Whimsical is the word for this year's OAC Christmas decoration

Whimsical is the word for this year's OAC Christmas decoration

This year’s theme for the Owatonna Arts Center’s Christmas decorations is “Whimsical Wishes at Christmas,” and the displays certainly fit the billing, with everything from a colorful and bedazzled deer, to The Grinch and a tree inspired by the one in “Whoville.”...

Owatonna Arts Center brings back Fezziwig's feast for the holidays

Owatonna Arts Center brings back Fezziwig's feast for the holidays

The Owatonna Arts Center is inviting the public to join in a trip to Christmas past with a Fezziwig party Dec. 8.

The celebration is named after Mr. Fezziwig, the first boss of a young Ebenezer Scrooge in “A Christmas Carol.” In the Dickensian tale, Fezziwig was noted for throwing lavish holiday celebrations, one of which Scrooge is returned to while being led by the Ghost of Christmas Past.

On Dec. 8, volunteers will be dressed in Victorian garb, several carolers will offer songs throughout the evening, and wassail — a holiday drink traditionally enjoyed during celebrations of Christmas Eve and/or Twelfth Night — will be served, said Patti Braasch-Turi, a member of the OAC’s promotions committee.

St. Paul artist leading watercolor workshop this weekend at OAC

St. Paul artist leading watercolor workshop this weekend at OAC

Zulma Davila, an accomplished artists in several media, will make her first appearance in Owatonna this weekend as she leads a watercolor workshop at the Owatonna Arts Center Saturday and Sunday.

Her background is in graphic arts and illustration — she graduated from the School of Visual Arts in New York City with a major in fine arts and minor in journalistic illustration — but “was always painting,” and in retirement, Davila returned to her “love” of watercolor, she said. “I fell in love with watercolor, the fluidity of it.”

She focuses on color and capturing light, and watercolor “is really well-suited for that,” she said. Davila favors landscapes, but “I do anything, really.”...

Catherine and Peter Park bringing Korean art, culture, and history to OAC this month

Y. Catherine Park and her husband, H. Peter Park, are bringing Korean culture and history to town with their exhibition this month at the Owatonna Arts Center.

They’ll both be on hand from 1-5 p.m. Sunday for a reception to discuss Korea, their art, and their own personal stories. Peter will also provide a calligraphy demonstration.

In addition to the calligraphy, this month’s exhibition features masks, watercolors, and Asian brush paintings on rice paper. Through the various works of art, the couple tells a tale of Korea, Taoism, and regional history...