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Give to the Max Day is November 18th!

Last year supporters like you made our Give to the Max Day incredibly successful. We hope that you will join us again on November 18th for Give to the Max Day and help us continue to connect our community by supporting local artists and creating spaces to experience the arts in Stevens County.

Your donation on Give to the Max Day also may help us receive an additional donation of $1,000. How? Every gift made on GiveMN.org will be entered into an hourly drawing for a $1,000 GiveMN Golden Ticket to be awarded to a nonprofit organization–that could be us! Every little bit counts for us nonprofits, and the bonus drawings GiveMN awards are significant funds that can help us with our programming, operations, and more. We actually won a Golden Ticket last year because a person donated during the Early Giving period leading up to Give to the Max Day, so don’t feel like you have to wait to make your gift! 

If you believe in the work our organization does, and are able to contribute anything towards supporting our mission, be sure to mark your calendar and make your gift on November 18 by visiting GiveMN.org and searching for our organization or clicking the button below! Thank you!

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Congratulations to our Musical Contest Winners!

We had a great turnout and overall successful musical talent contest at Prairie Pioneer Day!
We look forward to more music events like this in the future.

Congratulations to our very talented winners:
1st PLACE Alex MacIntosh, solo voice and guitar
2nd PLACE Rachel Coler-Mulholland and Alex MacIntosh, vocal duet
3rd PLACE Jordan Nieland, vocal and guitar solo
and Honorable Mention Anna Demetriou!

Many thanks to the Morris Area Chamber of Commerce, our sponsors Conway, Deuth, & Schmiesing, PLLP, and the donation in honor of Helen Jane Morrison. And big shoutout to all those involved and who participated, you helped make this event so great!

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Through the Years: Work by Dan Allenspach Exhibit & Reception

Fancy Dancer sculpture by Dan Allenspach

Dan Allenspach, from Hancock, Minnesota, is the featured artist in the PRCA gallery from September 2-October 30, 2021. Join us for a reception on Thursday, September 23 from 6-8pm in person at the gallery, or attend online through Zoom.

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PRCA Seeking Musical Talent for PPD contest!

We’re looking for musicians to compete in the Prairie Pioneer Day Talent Contest on Saturday, September 11th at 1:00 pm at the Stevens County Fair Grounds. CASH PRIZES awarded to winners!

We expect to have solo acts and group acts. Contestants may compete as part of more
than one act. The contest is open to all amateur singers and musicians of all ages!

For more information and how to apply, click here for official rules of entry.

1st Prize $250
2nd Prize $150
3rd Prize $100

This event is brought to you by the PRCA and sponsored by Conway, Deuth & Schmiesing (CDS) and Helen Morrison.

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Prairie Art Camp Showcase now on display!

Join us for a reception August 28 from 1 – 2 PM for this exhibit featuring a variety of artwork by our participants of this summer’s Prairie Art Camp for kids!
View this show during our regular open hours now through August 28th.

Prairie Art Camp is a multi-day camp for elementary aged students and encourages kids to create, innovate, investigate, and imagine through a variety of visual and performing arts sessions led by local artists.

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2021 ANNUAL MEETING

Please join us for our annual meeting at the gallery Thursday July 15 at 6pm. While our usual spring meeting was slightly delayed, our annual meeting is still happening, and it will be another very important meeting after the unusual and challenging year covering May 2020-June 2021. 

We’ll provide a financial update of the organization, take nominations and elect board members and officers, and recap the activities, exhibits, and all the other great stuff that we’ve been hard at work with behind the scenes! 

This meeting is open to the public.
We implore you to invite a friend to join the meeting and become a member!

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Behind the Door: Reception and Exhibition with Michael Weatherly

Exhibition: June 3-July 17, 2021
Reception: Thursday, June 24 from 6-8pm,
with artist talk at 6:30pm

We are pleased to display Michael Weatherly’s latest work in Behind the Door, an exhibition about how we try to keep things secret, or behind closed doors such as abuse or addiction.

Join us for our first in-person reception since the pandemic began! Refreshments available 6-8pm, and Mike’s artist talk will begin at 6:30pm. See you then!

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Artist Talk with Faythe Mills

Faythe Mills, an artist from Glenwood, MN, will talk about her current exhibition at the PRCA, “Reflections.” Her work explores nature, particularly animals, as well as daily life as seen at home and around the globe.

Be sure to visit the PRCA gallery to experience this exhibition! On display now through May 29, 2021.

Topic: Faythe Mills Artist Talk
Time: May 6, 2021 06:30 PM Central Time (US and Canada)

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Prairie Art Camp Registration is Open!

About Prairie Art Camp

Prairie Art Camp is a four day camp for elementary aged students who have completed grades K-7; it encourages students to create, innovate, investigate, and imagine through a variety of visual and performing arts sessions led by local artists. Camp is held at the Morris Area Public School on Monday, July 26, through Thursday, July 29, 2021. Camp runs from 9:15 am – 3:15 pm each day.

