SMAC 2019 Annual Celebration!


SMAC 2019 Annual Celebration~Saturday, September 28, 2019

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“Celebrate Art & Artists” at the 2019 Annual Celebration!


1-4 pm, An Arts Day in and Around Olivia, MN


 ~Experience art and visit artists participating in the HINTERLAND ART CRAWL

The 2019 Hinterland Art Crawl is a free, self-guided tour of art and artist studios in southwest Minnesota. Visitors to the crawl will be welcomed by a community of artists quietly creating and joyfully sharing their love of art in the “middle of nowhere.”

The geographic area of the art crawl area is roughly from Redwood Falls to Windom (north-south) and from Springfield to Tracy (east-west). Explore the hinterlands on country roads that lead to winding rivers, abandoned barns, and unexpected treasures.

The art crawl is designed to showcase the work of artists and craftspeople living in the region who desire to show, demonstrate, perform, or sell their works to the public.

 ~Visit art installations produced in conjunction with Olivia Main Street Project. 

  • *Mural, permanent games & art in Dowling Square ~ south of Dirks Furniture on 9th Street, Olivia
  • *Kindness Challenge box
  • *Cornelius & Maizy photo ops ~ outside Master’s Coffee Shop/Dirks Furniture
  • *The works of Adam Preuss, Jessica Gorman, Dona Larkin, and Jim Brooks displayed at Masters Coffee Shop (Coffee shop will be open for business 8am-12pm–artworks will still be available to see after business hours)
  • *Artworks by local artists at the Olivia Armory~910 W Lincoln Ave
  • *Peace Art Poles ~ Lincoln Ave/Highway 212 and west of the 212 /9th street lights
  • *At Olivia Chamber of Commerce view the Corn Capital Mural outside and work on display inside featuring the ‘Painting with Friends’ arts group, as well as works by Jim Brooks
  • *Pond Park Community Box ~ south of the Natural Playground on South 15th Str.

~Stop by the Bird Island Cultural Center (5 miles away) to view the outdoor mural and exhibit by ‘Gathering Friends’ Quilt Club

If any participants are interested in pursuing further information on quilting, the Gathering Friends Quilt Shop will be open from 1-4 as well, located at 101 S Main St. in
Bird Island. There will be a drawing at the store for any SMAC attendees to win a “Quilted Fall Table Runner”! This winner will be announced along with the “Spirit of the Region” raffle winners.


Social Hour begins at 4:00pm at the banquet room in Max’s Grill. At 5pm SMAC will host a brief annual meeting, an award ceremony for 2019 SMAC Prairie Disciple Linda Clarksean, and you will have the opportunity to purchase raffle tickets for our annual “Spirit of the Region” raffle.

Stick around to enjoy a delicious meal served by Max’s Grill catering.

Menu is served buffet style:
• BLT salad with smoke bacon, diced tomatoes, green onion and garlic croutons tossed in ranch dressing
• Old Fashioned Beef Pot Roast
• Baked Chicken with Marsala Gravy
• Wild Rice Blend
• Baby Red Potatoes
• Corn
• Asst mini cheesecakes (6 different flavors)


During your meal, enjoy TWO performances from artists in our region! 1.) Actor and singer Paul Knapper will do a short performance, written by playwrite Patricia Buschette, based on the Dowling Walking Theatre Project.
2.) Guests will be treated to highlights from Over the Barrel: A Prohibition Musical! This production was produced from a partnership of the Granite Falls Historical Society, PlaceBase Productions, Bluenose Gopher Public House, The YES! House and other Tiger Productions for a space and time-traveling event! The original production takes place in downtown Granite Falls as a musical theatre adventure exploring three generations of liberation, libation, inhibition (or lack thereof), history, the future and of course, Prohibition.  The making of this musical was also
funded in part with a grant from the Southwest Minnesota Arts Council made possible by the voters of Minnesota thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.


Socialize and celebrate with artists and arts supporters across the Southwest Minnesota region and learn about the grants and activities SMAC has funded in the past year.

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**Overnight Accommodations in Olivia:  The Sheep Shedde Inn, to make reservations call 320-523-5000**


*”Spirit of the Region” Raffle A $10 raffle ticket will get you the chance to win a basket of specialty goods made in the SMAC Region (from wine to honey, beer to fudge).  Raffle tickets available in advance at the SMAC office or through a SMAC Board Member. Raffle tickets also available onsite at the dinner.


2019 Prairie Disciple Award – Educator:  Linda Clarksean, Alpha

This award is to recognize a person who has been instrumental in promoting the arts in the 18-county area of southwestern Minnesota. Clarksean’s nominator, Kathleen Fransen, had this to say about her, “As a lifelong teacher, Linda has always had a passion for encouraging and growing creativity in children…As an ECFE teacher, she wanted every child to explore their own creativity on each surface. The impact that Linda has had on children in the Jackson school system is one that most will carry throughout their lives. When Linda retired from over 30 years of teaching, she continued to feel a need to teach Art. That passion has resulted in the creation of Jackson Center for the Arts. Once Linda became inspired with the vision of an Art Center in Jackson, she was determined that it was going to happen, and it was going to be part of the revitalization of the ‘downtown’ economy in Jackson. She has changed the attitude of an entire community, and I believe that she was able to do that because many of the adults supporting her have been her students. They have been inspired, moved, and motivated to pass on the spark of creativity.”

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Patrick Moore September 23, 2019 - 11:31 am

I thought I had made reservations for Mary and I — did i?

Southwest Minnesota Arts Council
Southwest Minnesota Arts Council September 23, 2019 - 1:46 pm

Yes, we’ve got you! Thanks for checking.


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