Arts Alliance pleased with grand opening’s turnout

by Jim Boyle

Editor

Several hundred people flowed in and out of the Elk River Arts Alliance and Reading  Frenzy Corner for a grand opening party last Saturday.

Exciting to Arts Alliance board chairman Dave Raymond was the dozens of new faces he saw at the event, which marked the group’s third move in two years.

Photo by Bruce Strand. Author Eric Dregni chatted about his books.

Photo by Bruce Strand. Author Eric Dregni chatted about his books.

“We hope this is just the start of a good thing,” Raymond said. “We’re looking forward to getting this kind of collaboration in the future.”

Sheri Olson, the owner of Reading Frenzy, was pleased about the new faces and book sales.

“I think people are seeing that this is a package, and it has so much to offer,” Olson said. “We’re getting a real good feeling, and we’re getting excited about this summer.”

The Arts Alliance, which offers a full slate of arts classes, had its pottery classroom on display and Barbara Boulka gave a demonstration.

Photo by Jim Boyle. Barbara Boulka demonstrated pottery, a class the group offers.

Photo by Jim Boyle. Barbara Boulka demonstrated pottery, a class the group offers.

A rare American Swedish Institute exhibit was an added draw.

Author Eric Dregni of Hackensack and potter Barbara Boulka of Dayton were special guests.

“I was amazed,” said Eric Dregni, who read from his book “In Cod We Trust,” as part of the opening festivities. “I had never seen anything like this in Elk River.”

The author, who sometimes stops here while traveling from his south Minneapolis home and Hackensack, said, “It’s exciting to see this revitalization of the downtown. “I see this as a real cultural center for Elk River.”

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