Prairie Camp registration underway

It is time to sign up the children in your life for Prairie Camp. Scheduled for June 14 through June 19, children ages six through twelve will enjoy music, dance, sculpture, drawing, and writing activities. Contact the PRCA for a brochure and/or to register your children, grandchildren, nieces, nephews, neighbors, etc.

Breads N’ Bowls provides opportunity to serve and support community groups

The third annual Bread N’ Bowls fundraising event is scheduled from 5 until 7 p.m. on Tuesday, May 4, 2010, at the Morris Area Elementary School cafeteria. A meal of soups, homemade breads, beverages, and desserts donated by area businesses, organizations, and individuals will be served for $10 per person or $25 for a family of four or more. Ceramic bowls made by UMM ceramics and Morris Area High School Art Club members are included with the meal purchase. The event supports three local community organizations: the Stevens County Food Shelf, Someplace Safe, and the Prairie Renaissance Cultural Alliance (PRCA).

“Our first Bread N’ Bowls was three years ago as a service-learning project in Kevin Flicker’s ceramics classes,” says Argie Manolis, Office of Community Engagement coordinator. “The goal of the event is to raise awareness about, and attempt to stamp out, violence and poverty in our community.”

All money from the fundraiser will go to help the Stevens County Food Shelf, Someplace Safe of Stevens County, and the Prairie Renaissance Cultural Alliance (PRCA). The money donated to PRCA will be used to provide scholarships to children in need to attend the annual Prairie Camp, an arts day camp for children in kindergarten through sixth grade.

“Right now, especially with the economic crisis, these places are serving more people with no change in resources,” says Manolis.”It is an important time to support these organizations.”

Nearly a dozen organizations and businesses contributed to this year’s event. Bello Cucina, Buddies Bar and Grill, Dairy Queen, Don’s Café, Ecowater, Federated Church, Old No. 1, Pomme de Terre Food Co-op, Pizza Ranch, Subway, and Willie’s Super Valu will provide soup, bread, desserts, and supplies. Individuals have also offered to bring homemade bread and bars. “There will be food available for people who have vegan, gluten-free, and vegetarian diets, as well as meat eaters,” Manolis noted.

Anna Lund ’11, St. Paul, is one of the students who made and donated bowls for the event. She enjoyed participating in a class that’s socially minded. “I think it’s really great that as a student in beginning ceramics I was able to make something useful and beneficial for others. I’m really happy that someone will buy my bowl in supporting of charitable causes.”

The event will include entertainment for people of all ages. The Unusual Suspects, UMM’s Improv troupe, as well as other student acts, will provide family friendly entertainment. The PRCA and students in the creative writing class of Argie Manolis will provide children’s activities.

For more information about the event, contact Manolis at 320-589-6276.

PRCA at Morris Area Arts Boosters Festival

The Morris Area Arts Boosters have a lively, entertaining day planned for all who wish to participate. Enjoy entertainment, food, and activities from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. today, Saturday, April 24, 2010, at the Morris Area High School. The PRCA will have several booths. See ya there!

Reception on May 2 for Morris Potter Karla Klinger at the PRCA

By Angie Connor ’10, PRCA intern

Potter Karla Klinger will exhibit her work at the Prairie Renaissance Cultural Alliance (PRCA) Gallery, downtown Morris, from May 2 until June 15, 2010. Klinger will be attending an opening reception at the PRCA from 2 until 4 p.m. on Sunday, May 2. The public is invited to attend the artist’s reception and visit the gallery to view the free exhibit, “Pots Old and New.”

Klinger has been a Morris resident since 1962 when she moved here with husband Eric Klinger, psychology professor, who taught at the University of Minnesota, Morris. Klinger began her professional career as a high school English teacher. She earned a bachelor of arts in English from St. Olaf College and a master of arts in English from the University of Chicago. For many years, she worked as an adviser at the University of Minnesota, Morris. The Klingers are now retired.

Klinger always admired pottery, but she never imagined herself as a potter until 1962, when she joined a pottery group through the Women’s Association on the Morris campus. Klinger gained further access to materials in the early 1970s when Lynn and Russ DuBois opened up their basement studio for faculty wives interested in learning. It was there that Klinger learned to wedge and throw pottery, and was provided clay, glazes, access to a kiln, and firing expertise. Klinger was hooked, and she began taking night classes at the Morris campus with Don Sherman, Meredith Jack, Jenny Nellis, and Kevin Flicker. Today, Klinger has everything she needs to create pottery in her own home: a Lockerbie wheel purchased in the 70s, an electric kiln purchased in 1997, clay, eight commercial glazes, and work and storage spaces in her basement.

Klinger’s pride and joy is her large Pithos jar, inspired by a pot seen in a shop in Crete visited with her husband in the mid 70s. Klinger’s pottery has been inspired by many sources such as Native American potters of New Mexico, by the Austrian potter Lucie Rie, by pottery seen in journals like Ceramics Monthly, and also by her teachers and former classmates from ceramics classes at the University of Minnesota, Morris. She enjoys reforming pots, draping thin sheets of clay over various shapes, twisting extruded hexagons into vases, or throwing traditional bowls, cylinders, and plates. She often “likes to play to see where the clay will lead.”
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