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Continental Divide: Folk school offers variety of classes

The Continental Divide folk school at the New York Mills Regional Cultural Center has several upcoming classes, on topics such as maple sugaring, mosaic art and the universe’s astronimical wonders. Submitted Photo

The Continental Divide Folk School, the teaching arm of the  New York Mills Regional Cultural Center, has openings in several classes coming up this spring.

A class for learning how to tap maple trees and boil down the sap into delicious amber syrup will take place at the Bob Sonnenberg farm north of New York Mills this Saturday and Sunday, April 6-7. The class starts at 10 a.m. each day.

Class instructor Ed Ranson of Sebeka has been making syrup on his farm for many years, and you will enjoy his easy teaching style and substantial scientific knowledge about trees and the making of maple syrup.

Saturday’s session will focus on selection of trees and tapping trees to collect sap, while Sunday will be all about harvesting the sap and boiling it down to make maple syrup. Cost for this class is $10 per person.

Retired university professor John Hitchcock of Wadena will teach a weekly class at the Cultural Center on Wednesday mornings in April and May, discussing what we know about our solar system, our galaxy and the universe.

There will be six sessions running from 10 a.m. to noon.  Hitchcock, who has taught both physics and astronomy, will focus on topics such as current ideas about dark matter and dark energy.

Cost of the class is $30 for all six sessions.

Build a work of mosaic art using an old bowling ball, pieces of colored glass, and your imagination.

Staples based artist Pam Collins, will teach this class in two Saturday sessions on April 6 and 13, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Cost is $75 for tuition and all materials — including the bowling balls, thanks to a donation by Mills Lanes in New York Mills.

Information about other courses is available at the Cultural Center website,  Call the Center at 218-385-3339 to register for any of these classes, or to request a copy of their brochure to be sent to you by mail.

Artists sought for upcoming show

The NYM Cultural Center is also seeking artists to participate in its annual regional arts show, to be held April 24-May 25 in the Center’s main gallery.

This show is open to all artists working in any medium. Each artist may submit up to two works in any medium for inclusion in this non-juried art show.

Artists should bring their work to the Cultural Center on Friday, April 19 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. or Saturday, April 20 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Work must have been completed in calendar years 2013, 2012, 2011, or 2010. You may choose to make your work available for purchase. Work must be ready for presentation. For example, photographs must be matted and framed. Paintings must be prepared for gallery hanging.

A reception in honor of the artists is scheduled for Friday, April 26 from 6 to 8 p.m. There will be a $50 “People’s Choice” Award presented at the conclusion of the show on May 25, along with four $50 “best in category” awards given at the reception on April 26.

Categories will be established after submissions are complete and will be based on the number of submissions in each medium.