¡Viva Mexico! coming to Morris in October

Viva Mexico Facebook Event

WHAT: ¡Viva México!

WHERE: Workshop at the Morris Area Public Library, 102 E. 6th St.; Performance at the PRCA, 630 Atlantic Avenue

WHEN: Saturday, October 5; Workshop at 3pm; Food at 6pm; Music at 7pm

WHO: Sponsored by the Prairie Renaissance Cultural Alliance and Lazos

The vibrant cultures and musical colors of Mexico are coming to Morris! On Saturday, October 5, ¡Viva México! will offer a free public workshop at the Morris Public Library and a free concert outside behind the Prairie Renaissance Cultural Alliance. Both events are sponsored by the PRCA and by Lazos, an organization that is working to bring the growing Latino population into the general community.

At the library workshop, ¡Viva México! will provide a bi-lingual program for the whole family. They will tell two folk tales through music and audience participation. The workshop is at 3pm on October 5 at the Morris Public Library, 102 E. 6th Street in Morris.

Then, at 7pm on October 5, the ensemble will give a FREE concert for the whole family. The public is asked to bring folding chairs or rugs and to be ready for a program of remarkable music performed by internationally known musicians.

Before the music, starting at 6pm, Lazos will provide a typical Mexican meal (a la carte): pozole, a healthy and delicious stew; fresh chips and fresh salsa; and, for dessert, pastel de tres leches, a favorite of anyone who has ever tasted it. Proceeds from the meal will go to support the community-building work of Lazos. The Eagles will be providing a cash bar.

¡Viva México!, a quintet, represents a broad range of Mexican cultures in their concerts, including huapangos from the Huasteca region, mariachi tunes from Jalisco, son veracruzano from Veracruz, Mexican polkas and pasodobles representing the more recent German and Spanish traditions that established themselves in Mexico, as well as contemporary popular tunes and American Indian musical styles, such as the canto pur’epecha from the Michoacán region.

¡Viva México! is a visual and auditory feast. Members are U.S.-based, Latin American natives who represent the various ethnicities that have converged in Latin America over the past 500 years. Take one look at ¡Viva México! and you will see American Indian, European, and African stories unfold before you, as these cultural groups have combined and re-combined in the Americas over the centuries. Another visual component is the diversity of instruments. You will see and hear the guitarrón, trumpet, and violin characteristic of mariachi music, but also the harp, marimba, jarana, and vihuela, with the Western concert flute and some American Indian wind and percussion instruments to complement the picture. ¡Viva México! performs enjoyable music for all ages and cultures. Each concert includes explanations about the songs and a very personable and often humorous audience interaction.

This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through grants from the Lake Region Arts Council, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

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2013 Prairie Camp

PRCA’s annual Prairie Camp for children grades 1-6 quickly approaches! Starting this July the 29th from 9:15-3:30 at Morris Area High School. Camp will run through the 3rd of August, culminating in a presentation from the campers for parents in the late morning and early afternoon on Saturday the 3rd. Students will be exploring art, dance, performance, and music through a variety of mediums and techniques, and by the end their work will have culminated to a final portfolio of work and skills.

The 2013 theme for prairie camp centers around gardens and their connection to art, as well as to ourselves. Students will journey to at least one garden during their time at camp and will learn, grow, and explore through nature and art.

Classes will be taught by local artists, and the Prairie Renaissance Cultural Alliance will be coordinating all the activities and staffing at the camp. The cost to attend Prairie Camp is $125 for a full day and $75 for a half day. There will be scholarships available through the PRCA, feel free to contact us about eligibility.

You can find us on Facebook and on twitter. You can also call (320) 585-5037 or stop in at our gallery located at 630 Atlantic Avenue, Morris MN 56267.

