Since mid-March, Guild staff, artists, instructors, board members, and supporters have worked to re-imagine and adapt our programming to best serve our community while we are unable to physically gather. Here are activities to do from home, resources for artists, and ways to help support the Guild. We will keep this page updated as we continue to add more to our online offerings, as well as highlight important updates on our News page.

Things to do

Live From the Guild Theater is a series of 30-minute live monthly concerts streamed to you from the Guild Theater between January and May, 2021. This concert series, organized by Ray Coudret, in collaboration with Guild staff, provides a platform for accomplished area musicians to share their music with their community. This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Southeastern Minnesota Arts Council thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts & cultural heritage fund.

FEBRUARY CONCERT Tune into the Guild’s Facebook page at 7:30 pm on Saturday, February 20 to experience the passionate Barbara Piper.

411 Concert Series: The final concert of the 2019-20 411 Concert Series was originally scheduled to take place at the Guild Theater on May 2. Katy Vernon hosted a virtual concert for the Guild called Katy Vernon #LiveFromHome. This intimate concert full of delightful music and heartfelt stories can be watched on the Guild’s Facebook page.

The Importance of Being Earnest in a Pandemic
SUNDAY, JAN 31, 2 PM
on the GUILD’S YOUTUBE CHANNEL

Love and lies: imagine getting a notification that your own false identity has entered your video call. Experience the hilariously tangled web of Oscar Wilde’s The Importance of Being Earnest in a whole new way in this playful adaptation for today’s world.  The production is the summation of the Project Purple Door course work of local youth actors in grades 7-12nder the direction of Rachel Haider, with assistance by Grace Muth.

SOLOS: The Guild hosted an online monologue writing and performance festival that premiered on Nov 7! Check out the SOLOS page for details, and to watch the monologues.

Virtual gallery tours! Experience our gallery exhibitions virtually!

Nature: Seen & Unseen features recent artwork by Anne Rynearson and Mary Welke. Join us for a Virtual Reception to celebrate these artists at 6:30 pm on Thursday, Jan 14.

2020 Annual Members Exhibition is a popular, community-wide exhibition showcasing the work of Guild Members (63 in 2020) in a wide cross section of media. The video tour of the exhibition can be viewed here. Watch the recording of the Virtual Artist Reception on YouTube, or visit our Facebook page for further engagement.

20/20 Optics: New Approaches features works by five regional artists Sheri Grube, Sharol Nau, Michael Ruth, Erika Terwilliger and Annie Young. The work in this exhibition showcases how each of these artists explore traditional methods and media with fresh perspectives and techniques. The video tour of the exhibition can be viewed here. Watch the recording of the Virtual Artist Reception on YouTube, or visit our Facebook page for further engagement.

Centered Mindfulness features installation works by six regional artists Marilyn Larson, Tim Lloyd, John Saurer, Jan Shoger, Elizabeth Simonson and Michon Weeks. Each artist has developed a specific visual language that aims to shift viewers’ perspective toward a more meditative view of the world, either through repetitive forms, mathematical theories, grid systems or circular structures. The video tour of the exhibition can be viewed here. Watch the recording of the Virtual Artist Reception on YouTube, or visit our Facebook page for further engagement.

Belonging, an exhibition of artwork referencing themes around connection, inclusion, value, acceptance and community, features thirteen regional artists in their Guild debut and can be viewed here. Watch the video tour of the exhibition on YouTube, or visit our Facebook page for further engagement.

A Whole Bunch of Art, the Honors Art Show featuring work from the Honors Art class at Northfield High School, can be viewed here. Check out the catalog featuring artists’ statements and photos of their pieces or view this video tour on YouTube. Additional photos and experiences can be seen on Facebook as well.

The annual All School Art Show 20/20 Vision, featuring the work of nearly 1,000 local K-12 students, can be viewed on Facebook. To view the artwork by grade and introduced by the teachers, please visit our YouTube page for a playlist of video.

Discover Handmade • Get Inspired • Support Regional Artists
Our first ever Virtual Festival kicked off on Sept 12! The 2020 Virtual Riverfront Fine Arts Festival features a tremendous variety of local and regional artists offering their works for sale, accompanied by online artist interviews, demonstrations and studio tours.

