DELANO, MN Unique and artistic holiday gifts are available at Old Fashioned Christmas in downtown Delano Saturday, Dec. 3 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Browse among the works of more than 21 local artists who are displaying and selling their art in downtown businesses.
This holiday event is planned by the Delano Area Council of Art and Culture, and offers activities and fun for all ages.
Younger members of the family will have many holiday-themed activities to enjoy.
ï From 10 to 11:30 a.m., ECFE will host a Teddy Bear Tea at the community education building. Children can bring their teddy bears for a snack and story before heading out to other activities.
ï Drop by the Delano Library from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m, to create a holiday ornament. Children must be accompanied by an adult for both activities.
ï If your children have a gift shopping list, they can head over to St. Peterís to the Girl Scout Secret Santa Shoppe, open until 1 p.m.
ï Student and community actors will be portraying scenes from ìA Christmas Carolî in shop windows downtown, as well as talking to visitors on the streets. The windows will be in place from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m., and 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. Watch for the Town Crier, who will be announcing times for all events.
ï There will be Santas in town during the day, too. Check for their locations and the times they are available when you pick up your schedule of the day at city hall.
Children who find all the Santas can enter their name in a prize drawing.
Adults who visit all the exhibiting artists will be eligible to win a prize of a piece of art.
Entries for both drawings can be brought to the information desk at city hall. The deadline will be the end of the event, at 4 p.m.
ï The Senior Singers and The Story Theater readers will present ìWinter Wonderlandî at the Delano Senior Center at 11 a.m.
ï Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus will be at the Delano Senior Center for children, and there will be live music all day following the program.
ï Also at the Delano Senior Center, 15 senior crafters will sell their handmade items. Included is a sale of gently-used accessories and costume jewelry.
ï The Rivertown Boutique will take place in the gym in the community education building from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Organizers welcome crafters and home-based businesses to sell their goods twice a year; in spring and early in the holiday season.
These vendors will be selling handcrafted jewelry, handmade greeting cards, floral arrangements, and much more.
ï Love INC Heartland will also host Santa from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., and holiday shopping will be available at its Gift and Thrift Shop.
ï Sound Revolution, an a cappella group from Delano High School directed by Andrew Beard, will be singing winter songs and carols between 1 and 2 p.m. This group is made up of small ensembles and they will be walking throughout downtown, stopping, and breaking into song.
ï Small instrumental groups, both winds and brass, from Delano High School, will also entertain. Directed by Jason Koets, they will play at various times of the afternoon inside city hall and the community education building.
Three local church choirs will be singing, as well.
ï At 11 a.m., the Delano United Methodist Church choir will be at the green space across from city hall.
ï The senior choir from Light of Christ Lutheran Church will be in the green space next to Three Crows at noon.
ï The childrenís choir from Village Evangelical Free Church will present a holiday program on city hall steps at 3 p.m.
ï At 2 p.m., a local group of women called the Soul Sisters will be at the park next to Three Crows. These five women, who met singing in their church choir, sing both secular and non-secular music. They have been seen at the Fourth of July celebration in Delano, and Glory Days in Buffalo, and have performed at a church morning service at the state fair.
ï The Big Woods Garden Club will be at city hall to distribute paperwhite bulbs to the first 200 visitors. Bring along an unwrapped toy to deposit in the Jaycees Toys for Tots collection box. This will be located near the entrance in city hall.
ï Youth as Resources (YAR) students from Delano High School will join community volunteers to help visitors find the location of events downtown and create a festive atmosphere for all visitors.
The mission of the YAR group is to design and carry out service projects in the community and foster relationships with businesses and organizations.
A number of the artists one can visit are featured below.
Emily Lynch grew up on a hobby farm between Watertown and Delano with random pets, rusty farm equipment, and lots of places to explore.
After teaching math for a few years, she began to miss her creative time. A year ago, she received a mentorship grant from the Central Minnesota Arts Board, which focused on business habits and studio practices necessary to be a working, professional artist.
The experience gave her confidence and contacts to venture into the art world.
