"Two Friends" Artists' Reception
Jan
25
5:00 PM17:00

"Two Friends" Artists' Reception

Join Liz Stensland and Brittney Wegener as they present their new sculptural work in Two Friends, a joint exhibition. The artists’ reception takes place on Friday, January 18 from 5-7 pm, and is free and open to the public. There will be light refreshments and live music by Harris Deno and Shawn Bagley. The full exhibit runs from January 4-25, and is sponsored by the MSU Department of Art.

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Omitted Histories: The Role of Music & Theatre to Challenge Biases
Jan
29
7:00 PM19:00

Omitted Histories: The Role of Music & Theatre to Challenge Biases

"Omitted Histories: The Role of Music and Theater to Challenge Biases" is a discussion about the role music plays in theater and society. Participants will learn about how art can help challenge commonly held notions and rhetoric about cultures other than their own, as well as being a way to present omitted or misrepresented histories. 

This event is free and open to the public, but registration is required. To reserve your seat, visit https://app.etapestry.com/cart/TwinRiversCenterfortheArts/default/item.php?ref=7710.0.208860193.

This event is relevant for general audiences, social studies, linguistics, and history courses. 

Ronnie Malley is a multi-instrumentalist musician, theatrical performer, producer, and educator. With a background in Global Music and Performance Studies, Ronnie has collaborated with artists internationally and has composed and consulted for many cultural music projects in film and theater.

He conducts Arabic language artist residencies for Chicago Public Schools through his business, Intercultural Music Production, Inc., is a teaching artist for music and theater with the Global Voices Initiative, is a faculty member at the Old Town School of Folk Music and Chicago Academy for the Arts, an accomplished artist with Chicago Arts Partnership in Education, and a veteran artist with Chicago Arts Partnership in Education.

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"The Barn: Passing of a Rural American Icon" Opening Reception
Feb
1
5:00 PM17:00

"The Barn: Passing of a Rural American Icon" Opening Reception

The Bend of the River Photography Club will be presenting a photography exhibit of barns of varying size, shape, color, and condition. Barns are becoming a lost part of our heritage, and this exhibit will showcase the ones that are still in existence, or, at least, still recognizable. The members of the Bend of the River Photography Club have varied interests, skills, and artistic preferences, so there will be a unique blend of styles included in the show.

The opening reception takes place on Friday, February 1st from 5-7 pm in the Emy Frentz Gallery. There will be refreshments and live music provided, and the event is free and open to the public. The exhibit runs until February 22, and is sponsored by Meyer & Norland Financial Group.

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TRCA Movers + Shakers: Artistic Duality
Feb
11
6:00 PM18:00

TRCA Movers + Shakers: Artistic Duality

Artistic Duality is a panel discussion  featuring two of Mankato’s most prominent art duos Brian Frink & Wilbur Neushwander-Frink, as well as Betty & Ocho. They will be discussing the dynamics that come into play when two creative brains are at work. Bring your sweetheart or show up stag, we'd love for you to join us  Monday, February 11th!

This event is free and open to the public, but registration is required. To reserve your seat, click here: https://app.etapestry.com/cart/TwinRiversCenterfortheArts/default/category.php?ref=7710.0.218394796.

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TRCA Family Meeting
Jan
16
5:30 PM17:30

TRCA Family Meeting

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Join us for a Family Meeting to talk space at the Emy Frentz Arts Guild. Your involvement as an affiliate or member is important to us and we’d like to hear from you regarding your ideal space for working, playing, and connecting with others.

As the central information hub for arts and culture in Greater Mankato, we’d like to know how we can best serve our creative community through a thoughtful revisioning of the Emy Frentz Arts Guild.

Here are a few questions we plan to address:

  • If you could have anything in a space, what would it be?

  • How often do you use the Arts Guild?

  • What amenities would you like available that currently are not?

