Lutsen sculptor Tom Christiansen among "50 over 50" honorees
Oct 19, 2017 07:00AM
By Rhonda Silence of WTIP Radio News - Wednesday, October 18, 2017
Each year AARP Minnesota presents “50 Over 50”—a list of 50 incredible individuals over the age of 50 from across Minnesota who are making an impact.
People from across Minnesota were invited to visit the “50 Over 50” website to nominate leaders in their community in one of five categories: arts & culture, nonprofit, business, community building, and disruption. A panel of accomplished leaders from across the state then took on the task of narrowing the list to 50.
Cook County has a citizen on this illustrious list – sculptor Tom Christiansen of Lutsen has been named to the Arts & Culture honorees.
Many of WTIP’s listeners know Tom, but for those who do not – Tom and his wife Marcia Hyatt operate Last Chance Fabricating, a gallery and bronze-casting studio in Lutsen.
Tom’s sculptures can be seen in more than a dozen communities in the region, in public settings and in private collections.
Tom is being honored with the “50 over 50” award, because he so generously shares his art with the community. Tom hosts “Pour at Four,” a weekly workshop for anyone who wants to learn the art of bronze sculpting.
In addition to creating and promoting art, Tom is an avid arts supporter. He contributes to the Grand Marais Art Colony and North House Folk School, and hosts Wednesday Night Jazz on WTIP Community Radio.
Tom received the “50 over 50” award on October 17 at a ceremony at the Minneapolis Institute of Art.
Congratulations to Tom Christiansen for being one of the “50 over 50” honorees and fulfilling this statement from the selection committee: "They [the honorees] don’t adhere to the belief that you have to be under forty, thirty, or twenty to blaze a trail or shake things up. They’re living life on their own terms and improving the lives of others all at the same time."
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