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Holmes Art Show opens Thursday

Area singer-songwriter Carrie Sorensen will be performing during the kick-off of the Holmes Art Show on Thursday. She will give a concert at 7 p.m.1 / 2
Detroit Lakes artist Ruth Kary's "Piercing Baby Blues" photograph was chosen to be used in the promotion of the art show.2 / 2

Now that winter's chill is beginning to be felt in the lakes area, people are looking for more ways to have fun indoors -- and what better way to do that than a visit to the Holmes Art Show, opening this Thursday, Nov. 18 at Detroit Lakes' Historic Holmes Theatre.

More than 20 area artists -- from Detroit Lakes, Lake Park, Frazee, Perham, Park Rapids, Fergus Falls, Fargo, Moorhead, Crookston, St. Cloud and Minneapolis -- will be participating in this year's show.

According to event organizer Becky Mitchell, the show will feature everything from watercolor, oil and acrylic paintings to pottery, Ukrainian eggs, hand made paper and woodcarvings.

Mitchell, who is also one of the participating artists, will be displaying several examples of her own glass creations.

This year's featured artist is Ruth J. Kary of Detroit Lakes. Her photograph, "Piercing Baby Blues," was chosen to be used in promotion for the seventh annual event.

A native of Mandan, N.D., Kary graduated from the University of North Dakota in Fargo with a degree in accounting -- but has also been a freelance photographer and illustrator for 20 years.

"After retiring from my accounting career, I'm able to focus artistically," she says. "I've taken a variety of classes, seminars and workshops, but I'm mainly self-taught."

Kary recently moved to Detroit Lakes, after living in Colorado for 30 years, and is a member of both the Cormorant Area Art Club and the Red River Watercolor Society.

Other participants will include a mix of familiar names like Ellen Jean Diederich, Robert Cummings, Dee Bowman and Carmen McCullough to first-timers like Katie Sandberg, Sharon Trieglaff Jons and Brian Giehl.

All of the participants are encouraged to attend Thursday's kickoff reception, which runs from 5:30 to 8 p.m. in the Holmes Ballroom.

"It's a chance to mingle with the artists and look over their work for potential purchases," Mitchell said.

There will also be a holiday boutique set up in the theater lobby during all three days of the show, and the main stage of the Holmes Theatre (across the hall from the ballroom) will be hosting three free evenings of live entertainment in conjunction with the art show.

Area singer-songwriter Carrie Sorensen will kick things off Thursday with a 7 p.m. concert. A senior at Detroit Lakes High School, Sorensen has been delighting local audiences with her songwriting and performing talents for several years.

Then on Friday night, also at 7 p.m., Minneapolis' Mixed Blood Theatre will be giving a special presentation of its tour de force musical creation, "Daughters of Africa."

Co-hosted by Detroit Lakes' own Congregational Church, this energetic show commemorates the talents of African American ranging from Bessie Smith to Aretha Franklin, Lena Horne to Beyoncé.

The art show exhibits and boutique will be open Friday from 10 a.m. until the start of the evening's performance at 7 p.m., and on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

All participating artists will have an opportunity to give live demonstrations of their work, if they so choose; Mitchell said that some of the artists who have indicated their intent to give demos include Dee Bowman, Katie Sandberg and Sharon Trieglaff Jons.

The weekend's festivities will go out with a bang on Saturday, with a 4 p.m. performance by the Lakes Area Community Concert Band.

The ensemble of local musicians will celebrate its fifth season in Detroit Lakes with a special performance by guest trumpet player John Koopmann.

Koopmann, a Detroit Lakes native, is currently the principal trumpet player for the Minnesota Opera Orchestra, and serves as orchestra director and sixth grade band instructor for the Staples-Motley school district. He will join the concert band for three songs.

As with all of the weekend's other festivities at the theater, admission to Saturday evening's concert is free and open to the public.

For more information, contact the Holmes Theatre Box Office at 218-844-SHOW (7469), or visit the website at

Vicki Gerdes

Staff writer at Detroit Lakes Newspapers for the past 16 years, currently editor of the entertainment and community pages as well as covering city council and the Lake Park-Audubon School Board. Living in DL with my cat, Smokey.

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