All are welcome to join in on the conversation. If you cannot attend, no worries. We will be sending out an electronic survey to capture your input. This event is free, but registration is requested. You can reserve your seat here: https://app.etapestry.com/cart/TwinRiversCenterfortheArts/default/item.php?ref=7710.0.215948309

Thank you for your passion and commitment to the arts!

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TRCA Movers + Shakers: Mindful Movement & Meditation for Creativity
Dec
10
6:00 PM18:00

TRCA Movers + Shakers: Mindful Movement & Meditation for Creativity

Join the Twin Rivers [Movers + Shakers] for Mindful Movement + Meditation for Creativity! We will begin with mindful movement with instructor Jessica Roemhildt where we discover that all movement starts with the feet! In this 30 min segment we will be warming up our bodies with some mindful stretching, and you will learn how important warming up your feet can prepare and effect the rest of your body. We will next focus on Mindfulness meditation with David Gadberry, Ph.D. which can be a useful tool for stress reduction and increased enjoyment of life. By using easy-to-learn techniques, people can employ their practice of mindfulness meditation throughout the day to decrease anxiety and get more out of their everyday activities. Mindfulness meditation is easily integrated into all faiths, religions, and world views; and it also can be done without any spiritual connection. This session will focus on the techniques without exploring any specific religion or spiritual affiliation.

Jessica Roemhildt is the owner of Lulu’s Wellness Center in Mankato, she is a Self-Care Specialist and has been offering a variety of options for improving your health for 15 years now. Whether you need a Massage, gait assessment, nutrition or herb consultation. Jessica believes that no pain is normal and wants to help you Live Your Life Unique. 

David Gadberry, Ph.D. the Director of Music Education at Minnesota State Mankato and also teaches music classes at local preschools as well as leading music groups at adolescent treatment centers in the area. Gadberry has been practicing mindfulness meditation for over 10 years and has led introductory meditation experiences in personal and professional settings.

“Art has the power to heal, inspire, provoke, challenge, and offer hope.” –Renee Phillips

To register for FREE, visit https://app.etapestry.com/cart/TwinRiversCenterfortheArts/default/item.php?ref=7710.0.189874254

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Resident Artists Exhibition Opening Reception
Nov
15
5:00 PM17:00

Resident Artists Exhibition Opening Reception

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Join us for the opening reception of the Annual Resident Artists Exhibition, featuring the studio artists of the Emy Frentz Arts Guild:

Eileen Hines
Kylia Irwin
Raeann Irwin
Sheila Klein
Margie Larson
Ginger Neilon
Joellen Preston
Amanda Wirig

The reception takes place on Thursday, November 15 from 5-7 pm at the Emy Frentz Arts Guild Gallery. Drinks and refreshments will be served. Can't make it for the opening? The exhibit will be on display from Nov. 15-Dec. 14. This exhibit is free and open to the public, and is sponsored by Twin Rivers Board Chair Antje Meisner.

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TRCA Movers + Shakers: Stories of Healing Through the Arts
Nov
12
6:00 PM18:00

TRCA Movers + Shakers: Stories of Healing Through the Arts

Join the Twin Rivers [Movers + Shakers] for Stories of Healing Through the Arts! A panel of three professional artists who will be sharing their stories of life’s trials and tribulations and how they broke through to the other side with the help and healing power of the arts. They will touch on topics such as addiction, mental illness, and trauma in a raw and uninhibited setting. 

Stacy K has been a long time dedicated songwriter and musician. Her journey with music started at the young age of four when she won the title of Miss Petite of Minnesota. From there she studied and performed throughout her formative years, played in The Johnny Holm Band, has written and recorded five original albums, performed at The Sturgis Motorcycle Rally, played for the US Troops in Abu Dhabi and Kuwait, and potentially every music venue in the Upper Midwest. Recently, Stacy K performed at Mankato’s Festival Solstice and RibFest and has released two new singles called Feels Good and Chemical Reaction. 
Learn more at Stacythek

Melissa Ketchum is a freelance fashion & costume designer under the name Meli Made Artistry. She’s participated in the Raw Fusion Fashion show for the past two years and received the “People’s Choice” award and the “Eye Candy” award for best use of theme. Melissa is also a freelance professional make-up artist specializing in bridal make-up as well as high fashion. She recently launched her personal blog “Lithium by Night” addressing the importance of clarity of mind and good mental health. Her goal is to educate people and encourage others to share their story when they feel necessary.

