Ballroom dance parties

Ballroom dance parties are offered on the first and third Saturday of every month October to May, and the third Saturday of every month June to September, from 7-10 p.m. in the dance studio of The Phipps Center for the Arts.

Tom Larson will offer a dance lesson during the first hour. The nightclub two-step and hustle will be taught on Feb. 16. This is an opportunity to have fun trying out new dance skills in a relaxed and comfortable environment. Dancers of all experience levels are welcome. Admission is $12 per person.

Larson has taught at The Phipps since 2003 and owns the Ballroom and Wedding Dance Studio in Minneapolis. He performed for five seasons with The Continental Ballet Company.

Auditions for 'The Musical Adventures of Flat Stanley Jr.' Feb. 18, 19

The Phipps Children's Theater will hold auditions for area students in grades 7-9 for "The Musical Adventures of Flat Stanley Jr." on Monday and Tuesday, Feb. 18 and 19, from 6-8 p.m. Actors may schedule an audition time by going to ThePhipps.org. This show tells the story of Stanley Lambchop, your ordinary, everyday, run-of-the-mill 10-year-old. He has a normal mom and dad, a normal little brother, and a normal life. That's just the problem. For Stanley, life is too normal. He wants to travel the world, do something amazing, something no one has ever seen before. Be careful what you wish for, Stanley. Those auditioning should prepare one-minute of any song and come dressed to move. Lindsay Fitzgerald, the director, says, "This should be a fun, worry-free audition process." Those auditioning should also bring a list of all conflicts they may have during the rehearsal period, which is extremely important to the director and the success of the show. Rehearsals will be held three to four times a week, with some weekend dates. Performances will be given April 26 to May 5 on Fridays at 7 p.m., Saturdays at 1 p.m. and 4 p.m., as well as Sundays at 2 p.m. in the main theater. There will be a $40 performance fee for each actor selected, which is due at the first rehearsal/parents meeting. Scholarships are available, if needed. Fitzgerald graduated from St. Cloud State University with a degree in directing. She staged "Strega Nona," "Goldilocks and the Three Pigs," "Junie B. Jones is Not a Crook," and "Mother Goosed" for The Phipps Children's Theater. She has been teaching and directing with various companies around the Twin Cities area, including Ashland Productions, Project Success, and Elision Theatre, for which she is the director. Those unable to attend the audition times available may contact the director at Redman_8268@hotmail.com.

Healing power of art pastel workshop

The Healing Power of Art Pastel Workshop for adults on Saturday, Feb. 16, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. is currently open for enrollment. The foundation for this unique workshop will foster an experience of self-discovery, a listening to one's inner voice. Artist and wellness consultant Patricia Duncan will guide participants in an empowering process of surrendering which will serve to release them from whatever grief, fear, or anxieties may be constricting their freedom and creative potential. Through the use of color, contrast, and form, they will experience their own life stories as an entry into transformative joy and peace. Duncan comments, "There is a creative force that lies deep within our human spirit and a longing to bring us to an inner peace and fuller potential of wholeness. Each of us is the artist of our own personality and it becomes our responsibility to ourselves and others to realize our fullest potential." Duncan is a representational pastel and oil painter. Growing up on the prairies of South Dakota, her interest in drawing and painting was sparked at an early age. Currently living part of her time in the beautiful St. Croix Valley, surrounded by lakes and farmland, her love for the outdoors is a continual source of inspiration. Duncan lived abroad in London, England, and has traveled extensively to various parts of the world. These opportunities provided many subjects for inspiration. She is particularly drawn to cultural diversity when picking her subject matter. She prefers painting natural landscapes, people, animals, architecture and still life. Duncan has extensive and ongoing art training with Joseph Paquet (plein air oil painter, St. Paul, Minn.); extensive art training with Jeff Herinenko (oils in still life and portraiture); participates in an ongoing figure sketch group; and has taken art workshops with Richard McKinley, Tony Allain, Barbara Jaenicke, Marc Hanson, Mary Pettis, Jennifer McChristian and Fred Somers. Her credentials include certification in the Wellness Program through Phoenix Process Consultants (PPC), Minnetonka, Minn., and certification through Advanced Adlerian Psychology through PPC (Adler Graduate School). The workshop fee is $75, plus $10 payable to the instructor for materials.

