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Last fall, the Wisconsin Department of Administration (DOA) finalized population estimates for local units of government, as of Jan. 1, 2017. The DOA says St. Croix County grew by 4.13 percent since the 2010 Census and added 3,483 new residents. St. Croix's year-old population is estimated at 87,828 making the numeric gain since 2010 roughly equivalent to the 3,300 people residing in the Village of Ellsworth.
Beginning Alcohol Ink Painting on Tile, a workshop for adults, will be offered 1-4 p.m. Saturday, March 3, at The Phipps Center for the Arts. Participants will create glowing paintings, gorgeous ceramic tiles and more with this medium. Unpredictable, wildly colorful, vibrant inks will be used on nonporous surfaces including metal, plastic, glass and Yupo paper — the possibilities are endless. No experience is needed, only playfulness and a desire to explore and create.
The Hudson Hot Air Affair kicks off Friday, Jan. 26, with the Hot Air Affair Torchlight Parade. The parade starts at the Wells Fargo parking lot and travels down Second Street, turning down Walnut Street and ends at the Hudson Arch. Blasts of flames from the balloon units will help warm the crowd. Spectators will see marching kazoo bands and "Touchdown Hudson XXIX"-themed parade units. Immediately after the parade there is a fireworks display at Lakefront Park sponsored by Andersen Corp.
The 29th annual Hudson Hot Air Affair celebration has been moved one week earlier, to Jan. 26-28, 2018. This fun-filled winter festival and hot air balloon rally changed its date due to the Super Bowl taking place in Minneapolis. With football in mind, the 2018 Hot Air Affair theme is "Touchdown Hudson XXIX" with several football-related activities during the event.
A series of exhibitions featuring work by 30 regional artists will be on view through Dec. 3 in The Galleries of The Phipps Center for the Arts. The Galleries feature an installation, photography and mixed media work on paper in the three-person exhibit, "In This Place: What Makes a Place Holy?" featuring artists Hend Al-Mansour of St. Paul, Susan Armington of Minneapolis, and Sylvia Horwitz of Minneapolis; glass and mixed media mosaics by members of the Minnesota Mosaic Guild; ceramic sculpture by Jennica Kruse of Minneapolis; and oil paintings by Brian Stewart of North St. Paul.
Award-winning artist, Wouterina "Riana" de Raad will offer a mosaic workshop 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 21, and 12:30-4:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 22, at The Phipps Center for the Arts. Participants will learn the basic skills of mosaic tiling, including how to cut and break glass and ceramic tile, as well as what materials and adhesives to use for a subzero climate. There will be a grouting demonstration and discussion on cement formulas, how to use pigments, and how to texture a cement surface.
Work by seven artists will be on view through Oct. 22 in The Galleries of The Phipps Center for the Arts. This current exhibit features works on paper by Andrea Carlson (St. Paul and Chicago), mixed media paintings and collage by Chris Cinque (Minneapolis), mixed media painting by Joan G. Cox (St. Paul), blown glass by Pauly Cudd (River Falls), functional porcelain pottery by Glynnis Lessing (Northfield, Minn.), polymer clay sculpture by Layl McDill (Minneapolis), as well as paintings and textiles by Chholing Taha (Anoka, Minn.)
No festival is complete without a tasty selection of fair food, and the Spirit of the St. Croix Art Festival is no exception! At this art festival, even the food fare is unique. Presenting a sampling of festival foods, we invite you to be tempted to try selections from local Hudson restaurants, as well as a few out-of-town flavors. Bring your appetite and enjoy festival favorites like maple ice cream and root beer, house-made Apfelstrudel, plus Wisconsin favorites like cheese curds, Leinenkugel's, tomato basil bratwurst, barbecue and more.
The Spirit of the St. Croix Art Festival draws thousands of visitors to experience a variety of creative talent. Enjoy the original artwork of 90-plus juried artists on the banks of the St. Croix River in Lakefront Park in Hudson. Watch live entertainment and artistic demos, while sampling a variety of tasty treats 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 23, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 24. With an abundance of creative activities you may just discover your inner artist. In the band shell