Art Hounds: Fine pottery at The Phipps

Janel Jacobson and Will Swanson's pottery is on display at the Phipps Center for the Arts in Hudson through Jan. 13. Courtesy of Steven Arthur Johnson

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Heather Rutledge, executive director of Art Reach St. Croix, is used to seeing Will Swanson's and Janel Jacobson's pottery at their home in Sunrise when they open it up each year for the annual St. Croix Valley pottery studio and tour. Now she's looking forward to seeing their work on display in one of the galleries at the Phipps Center for the Arts in Hudson, Wis. Rutledge appreciates the skill and craft of the husband-wife duo and thinks the gallery setting will highlight the elegant lines of their work. On display in the Overlook Gallery through Jan. 13.

Brenda Nepsund is heading to Rhythmically Speaking's show "Chill" this weekend. It's a dance performance done to the entire soundtrack of "A Charlie Brown Christmas," as performed by local jazz band GST. Performances run Friday through Sunday at the Amsterdam Bar and Hall in St. Paul.

Jennifer Anderson is the director of music at Central Presbyterian Church in downtown St. Paul. She recommends seeing BorderCrosSing and the Minnesota Chorale this weekend as they sing a dual-language version of Handel's "Messiah" with both baroque instruments and Andean traditional instruments. The evening also includes a performance of "Navidad Nuestra" by Ariel Ramirez, which looks at the story of the holy family as refugees. Anderson says there is power in revisiting a familiar story in the context of current events. Performances are Friday at Our Lady of Guadalupe in St. Paul and Saturday at Church of the Ascension in Minneapolis.

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