Creativity class

Your Artist Creativity Path, a five-week class for adults, will be offered Tuesdays, Feb. 19 through March 26 (no class March 19), from 10 a.m. to noon. Instructor Debra Dresler comments, "Participants will learn to discover, nurture, support, define, and enhance their creative self by joining in the journey with others. We will work together as creatives to discover our passions, truths, purpose, blocks, curiosities, fears, beliefs and goals. Through journals, artist dates, detective work exercises, dream visioning, mindfulness, and audacious fun, we will meet and travel this relative path together. No matter if you are a curious 'newbie' or a continuing creative, this class is for you, just bring your sense of wonder. Please be aware that some introspection, reading and worksheets will be done outside of class. This is not a lecture series. Much like making art, you just have to do the work, but it will be fun and supportive. We are all in the same tribe, whether it be visual arts, music, floristry or cakemaking. Creativity is in everything and everyone." Dresler, a St. Croix Valley native, has a rich career in the arts beginning as a studio portrait photographer. She then owned a nationally marketed hand-painted fabric company specializing in acrylic painting and surface design for interior designers. Stroke Of Art studio was founded in 1986, where she designed and marketed art in many mediums, including jewelry making, silversmithing, mixed media sculpture, iPhoneography, alcohol ink and acrylic painting, and most recently digital art making. She has also been an instructor in calligraphy, jewelry making, painting, and photography. She believes everyone is a creator and encourages wild abandon and adventures in all forms of art making. She has exhibited at many juried art shows, including Twin Cities galleries. Her work has been seen at the Smithsonian Museum gift store, International Center for Photography in New York, and the International Gift Fair in New York, San Francisco, Atlanta, and Philadelphia. She holds awards for her art and her artwork can be found in private collections, including Francis Ford Coppola, Ansel Adams Museum, and Sundance Film Festival. The class fee is $80, plus $15 payable to the instructor for materials, and students must purchase "The Muse is In," by Jill Badonsky, in advance of the class.

Private flute and piano lessons

Private flute and piano instruction for ages five through adults is available on Fridays.

Sue Christian, a K-12 music education graduate of Luther College, has taught privately since she was 16. One of her favorite teaching opportunities is that of the Hudson Middle School Band Camp, at which she works with budding young flutists.

A member of the Wisconsin Music Teachers' Association, she is involved locally with the St. Croix Music Teachers Association, offering piano performance opportunities to students of all ages. Also a member of the Upper Midwest Flute Association, Christian has tutored students who have won competitions in both organizations. One of her former flute students, as a sophomore in high school, earned the prestigious opportunity to perform in the top 12 for a national competition to solo with the Air Force Band. This student went on to pursue a career in flute performance at the University of Wisconsin - Madison.

Christian also has extensive experience in accompanying soloists and ensembles as a collaborating pianist in college-level recitals as well as festivals in area schools. In addition, she accompanied The Phipps Festival Chorus and The Phipps Oratorio Society for numerous years.

Applications open for Spirit of the St. Croix

Applications are now being accepted for the 2019 Spirit of the St. Croix Art Festival, organized by The Phipps Center for the Arts and the Hudson Area Chamber of Commerce & Tourism Bureau. This juried art fair features 90 artists with fine art and traditional crafts for sale and draws more than 10,000 visitors. This year's event will take place Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 28 and 29, in Lakefront Park. The initial application deadline is March 1. The second deadline is May 1. Applications received after this date will be considered until the fair is full. An application is available at ThePhipps.org or artists can apply through Zapplication.org.

Textile art by Lindsay Rhyner in the galleries

Acrylic painting by Kurt Devine (Minneapolis, Minn.), found and hand-stitched fabric work by Lindsay Rhyner (Minneapolis), photography and fiber arts by Stephanie Lynn Rogers (Red Wing, Minn.), ceramic and found object sculpture by Lynn Wadsworth (St. Paul, Minn.), and a cut paper installation by Adam White (Maplewood, Minn.) will be on view through Feb. 24 in The Galleries of The Phipps Center for the Arts. Rhyner is a textile artist whose formative years in Rochester, Minn., were spent nurturing multiple creative interests in the visual arts. After graduating from high school at Perpich Center for Arts Education, Golden Valley, Minn., and a semester studying art at the University of Wis., Rhyner withdrew from school to travel. In the early 2000s, she traveled extensively around the United States and began collecting unusual materials. She became interested in manipulating and collaging textiles, combining assorted media and techniques such as sewing, costume making, beading, collage, and painting. Rhyner creates large-scale wall hangings with a variety of materials from unique sources, most being waste or second-hand textile and plastic goods. She can often be found biking around Minneapolis, scouring the alleys and thrift stores for materials. Patterns from natural and urban environments and influences such as maps, 2D video games, Art Nouveau, Asian art, and psychedelia are combined in her wall hangings. Recent exhibitions include "Eye of the Needle" at Efrain Lopez Gallery in Chicago, Ill. (solo, 2018); IUN Center for Contemporary Art in Gary, Ind. (solo, 2018); "Material Worlds" at Minneapolis Institute of Art MAEP Gallery (2015); and solo shows at Hair and Nails Gallery and Soo Visual Arts Center in Minneapolis. Rhyner's work can be found hanging in many friends' houses around Minneapolis and in some out-of-state private collections. In 2016, she received a Jerome Fellowship for Emerging Artists. Rhyner has been chosen to participate in the 2019 Gachang Studio Residency in Daegu, South Korea, to create and exhibit a new body of work. The Galleries hours are Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Sunday noon to 4:30 p.m., as well as one hour before and through intermission of all performances in The Phipps theaters.