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2013 PRCA Amateur Photo Contest

This year’s annual photo contest is almost upon us. Time to get out and start taking pictures. This years categories will be; Natural World, Children, Abstract, Blue (Color), Wetlands, and Mixed Media. An additional category has been add this year, Morris Chamber and PRCA would like to announce the addition of Morris (Stevens County) the Pride of the Prairie, images that represent Morris and Stevens County. Again this year we will have the Youth category for children ages 14 and younger to participate in, this open subject matter with a limit of 5 entries per child. Get out and take picture and encourage your children to do it too.

PRCA will be accepting entries from June 11 to 22. The PRCA will not accept entries before or after this time frame. Entry form can be picked up at the PRCA Gallery at 630 Atlantic Ave Morris or printed at our webpage prairierenaissance.org.

The exhibit will be hung in the PRCA Gallery from July 2nd thru August 17th. People’s choice voting will take place from July 2st until July 12th. Winners will be announced at Prairie Pioneer Days.

For full list of rules, more detail, and information about the Annual Photo Contest please email the PRCA and prca@prairierenaissance.org or visit our webpage.

Joan Stein Herzog Art Exhibit Opens at PRCA Gallery

Joan Stein Herzog’s watercolor exhibit “Special Places, People, and Moments in Time” opens May 15th at the Prairie Renaissance Cultural Alliance Gallery (PCRA) in Morris and will run through June 29.

Herzog’s vibrant watercolors vary in theme, but all have a common element of personal meaning. “I think it’s important to paint what you really care about,” commented Herzog. “That meaningfulness comes through in the art.”

Some of the artist’s inspiration comes from travels with her husband Jim in Europe, Australia, New Zealand, and the United States. “It’s so fun to recreate a scene you’ve just visited,” said Herzog. “It brings back all the memories from being there.”

Another interest is painting people. “Of course, I pick on my family first,” said the artist. “With three children and ten grandchildren, I have great built-in models. I tend not to like to do head and shoulder portraits, though. I prefer to capture a moment in time when a special interaction is going on, such as two children “Sharing a Soda” or runners competing in a race for “The Love of a Challenge.”

Herzog grew up in Stevens County, attended Chokio High School, and graduated from the University of Minnesota, Morris, with degrees in English and Speech and Theatre Arts. After raising a family and completing a productive career in education in Owatonna, MN, where she still resides, Herzog finally had time to pursue her interest in art.

Upon retirement in 2004, Herzog began her study of watercolor and has been pursuing it ever since. She’s a member of the Minnesota Watercolor Association where she has taken numerous workshops from nationally known artists, and also is an active member of the Artists of Minnesota Association where she has garnered several awards in annual spring competitions.

An artist reception will be held at the closing of the show on June 29, from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. at the PCRA Gallery, 630 Atlantic Avenue, Morris. For further information about the artist, you may contact her personally at jherzog.artist@gmail.com.

The Prairie Renaissance Cultural Alliance is a grassroots, volunteer-based, membership-driven,
non-profit organization dedicated to enhancing cultural life on the prairie. The PRCA’s mission is to advocate, promote and coordinate arts, heritage, and cultural activities in Stevens County and the surrounding area.

Michael Weatherly: Figures and Faces

Michael Weatherly:
Figures and Faces

April 2 – May 15, 2013

Thursday April 4, 6-9 p.m.

The Prairie Renaissance Cultural Alliance is pleased to present Figures and Faces, a solo exhibition of new work by Michael Weatherly. Please join us on Thursday April 4th, from 6-9 p.m., for the opening reception and to meet the artist.

In the exhibition, Weatherly presents a series of recent artworks that feature abstract faces and figures.

Michael Weatherly is an Elbow Lake, MN based artist who has exhibited prints and paintings in shows both locally and nationally. His work has been recently included in group exhibitions at University of Minnesota (Morris, MN), Lake Regions Art Council Gallery (Fergus Falls, MN), Minneapolis Institute for the Arts (Minneapolis, MN), and the Giles Gallery (Richmond, KY).

Weatherly is a 1993 graduate of the University of Minnesota Morris with a BA in Art History with a minor in Studio Art. He has also been the recipient of several artist grants including the McKnight Foundation Artist Grant and the Lake Regions Art Council Artists Grant.