—spacious, fully equipped, bright and welcoming. Now populate that room with students of all ages, each eager to explore the art of oil painting. Or watercolors. Or writing short stories. Or knitting, photography, acrylics, basket weaving, jewelry making, graphic design, poetry or pottery or drawing or cooking or quilting.
That’s the vision that Art in the Square, a local group dedicated to community arts education, is transforming from idea into reality.
On Thursday, Nov. 17, Art in the Square is asking for the community’s help to reach a goal: to raise enough money on Minnesota’s Give to the Max Day to help replace a building structure wall. Without this repair, we will have catastrophic roof leaking for all of our tenants and functions, destroying much of our historical building. The cost of this repair is $30,000. Please be generous!
What is Art in the Square?
Art in the Square is a new group within Central Square that is devoted completely to promoting arts of all kinds in the community. Some classes that have already been offered include pastel drawing, oil painting techniques, and T-shirt necklace making. Other classes the group would like to see offered are cooking, wood carving, makeup art, book making, animal portraiture, making fishing lures and flies, hosting inexpensive children’s birthday parties, felting, a summer concert series… the list goes on. “When getting creative, the possibilities are endless,” according to the group’s online description.
Active Art in the Square members include Elaine Dobson, Dorothy Jenum, Marit Salveson, Mary Smith, Cathy Behrens, Mona Gregerson, Sandy O’Brien, Doris Judson, Jean Ranstrom, JoAnn Almich, Jana Tonsfeldt, Gloria Pfeifer ,JoAnn Boorman, Donna Dean, and Cheryl Larson. Each person comes to the group with unique talents and interests; their common ground is a passion for the arts and a drive to create educational opportunities for the community. The group’s goal is simple: to get people involved in the arts.
The Art in the Square group meets every other Tuesday at the Central Square office at 3:30 p.m., and Cheryl Larson, executive director at Central Square, said they’re always looking for more people to join.
And rather than sit back and wait for donations on Give to the Max Day, Art in the Square decided to do their own giving on that day. The community is invited to a full slate of free events at Central Square on Nov. 17 from 3:30-7:30 p.m.
Nov. 17 Autumn Market Fall Festival & Fundraiser event details
• Silent auction: Art in the Square is holding a silent auction beginning Nov. 14, with final bids made on Nov. 17 at the Fall Bazaar. Larson said she’s had wonderful donations from Zorbaz, Duffy’s, Wagner Hardware and JoAnn Fabrics and Crafts to name a few. All money going toward the Art in the Square fund.
• Vendors/exhibition & trade show: Vendor tables will be set up in the stage area at Central Square on Nov. 17 for people to browse and enjoy. Larson said more vendors are welcome and should contact Central Square at 634-0400 if interested. “Vendors don’t have to be art-related,” said Larson. For example, she said Curves of Glenwood will be one of the vendors you’ll see.
• Meal and concessions: People attending the Autumn Market on Give to the Max Day will be treated to dinner, complete with beverage and dessert for $10. Concessions will also be available throughout the event, with a cash bar and more, said Larson.
• Art exhibit: In Central Square’s 2nd Floor Gallery
Our historic building is old and in need of repairs in order to continue serving the community and businesses. Please watch this video which explains our needs in detail & consider donating!