'The Charitable Sisterhood of the Second Trinity Victory Church'

"The Charitable Sisterhood of the Second Trinity Victory Church," a heartwarming comedy by Bo Wilson, will be performed March 22 to April 7 on Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. as well as Sundays at 2 p.m. The roads are flooded and the bridges are washed out in Pennington Gap, Va., and less generous souls are staying safely indoors, but it takes more than a little rain to keep the ladies of the Charitable Sisterhood from fulfilling their sworn mission. Bea Littleton is the pastor's wife, Lorraine Jensen is the tireless mother of nine, Tina Yates is the transplanted Yankee, and Janet Murchison and Riley Reynolds are the newest arrivals. When these ladies meet to organize a relief effort for homeless Guatemalans, they are greeted with a small mountain of community donations. One woman's junk is another woman's treasure, and that pile of stuff in the Second Trinity Victory Church basement is hiding a thing or two. These five angels of mercy do their best to help the victims of global disaster, spiritual deprivation and, most of all, one another. Tickets are $26 for adults and $19 for students of any age, with a $2 discount for seniors on the Sunday matinees.

Learn to paint on iPhone, iPad

"Abstract Painterly Flowers on Your iPhone/iPad," a workshop for adults, will be offered by Deb Dresler on Saturday, March 9, from 10 a.m. to noon. The instructor comments, "Make fun, easy abstract flowers with three editing apps on your iPad or iPhone. These colorful flowers look oil painted and are great looking printed on canvas. Participants will photograph a bouquet first, then create these gorgeous blooms in a style inspired by Georgia O'Keeffe. Canvas printer resources will be provided. No experience is needed. IOS only, sorry no Android." The fee is $25, plus $10 payable to instructor for materials.

Acclaimed organist to perform at The Phipps

Acclaimed organist Walter Strony will celebrate 45 years of performing with a program featuring "something old - something new" on the Wurlitzer theater pipe organ on Sunday, March 10 at 2 p.m. Strony is one of America's premier concert organists. He made his public debut in 1974 at the age of 18 and has since established himself as one of few organists equally at home playing both theater and classical organ. Strony has performed hundreds of concerts from coast to coast in the United States as well as in Japan, Australia, England and Canada. In addition, he has performed at many conventions of the American Theatre Organ Society (ATOS) and the American Guild of Organists. He is the only living organist to have been twice voted Organist of the Year by the ATOS, in 1991 and 1993. In 2011, he was inducted into the ATOS Hall of Fame. He has performed with the Calgary Symphony, Allentown Symphony, El Paso Symphony and Symphony Silicon Valley. Tickets are $24 for adults and $17 for students of any age.

Acrylic painting workshop

"Paint Your House," an acrylic painting workshop for ages 16 and older, will be offered by Kat Corrigan on Sunday, March 10, from 1-4 p.m. The instructor will set up students with her limited pallet of Golden Acrylics, give them a pre-gessoed panel and lend them the brushes they need to succeed. Participants will paint from a photo they have sent the instructor before class that she will crop to fit the panels. She will tell students her tips and tricks for painting and show them how to draw their home into the light. Transfer paper will make the progression a bit smoother and participants will leave with a completed painting measuring either 8-by-8 inches or 8-by-10 inches. The fee is $85, including materials.

Opening for new exhibitions in the galleries

The public reception for the new exhibitions in The Galleries of The Phipps will be Friday, March 1, from 6:30-8:30 p.m. There will be an opportunity to meet the artists and enjoy hors d'oeuvres at this free event for all ages. The exhibitions, which will be on view through April 7, feature sumi ink and pencil on mylar work by Lindsey Aleman of St. Paul, sculpture and installation by Krista Anderson-Larson of St. Paul, paintings inspired by Abstract Expressionism by Lisa Anderson of Minneapolis, steel sculpture by Judd Nelson of Wayzata and Craig Snyder of Plymouth, stoneware pottery by Adam Smrcka of Neillsville, and mixed media work by Jane Wunrow of St. Paul. Also opening on March 1 is a group exhibit of ceramics by St. Olaf College and University of Wisconsin-River Falls students titled "Cross River Connections." This show is being presented as part of "Claytopia," the National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts Conference March 27-30, organized by Northern Clay Center, Minneapolis. 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. For further information, contact Anastasia Shartin, visual arts director, at 715-386-2305, ext. 103.


