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Mankato Pop Artist Work on Display in Saint Peter

Mankato Pop Artist

As the Record Turns,” mixed media pop-art paintings by Mankato artist and musician Amanda Wirig, will be on display at the Arts Center of Saint Peter from March 20 - April 19.

Wirig, who recently exhibited at Chicago’s Pop Art-focused David Leonardis Gallery, also teaches music privately and at Kato Public Charter School. “As The Record Turns” is her largest solo exhibition to date.


It Hasn’t Always Been Easy Being Green

Irish lawyers from New Ulm

NEW ULM - The Irish Cultural Society of New Ulm celebrates it's 50th Anniversary of the St. Patrick's Day Parade on Tuesday, March 17. Step off is at 5 pm. The parade route begins at 3rd South Minnesota and marches the wrong way, up one-way Minnesota Street to the Glockespiel. The parade is the longest consecutive running Irish parade in the state.

This year, the St. Patrick’s Day Parade Chieftans have bestowed the honor of Grand Marshal on Pat Kearney and crowned his daughter Emma, as the Irish Queen.

Winners Annouced for Festival


Mankato, Minn. –The international Speechless Film Festival is proud to announce the winners

and official selections of the 2015 festival. Generous cash prizes and honorable mentions were

given in eight categories of submission. The festival received over 170 entries (predominantly

short films) from over 20 countries. Judges include 15 educators and industry professionals from

Mankato and all over the USA.

The public is warmly invited to attend the festival, which will run March 20-21 in Mankato,


Local Art Constituents Meet with Sen Kathy Sheran at the State Capitol

Senator Sheran Photo

Photo Caption with Sen. Kathy Sheran, District 19 (L to R): Brenda Byron, Executive Director of Prairie Lakes Regional Arts Council, Waseca and board member of MN Citizens for the Arts; Diane Harms, Saint Peter Choral Society and PLRAC Board Member; Lill Robinson, Blue Earth Town & Country Players Theater and PLRAC Board Member; Sen. Kathy Sheran; Sara Buechmann, Mankato Symphony Orchestra; and Kathy Kerekes, Twin Rivers Council for the Arts, Mankato.


Good Thunder Reading Series Hosting Chris Abani

On Thursday, March 19, Chris Abani will answer questions about writing, present a craft talk, and give a reading. All events are free and open to the public.


Project Luna at Arts Center of SP

Project Luna

Modern dance, live music, spoken word and visual art will combine in “Project Luna,” an original multimedia performance piece by Rural Route Dance Ensemble at the Arts Center of Saint Peter on Friday, March 20. "Project Luna" explores the rural lunar experience and its relation to the human psyche. Featured artists include Rural Route Dance Ensemble members Mayer, Carla Bode, Emily Stark, Ruth Boehme and Lindsey Tollefson; performance poet Esther Marcella; and the Minneapolis-based mixed chamber ensemble Skeleton Crew.


Merely Players 2014/15 Season News

The Good Doctor

Merely Players Community Theatre is piloting a novel concept in their production season with upcoming performances of "The Good Doctor" featuring first-time directors, costumers, and tech crew. The play, Neil Simon's adaptation of Anton Chekhov's many writings, has been divided where each of the 11 original writings/scenes are being performed as short plays. The twelfth scene, "The Quiet War", authored by Simon, was incorporated into his Broadway production. We are also including this scene as the 12th short play.


PLRAC and MN Citizens for the Arts Present Economic Study

A presentation in Mankato will take place on March 2, 2015, at 6:30 p.m. by the Prairie Lakes Regional Arts Council and Minnesota Citizens for the Arts regarding a new study on the health and impact of the nonprofit arts and culture sector. The presentation will be made at Room 215, Honsey Hall, Bethany Lutheran College, 700 Luther Drive, Mankato, followed by a discussion of the economic impact of the arts and culture in our 9-county region in southern MN. This includes the counties of: Blue Earth, Brown, Faribault, LeSueur, Martin, Nicollet, Sibley, Waseca and Watonwan.


Souper Bowl Pottery Sale at the Arts Center Today

arts center

SAINT PETER, MINN. – More than 300 hand-thrown artisan bowls and specialty pottery will be available for purchase at “Souper Bowl,” a fundraiser for the Arts Center of Saint Peter, on Tuesday, March 17 from 4:00-7:00 p.m. at the Redman Club, 412 S. Third Street, Saint Peter, on the route of St. Peter’s annual St. Patrick’s Day parade which begins at 5:30 p.m.