Outdoor sessions will be utilized as much as possible for a fun and safe in-person art camp experience. Class sizes are limited and social distancing, including masks, will be required.

The cost is $150, with early-bird registration before July 1 of $125. Thanks to a partnership with Bread and Bowls, UMN Morris Office of Community Engagement, and local organization and business sponsors, limited scholarships are available through the Prairie Renaissance Cultural Alliance (PRCA).

To get more information on camp or scholarships, or to register, contact the PRCA:
Phone – (320) 585-5037
Email – prca@prairierenaissance.org

Or register online HERE

*If you select this option, please only pay a $75 deposit for camp - PRCA will notify you if you qualify for a scholarship, or if additional payment is required.

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Winter/Spring Virtual Art Class Series

Enjoy art classes in March, April, and May 2021 through the PRCA!

Painting, drawing, calligraphy, collage, and more for kids and adults.

Sign up for a class in two easy steps at the bottom of this page:
1) Fill out the registration form to choose your class(es).
2) Pay for your class(es).
3) Pick up supplies at the Prairie Renaissance Cultural Alliance, 630 Atlantic Avenue in Morris, MN during open hours (or by appointment).

Upcoming Classes

VIRTUAL CLASS $10
Title: Easy Printmaking
Teacher: Sarah Eckel
Format: Combo
Description: This class will make simple prints using acrylic paint and styrofoam. Using styrofoam sheets, learn to etch a design and print it to make art for your wall, as gifts and cards!
Who: Kids 8+
When: May 1st, 2pm

IN-PERSON CLASS $25
Title: Thinking About Color
Teacher: Jenny Nellis
Description: This class is intended for quilters, knitters, embroiderers, painters, sewers, and anyone who works with color. We will experiment with color mixing using acrylic paint to try out various color combinations based on the color wheel. Participants should bring a picture with colors they like for a color mixing exercise.
Who: 14+
When: May 8th, 3pm
Duration: 1hr 30min
Location: PRCA, 630 Atlantic Ave, Morris, MN
COVID Protocols: This class will require masks and physical distancing to follow guidelines recommended by the CDC.



Past Classes for Adults

Title: Painting Flowers With Della
Teacher: Della Conroy
Format: Live
Description: We will paint spring flowers like pansies, tulips, & hyacinths in a one hour watercolor class. Join in the fun!
Who: 10+
When: March 23rd, 7pm

Title: Introduction to Zentangle
Teacher: Diane Trew CZT (Certified Zentangle Teacher)
Format: Live
Description: Zentangle is an easy to learn, relaxing, and fun way to create beautiful images by drawing structured patterns. Almost anyone can use it to create beautiful images. It increases focus and creativity, provides artistic satisfaction along with a personal sense of well being. The class will provide a beginner with a background in the history of Zentangle, introduce them to the basic steps and methods and expose them to the associated vocabulary and tools. Students will create actual Zentangle tiles and will understand that “anything is possible one stroke at a time.”
Who: 15+
When: March 16th, 7pm
Duration: 1.5 hours

Title: Italic Calligraphy for Beginners
Teacher: Nancy Altain
Format: Live
Description: Learn to draw a basic Italic alphabet with pencils and a felt tip chisel point pen in a one hour session.
Who: 12+
When: April 17th, 2pm



Past Classes for Kids

Title: BubblePalooza Paintings
Teacher: Jane Rennick
Format: Live
Description: Take your finger painting skills to the next level with this fun technique! Using soap and paint, we will create fabulous and vibrant bubble paintings together that will be sure to brighten up our gloomy winter.
Who:Kids Ages 5-10
When: March 8th, 4:30pm

Title: Zentangle Apprentice: An Introduction to Zentangle
Teacher: Diane Trew CZT (Certified Zentangle Teacher)
Format:
Description: Zentangle is an easy to learn, relaxing, and fun way to create beautiful images by drawing structured patterns. The method provides a path for creating art from patterns by breaking them down into elemental strokes. It requires no artistic ability, but can open a door to art and creativity for all ages and abilities.
Who: Ages 4-12
When: March 22nd, 4:30pm
Duration: 45-60 min

Title: Collage for Kids
Teacher: Lori Kurpiers
Format: Live
Description: This class will have you exploring layers and textures, colors and shapes, drawing and painting. Using collected images and text from magazines, old books, your doodles, and more, we will create a multi-layered collage piece with few rules but lots of fun.
Who: Ages 8+
When: April 10th, 2pm

Title: Easy Printmaking
Teacher: Sarah Eckel
Format: Combo
Description: This class will make simple prints using acrylic paint and styrofoam. Using styrofoam sheets, learn to etch a design and print it to make art for your wall, as gifts and cards!
Who: Kids
When: April 21st, 1:30pm

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This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.