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New Visual Arts Center Open House @ The Historic Holmes Theatre

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Join The Historic Holmes Theatre to celebrate their new visual arts center, The Holmes Art Cellar! There will be live music, appetizers, art displays and cash bar. In addition there will be a “Make & Take Art Project” session!

Last fall, Historic Holmes Theatre Arts Outreach Director Beth Gilbert embarked on a joint venture with the Detroit Lakes Senior Center to revamp the seniors' home in the basement of the theater.

The open house will spotlight the work of local artists Kurt Anderson, who does wood turning, and Joann Knapp, who has been doing on-the-spot sketches of the Holmes Theatre's live shows for many years. After the show, Gilbert says, Knapp usually asks the artist to sign the sketch, then gives copies to both the artist and the theater, while keeping the original for her own collection.

"She will have about 12-15 of those sketches on display," Gilbert said, adding that Knapp is expected to attend the open house, though Anderson will not be available that evening.

In addition to the artwork, local musician Rhoda Habedank will be performing, and there will be appetizers and a cash bar for guests to enjoy while viewing the artwork as well as the newly revamped space — and they can even try their hand at making a piece of jewelry to take home with them, courtesy of local artist Krista Marie.

The open house will also offer the public an opportunity to view what goes on at the Senior Center, as well as some of the new senior citizen-focused programs being offered by the adjacent Detroit Lakes Community & Cultural Center.

"This will still be an active senior center," said Amy Stoller Stearns, the Holmes Theatre's executive director. "The space has just been updated and enhanced.”

Gilbert says that in addition to the dining area for the senior nutrition program, Meals on Wheels kitchen and a space for card games, puzzles and other senior social activities, the new HAC will include a coffee bar (where coffee will be offered to the seniors free of charge), a lounge area with comfortable seating, a creative space for art classes, a small art shop, and an "Artist Spotlight" area, which will literally have a spotlight focused on it.

"A new artist will be showcased there every couple of months," said Gilbert, noting that an old-fashioned spotlight had been donated to the theater by a local resident and would be utilized in the new space.

The open house will be followed by a main stage show that is unlike anything else the theater has offered before, Stearns said — a unique combination of rock and theater titled "Jerome the Snake," featuring Minneapolis musicians The Twilight Hours.