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St. Croix Art & Culinary Show honorary chairpersons for 2014 are Sarah Dudgeon (left) and Barb Peterson. The duo will help promote this year’s show and its “Experience the Globe” theme. (Photo by Micheal Foley)

Honorary chairs tout global flavor of Art & Culinary Show

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Food, art and entertainment at the ninth annual St. Croix Art & Culinary Show coming up this April will have an international flavor thanks to this year’s theme: “Experience the Globe.”

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Carol DeYoung, president of Countryside Plumbing and Heating, serves as the event’s artist coordinator, and she will rely heavily on two honorary chairs this year to wield influence among local artist circles.

“People don’t know me when it comes to art; they know me when it comes to plumbing and heating,” DeYoung said. “I do some of the organizing in the background, but what we need are people who are familiar to other artists and comfortable with and recognizeable to draw that segment of the population.”

This year, DeYoung will be looking to musician Barb Peterson of New Richmond and potter Sarah Dudgeon of Amery as honorary co-chairpersons of the St. Croix Art & Culinary Show.

Peterson, a professional pianist who taught music in New Richmond schools for more than 30 years, said she looks forward to the show each year and believes it marks a changing of the seasons in New Richmond, along with a reemergence of art.

“After a long, cold winter, it feels like this spring cultural revival meeting,” said Peterson, who has served as a co-chairperson in the past. “There’s incredible food. There’s wonderful beverages. Everywhere you look there’s an artist inspiring us and music is playing.”

Dudgeon, the other honorary chairperson, is a pottery artist who works out of her home studio a few miles southwest of Amery in an area known as Little Falls. She has been involved with the St. Croix Culinary & Art Show in the past as a donating artist.

“For me, it’s just a really fun event, and it supports a good cause,” Dudgeon said. “It’s just really fun to go socialize.”

Funds raised at the annual Rotary Club event support the STRIVE scholarship program in the New Richmond area and the club’s education programs. STRIVE provides an incentive to high school students to boost their GPA in preparation for a secondary education. More than 300 people attended the St. Croix Art and Culinary Show last year, and more than $11,000 was raised. Nearly 40 percent of the total came from selling pieces of art. A piece by local artist Judy Paulson fetched $900.

Live auctions and silent auctions are just two ways artwork brings in money.

“Fundraising is done in several different ways,” DeYoung said. “If someone’s not able to personally be there that day, they can still donate a piece, and we’ll do a bucket drawing where people buy raffle tickets.”

The rest of the total comes from ticket sales and sponsorships.

This year’s event is scheduled for 5-8 p.m. on Sunday, April 27, at R&D Catering Banquet Hall.

The show features area artists displaying, demonstrating and performing their skills. Local chefs and restaurants also serve up samples of some of their favorite dishes. Spirits from 45th Parallel and beer from Brady’s Brewhouse will also be available along with some sort of live entertainment. A chef showdown, which debuted last year, may once again be part of the show this year.

Tickets are $40 and can be purchased starting in early March at Ready Randy’s, the New Richmond Area Chamber of Commerce office and online.

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Micheal Foley
Micheal Foley joined RiverTown Multimedia in July 2013 and serves as editor at the New Richmond News. In the past he has worked at several news outlets including Patch.com in Hudson, Wis., the Desert Sun in Palm Springs, Calif., the Leader-Telegram in Eau Claire, Wis., and the Pioneer Press in St. Paul, Minn. He began his career as a Marine Corps journalist. He served as a reporter and photographer in Okinawa, Japan, and editor of the base newspaper at Marine Corps Air Station Miramar in San Diego, Calif. He has a Bachelor of Arts degree in journalism from the University of Wisconsin–River Falls.
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