Austin Area Arts

Austin Area Arts Follow us to stay updated on news and events at the Paramount Theatre, Austin ArtWorks Center, and annual Austin ArtWorks Festival. Operating out of Austin, Minnesota, the AACA oversees the Austin ArtWorks Center, Historic Paramount Theatre, and annual ArtWorks Festival.
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In addition to this yearly celebration of visual, literary, and performing arts, we organize art classes for both kids and adults, our Music @ the Bank series, an annual performing arts season showcasing local and national acts, and a space for artists to sell their original artwork.

In addition to this yearly celebration of visual, literary, and performing arts, we organize art classes for both kids and adults, our Music @ the Bank series, an annual performing arts season showcasing local and national acts, and a space for artists to sell their original artwork.

Mission: The Austin Area Commission for the Arts (AACA)— an independent, 501(c)3 nonprofit organization— envisions a vibrant and successful community enriched by diverse arts, entertainment, and cultural activities. We strive to identify, engage, and support the development and advancement of diverse arts, entertainment, and cultural activities that benefit people in Austin and the surrounding area.

Operating as usual

Hello Friends: We just got word that some people calling our main phone number (507-434-0934) may get a message that the...
09/10/2020

Hello Friends: We just got word that some people calling our main phone number (507-434-0934) may get a message that the number is disconnected. Others calling our number DO get through. Please know that our number is still active and if you can't get through on the phone, please contact us through Facebook or [email protected]. Thank you!

It's time for a GIVEAWAY!🎉Enter our Facebook giveaway for a chance to win a Steve Tubbs Pottery mug and an assortment of...
09/10/2020

It's time for a GIVEAWAY!🎉

Enter our Facebook giveaway for a chance to win a Steve Tubbs Pottery mug and an assortment of truffles from Costas Candies.

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That's all you have to do. This giveaway will close on September 17th at 10am. Winners will be announced the following day on September 18th. Feel free to share this post with your friends to let them know!

We must acknowledge that this giveaway is in no way sponsored, endorsed, administered by or associated with Facebook.

Make plans now for Racial Justice Day in Austin next Wednesday! Spread the word!
09/10/2020

Make plans now for Racial Justice Day in Austin next Wednesday! Spread the word!

09/10/2020

Tomorrow! Gallery Open: Lori Biwer-Stewart & Amarama Art! Come enjoy a refreshment and meet the artists. COVID-safe protocols will be followed and masks are required.

This week's final pick from Wren: Matt Decker and his Birds With HatsThis is Wren's favorite. She loves the details of t...
09/10/2020

This week's final pick from Wren: Matt Decker and his Birds With Hats

This is Wren's favorite. She loves the details of this pink lady. "All of Matt's work is cute, fun and funky!"

Wren's 2nd pick of the week: Shelley Aquino (Brandon) GalleryWren is fascinated with chalk pastels since it's not one of...
09/09/2020

Wren's 2nd pick of the week: Shelley Aquino (Brandon) Gallery

Wren is fascinated with chalk pastels since it's not one of her most used mediums. She loves the texture Shelley creates using pastels along with the amazing colors and subject matter chosen. Stop in and see all of Shelley's work at the ArtWorks Center. Open T-F 12-5 and Sat 10-3.

This week's staff picks are made by Wren Clinefelter. Wren works with us part time in the box office and cleaning at the...
09/08/2020

This week's staff picks are made by Wren Clinefelter. Wren works with us part time in the box office and cleaning at the ArtWorks Center. Her first pick: Lauren Strom Art!

Wren is a huge fan of stickers but also loves Lauren's salty language and illustrating style. Lauren also has tiny feminist paints, painted garland and prints of all sizes. Come visit the collection of her work at the ArtWorks Center, T-F 12-5 and Sat 10-3

Get your kids signed up today! Register here: http://www.austinareaarts.org/classes-shop/912-kids-studio-galaxy-pastel-d...
09/07/2020

Get your kids signed up today!

Register here: http://www.austinareaarts.org/classes-shop/912-kids-studio-galaxy-pastel-drawing

Please also note our classes are capped at 9 students. Social distancing procedures will be followed. Austin ArtWorks Center is stocked with soap, paper towels, hand sanitizer and tissues and public surfaces are cleaned appropriately. For the safety of our staff and community, we ask that everyone wears a mask. Consider your situation and use your judgement in attending programming.

