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Artist Gatherings

Lyric Art Colony

Space and Time for Artists of all painting abilities to gather ~ sit, paint & share; who could ask for anything more!  The Lyric Art Colony is a group of Artists with a love and appreciation for the Arts, and in particular, painting!  The is open to all painters and meets every week.

Thursdays ~ 12:00pm-2:30pm at The Lyric First Stage Art Gallery,
510 Chestnut Street, downtown Virginia
A free-will donation is sincerely appreciated!


Classes 2018

All About Autumn – Beginner Watercolor Workshop with Sarah Guy-Levar

Watercolor painting is often said to be more difficult than other mediums; this workshop is for those that refuse to believe this myth and are determined to have fun while creating beautiful fall-themed paintings.  Through step-by-step demonstrations and proven simple techniques, Sarah Guy-Levar will help students overcome the fear that is associated with watercolors.  Subjects will include autumn landscapes, leaves, grapes and pumpkins; all supplies included.  Reserve your spot today – class size is limited to 16!

Saturday, September 29th, 9:00am-4:00pm & Sunday, September 30th, 9:00am-4:00pm
at The Lyric First Stage Art Gallery,
510 Chestnut Street, downtown Virginia
Cost: $125 ~ On-line registration at


The Lyric’s First Stage Art Gallery

The Lyric is committed to providing the space and environment for established Artists and emerging Artists alike to exhibit their work. Facilitateing artistic expression while creating opportunities for economic growth for both the artist and our community is what we do. The First Stage Art Gallery has been exhibiting works by Artists from across the region and the northern US since 2006. Each month the gallery showcases a new exhibit and includes an Artist’s Reception.

Lyric’s First Stage Art Gallery hours
11:00 am – 3:00 pm
Thursday, Friday & Saturday
The First Stage Art Gallery – 510 Chestnut Street


Gallery Exhibits 2018

Heather Tomczak  .  Photography


Karlyn Atchinson-Berg  .  Handcut Collage


Student Exhibit  . Multi Medium Student Exhibit


Native Skywatchers  .  Ojibwe & Dakota Star and Earth Knowledge
Exhibit featuring paintings, wood carvings, and ceramics; each work of art weaves together art, science, and culture in relation to the stars and Earth.


Open Water  .  A group exhibit Celebrating Ice-Out


Bill Skodji  .  Behind Closed Doors
Have you ever wondered what lies BEHIND CLOSED DOORS at a museum?
Get a glimpse of Bill Skodje’s paintings capturing the way museums handle the care and preservation of their collections.


Heidi Mae Niska and Julie Gard Collaborative works  .  Photography & Poetry


Annual Range Exhibit  .  A juried exhibit of Life on the Iron Range


Lyric Art Colony  .  A group exhibit of Colony Artists


Craig Lund  .  Neuroaesthetics


Small Works ~ Big Auction  .  Miniature Original Artwork
A November 17th Gala Reception, previewing the, “Small Works,” (original artworks no larger than 12”),
culminating in a, “Big Auction,” to raise funds for the Lyric’s capital campaign to create New Gallery and Performance Spaces!


Artist’s Holiday Market  .  Holiday Shopping Extravaganza



Call to Artists!

The First Stage Art Gallery in the Lyric Center for the Arts is seeking proposals for solo and group exhibitions for 2019.

Artists interested in applying for a solo or group exhibition should submit:

  • Written proposal outlining the exhibition – please include whether the work has been exhibited at another venue (where and when) and whether the work will be for sale (with approximate price points)
  • Artist Statement(s) for all participating artists if a group proposal
  • Bio(s) for all participating artists
  • Proposal statement for exhibition
  • 6 – 12 digital images of artist’s work that are representative of the exhibition proposal. Please label images in this format: Artist name-Title-Yearcompleted.jpg

Proposals are due December 15, 2018.
Proposals will be reviewed and notifications will be sent to artists on or about December 26, 2018. Proposals made electroniclly are preferred to:

To print this information: Call to Artist! 2019 First Stage Gallery Exhibits

If proposals must be mailed, please make sure they will be received by December 15th.  Mail to Lyric Center for the Arts, Atten: Mary, PO Box 416, Virginia, MN 55792
Questions: Contact us by e-mail to
Note: Submissions will be requested by e-mail at later dates for two juried group exhibits in May (Open Water theme) and August (Iron Range theme.) To be included in notification, please send your e-mail address to us at

The First Stage Gallery has been exhibiting fine art from local and regional artists since 2006.  To find out more about the gallery and the Lyric Center for the Arts check out

We hope you’ll consider exhibiting your work with us next year!

Mary McReynolds, Executive Director


To receive future E-mail notices,
please send a note to and we’ll be happy to add you to our list!

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