NAG Member Jan Shoger wins Northfield’s 2015 Living Treasure Award


by Philip Spensley

The Arts and Culture Commission of the City of Northfield is pleased to announce Jan Shoger as the recipient of its 2016 Living Treasure Award.  The award annually honors a Northfield area resident who makes an outstanding and lasting contribution to the city’s identity and quality of life through and behalf of the arts and culture.

The award will be presented to the Shoger at a public ceremony to be held on Thursday, January 28th, 2016, at the Grand Event Center.  Everyone is invited to attend the celebration, which starts at 7 pm, and to share in the expression of appreciation for her many contributions to the community.

Former Professor of Art at St Olaf College who served not only her department as chair, and as St Olaf’s Steensland Gallery Director, she also crossed the river to serve as an interim Director of Exhibitions at Carleton.  Her work has been exhibited in galleries and art shows throughout the twin cities as well as across the state and is held in a wide variety of private and institutional collections from here in Northfield to as far away as Japan, and for such work she has won numerous awards.  Heavily involved in the Northfield Arts Guild, she has been a builder of the original shop and gallery as well as exhibiting, curating, and teaching.  As well, she was a founding member of the Northfield Craft Guild.  As an arts educator, she has contributed her expertise and her creative spirit throughout the community: pre-school, K-12, college, adult, retired persons, specific populations such as the A+ (Auitistic Plus Spectrum) Art Club, and to other art teachers.  According to Carol Rutz, one of her nominators for the award, “Jan Shoger’s name has become synonymous with “art” in Northfield and her art and teaching part of the public cultural fabric.”

In naming Jan Shoger for its 2016 Living Treasure Award, the Arts and Culture Commission asserts without reservation that “because of Jan Shoger’s past and continuing service to Northfield, through and on behalf of the arts and culture, the community is richer, Northfield is a better place, and we’re fortunate and grateful to have them in our midst.”

Shoger will officially receive the award, presented by the Mayor, at a special celebratory event to be scheduled in January 2016 at the Grand to which the publlic is invited and which is generously supported by a variety of local area businesses and by Carleton College.

As recipient of the award, throughout 2016 Shoger will serve as Ambassadors for the Arts in Northfield, as well as continuing to pursue her own personal artistic endeavors.

Previous recipients of the Living Treasure Award have been Ray Jacobson, renowned sculptor and Carleton professor emeritus, whose fountain graces Bridge Square and whose “Harvest” statue can be found along the river walk; Myrna Johnson, founder and long-time artistic director of the Northfield Arts Guild Theatre; Cora Scholz, music educator, who co-founded and for many years led the Northfield Children’s Choir; Paul Niemisto, founder and thirty-some year conductor of the Cannon Valley Regional Orchestra, and founder and organizer of Northfield’s International Vintage Band Festival; Patsy Dew, photographer, theatre director, actress, and builder of arts programs especially for youth through the Northfield Arts Guild, and for seniors through the Northfield Senior Center; and DeWayne and Theo Wee, accomplished and award winning keyboard performers, and teachers and accompanists to many local and area musicians and community groups.  The Arts and Culture Commission thanks each one of them for their lasting contributions to Northfield’s cultural vibrancy.

~By Philip Spensley, Chair of the Arts and Culture Commission

The Glow of the Season

Nearly 100 local and regional member artists at the Northfield Arts Guild light up winter in glass, gaiety, and color as they display the warmth of the season in the Gift Shop. This is just the beginning of what you’ll see if you visit the Arts Guild now through Dec. 24. Last-minute shoppers, make a note: The Gift Shop and Fine Craft Collective will be open on Dec. 24 to run in for those last-minute items you need.

Perfect Stocking Stuffers: Handmade gifts under $15

Blown glass by Rick Swearer






Pottery is always a timeless gift!

ornaments, assorted

A large assortment of handmade ornaments



Fiber art: from natural dyed scarves, to woven and embroidered pieces






















Our new database is here!

Folks, it has arrived…our new database! The NAG office couldn’t be more excited about this change. While yes, we’re an arts organization and like to be creative, fun, and energetic, we also provide many meaningful services to our community, and this database will help us do that more efficiently and effectively. Furthermore, the new database allows us to align all operations within the Guild (membership, ticketing, class registration, gift shop merchandise, etc.).

As class registration opens today, those reading who often register for classes will notice some BIG changes to online registration. It’s a new system for everyone (us too!), so please bear with us as we help you through the process.

Here are a few of the changes that you’ll notice with our new system:

  • The new system allows you to create a shopping cart (think Amazon, or Target, or any other big online retailer). This means you can register for as many classes as you want all at the same time!!  You can even add a membership or donation at the same time, too. No more entering your contact and credit card information several times–woo hoo! You can always get back to your shopping cart by clicking the link in the upper right hand corner on any web page.
    Screenshot of top menu bar, arrow pointing to shopping cart link
  • You have the option to create an account within the system, which can be very handy if you register for classes often. It will save your information and save you time in the future (I highly recommend it!). Or you can continue as a guest without creating an account each time you register for a class.
    Registration page screen shot
  • If you’re a NAG member, you must create an account (click “register” in the upper right hand corner the first time) and sign in in order to receive your 10% class discount! The system will automatically link you up to your membership (provided that enough of your contact information matches what we have in the system for you) and automatically give you your 10% class discount. If you register and sign in but it is not recognizing you as a member, please call the Office at 507-645-8877, and we’ll get it straightened out for you.
  • To register for a class, just click on the class title or session (if applicable) of the class you wish to register for! Enter the quantity you would like. It will ask you for registration information, including contact information, age and grade of youth under age 18, and give you a notice about required forms that must be completed prior to your first class in the 2015-16 school year. Find another class to register for, or enter your credit card information, and voila! Registration complete :-)
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  • A few of our classes are being registered through Northfield Community Services in an exciting partnership that we have going with them this year. Those classes are: Modern Dance, Little Picassos Club, Picassos Club, and Painting with Acrylics for Middle Schoolers. Clicking on the titles of those classes will bring to the Northfield Community Services registration website.
  • Why all the un-even numbers for member rates in this brochure? Previously, we had been giving members *a little more* than 10% off classes (why? Because we love you!). But the new system unfortunately only allows us to give a pure 10% off from the non-member price.  These new member rates reflect this 10% discount.

We’re here to help as we all learn this new system! Please don’t hesitate to email or call 507-645-8877 if you have any questions or concerns.

The new database was made possible by a generous grant from the Mardag Foundation. We are grateful for their support in helping the organization to improve its infrastructure and provide the best possible customer service that we can!