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Despite winter chill; Spring warmly welcomed at Gallery

A cold wind blew outside the Northwest Passage Gallery Saturday, but no one attending the Burnett Area Arts Spring Opening noticed. Inside everyone cozied up to admire the new art that graced the walls and enjoy complimentary wine, cheese, coffee and pastries provided by Crosshatch Coffee Co.

“Although we would have liked to see a few more guests, we’re happy with how our first formal opening turned out,” said BAA member Jennifer Scammerhorn, who, with her committee of volunteers, curated and hung more than 40 new works by member artists.

There is new work by current BAA members and by new members. Joe Hendershot added several new pieces to his collection of photo encaustic works. Rebecca Thoreson recently joined and premiered her nature photography. An early riser who lives on a lake outside Grantsburg, she started by taking photos of sunrises with her phone.

“I thought ‘I need to take this to the next level other than my phone.’ I wanted to capture more.” She said. “Being up so early, I started seeing a lot of wildlife. I started capturing what was around me – like a little fawn that was eating acorns in my yard.”

“We plan to host an opening every three months when we rotate out the existing art and hang new works,” Scammerhorn said. “The next seasonal ‘almost summer’ opening is scheduled for June 10, perhaps with some interesting guests or other surprises.”

Northwest Passage Gallery is located at 7417 N. Bass Lake Rd., one mile south of Webster, just off St. Rd. 35. Current hours are Friday thru Sunday 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Starting April 1, hours are expanded to Thursday thru Sunday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, visit burnettareaartsgroup.org or email burnettareaarts@gmail.com.

Burnett Area Arts offers Spring Classes

The calendar says Spring is here – the snow is melting and things start growing and flourishing, including creativity! Burnett Area Arts (BAA) offers a schedule of varied, fun classes April through June.

Birds are definitely a sign of the season, and BAA member Cindy Truex teaches the process of Wet Felting to create a unique bird pod as a beautiful home for feathered friends on Sunday, April 30, 1 to 4 p.m. Cost is $65, which includes instruction and materials.

There are two classes in May: Join Fun Art Artist Sandy Fritz to learn Mixed Media Mark Making. This class uses a variety of mediums, colors and textures. No drawing skills are needed, just the desire to come, play and learn about different techniques that result in creating a personal piece of fun art on Saturday, May 13, 1 to 4 p.m. Cost is $60, including instruction and materials.

On Sunday, May 21, Sandy is back with Whimsy Poles. Paint 16-foot garden poles as Sandy teaches a multi-step process as you create your piece. Come to class with ideas, a theme, or just improvise. Class fee: $55 with an option solar cap available for an additional $20.

BAA member Joe Hendershot will demonstrate the photo encaustic process from start to finish on Sunday, June 11, 1 to 3 p.m. This is a “primer class” in which Joe will show how it’s done resulting in two finished pieces. Take-aways from the demo will include a list of all materials needed and resources for getting started. Depending on interest, there may be a more in-depth seminar scheduled in the future. Class fee is $20.

Classes are open to the public. Students age 14 and up are welcome. Others must be accompanied by an adult 18 or older. Some class sizes are limited. Visit burnettareaartsgroup.org to sign up or stop in the Northwest Passage Gallery, 7417 N. Bass Lake Rd., one mile south of Webster just off St. Rd. 35. Email burnettareaarts.educ@gmail.com.

Burnett County Comprehensive Plan Public Opinion Survey for Residents and Landowners

Burnett County is currently undergoing a 10-year update of its Comprehensive Plan. The Burnett County Comprehensive Plan is a guide to the county’s physical, social, and economic development, with a 20-year vision for future planning and community decisions.

An online survey is now available for Burnett County residents and landowners to provide input on planning issues, community development, and the overall vision for Burnett County’s future. This survey will run from February 21, 2023 through April 18, 2023.

Access to the survey can be found on the Burnett County Comprehensive Plan webpage located at: https://www.burnettcounty.com/compplan


Spring Primary – Tuesday, February 21

Spring Election – Tuesday, April 4