The new poem from last summer's Poetry on the River is on the White Kinnic Pathway.

David Markson punished his back to paint it, he and its author Maggie Teitelbaum had their picture taken with the poem Saturday, and now you should take a walk through the gorgeous fall foliage and read the poem "Water" inspired by the Kinnickinnic River.

But that's not all we arts enthusiasts have to celebrate this week. Thomas R. Smith gave a great reading from his new publication "Kinnickinnic" at the River Falls Public Library, a space that is home to many local arts events and performances.

And a great many of us were reminded again last Friday what a lovely supportive arts community we live in.

We gathered in the same room for a concert by five astoundingly talented women musicians from the River Falls area.

At first, the audience was asked not to clap until the end of each set, but the enthusiasm for the performances was so profound, we could not restrain ourselves and the performers were rewarded with applause at the end of each number.

Having Thea Ennen, Phyllis Goldin, Peggy Gantt, Beth Ray and Sue West together on the same stage would have guaranteed a fine concert with any equipment. The talent would have made it so. But, this performance was enhanced by a very special addition to the River Falls Public Library. The facility now owns a fine grand piano, thanks to the generosity of Dale and Linda Jorgenson, and Krista Cleary.

The piano has a great story: The Jorgensons are not the Buffets of this world who can go to Schmidt Music and buy a Steinway to donate to a worthy institution. They found the piano in a barn -- in pieces.

They were entranced. It was clearly a fine piano worthy of restoration. So they expended inspiration, effort, and money to have it restored for their home and for their daughters to learn to play. That was fine, except that it turned out that the restoration had not been as successful as they would have liked.

So the Jorgensons expended the inspiration, the effort, and the money once again to have it done right this time.

And now the daughters are grown, their dwellings have changed and they no longer have space for a grand piano which neither Dale nor Linda can play.

Krista had the piano for awhile, but as a new parent, she needed the space for a Jumperoo. However, the whole family could not entirely part with it. The piano is part of their lives and they needed to see it used.

So they donated the grand piano to the library where it had its maiden performance last Friday evening.

And the performance was fine. The Jorgensens agreed that it sounds even better in the large library space than it did at home. And they will be able to listen to it at many library events, which will sound better because of their generosity.

Other artsy events going on in River Falls that we have reason to celebrate are:

  • Blue Ridge Growers is hosting its annual Holidays at Blue Ridge show and sale at 246 Carlson Lane, River Falls, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Oct. 31 and Nov. 1, 7, 8, 14, 15, 21, and 22; and from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Nov. 2, 9, 16, and23. The show features works of pottery, glass, wood, textiles, paint, jewelry and maple syrup by local artists.
  • Ingrid Bjerstedt Rogers will have her 28th Ingridware Pottery Show at her studio in Beldenville on weekends from Oct. 24-Nov. 9, just in time for early holiday shopping;16 artists will take part and on Nov. 1 and 2, llamas as well; new will be handmade baskets, children's books and llama products; follow blue signs from Beldenville or call 273-3482 for directions.
  • Pauly Cudd, glassblower, and Tim Larsen, photographer, will have a show and sale at Cudd's house, 223 N. Fourth St., from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 1; and noon to 4 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 2.

    It's not too early to begin preparing your entry for Over the Back Fence, the public library's annual public art show; ALL ART IS WELCOME; no need to be experienced; no need to be an amateur; you can be nationally known or known only in your family; entrees can be submitted Monday and Tuesday, Nov. 17-18; show begins Saturday, Nov. 22.

    And CAB is grateful and excited that Melody Needham and Ingrid Bjerstedt Rogers will be directing the annual River Dazzle Art Crawl on the two days after Thanksgiving. Watch this space and others around town for more information.