Emily will graduate from the University of Minnesota in spring with a bachelorís of fine arts degree in studio art. Her paintings include rural scenes, some math patterns, and always vibrant, crazy-fun color.
Sarah Plese uses traditional metalsmith techniques to create hand-hewn jewelry of sterling silver, often accented with copper, stones, beads, and other found objects.
Her pieces reflect her admiration of the world around her, and the textures, lines, and repetitions found in nature.
Sarah took her first jewelry class at the College of St. Benedict/St. Johnís University. She worked for two years for an accomplished jewelry artist, Mary Gohman, and then furthered her skill sets with a gemology program and a jewelry manufacturing and repair program at Minneapolis Community and Technical College.
Now living in Delano, Sarah and her husband are raising three little boys. When she can, she sneaks away from the chaos and hammers away in her home studio. It brings her great joy to see her jewelry adorn the women of Delano.
Shari Zimmerman finds inspiration in weathered surfaces that show a history of human touch and evidence of time passed.
Using acrylic paints, inkjet printouts, stencils, and stamps, she experiments with technique and color combinations.
Shari explained, ìI often re-think my painting in the middle of the process and recreate entire sections, giving the final product textures from hidden layers. Most of my paintings are about memories . . . and they all tell a story.î
Pamela Davis is a fiber artist. She and her husband raise purebred Shetland and Icelandic sheep on their acreage near Cokato. They sell the sheep, but also process the fleece into yarn to create clothing and fiber art.
Local potter Lisa Lutz started throwing pottery 13 years ago in a home studio. Her work is fired at the Minnetonka Center for the Arts. She sells her work at art fairs and at the Center for the Arts.
Lynne Cason is a multi-media artist, who is essentially self taught. In the 1980s, she began doing charcoal drawings and linocuts and used stained glass to create her own designs. Recently, she has turned to photography, and also paints in acrylics and watercolors. Watercolor has become a favorite medium for her expression.
Nakit is the mother and daughter duo of jewelry artists Linda Metz and Jennifer Jankovic who share a passion for the design and making of jewelry. Key elements in their designs are natural and semi-precious gemstones, leather, sterling silver, and base metals.
Jill Woodward is an oil painter who specializes in painting children and childrenís portraits. Her paintings capture the fleeting moments of a childís development in everyday situations. Her paintings exemplify the serenity and charm of children.
The West-enders rug artists will demonstrate how to make mats or rugs by pulling loops of colorful wool or yarn through a stiff woven base. A crochet-type hook with a handle is used to pull the loops through.
A display of their finished work will also be on view at the demonstration in the Heritage Center.
A Delano Artist Guild member, Smith likes to work in all artistic mediums. She will exhibit acrylic paintings and hand-decorated greeting cards.
Her work was shown at the Minneapolis Institute of Art during the ìFoot in the Doorî event in 2010.
Andy Rockís glass blowing experience started in early 2001, when he was a senior in high school. He signed up for ceramics and glass blowing courses offered at Anoka-Ramsey Community College, and also did an independent study in ceramics under his high school mentor, Jim Loso.
His mother had a private ceramics studio, and his uncle is a glass artist. Rock has become proficient in both mediums.
Following his years in college, he became actively engaged in the artistic community at the Minnesota Center for Glass Arts.
He has developed his own personal style and procedures that give his work a unique touch.
Rock explained, ìI focus on the process and fundamental steps required to make blown glass art and let every piece stand as a statement on its own.î
ï Other art on display during Old-Fashioned Christmas includes work by Delano Middle School and Delano High School art students.
Their art will be displayed in the Delano Library Dec. 3 until closing at 1 p.m. It will remain on display during regular library hours until mid-December for library patrons to enjoy.
All the artists exhibiting will be selling their work or taking commissions.
ï Start your Art Walk at Delano City Hall, to get a map locating all the artists, along with a schedule of all events.
This activity is made possible by a grant from the Central Minnesota Arts Board, through funding provided by the Minnesota State Legislature.