2012 PRCA Annual Photo Contest

<body><p>Do you love to take pictures? Here is your chance to show off your stuff. The PRCA Annual Photo Contest is almost here!!!!<p>This years categories will be; Natural World, Children, Abstract, Balck and White (Color), Wetlands, and Shadows. There is a limit of one enter per category, per person. Again this year we will have the Youth Category for children ages 14 and younger to participate in, this category has an open subject matter with a limit of 5 entries per child. Get out and take picture and encourage your children to do it. <p>PRCA will be accepting entries from June 12th to 23rd. 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.<p>The exhibit will be hung in the PRCA Gallery from July 3rd to August 11th. People’s choice voting will take place from July 3rd until July 12th. Winners will be announced at Prairie Pioneer Days.<p>For a full list of rules, more details, and information about the Annual Photo Contest please email the PRCA and prca@prairierenaissance.orgor visit our webpage.


<body><p>The PRCA and the Morris Area Wetlands Management District are happy to announce:<p>Prairie Camp 2012 – THE WONDERS OF THE PRAIRIE WETLANDS featuring puppet & mask making with Twin Cities artists Esther Ouray & Julie Kastigar Boada.<p>Grades 1 – 6, June 11 – 23rd, 9:15 am – 3:30 pm. <p>$160/All day. 1/2 day option (for 6 & 7 year olds, 10:30 am – 2 pm/ $100) Need based scholarship available.<p>Six additional puppetry workshops for community members will be offered on June 5th, 6th & 7th from 6:30 – 9:30 pm, June 12th, 14th & 19th from 6:30 – 8:30 pm. Learn how to walk on stilts, build masks, manipulate puppets or participate in any way you like. Location: Morris Area Wetlands Management District Office, 5 miles East of Morris on County Rd 10. Come to one or all!!!<p>FINAL DISPLAY & PUPPET PAGEANT AT THE MORRIS AREA WETLANDS, JUNE 23rd at 1pm.<p>Final rehearsals for community members will be on June 21st & 22nd from 6 – 8 pm and June 23rd from 10 – 12 pm.<p>For registration information, contact PRCA at 585 5037 or prca@prairierenaissance.org. You can also contact the camp director, Ferolyn Angell at ferolynangell@hotmail.com. <p>This activity is funded in part by the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund as appropriated by the Minnesota State Legislature with money from the vote of the people of Minnesota on November 4, 2008.

Deb Swezey Exhibit

Debra Betow Swezey lives in rural Clinton and is originally from Sauk Centre.  I have been an Art Educator for 28 years and have taught at the Morris Area High School for the last 11 years.  I have created artworks in various mediums including pencil, charcoal, ink, collage, printmaking, and oil paint.  I enjoy representing the essence of a person/subject matter through oil paint utilizing the palette knife to apply thick layers of paint.  I find the texture it creates along with the abstract qualities to be a strong element of my paintings.  In my drawings, I use strong contrast and values to give any subject matter an intense feel.

Closing Reception Thursday, May 10th 5 to 6:30pm. Come join us for refreshments and talk with the artist.

Morris to host Twin Cities artists.

The Prairie Renaissance Cultural Alliance (PRCA) and the Morris Wetlands Management (WMD) District are pleased to announce the receipt of $11,770 in a grant from the Lake Region Arts Council.  The grant is made possible by the Minnesota arts and cultural heritage fund as appropriated by the Minnesota State Legislature with money from the vote of the people of Minnesota on November 4, 2008.

The grant funds will bring puppet and mask artists Esther Ouray and Julie Kastigar, from St. Paul, to work with the annual PRCA Prairie Camp teachers, students and the surrounding community in June of 2012. The grant will also fund need based scholarships for children to attend camp.  Prairie Camp (June 11 – 23, 2012) is an all day art camp for children grades 1 – 6 and takes place in Morris. The project will culminate in a “Puppet Pageant”, where the students will use the puppets and masks that they have built to tell a story about the prairie wetlands environment.  The final event will be held at the Morris WMD on Saturday June 23rd at 1 pm.

The PRCA and the Morris WMD will be reaching out to community members within a 30 – 40 mile radius to participate in puppet and mask making workshops prior to the pageant, so that as many people as possible throughout the region may participate.  Details of the deadline to sign up, time commitments, requirements and associated costs will be coming out soon.  Informational brochures will be sent home with school children and there will be more information on the PRCA website http://www.prairierenaissance.org , on the PRCA and Morris WMD Facebook page, and in local newspaper and radio advertisements.   Anyone familiar with the work of the Heart of the Beast Mask & Puppet Theatre of Minneapolis/St. Paul http://hobt.org/ already knows that this will be a fantastic experience for young and old.

MALENA HANDEEN of rural Milan Area is presents her oil paintings at the Prairie Renaissance Cultural Alliance.

Oil paintings by Malena Handeen of rural Milan are currently being exhibited at the Prairie Renaissance Cultural Alliance until the end of March, 2012. A reception will be held for the artist on March 1st from 5 – 7 pm at the gallery, located at 630 Atlantic Ave, Morris, Minnesota.

Malena has been painting for over thirty years. Her work captures both inner, personal landscapes and the beauty of the countryside that surrounds us. Malena is also a musician who writes music, sings, and plays accordion. CD’s of some of her songs are also for sale at the PRCA gallery.

Malena is the owner (and janitor) at her home studio, The Loose Tooth Cowgirl Saloon of Art at the Easy Bean Farm where she grows vegetables for CSA with husband Mike Jacobs and two children, who are all pleased that it has finally snowed a little!!