Birthday parties

Celebrate your child's birthday or plan a creative outing for another group in the Ceramic Studio. With a Phipps ceramics instructor, participants will learn basic hand-building techniques to create bowls, cups, and small sculptures, and have a chance to work on the pottery wheel (ages 7 and older). The pottery will be ready to pick up within two weeks after the gathering. The fee is $218 for up to 9 participants, $24 for each additional participant. The fee includes all materials and clean-up, one to two hours of working the Ceramics Studio, one hour for snacks and gift opening, plus a behind-the-scenes tour (theater production schedule permitting).

To schedule a Ceramics Studio birthday party, contact Anastasia Shartin, 715-386-2305, ext. 103 or ashartin@thephipps.org.

Private violin lessons

Private violin lessons for students ages seven through adult are offered throughout the year. Instructor Sarah N. Bertsch has taught violin and coached ensembles for over 25 years. Previous positions include Northwestern College, Wooddale School of Music, Friendship School of Music, and Minnehaha Academy. She received her M.A. from St. John's University and her B.A. from St. Olaf College. Bertsch has toured nationally with pianist Don Irwin and artist Fernando Ortega and has played concerts in Bulgaria, Romania, Macedonia, Japan, and Guatemala. She has recorded with Sara Groves and a number of regional church music groups. Bertsch enjoys playing and teaching a variety of musical styles. She plays violin in the Oakdale-based global music group Ensemble Aventura and enjoys collaborating in Hudson with pianist Layton James. Bertsch often performs in weddings as a soloist or in one of her string ensembles. For further information on violin lessons, contact Bertsch at 715-381-5735. Tai Chi on Thursday mornings

Tai chi classes will continue on Thursdays, from 9:30-11:30 a.m.

Meeting the needs of both the beginning and experienced practitioner, this class offers the Yang style long form of tai chi chuan. Certified tai chi instructor Mark Tomlinson, with 14 years of experience, conducts the classes.

Punch-cards may be purchased for $100 per eight classes. Classes are ongoing and may be taken at any time. Students only pay for the classes they attend.

Voice lessons

Tony Holt, a former member of the King's Singers, offers private voice lessons for ages 11 through adult on Thursdays at The Phipps Center for the Arts in Hudson. Holt, a native Londoner, was a boy chorister at the coronation of Queen Elizabeth. He was a choir member of Christ Church, Oxford, as well as Chichester Cathedral and St. Paul's Cathedral. Holt was then a soloist and chorus member of the Monteverdi Choir and the BBC Singers. For 18 years he toured and recorded as first baritone with the King's Singers. His lessons concentrate on singing in a healthy way and enjoying a repertoire that can range from Bach to Broadway. He encourages singers to perform without tension, to communicate well, and to enjoy their singing. The fee is $30 per 30-minute lesson.

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.


The Western Wisconsin Photography Club meets the first Wednesday of every month at 6:30 p.m. The club also schedules mid-month meetings to accommodate speaker's schedules and for hands-on learning opportunities. Photographers of all ages and abilities are welcome. For more details about upcoming programs and events visit www.wiphotoclub.com.

Healing Arts at Hudson Hospital and Clinic

Current artists on view are High School Posters Exhibit, Audrey Martin, Gabrielle April Sacha, Bernice Fiecek-Swenson, Thursday Morning Painters, Jill Van Sickle, Ryan Armbruster, Mary Kathleen Scott, Sister Arts Group Exhibit and Paul Winger.

Artwork can be viewed during regular business hours, Monday through Friday, from 6:30 a.m. to 8 p.m., Saturday from 7:30 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Maps are available at both information desks to help find artists' work.

Healing Arts at Westfields Hospital and Clinic

Current artists on view are Cathy Durso, Elynn Lepel, Elliesha Klingberg, Austin Koeckeritz, Healing Through Gratitude Westfields Hospital Staff Photography Exhibit, Joan Solomon, and Jill Van Sickle. Artwork can be viewed during regular business hours, Monday through Friday from 6:30 a.m. to 8 p.m., Saturday from 7:30 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.