Art Matters – April 2012

Below is the April issue of the ACCC Newsletter, Art Matters. To download a PDF version, click here.

Chaska Student Recognized Nationally for Artwork

Congratulations to Regan Kerfeld, Chaska High School Sophomore, who has earned a National Gold Key Award for her mixed media artwork. The recognition comes by way of a Scholastic Art and Writing Award from the Alliance for Young Artists and Writers.  This award has been presented to the likes of Sylvia Plath, Truman Capote, Richard Avedon, Andy Warhol, and Joyce Carol Oates over the years.  Regan is one of only seven students from Minnesota to earn this honor! She is also the only one from Minnesota to earn it in the category of painting. This is a rare accomplishment and one that speaks to the quality and importance of the arts and arts education in our county. Regan’s art work will be on display in New York City and she will be invited to a ceremony on May 31 in NYC to celebrate. Congratulations to Regan and Chaska High School art teacher, Lucy LeMay!

ACCC Featured Artist:  Michelle Eggan

Michelle Eggan Cologne Artist

Michelle Eggan - Lynn Laumann Photography Waconia

The ACCC is proud to present Cologne resident, Michelle Eggan, as the organization’s current featured artist.  Michelle’s artwork is inspired, deeply rooted in imagination, purposeful, and alive in community.  Michelle is creative in many ways, mixing different art materials, papers, pastels, paints, mediums, and natural fiber. Her creative world is nurtured by her relationships, animals, gardens, travel, folk art, inspiring artists Chagall, Klee and Matisse, beauty in all forms and the extraordinary joy of creating.

Michelle believes in always working to her highest creative potential. She produces conceptual design, illustration, promotion design, mixed media, sculpted toys, puppetry, mobiles and paintings for herself and to touch the hearts of others.  She was recently commissioned to create art for children with the purpose of healing.  Michelle is currently creating art for the 3rd floor corridors of St. Paul Children’s Hospital.  This story scene is one of joy and imagination – a place where true healing can begin.

Michelle Eggan’s work can be found in private collections, public art, pediatric hospitals and clinic environments, children’s event promotion, children’s picture books, creative learning materials, prints and greeting cards.  For more information on Michelle and her work, see Michelle’s web site at

ACCC Annual Membership Renewal

It’s time to renew your annual membership or, if you were a Charter Member, to activate your annual membership.

Membership benefits include access to information and the organization newsletter, future discounts on classes, artist profiles on the web site and in this newsletter, the benefits of collaboration and partnership, and most importantly, the opportunity to support the arts in a tangible way.

Part of the overall vision for the ACCC is the notion that Community is strengthened through the arts.  Be a community builder and proclaim your support by renewing today.

Review your membership options.

The Arts in and around the Community…

The amazing local talent of Pamela McNeill, Mary Jane Alm, and Jeff Engholm, along with a host of A-list musicians, will be featured in  Rumours and Dreams – The Music of Fleetwood Mac at Chanhassen Dinner Theatres.  This first-of-its-kind production for CDT will occur two nights only – April 25th and 26th – on the Fireside stage. Get tickets for this limited engagement now at

Lorie Line, acclaimed pianist and entertainer, will be performing at the Watertown-Mayer Performing Arts Center on Saturday, May 5th, at 7:30 pm.  Tickets can be purchased by visiting or by calling 1-800-801-5463.

The second edition of the History of the Watertown Minnesota area – 1856-2006 – has been printed for the fourth and final time.  Author and ACCC member, Charlotte Johnson, has copies for sale.  Contact Charlotte at 952-955-3546 if you are interested in purchasing a copy.

Arts Consortium of Carver County
Barb Hone,  Membership

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