By Starrla Cray
LESTER PRAIRIE, MN Art classes, exhibits, speakers . . . the Prairie Arts Council (PAC) is looking forward to an assortment of ways to utilize its new meeting place above Angvall Hardware & Mercantile in Lester Prairie.
“We’re very excited about having this space,” chair Sonja Johnson said. “We’ve been around for 15 or more years, but now we have a place to point to and say, ‘That’s the Prairie Arts Center.’”
One of the first Prairie Arts Center events was an open house in April, featuring local artwork from adults and children.
“People who came up thought it was really neat,” Johnson said. “We are tickled to be in there, and so appreciative of Angvall Hardware for allowing us this opportunity.”
The center consists of three rooms, the smallest of which is being used as a mini library and reading area. People are welcome to donate books on any subject if they’d like to add to the collection.
The middle-sized room is set aside for messier art projects, such as painting and pottery, while the largest room is a gathering area.
“We’ve considered bringing in an author to speak for a small audience, and it could also be a meeting place for a book club,” Johnson said, adding that another possibility could be an intimate music performance.
Those who do fiber art, needlework, or embroidery could also meet in the Prairie Arts Center.
“We’re looking for input from people ideas of what they’d like to have,” Johnson said.
One idea the Prairie Arts Council has considered is to keep art supplies at the center, where people can use them for a small fee.
The group is also looking for people who’d be willing to teach an art class.
As part of Prairie Days in July, the PAC will be hosting bingo as a fundraiser to support future work, as well as art activities.
“We still have work to do,” member Cathy Nelson-Messer said.
The wiring, for example, will need replacing, according to Johnson. Temperature control should also be addressed, and painting needs to be done.
The PAC meets at the Prairie Arts Center the first Thursday of each month at 7 p.m. Membership is offered at a variety of levels.
The council is seeking individuals with an interest in the arts to fill vacant seats on the advisory committee. For more information, contact any current member of the advisory committee, including Sonja Johnson, Cathy Nelson-Messer, Shirley Minnick, Pam Lukens, Jane Holasek, and Jeremy Schmidt.