New Downtown Art and Performance Space to Host Winter Walk Party

Dig and be Doug exhibition

An exciting new art and performance space is thriving in downtown Northfield, but you may not have noticed it yet. Without a street-level storefront or any visible signage, you can be forgiven for being unaware of its under-the-radar existence. But this Thursday—during Northfield's annual Winter Walk—you'll have a chance to discover and explore the venue during two overlapping events.

Beginning at 5 pm on Thursday, December 6, an exhibition titled "Dig and be Doug: The Poster Art of Doug Bratland" goes on display with a public reception at The Chapel, a music venue, art gallery, and gathering space located at 310 1/2 Division Street (above The Local Joint). This exhibition is The Chapel's first visual art show, and it will feature concert posters—an appropriate choice for a venue that has been hosting musical performances for over a year.

Music will be the theme of the night, with the second half of the event devoted to the sounds of local group Matt Arthur and The Bratlanders. Beginning at 7 pm, Rice County Records presents a special "listening party" preview of the label's inaugural album. Scheduled for release in February 2013, "Heavy On My Mind" is a ten-song CD recorded and engineered in downtown Northfield. Thursday’s event is not a live performance; rather, the album will be played in constant rotation throughout the evening. And a special pre-sale purchase option will be available at the event.

Prints from the poster exhibition will also be for sale, and the posters will remain on display at concerts in The Chapel throughout the early winter. A closing party is currently being planned, and the space will be open for viewing hours most days of the week.

A huge second-floor loft space in the heart of Northfield's historic downtown, The Chapel is named for the room's beautiful natural acoustics, which resemble those of a church. The venue began presenting intimate concert performances in the fall of 2011, featuring such artists as Laura Gibson, Communist Daughter, Zoo Animal, Chris Koza, Kaivama, Lucy Michelle, Caroline Smith, and Charlie Parr (to name a few). The Chapel is funded and operated by the local staff of an independent record label called Plastic Horse Records and a music booking and promotion agency, Rocking Horse Touring. The majority of its events are open to all people of all ages.

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    Dig and be Doug Poster Art:
    Matt Arthur & The Bratlanders: