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10 years of Holmes Art Show

It’s been 10 years since the first Holmes Art Show was held in the ballroom of the Historic Holmes Theatre in Detroit Lakes.

The intervening years have brought hundreds of artists and a plethora of talent to the annual event, which kicks off this Thursday, Nov. 21, at 5 p.m.

“I am always amazed at the depth and variety of talent we have in this area,” says Becky Mitchell, the theater’s arts outreach and event coordinator — who also exhibits her own glass art as a part of the annual show.

The lineup for the 10th annual event includes “a nice mix” of new and returning artists — several of whom will be demonstrating their work this year as well, Mitchell said.

“It’s great to have the returning artists be so welcoming of the new ones. They’re very supportive of one another. It’s not a competitive atmosphere.”

Some of the familiar faces will include returning favorites like Bob Cummings and Bracken Rourke, while first-timers will include photographer Joseph Allen; native artist Carlee Kuhn, who will be demonstrating how she makes the hoops for hoop dancing; and pastel artist Michael Weber, who will also be demonstrating this year.

In addition, past exhibitors Fern Belling and Todd Voss will be performing live music during the show instead.

“They didn’t feel they had enough new work to exhibit this year,” Mitchell explained.

The art show will run from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 21; noon to 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 22; and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 23.

“There are still a few slots open for artists to participate this year,” Mitchell said, noting that about 14 have signed up thus far, with a handful of other applications pending.

As in years past, there will be a new featured artist performing in the main theater on each evening of the show.

On Thursday night, the Lyra Trio will perform at 7:30 p.m.; Friday will bring “Rocky Mountain High,” a tribute to the late, great country music icon John Denver, with shows at 2 and 7:30 p.m.; and Saturday afternoon will bring the first concert of the season from the Lakes Area Community Concert Band, at 4 p.m.

The Lyra Trio will open the theater’s Classical Music Series, featuring a piano, cello and violin trio from the Fargo-Moorhead Symphony Orchestra performing a wide array of classical tunes. Tickets are $10 for adults, free for students.

“Rocky Mountain High” will feature John Denver look-and-sound-alike Ted Vigil, with special guest Steve Weisberg, who is Denver’s former lead guitarist. There are two performances of this show set on Friday, at a 2 p.m. afternoon matinee and again at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $22 for adults, $11 for students.

Saturday’s performance by the Lakes Area Community Concert Band will feature a tribute to area Armed Forces veterans, with a choir of local vocalists performing to perform two numbers with the band, “Hymn to the Fallen” from the movie “Saving Private Ryan,” and the more traditional “Battle Hymn of the Republic.” The choir will be under the direction of Lori Paakh, while the band is being directed by Gene Gaffney.

There is no admission charge for the community band concert, but donations will be gratefully accepted to help support its efforts to provide “an opportunity for area instrumentalists to play and perform in the context of the concert band, while serving the lakes area as a provider of musical entertainment and community involvement.”

For more information, visit the band’s website at

Also on Saturday, New York Mills singer-songwriter Elisa Korenne will be giving a free, two-part arts and business workshop at the theater.

The purpose of the workshop is to teach marketing, social media skills, and creativity.

Korenne received a 2013 Artist Initiative Award from the Minnesota State Arts Board to build her social media skills and strengthen her brand identity.

As part of this grant, the State Arts Board has provided residents of west central Minnesota the opportunity to attend a free two-part workshop where Korenne will share the skills that has learned.

Each workshop will take place in two parts, creativity and business, separated by a bring-your-own lunch/dinner where Elisa will be available for questions and conversation.

In the first half of the workshop Elisa will lead participants in exercises to enhance their creativity. The session will conclude with a group songwriting project. Participants will leave with tools they can use to jump start their creative projects.

The second half of the workshop will focus on social media and marketing skills and tools.

The workshop is free. It is geared for adults and open to mature teenagers. Participants may attend any or all of the workshop-related events.

For more information about the workshop, or participating in the art show, please contact Becky Mitchell at 218-844-7469, ext. 117, or e-mail her at

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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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