NAG’s silent auction for the Festival of Wreaths ends at 3pm on Saturday

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I stopped by to take a few photos of the Northfield Arts Guild’s annual Festival of Wreaths silent auction last week.

Wreaths are decorated by your friends and neighbors; some traditional and many whimsical and outrageous. Be sure to consider these one-of-a kind holiday wreaths when decking your halls.

Get your bids in by noon on Tuesday 3 pm on Saturday, Dec. 1

Danse Macabre and Area 51 at the NAG Theater on Friday

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Ann Etter and Mary Lundergan Hahn stopped by my corner office at GBM last week to let me know about Danse Macabre, which Mary says is a:

a one night only, terrifically fun, fundraiser at the Northfield Arts Guild Theater on Friday October 14, with Area 51 playing live.

Rumor has it that the emcee for the event is someone who has a thing for Jesse James:

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Photo album – Northfield Ties: A Photography Invitational

Last night the NAG hosted the opening reception for Northfield Ties: A Photography Invitational.

Patsy Dew and Meg OjalaThis exhibit, curated by Patsy Dew and Meg Ojala, features the work of 13 photographers who have ties to Northfield. Digital, black and white, color, and panorama shots show the diverse range of photography being done in and around Northfield.

Artists exhibiting are Patsy Dew, Scott Forsgren, Doug Foxgrover, Beret Griffith, Dennis McClintock, Meg Ojala, David Perez, Craig Perman, Stephanie L. Rogers, Linda Rossi, Leslie Schultz, Katie Shorey, and Cate Vermeland.

See my album of 28 photos, view the large slideshow (recommended), or SLOW CLICK this small slideshow:

Jim Bohnhoff’s hanging dub dub dub promotes the WWW exhibit at the NAG

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This morning, Jim Bohnhoff pointed me to his latest creation, a hanging dub dub dub that promotes the WWW Exhibit at the Northfield Arts Guild.  Right photo: psychologist Elaine Nesbit struts her stuff while under the influence of art.

According to the blurb on the NAG home page:

This innovative show explores how communications technology has influenced contemporary life, revolutionizing how we interact and process time and experience. Features a ten-minute mediated tour of the show running continuously at the NAG, the Northfield Public Library, and on U-Tube.

25 local and regional artists exhibit in this intriguing and very diverse show. The opening reception is this Friday evening, July 8, 6 – 9 pm, and is part of the Northfield Gallery Crawl. Stop in to meet artists and enjoy this thought provoking work.

Northfield Area United Way allocation panels: a very cool community engagement process

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My wife Robbie and I were invited to be on one of the Northfield Area United Way (NAUW) allocation panels last week.  In her email, NAUW Executive Director Betsy Spethmann wrote:

Betsy Spethmann, Northfield Area United WayAs a Grant Allocation Panelist, you will help decide how the funds raised during the recent United Way campaign will be invested back into services that benefit people in our community… agencies present their proposals and field questions from panelists; then the panel discusses how to allocate available funds and agrees on a recommendation to NAUW’s Board.

Volunteers find that this is an excellent way to learn more about our community and the network of human-service organizations serving the Northfield area.

Indeed, it was excellent.  And the process was impressive. Our allocation panel got to hear from/ask questions of representatives from the Northfield Arts Guild, the Northfield Youth Choirs, and the Northfield Area Family YMCA.

Photos: Party and parade to celebrate Carnegie Library’s 100th; NAG’s 50th

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The Northfield Carnegie Library turned 100 on Sunday. Schemers decided to have a little party and parade and team up with the Northfield Arts Guild which is in the middle of celebrating their 50th. Alas, I missed it, but others delivered:

Guest photographer: Steve Engler’s Beaux Arts Ball photo album

NAG Board member Steve Engler took dozens of photos at the Beaux Arts Ball on Saturday and gave me a disk of them yesterday. I put on my editor’s hat, tossed/cropped a few, and am now pleased to present them here.

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Above: Locally Grown’s propriety guidelines prevent me from publishing the rest of the series of photos of Steve with his wife, Lynn.

