As the Rolling River Music Festival celebrates a successful 10-year run on July 21, the music event's founders and sponsors are preparing to hand it off to new leadership. Community response to the free, outdoor event and the venue they helped to create has exceeded their expectations in every respect, according to Scott and Anne Jones of the Jones Family Foundation.
The 10th annual Rolling River Music Fest on July 21 will be five solid hours of music for all tastes. The free festival, which kicks off at 5 p.m. in the Central Park Bandshell, opens with local youth from Universal Music Center followed by a St. Paul band, Alexander Natalie, consisting primarily of former Red Wing musicians. The rest of the evening will spotlight three groups with national reputations — fiddler Natalie Stovall, Eric Hutchinson and the Believers, then headliner The Lone Bellow around 8:15 p.m.
Nearly 900 Red Wing Collectors Society members will be arriving over the next few days on their annual search for locally made pottery and stoneware, dinnerware, art pottery and memorabilia. The society's 42nd convention runs Thursday through Saturday, July 12-14, plus there will be auctions, sales and special events all week. Including walk-ins, attendance could top 1,000. Again this year, the gathering is being held at two locations due to work being done at the previous site, Red Wing High School.
Three returning residents are being joined by an exchange artist from Austria, an organist, two fellowship recipients and a writer this month at the Anderson Center for Interdisciplinary Studies. Florida printmaker Tom Virgin is here for his seventh visit to continue working on an artist's book on Tower View. Musicologist Angelica Minero Escobar and pianist Michael Tsalka, who have spent a month here annually since 2008, will work on joint musical activities and a new instrumental project with another collaborator. Katharina Zlobl Painter
Children's activities, tents filled with art and artists, readings and two summer exhibitions will complement the array of musical performances planned during the 2018 Summer Celebration of the Arts July 7 at the Anderson Center. The annual event runs from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Tower View. Activities will take place on the lower lawn, in the artists' studios, in the historic barn performance space and in the gallery/education building.
Trapper Schoepp, whose music career has taken him from small-town Pierce County to international stages, returns to Red Wing July 4 as headliner for an Independence Day concert in the Central Park Bandshell. Sponsored by Red Wing Arts, the party starts at 5 p.m.; he will perform at 7:30 p.m. BMX bike racing, a concerned mother and Bob Dylan all played important roles in his decision to become a musician.
Three local artists are collaborating to create Cynthia Weitzel's newest project — two prototype sculptural mobiles that meld blown glass and welded steel into new works of Deaf art. Weitzel is working with Gail Dahlberg, a glassblower at the Anderson Center, and Dave "Curly" Clark of Curly's Welding. "It's a prototype of what I hope to add to my portfolio as a new line of work," Weitzel said. She also has a growing interest in public art.
An award honoring the late Dan Guida will be presented for the first time this year at Red Wing Arts' 11th annual Plein Air competition. Guida, longtime director of the arts group, launched the outdoor painting festival 11 years ago. He died in January 2017. Guida family members will select the winner based on "the painter/painting which best demonstrates the plein air technique in displaying the scenery of the Red Wing area," according to his daughter, Emily Guida Foos.
Two dozen painters will spend next week capturing local scenes on canvas for the 2018 Red Wing Arts Plein Air outdoor painting competition. Before Plein Air culminates on Saturday, June 16, the community will have numerous opportunities to observe the painters in action, according to Red Wing Arts Executive Director Emily Guida Foos.
Unique artwork and gifts presented to Red Wing by its Sister Cities in China and Japan are on display through September at the Goodhue County History Center. The exhibit, "Red Wing Sister Cities Collection: Gifts of Friendship from Quzhou, China, and Ikata, Japan," is designed not just to showcase objects, but to tell the story of the relationships that have developed between the cities.