Annual and Gallery Events at Paradise Center for the Arts

Annual Events

Acoustic Gallery – Inspired by Dylan: An Evening of Music, Art and Poetry

Thursday, May 30 at 5:00pm

Pre-Event Acoustic Gallery (5-7pm) Free and Open to the Public.
Main Stage Bob Dylan Music Event (7:30pm) $15 in Advance | $20 at the Door

Final performance of the Acoustic Gallery Series
5-7pm: Pop-Up Gallery and Live Music: 5pm – 7pm
7:30pm: Pressing On—The Spiritual Songs of Bob Dylan performed by the Mick Sterling Ensemble, with additional guest poets from the new published anthology Visiting Bob: Poems Inspired by the Life and Work of Bob Dylan (New Rivers Press)
Winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature, Bob Dylan is one of the world’s most iconic singer-songwriters and pop culture influencers. This show includes a pop-up gallery with art pieces inspired by Dylan, acoustic music and free appetizers in the gallery space and then a main stage event that honors Bob Dylan’s legacy as musician and writer. Pressing On—The Spiritual Songs of Bob Dylan performed by some of the Twin Cities best musicians and interspersed with readings from Visiting Bob, this is an evening that celebrates one of Minnesota’s and the world’s most memorable and influential voices.

Part of the Acoustic Gallery Series
This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board.

Recycled Art Sale

June 20, 21, 22, & 23

Tired of looking at the same old pictures on your walls?

If you are about to redecorate, or have recently redecorated, moved, downsized, or inherited art, please donate to the Recycled Art Sale. If you’re looking for new artistic treasures, then shop the Recycled Art Sale – you never know what you’ll find!

Proceeds from the sale are split between the Paradise Center for the Arts and the Mural Society of Faribault

*Donations accepted June 13-15. For more information on donating call 507-332-7372

Blue Collar BBQ Music and Arts Festival

Saturday, August 10 from 11AM-11PM

Daytime Music & Events FREE (11am-6pm)
Headline Music Ticket (6pm-11pm) $10 in Advance | $15 at the Gate

Save the date for the Paradise Center for the Arts annual Blue Collar BBQ Music and Arts Festival with headliner Martin Zellar and the Hardways. Winner of 2017 Southern MN Scene Best Music Festival, this all day festival features nonstop live music, art and market vendors, food trucks, family activities, beer garden, backyard BBQ and bean bag contests, and more!


New & Emerging MN Music Showcase: Triple Stitch & Marah in the Mainsail

Friday & Saturday, October 11 & 12 from 7pm-10pm
Two Day Ticket: $13 in Advance | $17 at the Door
One Day Ticket: $10 per Night at the Door ONLY
All Tickets are General Admission Seating

This two-night event features new and emerging MN musicians and bands. Three to four bands each night! Minnesota music venues and the Minnesota music scene have a long and rich tradition of discovering and launching the careers of local musicians! Enjoy discovering new bands and live music and possibly the next “big one” (Prince anyone?) as the Paradise helps to showcase up-and-coming and newly discovered talent.

Friday Headliner: Triple Stitch
Saturday Headliner: Marah in the Mainsail

3rd Annual Spirits & Screams Movie Event

Saturday, October 19 at 7:30pm

Tickets $10 | General Admission

Spirits & Screams invites you to an evening of Halloween games, costume contests with prizes, Spirits tasting featuring local and regional vineyards, distilleries and breweries, light appetizers, and then experience a classic Halloween horror movie in the 1920’s historic theatre. Hint, Hint: Kubrik and King join forces for this year’s horror movie.

Wine, Women & Comedy with Award-Winning Comedian, Jen Kober

This show contains adult content and language.

Saturday, November 9: Wine Tasting begins at 6:30pm with performance beginning at 7:30pm
Members $18, Non Members $23, Students $12

Jen Kober has energetically bounded onto the national stage, bringing crowds to their feet with her original blend of stand-up, storytelling, and improvised rock-n-roll comedy. Her hard-hitting hour is phenomenally funny as Kober commands the stage and dares you not to laugh. Jen was the 2016 Winner of NPR’s Snap Judgement Comedic Performance of the Year for her Girl Scout Cookie story. Her comedy is also on the big screen, with appearances in several TV comedies (The Middle, The Mindy Project and Curb Your Enthusiasm, just to name a few) as well as Film.

Sponsored by Patrick Andreas–Farmers Insurance Agency

Artist Talks

Throughout the year, we schedule Artist Talks where you can spend a few hours getting to know our current exhibiting artists. Learn what motivated and inspired them in their work and follow their journey from conception to completion.

Fred Somers: January 19 6:30pm-8:00pm
Pastel artist Fred Somers will discuss his career, exhibit, and current work.

Fred Somers Fred Somers

Judy Saye-Willis: February 23 6:30pm-8:00pm
Fiber and jewelry artist Judy Saye-Willis will talk about her current exhibit, her work, and career as a full time studio artist.

Faribault Area Student Art Exhibit

student exhibit

Student Exhibit: March 9 – April 14
Opening Reception: March 9 5–7pm
All Area School Student Exhibition
Second Floor Gallery

Recycled Art Sale

Recycled Art Sale June 7, 8, 9
If you are, or if you’ve recently redecorated, moved, downsized, or inherited art, please donate to the Paradise Center’s Recycled Art Sale. If you’re looking for new artistic treasures, then shop the Recycled Art Sale, you never know what you will find! Proceeds from the sale benefit the Paradise Center for the Arts and the Mural Society of Faribault.

Annual Members’ Show

2018 members show miniature challenge . The Annual member’s show has been a tradition that dates back to the Faribault Art Center, the forerunner of the Paradise Center for the Arts visual arts programming.

The Paradise Center for the Arts  2018 Members Minature Show is open to all current paid members of the Paradise.

The 2018 Members’ Show Miniature Challenge exhibition will be held June 15 through July 29. There will be an opening night and Artists Reception on Friday, June 15 from 5:00-7:00pm.

Holly Days Sale

Holly Days ImageHolly Days Sale November 15 – December 22, 2018
Grand Opening November 15, 4-8pm

Paradise Center galleries will be decked out in boutique style and filled with the artistic wares of regional artists. The “GRAND OPENING,” which runs 3-8 p.m. on Thursday, November 15, will be a gala event with free hors d’oeuvres, live music, and a cash bar to enjoy while browsing through the beautiful array of artistic creations. What a wonderful way to find that one-of a kind gift for someone special! A portion of the sales will help fund continuing programs and education at the Paradise Center for the Arts.

Contact Info:

Paradise Center for the Arts 507-332-7372
321 Central Ave. N.
Faribault, MN 55021


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Thursday: 12pm-8pm
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