See the album of 60 photos, the large slideshow, or this small slideshow:

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Photo album, video: NAG’s Beaux Arts Ball

Last night’s Beaux Arts Ball, part of Northfield Arts Guild’s 50th Anniversary season, was spectacular. I ratcheted back on the number of photos I took, once I saw that David Henke from the Northfield News and Steve Engler, NAG board member, were also taking lots of photos.  I’ll link to their albums when they get them posted. If you were there and have photos, add a comment below with a link.

See the album of 3 dozen photos, the large slideshow, or this small slideshow:

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Photo redux: Sesquicentennial Governors Ball. Shades of next week’s Beaux Arts Ball

Sesquicentennial Governor’s Ball Northfield’s last big ball was the 2005 Sesquicentennial Governors Ball. Next week will rival it: NAG’s Beaux Arts Ball, part of Northfield Arts Guild’s 50th Anniversary season. I’ll be there with my sweetie, hopefully 1) not stepping on her dancing shoes; and 2) taking better photos than this one.

You can purchase tickets online here.

See the album of 147 Governors Ball photos, the large slideshow, or this small slideshow:

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Photo album: Ramping up for the NAG’s Beaux Arts Ball

Rob Shanilec, Beaux Arts Ball co-chairBAMG/NEG head honcho Rob Shanilec invited me to a party at Jennifer and Chris Sawyer’s house on Monday to kick off the promo blitz for the big event of the Northfield Arts Guild’s 50th Anniversary season, the Beaux Arts Ball, coming up on Dec. 19 at Carleton College’s Great Hall.

Rob is co-chair of the event, as he was for the last big ball, the 2005 Sesquicentennial Governors Ball (photo album here, 2007 blog post summary here)

Dan Freeman, tuxedo guy, freelance undertaker, The event will feature music by the Bend in the River Big Band and information about ballroom dancing lessons will soon be leaking out.

Dan Freeman was at the party with his undertaker face and tuxedo on. It’s not too early to contact Dan about a tuxedo for the event.

And you can now purchase tickets online for the Beaux Arts Ball. Don’t wait too long, tho. Only 500 will be sold.

See the album of 21 photos, the large slideshow, or this small slideshow:

Paul is in love with Carmen

Paul NiemistöPaul Niemistö, conductor of the Cannon Valley Regional Orchestra (CVRO), among other roles, stopped by my corner office at the GBM on Tuesday to give me the promo pitch for the Nov. 1 performance of "an abridged concert version" of Carmen – which means that a cast of singers will be on stage with the orchestral musicians.

For details, see Paul’s Carmen post on the CVRO news blog (subscribe to the CVRO RSS feed), and see the Northfield Arts Guild’s blurb on Carmen. Tickets can be purchased from NAG (online or their store) or at The Rare Pair.

NAG 50th joins the blogosphere and the twittersphere

NAG 50th sshot Northfield area organizations are increasingly seeing the advantages of setting up blog sites (a website with regular pages but built with a blog platform) for special events (eg, ArtSwirl, JuneBug).

The latest is the NAG 50th Blog, "Celebrating 50 Years of the Northfield Arts Guild." Of course, they’ve also joined the twittersphere (twitter.com/nag50).

Photo redux: NAG’s Auction for the Arts

edvolta4 The Northfield Arts Guild’s annual Auction for the Arts is tonight, 7 pm at the NAG’s Division Street headquarters. It’s a 1970’s theme with Mr. Ed Kuhlman doing the live auction Travolta style. “Learn to throw a pot and undulate your middle in a belly dance; try out some theater costumes or makeup while listening to strolling performers; play an ongoing ‘70’s trivia game while taking part in our silent and live auctions…”

See these NAG Auction photo albums from 2008 and 2004.

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Make time for Sex with Seven Men this weekend

Sex with Seven Men posterEver since Brendon Etter finishing having Sex with Seven Women at the NAG last year, he’s been working on having Sex with Seven Men at the NAG this year.

I tried to get some some rehearsal photos this week but alas, I failed.

For more info, see his Northfield.org calendar entry, the NAG play description A Fundraiser with a Racy Title, and the Nfld News article A racy-titled sequel.

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