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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!


Visual Arts Classes 2020

Elements of the Minnesota Landscape Watercolor Workshop with Sarah Guy-Levar

Learn techniques and a few tricks too while you create these beautiful Minnesota landscape watercolor paintings.  Enjoy a fun and relaxing weekend workshop with popular watercolor artist, Sarah Guy-Levar!  Leave your supply list for someone else’s class behind.  Sarah will provide everything you need including high quality paper, professional quality paints and all the brushes you will need too.  Space is limited so register now.

Saturday, January 25th, 9:00am-4:00pm & Sunday, January 26th, 9:00am-4:00pm
at The Lyric First Stage Art Gallery,
510 Chestnut Street, downtown Virginia
Cost: $235 ~ Sarah’s Watercolor Workshop


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. Facilitating 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
[email protected]


2020 Gallery Exhibits



The First Stage Gallery
will be closed through the month of January


February 6-29
“Hearts of Humanity”
Lyric Art Colony
A variety of paintings
“Exploring the Issues Around Us”,
created by those who enjoy the use of the Lyric every Thursday afternoon.
Jane Wertanen & Sandra Markovich & Pam Schultz
Paintings depicting the
“Evolution of Mining”


March 5-28
Anne Wedler
“Group Dynamic” – Paintings
Sadly, Interupted Exhibit due to COVID-19 shutdown.


April 1 – May 2
Sue Rauschenfels
“For the Love of Trees”
Exhibit was Rescheduled to August


May 7-30
Open Water  •  A group exhibit Celebrating Ice-Out
Spring is here!  All the snow & ice is finally melting and the forests, rivers or lakes are transforming with the season’s change!  Join us as we see Spring through the eyes of many Artists in this Annual Group Exhibit!


June 4-27
Shannai Matteson
Sadly postponed due to COVID-19
“Oerburden ~ Overlook”  • Fiber  • Mixed Media  • Potery


July 1- August 1
Bonnie DuFresne
“Birds and Animals” • Watercolor Paintings
3-D Art
TBD • Sculpture


August 6- 29
Sue Rauschenfels
“For the Love of Trees”
Sue uses vibrant colors and varied textures in her tree paintings, often portraying them in a row, together standing tall. Much like people, we too need to stand together to protect each other, our communities, and our environmental treasures.


September 4 -26
Angie Arden & Stephanie Johnson
“Pup Culture” • A Mother ~ Daughter team of Paintings & Prose


October 1 – November 7
  Carolyn Olson
” Essential Workers – COVID-19 Virus”  •  Pastel Drawings
Workers take every precaution to keep themselves and others safe from the coronavirus in this lovely and pertinent series of pastel drawings by Duluth artist, Carolyn Olson.


November 29 – December
Holiday Artist Market
Lyric’s Shopping Extravaganza; Supporting Regional Artists is now more important that ever!



A 2020 Special Offer!

Let’s fill the Lyric walls with your quality art and superior craftsmanship just in time for the Small Business Saturday and the Holidays!  

Take advantage of this Prime Opportunity to show and sell your work during the height of the shopping season!  As a Holiday Gift to participating Artisans, the standard gallery commissions are reduced!

During the Holiday Artists Market the Lyric Center for the Arts members commission will be reduced to just 15%; for non-members it’s 25%!  As a bonus, if you spend at least 1 shift at the gallery during the Holiday Artists Market the commission will be reduced by an additional 5%!

The Lyric First Stage Gallery is a great place for holiday shoppers to see and buy the many unique works of art and crafts you and other regional Artisans have to offer!  We will promote the Artists Market from Friday, November 27 which will include Small Business Saturday, November 28 and continue on through the end of December.  We have great success with one-of-a-kind locally made works in the $100 or less range.

Join us for the Lyric Center for the Arts, Holiday Artists Market; Your work could be the perfect gift many holiday shoppers are looking for!

How to participate in the Holiday Artists Market?  Email: [email protected].

  • your name
  • what your art media is
  • price point
  • attach 3 to 6 photos of samples of your work
  • inquiries accepted through November 16th
  • work delivered to the Lyric by November 21st.

Please feel free to share this information with your circle of creative friends!



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Call for FEATURED ARTISTS in 2021!

The First Stage Art Gallery is seeking proposals for monthly Solo and Group Exhibitions for 2021!

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-Year completed.jpg

Proposals due date: .
Proposals will be reviewed and notifications will be sent to artists on or about December. Proposals made electronically are preferred to:  [email protected]

To print this information:

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 [email protected]

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
[email protected]

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


2021 Call to Artists

It’s time to Submit your artwork for our Annual Open Water Exhibit!

The First Stage Gallery will be seeking traditional and non-traditional 2-D and 3-D creative expressions for an exhibit in _______ . Submitted art must be reflective of the springtime melt of snow and ice from forests, rivers or lakes or all of the Spring and Summer enjoyment to be found in Northern Minnesota!

Proposed work for exhibition be submitted as follows:

Submit electronically to [email protected]

  • Include contact information and a statement about why and how you create your work
  • Attach your bio
  • Attach quality digital image(s) of the piece(s) proposed for this exhibit, or representative work if piece is not currently completed.
  • Please label images in this format: ArtistName-Title-YearCompleted.jpg
  • Note if the work has been exhibited at another venue (where and when), and whether the work will be for sale with the size, price and media.

Do not submit links to on-line galleries or send by text.
Proposals are due by __________________.
Proposals will be reviewed and notifications will be sent to artists by __________.

The Open Water exhibit is scheduled from ____________ with opening reception on Thursday, ___________________.  Work must be delivered by_________________.

Questions: Contact Mary McReynolds 218-780-3690.

This is not a juried exhibit.
Work will be selected based on space and adherence to the Open Water theme.
All are welcome!


small works


Your artwork has always had an impact on the quality of life in our area.  Once again, with Lyric’s “small works BIG AUCTION,” that impact can be even greater with the donation of your “small” work of art for the development of new gallery and performance spaces!

For Lyric’s 2nd Annual, “small works BIG AUCTION,” we want to fill the walls of the First Stage Gallery with small works of art, no bigger than 12” in any direction.  Can you donate one or more small works of art?  Paintings, sketches, collages, wood carvings, sculpture, drawings, jewelry, photographs, fiber art…..all are being requested.  The 2020 Silent Auction & Exhibit will begin November 7th culminating with the final Gala Reception the end of November.

small works BIG AUCTION 
Donation deadline: 
Silent Auction & Exhibit:  
Gala Reception & Final Bidding:  TBD

100% of the “small works BIG AUCTION” proceeds will be used to create new gallery & performance spaces!

Please Create and Donate that special small piece as we work to provide New Gallery and Performance Spaces for all!