Participate in Special Programs

These Roots, This Stone: Finding a Sense of Place Through Art – Workshop featuring Artists-in-Residence from Pine Needles

Saturday, September 14, 9:00 am - Noon

This outdoor workshop is presented in cooperation with the St. Croix Watershed Research Station. The workshop is presented by 2013 "Artists at Pine Needles," artist Susan Armington and artist/biologist Bonnie Ploger. 

The workshop focuses on deepening the connection to the natural world and to a particular place through outdoor art-making. Susan and Bonnie were two of this year's artists-in-residence at Pine Needles, the James Taylor Dunn cabin located just north of Marine on St. Croix on the St. Croix River. They will lead participants in demonstrating how to use an intuitive process to gather natural objects and construct temporary artistic installations on the grounds. They will reflect on their own creations indivdiually and as a group, searching out their different qualities and seeing them as metaphors for our inner selves and what connects us most deeply to nature.

No art experience is necessary to participate in this program. Space is limited to 20 participants ages 13 and older. The program fee is $25, which includes materials. 

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Creating The Wooden Bowl with Jim Sannerud

Thursday and Friday, September 26 & 27, 9:00 am - 4:00 pm


The wooden bowl is a reflection of both utility and beauty - an inspiring craft form to experience. Explore the grains of northern hardwoods - birch and maple - as you learn detailed lathe handling and turning techniques to turn a wooden bowl on the electric lathe. From tree to bowl, learn how to identify the best parts of a tree for a bowl blank and how to orient stock for the best grain patterns to match the outcomes you desire. To ensure longevity and finishing of the bowl, drying techniques will also be covered. Take home a traditional utility bowl for the kitchen as well s an artistic form for the coffee table. Your materials fee includes all wood for the projects plus the use of individual lathes and set of tools.  


Instructor Jim Sannerud studied in Sweden with Willie and Jogge Sundquist. He is an instructor at North House Folk School, the American Swedish Institute, Vesterheim, and the AAW Gallery of Wood Art.  Cllick on the link below to register for this two day session. Class size is limited.  Program fee - $190.

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