#motivationalmonday
09/07/2020

#motivationalmonday

Thanks Discover Austin, Minnesota for collaborating with KTTC TV on this piece highlighting things to do in Downtown Aus...
09/04/2020
Things to Do: Discovering Downtown Austin

Thanks Discover Austin, Minnesota for collaborating with KTTC TV on this piece highlighting things to do in Downtown Austin! SPAM Museum Sweet Reads Rydjor Bike Shop Gravity Storm Brewery Paramount Theatre, part of Austin Area Arts and Austin ArtWorks Center!

From books and candy to bikes and beer, there's a lot to enjoy in downtown Austin.

09/04/2020
Happy day to Holly @ the Hormel Historic Home!
09/03/2020

Happy day to Holly @ the Hormel Historic Home!

Andrea's last pick..... Melinda Wolff - Art! "I don't think I knew how beautiful wood could truly be until I saw Melinda...
09/03/2020

Andrea's last pick..... Melinda Wolff - Art!

"I don't think I knew how beautiful wood could truly be until I saw Melinda's jewelry! The colors she brings out of the wood are gorgeous, and her designs are so exquisite and unique."

09/02/2020
Layl McDill

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Time lapse face cane. Guess what part is the most difficult?

Andrea Funke's 2nd pick: Nicole Fierce's blown glass"Nicole's glass blowing always leaves me astounded! I particularly l...
09/02/2020

Andrea Funke's 2nd pick: Nicole Fierce's blown glass

"Nicole's glass blowing always leaves me astounded! I particularly love her paperweights and the way she suspends and swirls the colors so it looks like flowers or a ribbon are just floating in the glass."

Happy birthday Kristen Olson!
09/01/2020

Happy birthday Kristen Olson!

This week's staff picks brought to you by Andrea Funke! Her first pick: Amy Johnson Enamels"Amy is an amazing teacher an...
09/01/2020

This week's staff picks brought to you by Andrea Funke! Her first pick: Amy Johnson Enamels

"Amy is an amazing teacher and artist! I've taken one of her classes and absolutely LOVE my enamel earrings!"

Starts tomorrow!Additional open studio hours are the first and third Tuesday of each month from 5:30pm -7:00pm. Bring al...
08/31/2020

Starts tomorrow!

Additional open studio hours are the first and third Tuesday of each month from 5:30pm -7:00pm. Bring along your favorite art supplies (paint, paper, canvas, etc. are all cool. Clay you'll grab from us; we like to keep our kiln healthy and to do that we need to control what goes in it.) Set up a work area and talk among local artists!

Free for Austin Area Arts members

$5 for those who are not yet members

#motivationalmonday
08/31/2020

#motivationalmonday

A Handmade Christmas
08/30/2020

A Handmade Christmas

Two more days to apply!! Ahandmadechristmas.com

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08/29/2020

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No Author Artworks Fest - BUT we love showing off our local authors! Watch the interviews here on Sweet Reads FB! Visit today!

Please help us wish Kyra Bellrichard a Happy Birthday! The day is all yours — have fun!
08/29/2020

Please help us wish Kyra Bellrichard a Happy Birthday! The day is all yours — have fun!

Celebrate the arts TODAY with ArtWorks Tent Sale at the Paramount 10-3:30, Bee Balm Fields (Live from the Trails) at Eas...
08/29/2020

Celebrate the arts TODAY with ArtWorks Tent Sale at the Paramount 10-3:30, Bee Balm Fields (Live from the Trails) at East Side Lake 1 pm, Annie Mack (Live from the Trails) at Mill Pond at 2:30 pm, Good Morning Bedlam (Live from the Trails) at the Bandshell at 4 pm. Plus chalk artists at each site and musical surprises along the trails by Elisha Andrew Marin, Mary Sullivan and Nate Boots. We'll keep it all safe and friendly with masks and physical distancing. Bring the kids! Bee Balm Fields Annie Mack Music Good Morning Bedlam

New items this week at the ArtWorks Center! Open today until 5pm and Saturday 10am-3pm
08/28/2020

New items this week at the ArtWorks Center! Open today until 5pm and Saturday 10am-3pm

ArtWorks Tent Sale is open!
08/28/2020

ArtWorks Tent Sale is open!

Due to this mornings weather we are pushing the Tent Sale start time to 11am. See you there!
08/28/2020

Due to this mornings weather we are pushing the Tent Sale start time to 11am. See you there!

You: What kind of items will be at the Tent Sale? Us: all kinds of amazing things including ArtWorks Festival tshirts! T...
08/28/2020

You: What kind of items will be at the Tent Sale?

Us: all kinds of amazing things including ArtWorks Festival tshirts! These youth shirts are only $1! Get them while they last!

