Art, Music & Culture


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.


Beginning Linen Stitching 

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This class will give you the basics to start stitching on linen and improve your stitching on aida. It is a notebook class, meaning you will have stitched samples for reference for your future projects. It will cover needles, floss handling (stripping, starting and stopping threads), and introduce you to other common fibers (silk, rayon, linen, ribbon, metallic, metal) and needlework tools. You will learn how to identify the “linen starting place”, count vertically and horizontally, and how to stitch on linen with whole, ¼ and ¾ cross stitches, and how to stitch over one. Aids, such as gridding and marking will be covered. It will also cover calculating design size and necessary fabric size for projects.


Students will be provided a kit which includes needles (24, 26, 28), floss, fabric (18, 28, 32, 36) and instructions. You will learn how different size fabric affects the size of the finished piece.


Your instructor, Catherine Currier, is the Director of Library Services at the UW-Barron County. She has been a member of the Embroiderers Guild of America since 1979, in Madison, La Crosse and Eau Claire. She has attended National Seminars of both EGA and the American Needlepoint Guild and has taken classes with many Nationally Certified Teachers. She studied needlework at Blair Castle (home of the collection of Lady Evelyn Murray), the Burrell in Glasgow and the collection of the Embroiderers Guild (of England) at the Victoria and Albert Museum.


Classes meet on Wednesdays
 April 22 and 29
 UW-BC Library Room 513
 6:00-7:30 PM
 Fee: $29 plus $10 for kit (Purchase kit at first class session)



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

Watercolor Wednesdays for Beginners


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Release your creative talent through this introduction to the popular medium of watercolor painting. During each class session you will create a new painting while learning basic watercolor techniques such as mixing, washes, glazing, dry brush and masking. Each night you will explore painting different subjects such as fruit, flowers and landscapes.

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:

Classes meet on Wednesdays
April 8, 15, 22, 29
Fine Arts Building - Lab Room 601
6:00-8:00 PM  
Fee: $69 (Includes over $15 in materials provided by instructor)


Popular Instrument Lessons for Beginners

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During small group lessons for guitar, ukulele, mandolin or bass, you will be introduced to the beginner chords, scales, and playing techniques.  You will also learn proper instrument position, study basic music theory and start to understand why and when notes are played. You’ll learn to play popular songs and see how easy it can be! 

Your instructor, Roger Harrison, is a seasoned and versatile musician. He joined the Musicians’ Union at the young age of 13 and has been teaching others to make music for many years. Playing in his family band, Roger has performed as the opening act for Conway Twitty, Jerry Lee Lewis, Hank Williams Jr. and other nationally known performers. 

Classes Meet on Wednesdays
All Classes held in Student Center – Cedarside Room
Beginning Guitar                                                            Beginning Mandolin
6:30 – 7:00 PM                                                               7:30-8:00 PM
March 4, 11, 18 and 25. April 1, 8, 15, and 22          March 4, 11, 18 and 25. April 1, 8, 15, and 22
Fee: $129 + $19 Book Including Audio Track            Fee: $129 + $19 Book Including Audio Track
 Beginning Ukulele                                                       Beginning Bass
7:00 – 7:30 PM                                                             8:00-8:30 PM
March 4, 11, 18 and 25. April 1, 8, 15, and 22        March 4, 11, 18 and 25. April 1, 8, 15, and 22
Fee: $129 + $19 Book Including Audio Track          Fee: $129 + $19 Book Including Audio Track