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The Arts Are Alive in Corning
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The Arts Are Alive in Corning

The town of Corning, in southwest Iowa is a hubbub of cultural activity with an enormous selection for a county of 4,000 people. You don’t have to look far to find something to do.

The historic Corning Opera House

This gem is a happening center for the downtown. Creative Minds Art Studio, located inside the opera house, offers a variety of classes from the classic paint party, to multi-media acrylic pour, to fun with polymer clay, multi-media collage, beginning wire art, mosaic art, and more.

On Friday, March 2nd, at 1 and 7 p.m., classes will be using paper clay under the instruction of Joni Birdsall.

On March 16th, (to celebrate Joni's birthday), she is teaching a Beginning Wire class for $25. She offers classes at scheduled times. You can also contact her directly to schedule a group class. 

On Saturday, March 10th, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., you can take part in Learning to Sew with Diane Walter. This is great for the young person who wants a project, and also for the adult who wants some creative inspiration.  Bring your sewing machine and creative spirit to the opera house’s conference room. 

The 1902 opera house is also hosting a couple of concerts in March.

On Sunday, March 11th, at 7 p.m., Sail On, (a Beach Boys tribute band from Nashville) will be performing a Surfing Safari, Good Vibration concert. Tickets are $25 in advance or $30 day of the event. The group showcases the harmonies that people have come to love about the Beach Boys. They'll have you singing along to Surfer Girl, Little Deuce Coupe, In My Room, Do You Wanna Dance?, and Sloop John B. Get your tickets now and you'll have Fun, Fun, Fun! Purchase online through the Corning Opera House.

On Sunday, March 25th, from 2 - 5 p.m., up-and-coming country artist, Josh Daniels will be the special guest on the Opry Show. Josh performs from all over from Northern Minnesota to Southern Texas. He grew up on a Missouri farm and was raised on traditional country music. He continues to sing many familiar artists songs, including covers of Charlie Pride, Waylon Jennings, George Jones, and others. Sit at tables with friends, or grab your partner and dance. The hardwood floor is great for a two-step, Foxtrot, or line dancing. Tickets are $8 and you can pay at the Corning Opera House door.

The Corning Center for the Fine Arts (CCFA) is a nonprofit organization that is also dedicated to the creation of interdisciplinary arts. In March there is an elementary art show. Student artwork should be submitted by March 2nd and the awards ceremony is March 10 at 1:30 pm. Student work will remain on display for the entire month.

The center also has a residency program for emerging, mid-career, and established artists, providing them with the physical space, technical assistance, and support to create new work. Interactions between the artists, their work, and the public, is promoted through exhibitions, lectures, and educational opportunities. Holly Young, a previous artist in residence, says, of the center: "It has really shocked me. It's very proactive for the artists who display there, and its customer base is like no other that I have experienced before. I have had shows in many of the larger metropolitan areas, even right in the center of the 'art scene', and I have sold more pieces at Corning in a very short amount of time than all other places combined. I want to thank you very much for your support!"

Lastly, classes and cultural events bring a variety of opportunities for everyone in and around Corning, Adams County, and the region. Take part in a vibrant cultural experience and have a great time in Corning.

For more information, call 641-322-4549.

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