Volume: 138
Issue: April - May 2012

OSAC Gallery opens in Sandstone

Story by Roger Knudson
Photos by Roger Knudson

The Old School Arts Center
Sandstone, Minnesota

The grand opening of the Old School Arts Center (OSAC) in Sandstone, Minnesota took place Feb. 17 - 18 in the old high school in Sandstone.  The planning, dreaming and hard work of many volunteers resulted in a very successful event.

We have, arguably, the best gallery space between the Twin Cities and Duluth with, among other things, a hanging system for paintings and photographs, open floor space for sculpture, woodwork, and large self-standing items, and lengths of open shelf space for pottery, small sculptures, small woodwork pieces, and carvings.  One to two hour demonstrations are offered free, Saturdays at 1 PM and have included mosaics and drawing techniques so far - with virtually any art topic open for consideration.  Sunday afternoons are acoustic music jams open to all.  We have additional classroom space available for longer term classes with intent to include pottery and woodworking (hand tools), so MWG members wishing to offer such would be most welcome.

While artists in this region will be featured, we invite artists from all over the state to show their work for sale (or display only, if preferred).  Art shows will be kept in place for about three months, with artists submitting up to five pieces each for display.  OSAC takes a 20% commission on all sold pieces.

In the coming year the OSAC board intends to expand the scope of its activities to result in a more comprehensive arts resource for the enjoyment of the residents of the east central region as well as to anyone in the state who “happens by”. 

We invite each of the members of the Minnesota Woodworkers Guild to consider putting a piece or two in our NEXT SHOW, beginning May 11.  You can keep that piece you just had in the Northern Woods show on continuous display and perhaps even sell it!  You are also quite welcome to stop in any weekend  (open Saturdays and Sundays, 10 - 5, free), to peruse the gallery or participate in a music jam.  Just pull off the freeway on your way to or from Duluth and hang out for a bit.

Call or email Roger Knudson if you are interested putting a piece or two in our show opening May 11.
Phone: 320-233-6543
email: rwknudson@frontiernet.net

Directions to OSAC- take I 35 exit “Sandstone”
  east off the exit, bear right (stay right)
  cross the RR tracks, turn right at first street after RR tracks
  continue one “block”, take first left.  You will see the old school just ahead