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Artist Gatherings

Lyric Art Colony – Currently on a COVID-19 hold.

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 2021

We are currently on a COVID-19 hold . . .

We are eager for the time when we can once again gather without fear of illness; until then we wish you all safety and good health through these very trying times.

Day, Month, Date, Time
at The Lyric First Stage Art Gallery,
510 Chestnut Street, downtown Virginia
Cost: $ ~ (Link to more information)


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 usually includes an Artist’s Reception through the .

Lyric’s First Stage Art Gallery hours
11:00 am – 3:00 pm
Friday & Saturday
The First Stage Art Gallery – 510 Chestnut Street
[email protected]

2021 Gallery Exhibits & Artists Market

January CLOSED
The First Stage Gallery
conserving energy through the month of January


February 5th – 27th
The Lyric First Stage Gallery Re-Opens!
No Feature Artist


March 5th – 27th
“Title of exhibit to be determined”
Sherry Gazelka
Totem Images on Wood


April 2nd – April 24th
“Title of exhibit to be determined”
Ivy Aloa Robb
Watercolor • Other media


April 30th – May 29th
“Annual Open Water”
Continuing the Lyric tradition of observing the beauty of Spring and Summer in the northland, we are proud to bring you the 16th Annual Open Water Exhibit showcasing beautiful work by regional artists!  The traditional Artist’s Reception is contingent on COVID restrictions.


June 4th – 26th
“An Artistic Exploration”
Ancient Cedars Trail
Mike Chaffin, project photographer
An Exciting Group Exhibit Featuring:
Pamela Davis • mixed media, hand dyed reed & fibers
Jim DeVries • acrylic, watercolor, pen & ink
Nancy Ensley • watercolor, print
Linda Glisson • acrylic painter • wire sculpture
Marge Helstrom • acrylic, watercolor
Louise Laakso Lundin • watercolor
Victoria Ranua • printed textile using photo manipulation
Sue Rauschenfels • watercolor, acrylic, mixed media
Wendy Rouse • oil painting
Joan Schopp Hunn • textiles
Nancy Stubenvoll • fiber artist


July 2nd – 31st
Margie Helstrom
Watercolor • Acrylic
August 6th – 28th
“Title of exhibit to be determined”
Quad Cities Art Exhibit
Description of Exhibit – Update coming


September 3rd – 25th
Chris Mortenson
Photographs of the Iron Range


October 1st – October 30th
“Title of exhibit to be determined”
Shanai Matteson
Print Making • Fiber • Mixed Media


November 5th – 20th
“Title of exhibit to be determined”
Mary Erickson


November 27th – December 31th
Holiday Artist Market
Lyric’s Shopping Extravaganza
Supporting Regional Artists is now more important that ever!



2021 Call to Artists

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

Call of Open Water Artists!

Exhibit: April 30th – May 29th


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 May. 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 by March 28, 2021 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 March 28, 2021.
Proposals will be reviewed and notifications will be sent to artists by April.

Work must be delivered by 4pm May 1, 2021.

The Open Water exhibit will be held April 30th – May 29th.  Opening Reception plans are dependent on COVID-19 restrictions and will be determined at a later date.

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!



A 2021 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!



Deadline: December 31, 2020

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: December 31, 2020.
Proposals will be reviewed and notifications will be sent to artists in January 2021. 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 the Lyric by January 5, 2021.  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]

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small works

This event is currently on a COVID-19 hold . . .


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!