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Holmes Art Show opens Thursday, expands to four days

SUBMITTED PHOTO Winnie Collins' "Pristine Lake View" is the featured piece for this year's Holmes Art Show.

The Fifth Annual Holmes Art Show opens Thursday, and continues through Sunday at the Detroit Lakes Community and Cultural Center's Holmes Ballroom.

"We've expanded the show to four days this year," said organizer Vicky Williams.

The Holmes Art Show was created five years ago as a fund-raiser for the DLCCC; all of the participating artists donate a portion of the proceeds from their sales to the center, she continued.

The festivities will begin with a special "Cabaret Night" performance by local musician Rick Kratzke on Thursday, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the ballroom. There will also be a cash bar and appetizer menu, as well as an opportunity to be among the first to see work by some of the area's best artists. More than 20 artists will display paintings, sculpture, pottery, glasswork, collage and other fine arts.

The show will continue on Friday, Nov. 21 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 22-23.

The Holmes Art Show is widely known for attracting some of the most well-known area artists including Connie Bruse, Fargo; Jan Campbell, Detroit Lakes; Robert Cummings, Frazee; Jo and Karla Cummings, Detroit Lakes; Ingrid Erickson, Detroit Lakes; Barb Groth, Detroit Lakes; Carole Fernow Gulland, Fargo; Ruth Kary, Detroit Lakes; Audrey Kolnes, Detroit Lakes; Carmen McCullough, Detroit Lakes; Becky Mitchell, Lake Park; David Norstad, Detroit Lakes; Eric Santwire, Fergus Falls; Kathryn Vinje, Rochert; Val Voigt, Detroit Lakes; Dee Bowman, Detroit Lakes; Michael Cary, Detroit Lakes -- and this year's featured artist, Winnie Collins of Battle Lake. Collins' art piece, "Pristine Lake View," was chosen to be featured in promotional advertising for the show.

There also be a "cash and carry" boutique area in the theater lobby, featuring smaller pieces for sale such as jewelry, note cards, prints, ornaments and more.

"We have something for every budget," Williams added.

But besides the artwork on display, there will be several other activities going on throughout the weekend as well.

There will be a free performance by the Lakes Area Community Concert Band on Saturday, Nov. 22 at 4 p.m., and a sold-out performance by the Church Basement Ladies on Sunday, Nov. 23 at 3 p.m.

The Lakes Area Community Concert Band is beginning its third season of performances with Saturday's concert, which will feature selections from "West Side Story," "Schwanda, the Bagpiper," "American Salute," the "Liberty Bell March" and more. Though there is no admission fee, there will be a free will offering.

Sunday's show by the "Church Basement Ladies" is sold out. But for those lucky enough to have a ticket, the show begins at 3 p.m. "Church Basement Ladies" mixes the silliness of "Nunsense" with the homespun humor of "Prairie Home Companion." This hilarious musical is a celebration of church basement kitchens everywhere and the wonderful, unsung women who work there.

Visitors to the art show can also view demonstrations by area artists; try their hands at watercolor painting in two free workshops, Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.; and also create their own work of art as part of the Holmes Theatre outreach project, "Get Mugged."

White coffee mugs are available, one for $15 and two for $25. There will be an area for painting the mugs, which when completed, will be sent to a pottery kiln for firing and returned to the creators by mid-December -- just in time for Christmas.

"You can just sit down and play for a while," she said, adding that the mugs "make great gifts!"

The Holmes Art Show is free and open to the public. For more information, call Vicky Williams at 218-844-4221 (Ext. 106) or 218-844-SHOW.

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.

(218) 844-1454