A celebration of the Oscars starts this month at the Phipps Dance Theater in Hudson, Wis.

The 11th annual summer dance production will feature numbers inspired by Oscar-winning films, films such as “Alice in Wonderland” “All That Jazz,” “American Beauty,” “Black Swan,” “Crazy Heart,” “Footloose,” “Moulin Rouge,” “Schindler’s List,” “Titanic,” and “West Side Story.”

Performances will be given on Friday, Aug. 14, at 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, Aug. 15, at 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, Aug. 22, at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., and Sundays, Aug. 16 and 23, at 2 p.m.

Tickets are $24 for adults and $12 for students. For reservations, contact the ticket office at 715-386-8409 or visit ThePhipps.org.

St. Croix Valley

Classes for teens at summer art camp

Summer Art Camp classes for preschool through teenage students are being offered weekly through Aug. 14 at the Phipps Center.

–7, from 9 a.m. to noon. The fee is $139.

Advanced Jewelry Design for ages 11 through 17 is offered on the same dates for the same fee from 1-4 p.m. each day. Students will incorporate their own designs to make earrings, bracelets, and necklaces in a variety of styles.

Pottery and weaving classes are also offered. For more information or to register, go to ThePhipps.org or call 715-386-2305.

22 painters will work in public this month

“Plein-air” painting will go on en masse in Hudson in mid-August, followed by an exhibition of the work.

Twenty-two painters will work out in the open air from dawn to dusk from Aug. 14 to 16. Then there will be a reception and awards ceremony on Aug. 17 at 8:30 p.m., followed by an exhibition of the work through the Aug. 30.

“En plein-air” is a French expression meaning “in the open air,” used notably to describe the act of painting outdoors.

Folks are invited to visit, chat and learn from the artists about their technique and process.

The paintings will be on display and the reception will take place in the Seasons on St. Croix gallery, sponsors of the event. The work will be available for purchase.

There is a plein-air painting workshop from Aug. 11 to 13, 16 hours in all, costing $195. Call the gallery for more information at 715-381-2906.


Coin Carnival pushed back to Friday

A previously advertised Coin Carnival in Woodbury has been rescheduled for Friday, Aug. 7.

The day will include games, prizes, a bounce house, temporary tattoos, crazy hair, Puppet Wagon shoes and lunch. It’s for kids age 2 to 12, accompanied by an adult.

The venue is Ojibway Park, 2695 Ojibway Drive, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tickets for all activities will be sold on site. No preregistration is required.

White Bear Lake

Art Shanty Projects wins $100,000 grant

A national philanthropic outfit called ArtPlace America is investing $100,000 in Minnesota’s Art Shanty Projects.

The Minneapolis-based organization will use funds from the 2015 National Grants Program to present its On-Ice Program in White Bear Lake during the winters of 2016 and 2017.

Art Shanty Projects was selected from a pool of nearly 1,300 applicants and is among 38 grantees located throughout the country.

For the past decade, Art Shanty Projects has organized a monthlong public happening that transforms a frozen lake surface into an interactive, artist-driven temporary community. The 2014 On-Ice Program brought 11,350 people to White Bear Lake over eight days.

To view the complete list of 2015 ArtPlace grantees, go to artplaceamerica.org.

David Peterson