The Waseca Art’s Council is experiencing many exciting changes in 2013, thanks to several years moving forward on acquiring new space for the Waseca Art Center
. Special appreciation goes to the Waseca Area Foundation who had faith in this organization and believed in the renovation of this building as a major improvement for downtown Waseca; and to volunteer Kent Schultz , who over a three year period of time, directed the activities of the Board of Directors, spearheaded the capital campaign, negotiated with the architects and planners, directed and instructed all of the building contractors and physically performed a great deal of volunteer work inside the building.
Now as Executive Director, I am leading this organization in developing a wide range of cultural and arts activities for this community and the surrounding area. We began with a great art exhibition, titled, The Creative Self Portrait, where thirteen artistsl exhibited new works fitting the theme. Our second exhibit, Fragments, fiber sculpture by Theresa Harsma, was 28 works large and small of amazing quality. The spring months will bring our annual children's displays, first the Annual High School show running till May 3 followed by the elementary art show.
Music is a new emphasis. We began a series of spring concerts March 2nd. , Music and Motion Classes for parents and toddler’s resumed in February, and musicians will perform each Saturday morning in the gathering space. As the year develops, new concerts and opportunities will be added. The next concert is April 19 and it's Opera Night. Check the calendar for all the details.
Educational opportunities will begin once the WAC has occupany of the lower/basement level. Classes are now planned to begin June 14, with Fred Dingler offering painting classes for teens and adults. See schedule on a following page.
For a full calendar and all the information about happenings, stop in 200 State or keep tuned to this website: www.wasecaartscouncil.org.
A big draw at the NEW Waseca Art Center
is the expanded gift shop featuring a wide range of wonderful gift items for everyone on your list. Special emphasis is on creative play things for children.
Unfortunately, upon opening, the new art center is not entirely complete. There were insufficient funds to install an up-to-code elevator, so the downstairs and second floor will not be handicapped accessible. The WAC capital campaign remains open and contributions for first phase expenditures and the second phase would be greatly appreciated.