The artwork of Judy Saye-Willis, who works in various media — from jewelry and natural dyes to fiber, book, and installation art — will be featured this month inside the Owatonna Arts Center gallery.
Santa and Mrs. Claus made their annual appearance at the Owatonna Arts Center Saturday morning to help create indelible Christmas memories for local families.
While the center is of course focused on art, it’s also a community gathering place, conducting events throughout the year like Cocoa with Santa, said Silvan Durben, the center’s creative director. In fact, he refers to the main room of the arts center as “Owatonna’s living room,” due to the number and variety of events conducted there.
The Owatonna Arts Center is looking to the past, while also nodding toward a colorful future, with this year’s holiday display, “It’s Christmas Once Again.”
The annual December exhibition in the OAC is “our gift to the community,” said Silvan Durben, the OAC’s creative director. “Christmas is about that momentary joy that travels through our hearts and lives with us forever.”
Evan Christopher, arguably the world’s premier jazz clarinetist, will bring the traditional music of New Orleans to Owatonna during a Dec. 2 concert at the Owatonna Arts Center.
“I want Owatonna to be ready to celebrate the legacy of New Orleans,” a city that has provided deep and varied contributions that “continue to impact American life” over its 300 years, Christopher said. “I’m much more interested in telling New Orleans stories than Evan Christopher stories.”
Days are growing shorter and temperatures colder, but there’s plenty of warmth and color in the art for the fall/winter season of Healing Arts, which will run through February.