A R T I S T   S E R I E S

Artist Series

Held in the 100-year old barn, the Artist Series provides a unique

and intimate venue surrounded by natural beauty. You’ve never experienced performances like this.

 

​The barn has set a stage for a wide range of talent and experiences. It has featured a full spectrum of singer/songwriters, storytellers, poets, theater companies, film, dance, and orchestra principals, just to name a few. Artists and audiences alike seem to be transformed by these performances in the church-like barn.

 

One-half of the Artist Series ticket proceeds go to the artists and the other half is distributed through Everwood's Aspiring Artists Fund. The Fund allows arts-focused teachers in Barron, Dunn, Pepin, Pierce, Polk and St. Croix counties to let us know about exciting projects that need support so their students can flourish. We'll reveal the recipient(s) at each performance. Since 2011, Everwood has donated over $23,000 to local school programs.

 

Want to be added to the invite list? Go to CONTACT and send us an email so you'll be one of the first to know about upcoming events. 

CURRENT EVENTS

CLICK ON PHOTOS FOR ARTISTS' WEBSITES

[ JAZZ ]

Nachito Herrera

June 29, 2019

"Thank you for this amazing opportunity! You will always be in our hearts now. Los querremos mucho y los extrañamos mucho y siempre estamos juntos Gracias Bendiciones Su familia."

AURORA Y NACHITO

[ CABARET ]

"The Best of Billie and Me" featuring Thomasina Petrus with Tom West (piano), Kevin Washington (drums) and Ron Evaniuk (bass)

July 27, 2019

"You guys filled a bucket list for me. Singing in this space was like heaven! The sound was so clean. It makes an artist want to try anything. I let go and floated over the room. The audience felt me and I felt them. Your space is anointed! Thank you."

THOMASINA PETRUS

"Thank you so much for having us here to perform at such a beautiful spot and such a gracious audience. Hope we can come back. Peace and love, all the low notes." 

RON EVANIUK

 

"There are no accidents in this here existence. No coincidences. It is all written. In the most Divine hand. Thank you for understanding your place in it. And for playing your position with a most sincere and loving heart. We are blessed. And you'll be blessed in return."

THE RIESTER/WASHINGTON FAMILY
 

"What a great nurturing place to play! Thank you for the opportunity."

TOM WEST

[ MUSIC ]

S. Carey

August 10, 2019

"What a place! Need to come back! Love-"

S. CAREY

"Thank you for having us. Truly a place that will stick in my memory forever."

BEN LESTER

[ MUSIC ]

Champagne Confetti featuring Aby Wolf, Eric Mayson and friends

August 17, 2019

​"Thank you for your dedication to the art, and for your understanding of how art is made — by supporting artists. What you're doing here is engendering a real fueling of community. You're making a lasting impact on the world! I'll never forget my time here. Thanks one million times."

ABY WOLF

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PREVIOUS EVENTS

CLICK ON PHOTOS FOR WEBSITES

[ THEATER ]

THEATER LATTE DA : "UNDERNEATH THE LINTEL"

July 07, 2018

“This is the place where memories are made, where we've found friendships that will last a lifetime.” SALLY WINGERT

"I just wanted to thank you for the magical, mystical evening that was our introduction to Everwood. Of course, "Underneath the Lintel" was amazing, and Sally just knocks me out. But what you have created is more than a venue for an amazing performance (although that would be sufficient!) — you've shaped a space that holds sacred intentions. And talking to Chris & Bill, I know that every step has been purposeful, and that they are in awe of it, too. All of us who were there were blessed. Congratulations.JULIE + MICHAEL (Audience members)

 

 

ASPIRING ARTIST FUND RECIPIENT 

Meet Kim Miller! Kim Miller and the River Falls High School Theater Department are undertaking the ambitious goal of producing “Newsies” as their fall production. Everwood is thrilled to fund her request to help pay for the scenic design. And special thanks to our friends at Chanhassen Dinner Theatres who provided a bonus surprise with four complimentary tickets to see CDT's current production of Newsies! Congratulations, Kim - and thanks for all that you do to inspire young artists in your classroom and on the stage! 

