Harms returns to jazz up MAC

Nancy Harms will perform at the Milaca Arts Center at 8 p.m. July 11. Photo by Lisa Venticinque

Nancy Harms will perform at the Milaca Arts Center at 8 p.m. July 11.
Photo by Lisa Venticinque

Tracey Finck

For the Times

Nancy Harms, jazz singer and former Milaca music teacher, will perform at 8 p.m. Thursday, July 11, on the Milaca Arts Center stage. Doors open at 7 for concertgoers to meet three local artists whose works will be displayed at the MAC July 11 through Aug. 5.

Harms has released two albums: “In the Indigo” in 2009 and “Dreams in Apartments” in 2013. Her calendar in the next few months includes gigs in New York, Oslo, Copenhagen, Paris — and Milaca.

Milaca was an important stop on Harm’s journey toward the fulfillment of her dreams. She taught music at Milaca Elementary School from 2001-2006. During that time she sang at some local venues as part of a trio called Two Steves and a Nancy. She also formed close friendships with people like Milaca art teacher Mimi Peterson, who saw Harms’ potential and encouraged her to take the risk of moving to Minneapolis where she could immerse herself in the world of professional jazz musicians and set herself up for her later move to New York.

Mimi Peterson, an artist herself, continues to play a significant role in encouraging Minnesota artists. As president of the Milaca Fine Arts Council, she works to enrich community life with art while simultaneously promoting local artists by displaying their work.

Dee Ann Sibley, Jim Larson and Martin Gilchrist are the three local artists whose works will be displayed in the Milaca Art Center July 11 through Aug. 5.

Sibley is a photographer who lives in Cambridge and finds inspiration in “things forgotten, interesting people and beautiful scenery.”

Larson, of Milaca, is a painter who works with religious narrative and symbolism in a non-traditional way.

Gilchrist is a photographer who focuses on landscapes and wildlife in addition to shooting weddings, portraits and sports events. He lives in Milaca.

All three artists applaud the work of the Milaca Fine Arts Council and see it as strengthening and enriching the community.

The Milaca Arts Center is located in the Senior Center of Milaca, 170 Second Ave. SW, Milaca. Tickets for the July 11 concert are $15 for nonmembers, $10 for MAC members.

For more information, visit milacaartscenter.org.

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