We are bringing back the lost art of the European “Salon”.
Art takes many forms - visual, performing, culinary. We’d like you to join us!
Judd Street Exchange, home of the Van Dell Studio & Gallery, is located above the historic Marine General Store and is a premiere gallery for visual arts exhibitions. Its offerings as a venue will now expand! The “Salon Series” will feature music, theatre, spoken word, dance, and more in monthly gatherings designed to fully immerse an intimate audience into the world of a specific art form. A combination of performance and creativity exchange, this new collection of live art will begin this May and include events all year long.
Scroll down for a little "Salon" history!
Performance + Art + Conversation
Your Thursday night Salon experience:
5:30pm: Enjoy culinary art at Anna’s Bistro (Reservations available HERE: About | Änna's Bistro (annasbistromn.com) – Click on EVENTS!)
6:30pm – 7:00pm: The Exchange will open for gathering and community.
7:00pm – 8:30pm: Each themed Salon will be presented with cash bar and dessert.
This month, Thursday, June 22nd, we will be hosting a salon:
“Musical Plein Air and Synesthesia Painting”
In our everyday human experience, sight and sound are interlinked, and when we experience one in the absence of the other, our imagination often fills in the rest. If we see an ocean scene, we may imagine the sounds of waves crashing on a beach, or if we hear the sound of waves, we can visualize what the waves might look like. But for a rare few, there is a cross-wiring of the senses, which is referred to as Synesthesia. These very unique individuals actually have the ability to “see” sound, often quite vividly. This can take the form of color, shapes, and textures. And some gifted individuals are able to share those images in the form of visual artwork.
We are excited to have Synesthesia Artist Sarah Kraning, who will share her experiences with Synesthesia, discussing the link between visual and auditory perception, and then will produce an original work based on a live musical performance.
Sarah’s work has been featured by the Guggenheim magazine, Wired, and the Beatles Museum. You can find more of her art on TikTok and Instagram (@SarahKraning), and at sarahkraning.com.
The performance will be a blend of improvisational jazz and classical music composed and performed by Dana Vannen Anderson that will bring the listener on a journey through different musical styles, textures and sounds in a format she calls “Musical Plein Air”, in keeping with the spirit of the moment.
Bring your sketch pad, or just your imagination as we explore music and visual art together!
There are still a small number of season tickets available! This will give you a discount on the entire series, plus free bonus concert on August 3rd. (Season tickets can be used by friends or family on any of the dates, as long as your name is used at check-in!) It’s a great way to support the creation of this series!
Season Tickets on Sale Now!
Available to the first 30 Patrons!
Guaranteed Seating + Bonus Concert on August 3rd!
$175/person for remaining 7 salons
Individual tickets and themes are available below!
Thursday, May 18th
Literature & Theatre
Thursday, June 22nd
Music & Visual Arts
Thursday, July 27th
World Music & Folk Music
Thursday, August 17th
Comedy & Theatre
Thursday, September 21st
Classical & Celtic Music
Thursday, October 19th
Theatre & Literature
Thursday, November 16th
Fashion & Visual Arts
Thursday, December 21st
Music & Jazz
See Below for Details!
Outdoor Concert at Sunwood 1848 - Marine, MN
Join us on the St. Croix River for an outdoor concert with singer-songwriter Jeremy Messersmith!
Gathering will begin at 6:00pm with music beginning at 7:30pm.
Jeremy Messersmith is an indie pop singer-songwriter and one of Minnesota’s most recognized and celebrated artists, praised by The New York Times, NPR, USA Today, Paste Magazine, The Wall Street Journal, Time Magazine, Spin, and Rolling Stone among many others. A thoughtful, clever lyricist with a tender voice, the Minneapolis-based troubadour crafts songs that are catchy and relatable, and span the emotional gamut from poignancy to whimsy.
Bring your chairs or a blanket! See you on the St. Croix!
Sunwood 1848, Marine, MN - 201 Oak Street, Marine on Saint Croix, Minnesota 55047
Reserve your tickets now! They'll go fast!
A little history on the European "Salon”:
“Salons are nothing new, humans have been gathering together to discuss and debate ideas, and to share and savor new literature and music for centuries. They fall in and out of trend depending on the era, but for a solid 400 years or so, from about 1500 – 1900, salons were popular across Europe. The term salon suggests some modicum of regularity, and with that regularity came conversation, connection and community. Sometimes salons centered around a specific theme like poetry and at other times they were more general in scope. But the one central theme amongst them all was that the focus was on listening and speaking to each other, learning from those around you, your fellow guests at the salon.
While the roots of the salon can be found in Ancient Greece and Rome, the first recorded salons took place in Italy in the 15th Century, and these were a precursor to the Enlightenment Period. They were an opportunity for artists, poets, musicians, thinkers, the Renaissance intellectual glitteratti and their hangers-on, to come together across social classes to hob-nob and share ideas…” (Read more at this amazing source: thesalonhost.com)