[ THEATER ]

TRANSATLANTIC LOVE AFFAIR : "ASH LAND"

July 21, 2018

“It's difficult to articulate what this week has been, what it has provided, what it's meant. When you nurture the human you nurture the artists; when you nurture the artist you nurture the human—and Everwood, the space you have created here, does both. Thank you for your generosity in creating and sharing this place and time where history and humanity are honored in equal measure. It is truly both a blessing and a gift to have experienced it.” ISABEL (TLA)

"What a beautiful, restful, restorative place Everwood is! It embodies your generous, giving spirit. Thank you for inviting TLA out here, both to share Ash Land—and what a perfect place to perform that play!—and to get back to creative connecting together. In Everwood, you give a great gift both to artists and to your community. (And your chickens are a kick!)” ERIK (TLA)

"Performing Ash Land in that barn with that audience is one of the best performing experiences I have ever had. You have built a truly amazing place of peace, art and love here. May it last for a long time." DEREK (TLA)

ASPIRING ARTIST FUND RECIPIENT 

Meet Becky Leland, an art teacher in the Spring Valley School District. She wants to introduce an arts metal program into the 8th grade art curriculum that will serve as the foundation for students to learn how to saw, rivet, texture and solder sheet metal. And, meet Benjamin Simmerman, a vocal and music teacher in the Boyceville School District. Ben also serves as the advisor to the Drama Club which has grown to 50+ students producing a play and a musical each year. Several students that struggle with public speaking have gained confidence through these productions. And he wants each of his students to be heard, literally, when performing so he requested a wireless mic. With the support of our generous audience members pay-what-you-can ticket prices, we are able to grant both of their applications. Congrats Becky & Ben - thank you for all you do to foster young artists in your classrooms!

[ MUSIC ]

jeremy messersmith and the Laurels String Quartet

August 11, 2018

“Wow! Zowie! Kepow! All I've got are old Batman TV accolades. Thank you for having me at your farm.” jeremy messersmith 

“You have such a beautiful thing here. Thank you for promoting and supporting the arts in such a stunning and inspiring setting.” VALERIE (LAURELS SQ)

“This has been one of the best days of 2018—definitely the best last half of a day! Such beautiful spaces.” CORY (LAURELS SQ)

“You have an AMAZING place here. What a beautiful experience on every level. Thank you for your unbelievable hospitality and generosity.” JOSH (LAURELS SQ)

“Thank you SO much for this beautiful experience!! It was so special to play in this wonderful, resonant space. I will not forget this time.” JESSE (LAURELS SQ)

“Another beautiful evening of music and fellowship. Thank you for sharing your bounty with the rest of us and giving us a place to breathe and hear the music.” SONYA (Audience member)

ASPIRING ARTIST FUND RECIPIENT 

Meet Brittany Kamrath and Mara 'Ostermeier' Schack! 

Brittany is a choir director at Prescott High School and has a dream to take a more worldly approach to her music program but she doesn’t have all the instruments to support it. In her application she requested funds to purchase two Djembe African drums. Mara is a music educator at Tainter Elementary in Rice Lake. Over 50% of her students are below the poverty line and are faced with numerous obstacles in their daily lives. Her goal is to help them become ‘true musicians’ so her application requested funds to purchase a variety of manipulative objects that would appeal to her students senses and help them develop a deeper understanding of music theory. Everwood is thrilled to be a part of making both Brittany and Mara’s dreams a reality! 

