A little art, a little music, and a lot of fun

Holmes Art Cellar hosts its first Open Mic Night

Mixed media artist Carmen McCullough was on hand for Wednesday night's inaugural Open Mic Night at the Holmes Art Cellar, doing a few demonstrations and sharing some tips for doing your own mixed media collages. (Vicki Gerdes / Tribune)

Mixed media artist Carmen McCullough was on hand for Wednesday night's inaugural Open Mic Night at the Holmes Art Cellar, doing a few demonstrations and sharing some tips for doing your own mixed media collages. (Vicki Gerdes / Tribune)

We Are the Willows musician Peter Miller shared a couple of tunes with the Open Mic Night crowd on Wednesday night. (Vicki Gerdes / Tribune)

We Are the Willows musician Peter Miller shared a couple of tunes with the Open Mic Night crowd on Wednesday night. (Vicki Gerdes / Tribune)

From improvisational storytelling to mixed media art demonstrations to original music, the inaugural Open Mic Night at the Holmes Art Cellar had a little bit of everything — and organizers are hoping that it will become a staple of the local arts scene.

"We'd like to come up with a little more structure for it — maybe with a theme," said Historic Holmes Theatre Director Amy Stearns. "But we also want it to be open to whoever shows up... we're still working out the details."

Peter Miller, a singer-songwriter and musician with the band We are the Willows, started off the night by sharing a new song he was working on; a little later in the evening, he shared a song from his band's most recent album, "Picture (Portrait)," and talked about how the songs on the album were inspired by a series of letters his grandfather had written to his grandmother while stationed with the military during World War II.

"I was really interested to read those letters — particularly when my grandfather was diagnosed with dementia," he said.

Bradley Kimball, a young man from Detroit Lakes, shared an improvisational story that was so off-the-cuff, he asked for prompts from the audience such as a name for the main character (he chose Jeff), and various cities (Denver, San Francisco) where the boy's family would move to during their travels. 

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