Category Archives: Arts, Recreation and Culture Committee

Sidewalk Poetry Celebration Aug 30 at 7pm in Bridge Square

The Arts and Culture Commission of Northfield invites everyone to attend the 2018 Sidewalk Poetry Capstone Celebration at 7:00 p.m. on August 30, 2018 in Downtown Northfield on Bridge Square. The event is open to the public and will bring poetry lovers and sidewalk poets together to hear the poems read aloud, to meet the winning poets, and to hear music by Bonnie and the Clydes. Thanks to the Northfield’s FiftyNorth volunteers, the popcorn wagon will be open for business, serving delicious popcorn and cold drinks.

photo courtesy of Bonnie Jean Flom

Attendees are encouraged to bring lawn chairs so they can relax and enjoy the music and poetry of the night. A large map of the locations of the 2018 winning poems will be shared and the winning poems from all eight years of the contest will be on display. The City’s Department of Public Works will have poetry molds on display.

In 2011, Northfield launched its annual Sidewalk Poetry Project. In the eight years of the project, 71 poems – the creations of 49 local poets — have been selected for imprinting in over 220 locations across the community. Each one of the winning poems, imprinted into the concrete of our city sidewalks, is remarkable on its own; collectively, they offer a sense of the spirit of our community. The five winning 2018 poets are: Becky Boling, Avery Eastvold, Steve McCown, Julie Ryan, and Marie Vogl Gery.

Sidewalk Poetry is a partnership with the Friends and Foundation of the Northfield Public Library, the Northfield Public Library, and the City of Northfield and has been supported by the efforts of many local volunteers. An interactive map of the poems can be found on the Arts & Culture Commission page of the City of Northfield website.

For more information, contact Bonnie Jean Flom, Northfield Arts and Culture Commissioner, at bjflom@gmail.com.

Northfield Mobile Photography Tour Aug 23

The Preservation Alliance of Minnesota invites you to join photography and architecture enthusiasts for an evening stroll around downtown Northfield on August 23 from 5:30-7:30pm. Beginning and ending at the Northfield Arts Guild, the Northfield Mobile Photography Tours pairs art and photography with local history.

We’ll begin with a mobile photography lesson from Eric Mueller. Eric will share tips for maximizing your phone to take amazing pictures on this tour and future excursions. Eric is a Minneapolis-based artist, photographer, and teacher. Known for his graphic style and strength in composition, his photographs have been exhibited in dozens of group shows, including at the Plains Art Museum, the Midwest Center for Photography, Head On Photo Festival, and the Columbus Museum of Art. Eric teaches iPhone Photography classes online for iPhonePhotographySchool.com and locally for FilmNorth (formerly IFP Minnesota), the Minnetonka Center for the Arts, and the Preservation Alliance of Minnesota. He has about 50,000 followers on Instagram.

Then, we’ll explore downtown with Barbara Evans, a Northfield resident, teacher, and old home owner & restorer. Barbara taught American Literature, Drama, Debate, and Composition in Rochester, MN for 34 years before retiring and moving to Northfield. She has been a visiting professor at St. Olaf College. Barbara’s interests include architecture, travel, photography, and renovation of her Arts & Crafts home in Northfield. She sits on the Northfield Heritage Preservation Commission and enjoys learning about Northfield’s historic buildings and homes. Barbara also has a small greeting card company that features her photography: Cannon Shots.

You are invited to explore the Northfield Arts Guild’s exhibits before the tour. Refreshments will be provided. Cost of the tour is $25 –  Register online here

Sidewalk Poetry Capstone Event Aug 17 at 7pm

There’s always something interesting happening in Downtown Northfield! Join us August 17th at 7pm on Bridge Square for the 2017 Sidewalk  Poetry Capstone Celebration. The event is open to the public and will bring poetry lovers and sidewalk poets together to hear the poems read aloud, to meet the winning poets, and to hear music by Bonnie and the Clydes.  Thanks to the Northfield Senior Center volunteers, the popcorn wagon will be open for business, serving delicious popcorn and cold drinks.

Bring your lawn chairs, relax and enjoy the music and poetry of the night.  A large map of the locations of the 2017 winning poems will be shared and the winning poems from all seven years of the contest will be on display.

In 2011, Northfield launched its annual Sidewalk Poetry Project. In the seven years of the project, 66 poems – the creations of 46 local poets — have been selected for imprinting in over 200 locations across the community.  Each one of the winning poems, imprinted into the concrete of our city sidewalks, is remarkable on its own; collectively, they offer a sense of the spirit of our community.  Chosen from among 156 poems submitted for judging, ten winning poems will be celebrated in 2017.

Sidewalk Poetry is a partnership with the Friends and Foundation of the Northfield Public Library, the Northfield Public Library and the City of Northfield, and has been supported by the efforts of hundreds of volunteers. This activity receives major funding from the Southeastern Minnesota Arts Council (SEMAC) through the arts and culture heritage fund, as appropriated by the Minnesota State Legislature with money from the vote of the people of Minnesota on November 4, 2008. Additional funding is provided by the Friends and Foundation of the Northfield Public Library.

For more information, contact Bonnie Jean Flom, chair of Northfield’s Arts and Culture Commission at bjflom@gmail.com.

“A Minnesotan Goodbye”…This Weekend in Downtown Northfield, MN

“A Minnesotan Goodbye”, the Carleton & St. Olaf 5th Year Apprentice/Intern Exhibit, opens this weekend at the Arts Guild’s gallery in downtown Northfield.  The artwork of six St. Olaf and Carleton College art interns: Anda Tanaka, Anders Nienstaedt, Arielle Rebek, James Wilson, Justina Ny, Mathew Brutger and Sheila Novak will be featured in the Gallery through May 18.   Attending an opening reception for a new art exhibit is a pretty good way to start your weekend. Continue reading “A Minnesotan Goodbye”…This Weekend in Downtown Northfield, MN

Pieta Brown in Downtown…Northfield, MN

An American singer-songwriter born in Iowa City, Iowa and spending her youth between Iowa and Alabama, Pieta Brown was born to make music.  Several of her albums have won “Best of the Year” awards, and all of them have been critically acclaimed.  Well-versed in traditional American folk music, Brown is a leader in contemporary innovation for this art form.  She plays at the Arts Guild Theater on Saturday night. Continue reading Pieta Brown in Downtown…Northfield, MN