Art, Music & Culture

Watercolor: Spring Impressions

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Capture Spring! Enjoy this one-day landscape watercolor class developed for beginning to intermediate artists. Spend the day exploring light and color with the diverse medium of watercolor paint. In the morning we will practice basic watercolor techniques such as mixing, washes, glazing, dry brush and masking. After a box lunch we will continue the class outdoors (plein air). Enjoy a spring day of painting with beautiful views of the Red Cedar River and the Japanese Friendship Garden.

All supplies including paper, paint and brushes will be provided by the instructor and are included in the class fees. Students who have their own watercolor supplies are welcome to bring them too. You need only bring a desire to learn, a willingness to have fun and your creative imagination!

Jessica Mongeon will be your instructor. She is an art lecturer at UW-Barron County. Jessica earned a Master of Fine Arts degree from Montana State University in painting and a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree from the University of North Dakota. She has exhibited her paintings regionally and nationally and has actively participated in artist residencies at the Vermont Studio Center, the Anderson Center in Red Wing, Minnesota and the Sam and Adele Golden Foundation Artist Residency in upstate New York. Visit Jessica’s website to learn more about her artistry at:

Class meets Friday, May 8, 10:00 AM – 3:30 PM

Fine Arts Building - Lab Room 601

Afternoon class will be outdoors. Indoors if weather is uncooperative.

Fee: $59 Includes lunch and over $15 in materials provided by instructor

Winter in the Blood BIG READ: A One World International Literature and Film Festival

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You are cordially invited to participate in "Winter in the Blood BIG READ: A One World International Literature and Film Festival," which revolves around James Welch’s (1940-2003) classic Native American tale Winter in the Blood. Exploring issues of poverty, alcoholism, and a tragic history of reservation life, in the end, Winter in the Blood, maintains a quiet tone of tempered hope, as Oneida poet Roberta Hill observes.

Sponsored by UW-Barron County and Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibwa Community Colleges (LCO OCC), the main program will feature book discussions at the Blue Hills Lecture Hall at UW-Barron County, LCO OCC, and LCO outreach sites in Hertel and Washburn; a reading by a contemporary Oneida poet Roberta Hill and St. Croix writer b: william bearheart at LCO OCC; and a film showing of the recently released film version of Winter in the Blood at the Fine Arts Theater at UW-Barron County, followed by a discussion with one of the film’s directors, Alex Smith.

The book can be purchased at the UW-Barron County Bookstore. The program is free of charge and includes the following events:

Thursday March 19, 5:30 - 7:00 PM, Book Discussion of Winter in the Blood, Part I (pages 1-47)*

Thursday April 2, 5:30 - 7:00 PM, Book Discussion of Winter in the Blood, Part II (pages 49-100)*

Thursday April 9, 5:30 - 7:00 PM, Book Discussion of Winter in the Blood, Parts III, IV, Epilogue (pages 100-138)*

*The book discussions will take place simultaneously at UW - Barron County, LCO OCC, and LCO outreach sites in Hertel and Washburn; after facilitated small and large group discussions, the two groups will connect via ITV (interactive television).

Thursday April 16, 12:30 - 1:20 PM, Reading with Poet Roberta Hill of both her own work and/or passages of Winter in the Blood at UW-Barron County’s Thursdays @ the U Lecture Series in the Blue Hills Lecture Hall; art students doing interpretive paintings inspired by literature for Red Cedar will be displayed.

Thursday April 16 Poetry Reading and Discussion by poets Roberta Hill and b: william bearheart at the LCO OCC at 7 pm, preceded by a dinner at 5:30 PM. Transportation provided from Rice Lake.

Friday April 17 Film showing of Winter in the Blood, followed by a discussion with Director Alex Smith, Fine Arts Theater at UW-Barron County at 7 pm, preceded by dinner. Transportation provided from LCO-OCC.

Participants can get more information and enroll in the program by calling Lee Friederich at 715.234.8176, ext. 5480 or emailing her at Or, click on the "Register Online" link at the top of this posting to go directly to the registration form.

This program is funded by a major grant from the Wisconsin Humanities Council.


Red Cedar Choir

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The Red Cedar Choir is a partnership with the UW-BC Music Department and surrounding communities. You will have the incredible opportunity to sing and be part of one of the best choirs in the area. The choir performs to sold-out houses in Rice Lake and surrounding areas throughout the year. The choir dates back to 1932 when it was associated with the Rice Lake Federated Music Club. The choir is directed by Beth Joosten. The group is open to all community members.

Rehearsals on Thursdays, beginning January 29
7:00 - 9:00 PM
UW-BC Music Room
Membership Fee: $10/semester

Communiversity Band

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Communiversity Band is a joint effort of the Music Department and the surrounding communities. The band is comprised of both students and area musicians, giving the participants the opportunity to perform with professional players. The band performs at several concerts throughout the year and is conducted by Mike Joosten. This ensemble is open to any student or community member through audition on their instrument (prior work on the instrument is expected).

Rehearsals on Mondays beginning January 26
7:00 - 9:00 PM
UW-BC Music Room
Membership Fee: $10/semester