Art Matters

Arne Everson
Guest Writer

The Cambridge Center for the Arts, serving Cambridge, Isanti County and beyond, endeavors to make the arts available to all people. It is located at 144 E. 2nd Ave, Cambridge, and can be reached at 763-691-9679 or at Hours: Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday, 10 a.m. to  2 p.m.; Thursday, 4 to 8 p.m.

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.

Variety Show

The variety show, “Putting it Together,” will be held at 7 p.m. June 6 and 7, at the CCFA Theatre Space

Play Inc Community Theatre presents “Putting it Together,” featuring the Play Inc staff and board members in an evening of cabaret style performances.

The show will consist of some well-known songs: “Wouldn’t it be Loverly,” “Chain of Fools,” “Defying Gravity,” and some lesser-known songs: “50 percent,” “Mix Tape,” “Playing Myself;” and a whole lot of Stephen Sondheim: “Not While I’m Around,” “Ladies Who Lunch,” and “Putting it Together.”

This is a unique opportunity to enjoy some great music while supporting both Play Inc Community Theatre and the Cambridge Center for the Arts. Seating is very limited. There are 30 tickets available per night, so you’ll want to get yours early. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased in person at the Cambridge Center for the Arts or online at

Nordic Connection 

The CCFA Nordic Connection is planning a mid-Summer’s Day celebration 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 also will be open for viewing following the concert, with refreshments served. The Isanti County ScandiBand will also play at the mid-summer event.

Tickets, $10; includes Saxophone concert, ScandiBand, art show and refreshments.

Improve Classes

This basic improv 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. If the class is much larger, games will be adjusted and played primarily exhibition style. As a spin off from the class, a Play Inc. Improv Troupe will be assembled and perform during intermissions of Play Inc. events, as well as at community performances. No experience needed.

​Saturdays, June 8, 15, 22, and 29 from 10 a.m. to noon at CCFA. $32, Members; $40, Non-members; Ages 18 and up.

Watercolor – The Beginning

Watercolor – The Beginning​, with Cherene Bebeau, is a great introduction or a new exploration. Less can be more when painting in watercolor. Experience how to use minimum control for maximum effects with basic application techniques. Learn the language of watercolor: casting, glazing, lifting, stenciling, hard and soft edges, and blooms. Learn what materials to use for the best success. Materials included. Come and try before you buy.

Saturday June 15, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at CCFA​.  Members, $40; Non-members, $48

Crochet Wire Bead Necklace

Join Peggy Johnson and learn how to do a simple crochet stitch that incorporates beads and wire to create a special 3-strand necklace in just two hours. No crochet experience necessary.​

Bring your own beads (buttons work, too). There is a $5 fee, payable to the​ instructor, for wire, crochet hook and closures. Beads are available locally at The Bead Shop, 220 South Ashland St. in​ downtown Cambridge.

Saturday, June 8, from 5 to 7 p.m. at CCFA. Ages teen to adult.

​$20, Members; $24 Non-members; Students receive a 20 percent discount.