Call for repurposed, recycled, and reclaimed items for PRCA Fall Extravaganza and Silent Auction

Artists and supporters of the arts are encouraged to donate reclaimed, repurposed, and recycled items for 2010 PRCA Fall Extravganza and Silent Auction. The theme of the evening is “Everything Old is New Again.” Use your creative spirit in support of the PRCA mission. Please let the PRCA know what you will be donating by September 20, so that the items can be publicized before the Silent Auction. Artists are also invited to display their work during the Extravaganza.

The Extravaganza, featuring food tasting, art displays, music, and the silent auction will be held this year at Northern Expressions in Morris on Thursday, October 14, 2010, from 6 until 8 p.m. Save the date!

Photo Contest winners announced

Congratulations to the PRCA Photo Contest winners, and thank you to all the participants. A special thank you to this year’s judge, University of Minnesota, Morris Associate Professor of Studio Art Jess Larson. Stop in to see the entire exhibit of 104 wonderfully creative photographs before July 29.

Photo Contest Winners

The Natural World
First Place: Emily Cunningham, Hancock, “Running River”
Honorable Mention: Ted Goldstein, Morris, “Senses”

Global community
First Place: Phyllis Joos, Hancock, “Community Progress?”
Honorable Mention: Lindsey Freeman, Morris, “Unititled”

First Place: Samantha Massmann, Osakis, “Petals of Purple”
Honorable Mention: Jill Stevens, Benson, “Guardian of the Monastery”

First Place: Ann Grandy, Glenwood, “Prairie Smoke Detail”
Honorable Mention: Leah Zierke, Hancock, “Frosted Tracks”

First Place: Jennifer Hope, Starbuck, “Winter Morning”
Honorable Mention: Samantha Massmann, Osakis, “Day’s End”
Future Generations_
First Place: Barbara Burke, Morris, “Young Perseus”
Honorable Mention: Ann Grandy, Glenwood, “Sharing a Love of Prairies”

People’s Choice
Van Gooch, Morris, “Storm Coming”

Unique PRCA exhibit features poetry by Linda Hodgson and two-dimensional art by PRCA artists

The Prairie Renaissance Cultural Alliance (PRCA) is pleased to announce an upcoming exhibit at the PRCA Gallery that pairs the written word, poetry by Morris resident Linda Hodgson, with two-dimensional art by PRCA artists Deb Connolly, Della Conroy, and Richard Walker. An opening reception for “Out My Window: Prairie Poems, Pictures, and Paintings” will be held on Thursday evening, August 5, 2010, from 7 p.m. until 8:30 p.m.

The seed for this exhibit was planted years ago when Hodgson realized that a still life, a bowl of peaches, painted by artist John Ingle, then professor of studio art at the University of Minnesota, Morris, serendipitously captured the essence of a poem she had written . She sent her poem to Ingle with a note sharing with him how she wished she could paint. Ingle responded by affirming Hodgson’s gift, stating that she, too, was creating art, a still life with words.

Like Ingle, many others encouraged Hodgson to write, from her fourth grade teacher in Wheaton where she grew up to Dwight Purdy and the late Jim Gremmels, English professors at the University of Minnesota, Morris from which she graduated in 1986. Living on the prairie also inspires the poet.

“When I write, I find that place is very important,” reflects Hodgson. “I love the prairie. It is like the ocean, a vast surface and another world going on underneath. It’s beautiful. We need to surround ourselves with beauty and then share it. I love words, and I feel good about life. That’s what I try to capture and share.”

Hodgson identifies three kindred spirits in the wildlife photography of Walker and the paintings of Connolly and Conroy. The PRCA exhibit will feature her poetry with their paintings and photographs that reflect the content and theme of her poems. While she has written “volumes” over the years, Hodgson states this particular project has been developing as an intentional and cohesive undertaking for about the last year.

Hodgson, Conroy, Walker, and Connolly, along with Bob Christianson who framed nine of the pieces, will all be present at the opening reception, which is free and open to the public.

The PRCA exhibit of poetry, paintings, and photographs will be available for viewing until Saturday, September 11, 2010, at the PRCA Gallery located at 630 Atlantic Avenue, downtown Morris. Regular hours are Tuesdays through Fridays from 11 a.m. until 5:30 p.m., Saturdays from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m., or by appointment. For more information, call 320-585-5037 or e-mail

The nonprofit PRCA’s mission is to advocate, promote, and coordinate arts, heritage, and cultural activities in Stevens County and the surrounding area.

A conversation with Ben Johnson, author of We Are Not Alone: Evidences of the Supernatural Among Ordinary People, scheduled at the PRCA

In your life, have you ever heard a voice when no one was around? Have you had a dream, maybe even a vision, that has had a significant impact on your life?

Dr. Ben Arlen Johnson surveyed more than 6,000 people and gathered answers to these questions. His book, We Are Not Alone: Evidences of the Supernatural Among Ordinary People, is a reflection on his investigation of experiences that convince others of the reality of another world.

If you are curious about this topic or have your own stories to share, Johnson will be at the Prairie Renaissance Cultural Alliance on Sunday, July 18, 2010, from 2 until 4 p.m. for a book signing. At 3 p.m., he will lead a conversation about his book and the stories he has gathered. The public is invited to this free event and reception.

Johnson, a theological professor, is a graduate of Harvard University and Gustavus Adolphus College. He currently serves as interim pastor at Chokio Lutheran Church in Chokio, Minnesota.

Please call 320-585-5087 or e-mail for more information about the event. The PRCA is located at 632 Atlantic Avenue in Morris. Hours are Tuesday through Friday from 11 a.m. until 5:30 p.m., Saturday from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m., or by appointment.

The nonprofit PRCA’s mission is to advocate, promote, and coordinate arts, heritage, and cultural activities in Stevens County and the surrounding area.

PRCA Photo Contest Display on Exhibit at Gallery

The PRCA annual photo contest exhibit is now on display at the gallery, downtown Morris. Nearly 100 wonderful photos illustrate the creativity of area amateur photographers. Stop in to cast your vote for the People’s Choice…it will be a hard task to choose a favorite. Winners in each category-purple, abstract, wetlands, future generations, the natural world, and community-will be announced in July. Jess Larson, associate professor of studio art at the University of Minnesota, Morris will serve as judge.