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Park Rapids student Alissa Berthiaume's photo titled "Annual Amphibian" is part of the annual Juried High School Art Show at Nemeth Art Center. A reception and awards ceremony is Saturday, May 12.

Nemeth Art Center, historical museum open for season

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Volunteers were busy with spring cleaning Thursday at the Hubbard County Historical Museum and Nemeth Art Center.

The museum and art center, located at 3rd Street and Court Avenue in Park Rapids, opened Tuesday for the season. They are open from 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays.

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Nemeth Art Center director Meredith Lynn has finished working out some details for the 2012 season.

The art center opens its season with the annual Juried High School Art Show in May. The show is a favorite in the community and highlights the talented and creative work of the region's high school students. The reception and awards ceremony is from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday, May 12.

In June, the exhibit will be Northwest Minnesota Photographers. Regionally based photographers Steve Peterson and Aly Smith will display their talents among others. In addition, the Nemeth Lecture Series kicks off with a free workshop taught by Steve Peterson on composition.

The Nemeth will host multiple events every month that will invite the public to participate in a more lively and active dialogue about the arts.

July features painters Danielle Kimzey, from Los Angeles, and Mary Laube, from Iowa. These artists will participate in the lecture series by teaching workshops and giving talks.

In August, the juried show Midwest Multiples will be featured at the art center. This show will feature artists living in Minnesota and neighboring states with artwork made in multiples. Traditional printmaking techniques as well as new media and artist books will be the primary focus of the show. A print sale, lectures and workshops will also be hosted in conjunction with the event.

The Nemeth Art Center will round out the 2012 season with the work of local painter Kayleen Horsma in September.

In addition to the featured monthly exhibits, a rotation of paintings from the Old Masters collection is displayed at the art center.

Many years ago, families purchased the great paintings, mostly 17th Century era, from Gabor Nemeth, a renowned restorer. Nemeth acquired the paintings as payment for his years spent working for Louis Warschaw. Nemeth, while employed by Warschaw, spent years researching and restoring the complete collection owned by Warschaw, then of Budapest, Hungary.

These Renaissance era paintings capture moments in time from centuries long ago.

The museum was renamed after Nemeth in 2011.

For more information about the Nemeth Art Center go to www.nemethartcenter.org.

The Hubbard County Historical Museum also opened May 1.

The museum has several new events on the horizon for the community.

Connie Henderson, director of the Hubbard County Historical Museum, has many plans for the museum to thrive and would like the community to be involved.

Volunteers are integral to the museum and she is looking for people to help give tours, greet people, organize exhibits or scan photographs. Many other opportunities are available as well.

Several resources are available for people to use for research, including an inventory of history books, Park Rapids High School yearbooks, cemetery listings, obituaries and more.

Upcoming events for the museum this spring and summer include a talk by Dave Anderson about World War II battlefields in Europe at 7 p.m. Monday, May 21 and special music with Bill Dahl and Mark Bridge at 7 p.m. Monday, June 25.

Sunday, July 29 is Civil War Sunday from 1 to 4 p.m. on the front lawn of the museum. In case of inclement weather, the event will be held inside.

Dean Urdahl will present the program "The Dakota Conflict" at 7 p.m. Monday, July 30.

Learn about women's suffrage in Minnesota at 7 p.m. Monday, Aug. 27.

The museum will host an event similar to "Antiques Roadshow," where people can bring in antique items and have help discovering the value at 7 p.m. Monday, Sept. 24.

The museum is open from 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday from May through September.

The museum has an Area Voices blog to promote the museum and upcoming events. Go to hubbardcountyhistoricalmuseum.areavoices.com for more information.

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Anna Erickson
Anna Erickson is editor of the Wadena Pioneer Journal.
(218) 631-2561
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