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Art & music show coming to Holmes

Music and art, art and music These two frequent companions will be paired once again at next weekend's Third Annual Juried Fine Art Show in Detroit Lakes' Historic Holmes Theatre.

In addition to the dozens of local and regional artists whose work will be displayed throughout the day on Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 18-19, in the Holmes Ballroom, the adjacent Holmes Theatre will also house two free concerts.

The first concert is the debut of the newly-formed Lakes Area Community Concert Band, scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 18. Under the direction of long-time Detroit Lakes High School band director Gene Gaffney, the ensemble of horns, wind instruments and percussion will take the stage for the first time at 4 p.m.

Then, on Sunday, Nov. 19, local singer/songwriter Robbin Bueng "&Friends" will perform at 7 p.m. The evening will include performances of several of Bueng's original compositions.

As for the art show itself, organizers Vicky Williams and Val Voigt have already lined up 28 local and regional artists to display their work -- including seven artists who have never taken part in the Holmes show before.

"I want to see this show just explode, expand beyond the ballroom into the hallways and lobby (of the theater)," Williams said.

"I want as many artists as possible to take part... it's wonderful exposure for them, and such an interesting way to support this facility," she added, noting that 20 percent of the proceeds from the event go toward programming at the theater. "I would love to see us grow more into the visual arts at this facility."

Eventually, she said, she would like to see some of the space in the theater complex being used for visual art classes such as photography and painting.

Kesley Myrhe, marketing coordinator for the Historic Holmes Theatre, said this year's artists come from as far away as Battle Lake, Park Rapids and Fargo-Moorhead as well as Detroit Lakes, Cormorant, Lake Park, Audubon and Frazee.

In addition to the new musical component, this year's art show will include art demonstrations, a boutique that includes a range of "affordable art" that costs anywhere from $2 to $100 -- perfect for a little early holiday shopping, Williams noted.

The silent auction has also been expanded this year to include not just one, but two pieces of donated art, from Bob Cummings and JoAnn Knapp.

One interesting thing about Knapp's piece is that it was actually created during a live art demonstration at the first Holmes Art Show, Williams added.

"One hundred percent of the proceeds from the silent auction go to the theater," Myhre added.

"This is the first year we've had more than one piece for the silent auction," Williams said. "We would gladly accept more if the artists wanted to donate them."

The hours for the Holmes Art show are 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 18-19. However, those who want to get an early start as well as meet some of the participating artists are invited to attend a 9 a.m. "meet and greet" with the artists on Saturday.

"It's the first time we've really done a kickoff event for the public," Williams said. "It's an early opportunity to talk to some of the artists."

Also, if you have a favorite artist and would like to get a first look at their pieces before they go on sale to the general public, be sure to go to the meet and greet, she added.

If anyone would still like to sign up for this year's art show, there are still some slots available, Williams noted.

Registration is $20; admission to the art show is free. Please contact Vicky Williams at 844-4221 for more information.

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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