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Events

SPRING OPEN HOUSE: IMAGINATION ON THE PRAIRIE
An Afternoon at the Lac qui Parle Museum Inspired by Robert Bly
Sunday, May 28, 2017
Exhibits open 1:00 pm
Bly Program starts 2:00 pm

Each year the Lac qui Parle County Museum in Madison, Minnesota, opens a major exhibit at the end of May.  In 2015 the theme was weddings, in 2016, quilts.  This year the exhibit features artists and writers of Lac qui Parle County. Imagination on the Prairie is inspired by Robert Bly, the first Poet Laureate of Minnesota, a world-famous poet, translator and activist who grew up on a farm near Madison.
 
The Opening Reception on May 28 is for two concurrent exhibits: one of local artists’ work, displayed throughout the museum, and a special exhibit in the Robert Bly study on the museum grounds, of art and soundtracks of Bly’s life, created by artist Susan Armington.
 
The centerpiece of the Bly exhibit is a series of three-dimensional “talking artworks”, each piece embedded with a sensor which triggers a story about the poet, based on interviews with him.
 
More than 30 local artists, current and former residents of Lac qui Parle County, will display their creativity, including photography, fine art, pottery, artisan handwork and graphic design.
 
On Sunday, May 28, the art exhibits open at 1:00 p.m.; a presentation on Robert Bly starts at 2:00 p.m.  Susan Armington will speak about her exhibit, Bly’s son Noah will share stories about his father, winners of the writing contest will be announced and they will read their poems.
 
The presentation concludes with Dana Conway, Emmy Award-winning producer of Senior Postcards, sharing her experiences of the production and then a screening of her film Madison’s Poet Robert Bly and Prairie Arts Center, which premiered on April 6 on Pioneer Television.
 
All events are free and open to the public.  Refreshments will be served.
 
The local arts exhibits will remain in the museum through July 30.  The Bly exhibit will remain indefinitely.
 
This exhibit and event are made possible by a grant from the Southwest Minnesota Arts Council thanks to a legislative appropriation from the Arts and Cultural Heritage Foundation and The Clean Water Land & Legacy Amendment.