Jenna Grabau's final staff pick: EmLavArt"Emily makes the most intricate collages. Every time I look at Emily's work I f...
08/27/2020

Jenna Grabau's final staff pick: EmLavArt

"Emily makes the most intricate collages. Every time I look at Emily's work I find something new to admire :) " Photo: Jam Jar, available at the ArtWorks Center now!

Laura Helle - Enjoy your special day. Happy Birthday!
08/26/2020

Laura Helle - Enjoy your special day. Happy Birthday!

08/26/2020
Melinda Wolff - Art

Learn more about her work!

Here is a mini-tutorial on how I make my Minnesota reclaimed wood ornaments! This process is very similar to how I make the reclaimed wood jewelry. Enjoy!

p.s. I’m new to doing these types of videos...what do you think?!

#melindawolff #reclaimedwood #minnesotaornaments #womanwoodworker #minnesota

Staff picks, day 2 w/ Jenna - Barn Bridge Hill Salvage Art"Michael uses old tin to make the cutest recycled succulents. ...
08/26/2020

Staff picks, day 2 w/ Jenna - Barn Bridge Hill Salvage Art

"Michael uses old tin to make the cutest recycled succulents. I struggle to keep real plants alive, so these are definitely the way to go for me!"

Stop by the ArtWorks Center to see more of Michael's work. Now open T-F 12-5 and Sat 10-3 OR by private shopping appointments you can schedule on our website austinareaarts.org/distance-shopping

Address

300 N Main St
Austin, MN
55912

General information

Hours of operation: Tuesday - Friday, 10am - 5pm Saturdays, 10am - 3pm *Space rentals are also available! Call us, stop by, or check us out online for rates.

Opening Hours

Tuesday 12:00 - 17:00
Wednesday 10:00 - 17:00
Thursday 10:00 - 17:00
Friday 10:00 - 17:00
Saturday 10:00 - 15:00

Telephone

(507) 434-0934

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Austin Area Arts is an independent, 501(c)3 nonprofit organization working to improve the lives of our fellow human beings through the power of art. In 1990 a group of forward-thinking citizens joined forces to create Austin Area Arts. Their mission: to promote and develop the arts in Austin as well as to oversee the ongoing preservation of the Historic Paramount Theatre (@paramountaustinmn). Once established, the group spent over two decades spearheading the effort to restore the Paramount to its original glory, and succeeded in dramatically enhancing the quality of life in Austin by offering a venue for the performing arts to flourish. Beyond programming a diverse array of events at the Paramount Theatre each year, since 2012 Austin Area Arts has organized the annual ArtWorks Festival (@artworksfestival), which showcases artists (from musicians to painters to blacksmiths) and draws thousands of visitors to Austin, MN each August. But we still weren't satisfied. Envisioning a home for this great artistic community to gather year-round, Austin Area Arts opened the ArtWorks Center in August 2014. The Center is a hub for artists, art teachers and students, and art lovers to share their knowledge of and passion for the arts. With these three programs under our purview, we continue to carry out our mission: to identify, engage, and support the development and advancement of diverse arts, entertainment, and cultural activities that make life better for people in Austin and the surrounding area.

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FREE***Thursday June 11th at 7 PM (Central) This 45 min presentation will be looking into history’s well recognized pieces and will give us an understanding into what the artist was communicating. Michelle holds an A.A.S. in Display & Exhibit Design, a BS in Visual Arts, a Masters in Art Education, and has been a member of the Round Rock ISD visual art faculty since 2009. Link to Zoom Meeting: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83001559354 Meeting Number: 830-0155-9354
Thank you for all you are doing for the class of 2020! Love the ideas!
Here’s some art I created...
Would anyone you know be interested in these framed windows?
I just love these austin paintings. I bought 2 originals and 2 prints while at the Music at the Bank, concert. Please share these photos with the artist.
Seen in your area please share
Is the movie "Gone With The Wind," still showing today, April 9 at 2:00 p.m.?
~ Will try to be there!
A great way to kick off November. Come hear Part Time Ex's at the ArtWorks Center 11/3! $5 at the door.
Come on out this weekend and create your own skateboard art with artist Mark Rivard of Rivard Art and Rivard Art Education! Rivard has been the face of Sharpie Markers and a professional artist for over 11 years. Seminars available both Saturday and Sunday for only $10, and you KEEP your Skateboard and Art Supplies! Saturday: Design Your Own Skateboard Deck Class Sunday: Design Your Own Skateboard Deck Class Get to know Rivard's story: https://youtu.be/QFf4ROErEhg