Art Matters

Arne Everson
Guest Columnist

The Cambridge Center for the Arts, serving Cambridge, Isanti County and beyond, endeavors to make the arts available to all people. CCFA offers a variety of art classes and music lessons, photography club, writers group, concerts, bus trips to arts and theater events. The Center is host to Play Inc. Community Theater, the East Central Children’s Chorus, and Nordic Connection events, as well as visual arts exhibits.

Leave Your Mark is an art exhibition by the Anoka-Ramsey Community College art students and it will be on display at the Cambridge Center for the Arts through May 28. The Center is open Tuesdays, Thursday, and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and on Thursdays from 4 to 8 p.m.

Calling all artists. Join us for some open studio time on Saturday at the Center from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. All types of artists are welcome. Bring your own supplies. Coffee and snacks are provided.

CCFA is hiring teachers for classes in the arts including drawing and painting, photography, music, theater, writing, dance and more. Teachers are needed for classes for children, teens and adults. Please send resume and letter of interest to Cambridge Center for the Arts, 144 2nd Ave. SE, Cambridge, MN or email to [email protected]

The CCFA Writer’s Group meets Thursdays from 5-8 p.m. This is a time to gather with other writers of prose, nonfiction, and poetry, and to encourage peers to write in a creative environment. These evenings give writers the opportunity to talk with other writers, share ideas and give encouragement. There will be time to work on something you may already have underway, or to start something new. The group is made up of people with various writing experience, in an atmosphere that encourages all participants. The group meets at the CCFA Gallery, 144 SE 2nd Ave., Cambridge, anytime between 5 and 8 p.m.

The Spring Concert Li’l Farm Benefit by the East Central Children’s Chorus, the PrimeTime Singers and the Celestial Bells was a great success. Tickets sales and contributions from the appreciative crowd resulted in a $1,400 donation to the Li’l Farm.

Basic Improv: Saturdays, June 8, 15, 22, and 29 from 10 a.m. to noon, at CCFA. Ages 18 and up. $32 Members. $40 Nonmembers

This class will strive to teach individuals a plethora of games that are commonly known in the game-style improv world. Games will consist of 3 to 4 players in play in head to head style; the rules are made up and the points don’t matter. As a spin off from the class, a formal Play Inc. Improv Troupe will be assembled and perform during intermissions of Play Inc. events as well as community performances. Come and have some fun with us.

The CCFA Nordic Connection is planning a mid-Summer’s Day celebration on Friday, June 21, presenting the Scandinavian Saxophone Quartet. The quartet, four graduate level musicians from Stockholm, Sweden, performed a wonderful concert in Cambridge last summer to a very appreciative audience.  The concert will be at the New Hope Community Room, just across the street from the Arts Center.

During June, the Center will display a Scandinavian art show, which will be open for viewing following the concert with refreshments served. The Isanti County ScandiBand will also play at the mid-summer event. Watch for more details in later articles.