Visitors and shoppers can experience the Guild’s Virtual Festival through the Festival web page that features artist profiles, links to shop participating artists’ online stores, and engaging videos.

Virtual Art Making: Tune in anytime and get creative using items commonly found in your house! Jennie leads viewers through a variety of fun projects in this line up of art making videos.

Virtual Open Art: Join us online on January 29 from 10am-12pm, via zoom for 3 different winter inspired art projects! We will be introducing a new project every 40 minutes, so jump on when you can, or stay for the whole 2 hours!

  • At 10 am, we will be making Starry Night Cards! You will need white watercolor paper (other papers will also work, but should be thick enough for watercolor paint), watercolors, masking tape, and salt (bring out any star stickers if you have them, too!).
  • At 10:40, we will start on our Paper Tube Snowflakes. Hopefully you’ve been able to save up a few toilet paper or paper towel cardboard tubes for this interesting take on snowflakes. You will also need colored paper and glue.
  • At 11:20, we will continue making snowflakes of a different sort… 3D Snowflakes! We will try a few varieties, so bring white and/or colored paper, a good scissors, and perhaps some other fun stuff (paint, stickers, glitter, etc) to decorate your work.

CLICK HERE TO JOIN JAN 29 VIRTUAL OPEN ART

Classes: Classes depend on enrollment – so please register! If for any reason classes cannot take place as scheduled, we will work with you to offer an online option, reschedule the program or refund you in full. View the full list of classes and register on our Classes page.

Winter/Spring Classes: Winter/Spring semester classes run Jan 4 – June 1, 2021 – check out the whole slate of online classes for youth and adults. Want to teach? Have a class suggestion? Email us with your ideas.

Art@Home: Education Assistant and Outreach Coordinator Jennie Eubank has been creating instructional videos to follow along and make your own at-home art projects. Check out the playlist of art making videos on YouTube, with new videos being added on a regular basis!

Open Art: Once a month, we host Open Art. This summer we’re taking things virtual! Upcoming dates and Zoom links can be found on the Community Art Making page.

The Guild’s Gift Shop features handmade artwork by over 100 member artists, many of them local. Consider art as a token of appreciation for someone special in your life, or something to brighten your workspace at home.

In addition to in-person shopping hours: Thurs-Fri, 12-5 and Sat, 11-4, Visual Arts Manager Heather Lawrenz can help you shop remotely and provide curbside pick-up or local no-contact delivery, or can ship the items directly to you. More information can be found on the Gift Shop page.

Jim Bohnhoff has created a coloring page of the Guild for you to fill in at home! Get your own for free by downloading the PDF below and coloring your own version of the Guild. If the download doesn’t work, right-click and save the file as a PDF on your desktop to print at home.

Guild member artists have been virtually inviting the public to see behind the scenes at their studios. Studio visit tour videos can be viewed on our Artist Professional Development page. Photo tours of studios can also be found on the Guild’s Facebook and Instagram pages by searching #viewfrommystudio. Keep checking back for more tours added regularly!


resources for artists

Springboard for the Arts has a list of resources available for artists impacted by COVID-19, including an application for an Emergency Relief Fund. More information on their website.

Minnesota Citizens for the Arts has compiled a list of regional, state, and national grants and relief programs for artists. A list can be found on the MCA website.

Artist Relief is a coalition of national arts grantmakers to create an emergency initiative offering financial and informational resources to artists across the United States.

Minnesota Council of Nonprofits has created a Minnesota Grants Directory that can be accessed online here detailing ways that various grantmakers are adjusting their processes for 2020.


ways to help

Please include the Guild in your year-end giving! Your donations and membership renewals help sustain the Guild at this important time, and enable us to continue to deliver live and online arts programming. Click here to make a donation.

If you are not already a member, please consider supporting the Guild by making a yearlong commitment to our mission. There are several different levels of membership. For more information or to become a member, please check out our Members Circle page.

We also recognize that this crisis has impacted our community in many different ways. If you are unable to give financially at this time, please help us out by spreading the word about what the Guild is up to! By forwarding an email to a friend, sharing our content on social media, and telling your friends and neighbors about the Guild, you help amplify our message and programming.