Hallberg Center for the Arts Anniversary & Schedule
Wyoming Area Creative Arts Community 10th Anniversary Celebration and the 2022 Hallberg Center for the Arts Calendar
An art exhibit celebrating the 10th anniversary of the Wyoming Area Creative Arts Community (WACAC), with a February 17th opening, runs through March 19 and features an eclectic exhibit of art by local artists at the Hallberg Center for the Arts at 5521 Viking Blvd NE in Wyoming, MN 55092.
This exhibit is a collection of the Best of The Wyoming Area Creative Arts Community (WACAC) and was open to all artists that have participated in exhibits at the Hallberg Center for the Arts. All are invited to attend the show’s opening ceremonies on Thursday, February 17 including the Founding and current members, past sponsors, and the participating artists to share their stories. Opening night will feature live music by founding member and Songwriters in the Round alum Andrew Spreck. (Spreck originated and is past producer of the Songwriters in the Round Series which is in its 5th year)
The Wyoming Area Creative Arts Community is an alliance of painters, musicians, performers, photographers, and writers that came together to bring the arts to the communities surrounding Wyoming, MN, including Forest Lake, Stacy, North Branch, Chisago City and more.
In 2012 this collective of just over a dozen artists began to work towards becoming an established organization.
“What started out as a small group of painters, writers and musicians wanting to bring art to a community has really turned into something amazing”, said founding member and past Board Chairman Eric Peterson. “I’m so proud of all the people that have contributed to this project and continued to build this vision. In 2012, when I got a call from Wendy Hazzard and we decided to start something, we never envisioned it evolving into what it is today.”
“With the desire to create some community projects, we realized the need be a 501(c)3 corporation (registered non-profit) to enable donations that were tax deductible. This happened in 2014.”
In 2015, through generous sponsors and volunteer commitment, WACAC purchased an old, turn of the century church and transformed into the Hallberg Center for the Arts.
Today, the organization has exhibited the artwork of hundreds of artists across Minnesota and Wisconsin (even as far away as the UK) in solo, duo and collaborative exhibits which changes monthly. The original dozen artists have now grown to nearly 200 and what started out as a local project has turned regional - all done through volunteers, donations, sponsorships, and grants. Because of this generosity, admission is always free.
For those unable to visit the gallery, exhibits can be viewed with a 3D tour of the gallery via Wyomingcreativearts.org. Born in response to the COVID 19 pandemic, the Hallberg Center for the Arts had one of the first 3D tour options and is visited by hundreds of art patrons each month.
The organization is committed to promoting arts to the community not only through ongoing first-rate exhibitions at their art center but through its outreach efforts such as Kids Can Be Artists Too which is set up at local festivals each year. This free event encourages kids of all ages to get in touch with their inner artist and paint for free. A favorite draw at Wyoming’s Stagecoach Days, over 600 kids on average from 8-10 different counties each year pass under the WACAC tents to paint and take home a free T-shirt with their newly created artwork. The Ranger Art Review is held at the Hallberg Center each spring and features the best art from Forest Lake Area Middle and High Schools.
WACAC also promotes the musical arts. Hosting “Songwriters in the Round” every other month at the Hallberg Center for the Arts; three singer/songwriters grace the Main Gallery stage playing their original compositions, enlightening the audience about their song and their own backstory.
Art education classes and a variety of groups meet at the Hallberg Center each month. Painting, pyrography, sketching, photography, and writing are some of the classes and groups of which more information can be found on their website.
The following calendar of events open monthly on Thursday’s from 4:00pm to 8:00pm in 2022:
Wyoming Area Creative Arts Community 10th Anniversary Show – Thursday, February 17th- Saturday, March 19
Songwriters in The Round #27 – Thursday, February 24, 7pm-8:30pm featuring Sarah Morris, Ted Hajnasiewicz, and Cathie English
Through Her Eyes – Duo Exhibit by Emily Quandahl & CeCe Petersen – Thursday March 24th – Saturday April 16
The Ranger Art Review - The best art of the year from the Forest Lake Area Middle and High Schools – Thursday, April 21 – Saturday, May 14
Songwriters in The Round #28 – Thursday, April 28, 7pm-8:30pm Songwriters to be determined
Erin Gunelson, Jim Lamers, & Dewy Thorbeck Exhibits – Thursday May 19 – Saturday June 18.
Quilting Blocks in Stages and Ana Musachio Duo Exhibit – Thursday June 23 – Saturday, July16
Songwriters in The Round #29 – Thursday, June 30, 7pm-8:30pm Songwriters to be determined
Morgan Mercer & Derrick Burbul Duo Show – Thursday, July 21 – Saturday August 13
The In.Art Show Seventh Annual Competition – A juried and judged art competition with the addition of outdoor sculpture - Thursday, August 18 – Saturday, September 17
Songwriters in The Round #30 – Thursday, August 25, 7pm-8:30pm Songwriters to be determined
Kids Can Be Artists Too! – Saturday, September 17 at Stagecoach Days, Wyoming, MN annual celebration. WACAC volunteers set up tents with painting stations, aprons and easels and invite children of every age to paint for free.
Steve Olson & Jeffery Allen Benny Exhibits – Thursday, September 22 – Saturday, October 15
Kimberly Lindgren & Kathy Trandem Exhibits – Thursday, October 20 - Saturday, November 12
Songwriters in The Round #31 – Thursday, October 27, 7pm-8:30pm Songwriters to be determined
The Black & White Eight Annual Show – An open exhibit for all regional artists of all mediums in black and white – no color. Thursday, November 17, 2022 – Saturday, January 14, 2023.
For additional information and hours please visit www.wyomingcreativearts.org