homepage logo


It’s all about art Rotarians heard what’s going on at the Pearson Lakes Art Center

By Staff | May 2, 2014

Sometimes, art can take a lot of directions and approaches, and Estherville Rotarians Thursday learned how the local art world is going to new heights at the Pearson Lakes Art Center in Okoboji.

CEO Tom Tourville and performing arts director Rachelle Fratzke told Rotarians about the history of the art center, its accomplishments and activities planned for this summer.

Now 32 years old, the art center started in two rooms of a barn south of what is now Tweeters in Okoboji, said Tourville. Taking the name Lakes Art Center, the center portion of the art center was built 22 years ago with addition of a 288-seat theater 11 years ago. Five years ago, it became Pearson Lakes Art Center after an endowment by Bud and Bev Pearson.

Features and events include the Dick Bauman Big Band Monday nights, 10-14 visual art openings a year, an art collection that includes work by Grandma Moses and Andy Warhol and, five years ago, one of the top five private Russian art collections in the US donated by the Pearsons.

“What we do with visual arts is really wonderful,” said Tourville.

The art center features the largest children’s preschool summer art program anywhere in the Midwest. There’s also a summer graphic arts program for teens. The theater now offers 18-20 different shows each year.

Some upcoming events include The Headliners June 10, Michael Martin Murphey June 11, membership appreciation week staring June 18, Hotel California June 25 and other events throughout the summer.

For more information, go online to www.lakesart.org.