Rescheduled artist reception Saturday
It's not often that a reception is planned for an art exhibit after it has officially closed, but at the New York Mills Regional Cultural Center, bad weather forced the staff to reschedule the Dec. 11 reception for two of its gallery exhibits until this Saturday, Jan. 8 -- more than a week after the exhibits' original closing date of Dec. 31.
What this means is that area residents will have a rare opportunity to view the exhibits "Happenchance," by Twin Cities-based artists Laura Andrews, Suzanne Murphy, Heather Humbert (Price) and Jennifer Totoritis-Searl; and "Paper Plains," by Minneapolis artist Brian Jorgenson.
"Happenchance," an exhibit of paintings and drawings, has been on display in the Cultural Center's main gallery, while "Paper Plains," an exhibit of paper art, was featured in the upstairs gallery. Both shows opened on Nov. 26, but inclement weather played havoc with their originally scheduled reception date on Dec. 11.
A crowded holiday event schedule prompted organizers to reset the reception for this Saturday, Jan. 8, from 3 to 6 p.m.
Guests will have an opportunity to view the exhibits, meet the artists and enjoy refreshments.
As the Cultural Center will be closed for the month of January, this will be the last chance to view both exhibits.
According to the East Otter Tail Focus, this is the second year that the cultural center will be closed for the month of January.
Jamie Robertson, executive director of the cultural center, said that the center made the decision to close for the month because of a lack of foot traffic.
"It's kind of an uphill battle to get people to come to events in January," Robertson said, citing the cold winter weather and post-holiday withdrawals.
He said that though the center will be closed, it will still host an upcoming concert (details to be announced), and Saturday's reception.
Robertson said that he would use the time to do grant writing, prepare for the Winter Festival on Feb. 12, and complete the schedule for the rest of the winter and spring.
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