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Experience 2,000 years of Vatican art and history

September 11, 2008

Experience 2,000 years of Vatican art and history

Let someone else do the driving when the Otter Tail County Historical Society embarks on a bus tour to the Vatican Splendors exhibit. The Minnesota History Center in St. Paul is one of only three sites chosen for the United States tour.

Michelangelo items and works by Bernini, Giotto, and others. Artwork dating back to the third century. From the venerated relics (bone fragments) of Saint Peter to items from the election of Pope Benedict XVI, this exhibit comprises one of the largest Vatican collections ever to tour North America. Many items have never before been on public view. From culture to history to art, explore how the Papacy has impacted-and been impacted-by the world throughout the centuries.

On Thursday, October 2, 2008, coach buses will leave for the Twin Cities with stops in Perham at 6:30 a.m., Battle Lake 6:50 a.m. and Fergus Falls 7:15 a.m.  The fee includes: transportation costs, continental breakfast at Charlie’s Café in Freeport, ticket to the Vatican Splendors exhibit, and admission to the Minnesota Historical Society.  Ticket holders can purchase their lunch on site in the Café Minnesota or bring a lunch to eat on the History Center grounds.  An audio tour device will also be available to rent for an additional $5 charge.

Don’t miss your chance to see the Vatican Splendors exhibit! Call (218)736-6038 to reserve your seat on the bus.

Cost: Members of the OTC Historical Society $55,  Non-members $65


MN Sesquicentennial Mosaic “Greetings From Minnesota”

August 6, 2008

MN Sesquicentennial Mosaic “Greetings From Minnesota” will be unveiled on Thursday, August 21 at 10 a.m. at the MN State Fair Grounds.

About the giant postcard (from the MN Sesquicentennial website):

Greetings from Minnesota! is a public art piece in the form of a monumental travel postcard to commemorate the 2008 Minnesota Statehood sesquicentennial and leave a legacy for all Minnesotans to enjoy. It’s slated to become a permanent installation at the Minnesota State Fair.

Created in mosaic and handmade tile, this public art piece will be a collaboration of community members throughout Minnesota. We would like as many participants as possible to contribute their ideas. Imagery within the postcard will celebrate history, regional landmarks and myth, arts and culture, ways of life, and capture the spirit of Minnesota. Handmade county-specific tiles border the postcard, with design input from citizens in each of the 87 counties in Minnesota.

WDAY Interviews Lance Albers the artist and Chris Schuelke the museum director about Gerda

June 18, 2008

Check out the WDAY story which aired on Tuesday, June 17, 2008. Video includes images of both the old and the new Gerda.

Video headlines: Painting discovered in Fergus Falls

Gerda Unveiled for first time at Gerda Gala June 12, 2008

June 18, 2008

The new Gerda was unveiled with a party at the Kaddatz Art Gallery on June 12, 2008 at about 8 p.m. The old and the new Gerda are both back at the Historical Society, returning on Tuesday, June 17, 2008 when she was featured after the volunteer/membership appreciation picnic. The new Gerda will soon be on display in the saloon exhibit and the old Gerda will be placed in storage. A big thank you to all those that made a monetary donation to this project. We are still about $1,000 short in the funds needed for Gerda so please consider making a donation. Send donations to:  Otter Tail County Historical Society, Gerda Project, 1110 W Lincoln Avenue, Fergus Falls, MN  56537.

Gerda Project Featured in the Fergus Falls Daily Journal

April 2, 2008

Paint hit the canvas on Friday, March 28, during the Historical Society’s Friday morning coffee and discussion with artist Lance Albers. The Fergus Falls Daily Journal printed a copy of the original artwork for all to enjoy or hate – be that as it may. It’s a painting that can get a reaction across the spectrum of emotions. It has hung in the museum’s saloon exhibit since the early 1980s. This project will cost just over $3,000. Contribute $250 or more and you will receive a quality print. Checks can be make out to the Otter Tail County Historical Society and mailed to 1110 W. Lincoln Ave., Fergus Falls, MN 56537.

Fergus Falls Daily Journal Article by Tom Hintgen

An added bonus of the photo printed on the Journal is one of three Charles Beck prints we have hanging in the museum library. It is directly behind Lance.

Gerda Project Calendar of Events

September 13, 2007

Otter TAil County HistoRical SocieTy… ART lives in HistorySeptember 28-29, 2007 10 a.m.-5 p.m. – Lance Albers Studio, 112 South Mill St., Fergus Falls part of the Fergus Falls Art Crawl.October 25, 2007 5:30 p.m. – Otter Tail County Historical Society Annual Mtg., Underwood Community Center.

Gerda Project Calendar of Events

September 7, 2007

gerta-full-view-2f.jpgWe have commissioned local artist Lance Albers to reproduce the oil on canvas painting we fondly refer to as “Gerda,” aka “Municipal Nude.” This painting has hung in our saloon exhibit for the past 20 plus years.To complete this project and get “Gerda” back on display we need your financial support. Creating a reproduction of Gerda will cost just over $3,000. Additional monies raised will be placed in our collection fund for future projects. Please consider making a tax deductible contribution to the Gerda reproduction project. Gifts over $250 will receive a limited edition print of Gerda.The painting was unearthed when workmen were knocking brick out of a wall in the old Fergus Falls city hall building on Mill Street in 1966. On the back of the painting are the words “Painted for Gerda H. DeJardin.” In the lower left front corner are the words “To my loving wife.”The old city hall building was built in 1883. A fire destroyed the top floor in 1927 and after that the first floor was roofed over.Residents of Fergus Falls were shocked when an article in the April 21, 1966 edition of the Fergus Falls Daily Journal announced that “a painting of a nude woman came to light for the first time in more than 80 years this week when workmen were knocking brick out of a wall of the old city hall on Mill Street.” The paper even included a photograph of the painting…with the bosom blacked out.Initially called the Municipal Nude the painting soon became known as Gerda in reference to words painted on the back that read “Painted for Gerda H. DeJardin.” On the front left corner was printed “To my loving wife.” The owner of the building, Warren Johnson, displayed Gerda in his furniture store and for some time was a point of community curiosity. Gerta was eventually given to the historical museum in the 1980s for display in a saloon exhibit. It was on display until the spring of 2007 when the pigment deterioration prompted its relocation from display into storage.Even though there is a name with the painting it remains a mystery in history. There is no record for a Gerda H. DeJardin. Who was she? Where did she come from? How did the painting find its way inside a wall in Fergus Falls.While Gerda remains a mystery we do know the painting is a copy of John Singer Sargent’s “Egyptian Girl” painted in 1891. “Egyptian Girl” has been described as having a quiet sensuality conveyed by a hint of bosom and bronzed, rounded buttocks. No wonder Gerda caused such a sensation when she was found! More about the artist who has been commissioned:Newly relocated to Fergus Falls, Lance Albers, is an artist of amazing virtuosity. His work can be categorized into fine painting and drawings, commissions for families, corporate and business art services, large-scale public and museum art, and prints and graphics. For more information about the Lance Albers Art Studio, visit his website: