Art on the Hills

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july 28 and 29, 2018

The Owatonna community has a rich history of art, and we invite you to be a part of that lively experience of “ART on the Hills.” 

The setting is the beautiful grounds of the State School Orphanage Museum and the Owatonna Arts Center, on the West Hills Campus. Featured will be thirty-four artists, live entertainment, art activities for children and the young at heart, and food concessions. There will be paintings, pottery, jewelry and glass items to purchase for yourself or as a gift for a friend. The Orphanage Museum and Cottage 11 will have reenactment characters, and the documentary “The Children Remembered” can be viewed.

The art fair is hosted by the Owatonna Arts Center and the “Art on the Hills” committee. This is a major event that the community and surrounding area looks forward to attending.

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The featured artist for 2018 is Sandy Dinse, watercolorist.
Sandy writes, “Growing up on a family farm in rural Steele County was a cherished time of my life. Those years, including eight years spent attending a one-room school house, provide inspiration for my paintings.

“Rural life has changed; I feel compelled to record these heart-warming recollections in my watercolors. There is an old saying ‘you can’t go home’ but when viewing my paintings, it is my hope that old memories will return and yes, you can go home.

“My work has benefited from the classes I attended at the Owatonna Arts Center, off-campus classes from Mankato State, and workshops taught by gifted artists.

“In addition to painting, my nostalgic nature and love of history motivated me to design and construct sculptures from charred ruins of three area churches destroyed by fire, one being my own. Metal, wire, stained glass, and some pieces of wood carving were used to preserve the memories.”