During 2012, the Kanabec County Art Association (KCAA) will celebrate 50 years of supporting the arts in the area. The art association was actually the first rural arts organization formed in the state. The Vasaloppet Art Show will kick off a yearlong celebration at St. Mary's Parish Center.

The show opens on Friday, Feb. 10 at 1 p.m., with the gallery tour taking place at 7 p.m.

The 2012 Vasaloppet Art Show will feature the artistic creations of over 50 regional artists, more than what has been displayed in the past.

Fourteen of these artists have not displayed work in the Vasaloppet Art Show before, adding depth and variety to the show. Besides the usual mediums of pottery, photography and painting, art work created from handmade paper, carved wood and hand felting will be displayed.

Jan Hartley Wise, who works in a variety of mediums, and is recognized for her inspirational work of the area around Lake Superior, will share a commentary on the pieces in the show on Friday evening, Feb. 10 at 7 p.m.

On Saturday, Feb. 11, at 10:30 a.m., she will share her insights on finding inspiration and creativity.

Rex Lindberg will demonstrate his woodcarving techniques on Saturday at 2 p.m.

A "collaborative" work showcasing the work done by Mora area students at five local artists' studios during the Mora CAPP's 2011 summer studio visits and Fall Art Crawls will also be on display at the art show.

As in the past, several artists have donated works for a silent auction. The funds raised from this silent auction go to the art association's scholarship fund, which provides scholarships for students wishing to study in the visual arts.

Saturday, Feb. 11, hours are from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, Feb. 12 hours are from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Admission is free. The Vasaloppet Art Show takes place at St. Mary's Parish Center, 225 East Forest Avenue in Mora. Come help the art association celebrate 50 years and view the creations of our area artisans.



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