Lyric’s Range of Arts festival underway

Pollen on the Water - oil on board by Scott Bean (courtesy of Lyric Center for the Arts)

Pollen on the Water by Scott Bean (courtesy of Lyric Center for the Arts)

Though the opening day was yesterday, it’s still worth noting that the Lyric Center for the Arts has kicked off its 13th Annual Range of Arts festival in Virginia, Minnesota.

The Lyric Center for the Arts is a gallery and small stage on Chestnut Street in this Mesabi Iron Range town. It’s part of a building that used to house the Lyric Opera House. Organizers support visual and performance art here as part of long range efforts to renovate the Lyric someday.

There was a dance last night. Events pick up again Monday, Feb. 29. The schedule follows:

Words and Lyrics featuring story teller, John Berquist, Monday, February 29th, 6:30pm Lyric Annex, 516 Chestnut Street, downtown Virginia. Words and Lyrics is free monthly event at the Lyric celebrating the written and spoken word.

The IRRRP (Iron Range Real Regional Players) invites you to join them for ‘Pick-a-Part’ on Wednesday, March 2nd, 7:00pm at the Lyric Annex for a script reading. Participants will choose a role and read from the comedy “Daddy’s Dyin’ – Who’s Got the Will?”
Melodrama/acting workshops with University of Minnesota Theater Department Professor LuVerne Siefert.

Workshops are for ‘actors’ ages 12 and up at the Lyric Annex. On Thursday, March 3rd from 6:30 to 8pm and Friday, March 4th 6-8 p.m. actors will read through the script and participate in some improvisational games that help generate more material. On Saturday from 2 to 4 p.m. Professor Siefert will lead a physical comedy workshop for actors. Registration fee is a free-will donation to the Lyric Center.

Siefert’s melodrama will be presented to the public on Saturday, March 5 at 7 p.m. in the Lyric Annex. Tickets for this event are $5.

The First Stage Gallery will host an Open House reception for artist, Scott Bean on Saturday, March 5th from noon to 3pm. The exhibit is ‘Whiteface Series,’ paintings in oils and watercolors. The First Stage Gallery is located at 514 Chestnut Street. Gallery hours are Thursdays through Saturdays, 11 a.m.–3 p.m. Bean’s paintings will be on exhibit through the month of March.

‘Put Your Hands Together’ a mitten knitting workshop on Sunday, March 6 from 2 – 8 p.m. Knitting coach, Jody Guy-Krulc will provide help and advice. This workshop is not for beginning knitters. At a minimum, knitters must know how to cast-on and knit and purl. The fee is $25 which includes a catered dinner, hot beverages and a tour of the historic Lyric building. The deadline for registration is February 28th. Register by e-mail to or call 218-248-0996. Proceeds from this event go to the Lyric’s storefront reconstruction project, ACTIII-Scene One.

This is the 13th annual Range of the Arts week-long celebration of area arts presented by the Lyric Center for the Arts. Find out more at or find the Lyric Center for the Arts on Facebook.

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