David Gadberry, Ph.D. the director of Music Education at Minnesota State Mankato and also teaches music classes at local preschools as well as leading music groups at adolescent treatment centers in the area. Gadberry has been practicing mindfulness meditation for over 10 years and has led introductory meditation experiences in personal and professional settings.

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"Celebrating Life" Community Conversation: Bereavement + How to Help
Nov
8
6:00 PM18:00

"Celebrating Life" Community Conversation: Bereavement + How to Help

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win Rivers and One Bright Star are partnering to present a special exhibition. Seven artists have been paired with seven families who have each lost a child---to capture the essence of their child through an original work of art. The exhibition runs October 18 thru November 9.

Twin Rivers will also hold a Community Conversation on Thursday, November 8 at 6-7PM at the Arts Guild to discuss how we can support families who have lost a loved one. This conversation will be facilitated by Amber Bannerman of One Bright Starand Mary Ann Boe of Deva Nation Community

This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Prairie Lakes Regional Arts Council, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

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Sunday Art Social
Oct
21
2:00 PM14:00

Sunday Art Social

The Sunday Art Social is a collaborative community art experience designed to celebrate our thriving creative community and it's supporters. A few of our featured events include the launch of OmniMatter a monthly pop-up art show, dance + aerial performances, music by DJ CNDRM, and valuable networking opportunities with Mankato’s creative community. But wait, there's more! For a full list of participants, see below.

This is a FREE event and our gift back to the community. Light appetizers will be provided for guests. Full bar options as well as wine and craft beer selections available for purchase.

Event Production By:
Twin Rivers Movers + Shakers

Visual Art By:
Abby Daleki // Daleki Art
Amanda Wirig // Amanda Wirig- Retro Art MN
Dana Sikkila 
Jason Felten // pik-A-color
Joellen Preston 
Katelyn Dick 
Kelsey Schwartz // Artworks by Kelsey
Samantha Allen // Samantha Paradise
Shelley Caldwell 

Featured Special Projects:
Chalk Street Art by the creators of Old Town Chalk Park
OmniMatter // Event Launch + Art Giveaway
Vagabond Village // Fashion Upcycle Project 

Community Partnerships:
Bellissimo Paint and Coatings // Event Sponsor
Lulu's Wellness Center // Event Sponsor
Meli Made Artistry // Event Sponsor
Mogwai Collaborative // Win a one month Membership!
Office Space Design // Event Sponsor
Red Rocks Mankato // Venue Sponsor
The Hub Food Park // Event Sponsor
Twin Rivers Council for the Arts // Top Event Sponsor
Vagabond Village // Youth Leadership Development

Performance Art By:
Aerial Affinity // Aerial Silks Demo
Salsa Mankato // Latin Rhythms Demo

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"Celebrating Life: Essence Through Art" Opening Reception
Oct
18
5:00 PM17:00

"Celebrating Life: Essence Through Art" Opening Reception

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Twin Rivers and One Bright Star are partnering to present a special exhibition. Seven artists have been paired with seven families who have each lost a child---to capture the essence of their child through an original work of art. 

The opening reception on Oct. 18 and the exhibition runs October 18 thru November 9.

Twin Rivers will also hold a Community Conversation on Thursday, November 8 at 6-7PM at the Arts Guild to discuss how we can support families who have lost a loved one. This conversation will be facilitated by Amber Bannerman of One Bright Star and Mary Ann Boe of Deva Nation Community

This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Prairie Lakes Regional Arts Council, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

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