for Ownership and Participation:
Minnesota Art Gallery Owner
Crossings at Carnegie is an inspirational grass-roots arts and cultural organization. Located in the historic Carnegie Public Library in Zumbrota, Minnesota, Crossings has served SE Minnesota for nine years. The two-story complex offers classes in art, theater, music, yoga, writing, textiles, kids' camps, and pottery. Crossings also hosts music concerts, drawing regional and national acts on many weekend nights in its own gallery space; about once a month, it also rents the 280-seat theater next door to serve as a larger venue. Incorporated within the gallery is a vibrant retail space.
In 2001, at the age of 48, Marie Marvin opened this art gallery in her hometown of Zumbrota. Undaunted by her lack of experience or public funding, Marvin saw a new life for a beloved Zumbrota landmark. After renovating the 1907 structure with a light hand, retaining its turn-of-the-century charm, Marvin established the art gallery and gift shop in the upper level. Soon she expanded, offering classes and concerts. In 2003 Marvin added a clay studio in the lower level which allows members 24/7 access to throwing and hand-building. In addition to the nine pottery wheels, the clay studio also has a glazing area and kiln for onsite firing. As featured in the Rochester Women magazine, Marvin's success is a result of her passion. Her commitment and vision have established a rare blend of entrepreneurship and community enrichment.
At a time when many traditional businesses are struggling to keep their doors open, Crossings continues on a healthy business trajectory. Crossings has 2,300 customers receiving its emailed update, 1,700 on the mailing list for postcards, and is rapidly becoming a cultural centerpiece in the region. Each month, an average of 1,500 people come through the doors for a concert, a class, to view art, or to shop for eclectic merchandise. Many people share a desire of making a difference in the world, and through Crossings, Marie Marvin is realizing her dream of doing what she was always meant to do.
Today, Marvin's dream includes assuring that Crossings endures. Marvin is now seeking a business partner who can help bring new life and passion to Crossings, fresh ideas to the cultural community, and much needed help in keeping up with the steadily growing business. In this partner Marvin hopes to share goals, hard work, capital investment, and financial rewards.
If you are interested in an organic approach to the arts, and your passion is to create access to the arts, perhaps Crossings is the place for you. Want to learn more? Explore the website, come to a concert or an art opening, or call Marie for more details (507-732-7616).
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Dare to plunge into a creative new phase of life ? for you and SE Minnesota.