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Richard Bresnahan: The Taste of the Clay | Hatsu-Obon Firing and Apprentice Reunion

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This video clip offers a detailed description of the firing of the kiln, during which several alumni come back to volunteer in honor of three women who were significant to the development of the pottery program at Saint John's University.

Musical Concepts - Mallet Percussion

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Chris Mahan of the Fargo-Moorhead Symphony Orchestra introduces the various members of the percussion family that are played with mallets: xylophone, glockenspiel or orchestral bells, vibraphone, and chimes. Mr. Mahan explains what each instrument is made of and demonstrates how those materials affect each instrument’s sound.

FM Symphony Orchestra Young People's Concert: Hoe Down

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This lively piece conjures up distant memories of the Wild West, gunslingers, barn dances, and stampedes. Most recently this piece, by American composer Aaron Copland, was used by the Beef Checkoff in their “Beef. It’s What’s for Dinner” advertisements.

Elisa Korenne: Sister Lumberjack

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Singer songwriter Elisa Korenne of New York Mills, Minnesota writes original songs about historical people and events of the northern plains. In 1893, northern Minnesota was experiencing a logging boom but it was a dangerous industry. Back then, health insurance was in the form of health tickets to St. Mary's Hospital in Duluth, MN. Sister Amata Mackett of the Benedictine Sisters of St. Scholastica Monastery sold these tickets to lumberjacks and quickly became know as Sister Lumberjack.

Painting Concepts with Buck Paulson: Elements | Painting Concepts

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Watch artist Buck Paulson discuss different elements of a painting to further enhance your understanding of painting in this video from Prairie Public's Painting Concepts series.

Shelli Fenske: Jewelry Maker | Prairie Mosaic Shorts

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Shelli Fenske compares the art of jewelry making to sculpting, as she forms metal and precious stones into magnificent, one of a kind pieces. This Glyndon, Minnesota artist's jewelry reflects her love of nature and her passion for creativity. Learn more in this profile from Prairie Mosaic Shorts. 

Germans from Russia in South America | Music

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One of the art forms deeply connected with church was music. German music is still strong and present, especially during celebrations.

A Photographer’s View of Iceland | Drangey Island, Godafoss, Myvatn, and Askja

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The stories of an Icelandic saga’s hero, the “Waterfall of the Gods,” thermal waters and mud pools, and the eruption of a volcano’s effect on immigration. Travel to Iceland, where the beautiful landscape and friendly people have inspired countless artists, including Wayne Gudmundson, to capture the sights and explore its volcanic majesty.

Minnesota Legacy Short | Jeffrey Zachmann: Kinetic Sculptor

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Sculptor Jeffrey Zachmann gained national recognition when he transformed the path of his artistic career art from functional potter to metal and motion.

Minnesota Legacy Short | Amber Fletschock: Collage Artist

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Amber Fletschock is a collage artist working from the rugged forests of central Minnesota. Inspired by the nature surrounding her, Amber’s work is a response to the chaos and abundance of modern times.

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