Juried art show returns

After a two-year hiatus, St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church will host its “Celebration of Community Art Show” this coming February. 

This is the church’s 23rd annual juried show, which will begin on Feb. 12, with an opening reception at 6 p.m., and will run through April 1.

The show is open to artists age 18 and older from St. Anthony Park and surrounding communities who wish to display their work in the Undercroft Gallery of St. Matthew’s Church, 2136 Carter Ave. All styles and media are welcome. 

Categories for this show include: oil, acrylic, watercolor, photography and other (such as sculpture, pottery, textiles, and carving.)  Work must be ready to hang or display with a limit of two pieces of art per artist.

Registration and drop-off time for art submissions is 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Feb. 4 at the church.

For more information or to request a registration form, contact Janet Murphy at jmurrow@aol.com.

January boreal art loft exhibit

An exhibition of pottery and pastel art will continue to be on display through Jan. 21 at the boreal art loft, 2276 Como Ave. The artists are from Front Avenue Pottery and the Lake Country Pastel Society.

Front Avenue Pottery designs and creates fine crafted, high quality, playfully decorative dinner and serving ware and clay tile.

Lake Country Pastel Society is a state and regional nonprofit association of artists who work in the medium of soft pastel and is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year.

Gallery hours at the boreal loft are: 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., Mondays to Thursdays; 9:30 a.m. to 7 p.m., Fridays; 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturdays; and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Sundays.

Literary Bridges readings

The Literary Bridges group will host sharings of poetry and readings at 2 p.m., Jan. 8 at Next Chapter Booksellers, 38 S. Snelling Ave.

“This month, Literary Bridges celebrates our sponsoring group, Cracked Walnut,” said Stan Kusunoki, co-host and curator. “Cracked Walnut is the performance wing of the League of Minnesota Poets; and it is time that we give them the spotlight.”

The reading roster includes: Tony Plocido, Michael Kiesow Moore, Barry MacDonald, Micah Ruelle, Dralandra Larkins, Patrick Cabello Hansel, Donna Isaac and Stan Kusunoki.

Tuesday Scholars series

The Ramsey County Library’s free Tuesday with a Scholar virtual series resumes with two programs in January.

On Jan. 24, retired University of Minnesota associate general counsel Mark Bohnhorst will talk about “What Should We Do about the Electoral College?” His presentation, which starts at 12:30 p.m., will examine, among other things, whether the Electoral College needs reform or should be abolished altogether?

On Jan. 31, University of Minnesota adjunct research professor Jon Butler will present on “Battling Minnesota’s Anti-Semites in the Hitler Years.” Join Butler for the story of how the Jewish Community Relations Council of Minnesota took on the forces of prejudice in one of the lesser known chapters in Minnesota’s history. This session also starts at 12:30 p.m.

You must register in advance for the events on the library’s website or by calling the library at 651-724-6001. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email with information about joining the webinar on Zoom.

Women’s Drum Center coed drum circle class

The nonprofit Women’s Drum Center, 2242 University Ave., is offering a coed drum circle class from 6:30 to 8 p.m. on Jan. 20.

Percussion, rhythm and freedom of expression will be explored with facilitator Jo Klein. All levels of experience are welcomed and encouraged. Register at womensdrumcenter.org.

Seniors activities

The St. Anthony Park Area Seniors activities in January.

In-Person Activities Include:

A blood pressure clinic from 3 to 3:45 p.m., Jan. 17, at Seal Hi-Rise, 825 Seal St.

An activity available in person and virtually is a program on “Safety for Seniors.” It is scheduled for 3 p.m., Jan. 9, at the seniors’ office, 2200 Hillside Ave.

Virtual Activities on Zoom

Lunch bunch sessions from noon to 1 p.m., Jan. 4 and 18.

Chair yoga from 10 to 11 a.m. on Jan. 9, 16, 23 and 30.

Tai Ji Quan (call to see if space is available) from 10 to 11a.m. on Jan. 10, 12, 17, 19, 24, 26 and 31.

Caregiver support group meeting on Zoom from noon to 1 p.m., Jan. 5.

For details on these or any other activities, call the seniors office at 651-642-9052.

Compiled by Bugle managing editor Scott Carlson.

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