"Thank you again for this amazing grant for my students! I am so excited to buy all of these new tools for my kids. They are going to love them!" MARA

[ DANCE ]

"DUETS" WITH KALEENA MILLER, JT BATES, CODY McKINNEY, BRYAN NICHOLS

September 15, 2018

“This place is magnificent! Thank you for the space. Thank you for the opportunity. Thank you for your unbelievable hospitality! This place is unlike any other. The ways in which you honor and support the arts is... just amazing. Thank you!” KALEENA MILLER

“Many thanks for this place and your amazing audience! I look forward to returning and telling everyone to come check it out!” JT BATES

“Thank you so much for having us! Beautiful evening.” CODY McKINNEY

“Thank you for all you do for artists, audiences, and your greater community. The thoughtfulness and passion you bring to all of this is infections, and all too rare. Thank you!” BRYAN NICHOLS

ASPIRING ARTIST FUND RECIPIENT 

Ellyn is an art teacher at Riverview Middle School in the Barron Area School District who seeks to merge art and technology in her classroom. She wants to virtually take her students around the world to promote global awareness, curiosity and critical thinking so she requested 28 virtual reality headsets.

 

Amanda is the Choir/Theater Director at St. Croix Central High School. She believes that all students, including those in her special education music class, should be able to experience the joy of being in an ensemble together. Amanda requested funds to purchase music instruments that she could adapt for her special ed students so they could play as a band together.

 

Everwood was honored to recognize both of these amazing teachers. Congratulations Ellyn and Amanda! And thank you for inspiring the young artists in your classrooms!

[ MUSIC ]

CHARLIE PARR

June 03, 2017

All proceeds split between the artists and Everwood's Aspiring Artist Fund.

“Thanks so much for having me – it was truly an honor.”

CHARLIE PARR

ASPIRING ARTIST FUND RECIPIENT 

I had the most amazing honor last night of receiving a grant award from the Everwood Farmstead Foundation, which is an amazing organization that values the role of art in the human experience and dedicates itself to raising up aspiring artists. (On top of that, I was able to see the amazing Charlie Parr! Woot!). Such a humbling and generous night!

 

My grant will allow students to become visual storytellers through photography, as well as have their work formally published.  I cannot tell you how crazy excited I am that this project marries my two passions in life--teaching students the power of a story and creating art through photography. 

 

I cannot express my gratitude enough to the Everwood Farmstead Foundation for the gift of this opportunity! Seriously, you must go check out this gorgeous venue—either through seeing live music, attending a retreat, etc. Thank you!"

NICOLE SEVERSON, Viking Middles School, Woodville, WI

[ MUSIC ]

J.S. ONDARA

July 29, 2017

All proceeds split between the artists and Everwood's Aspiring Artist Fund.

ASPIRING ARTIST FUND RECIPIENT 

“Osceola, WI High School Art was honored with a grant to help us purchase large picture frames for our 2-d work displayed at The Watershed Cafe! Thanks to the Everwood Farmstead Foundation for making this happen!"

PEGGY MEDCRAFT, Osceola, WI High School Art

[ MUSIC ]

DUSTY HEART

August 12, 2017

All proceeds split between the artists and Everwood's Aspiring Artist Fund.

“Thanks for having a beautiful vision and the courage and perseverance to make it happen. Everwood Farmstead is a very special place; a haven for artists and people to come together. Looking forward to coming back again soon!”

BARBARA JEAN

ASPIRING ARTIST FUND RECIPIENT 

“I just wanted to say thank you again to the Everwood Farm Foundation for the generous grant to the Amery Band Program. The middle school band director and I are in discussion about which instruments would be most needed by students and how to set something up that will last for years. I will make sure to keep the foundation updated and get some pictures sent your way when we have them available. 

 

Thank you very much for your generosity! I had a wonderful time at the performance and look forward to seeing more at the farm in the future."

CHRISTOPHER BOYD, Music Teacher and Band Director at Amery Intermediate School

[ PLAY ]

"ELECTRA" - TEN THOUSAND THINGS

October 07, 2017

All proceeds split between the artists and Everwood's Aspiring Artist Fund.

ASPIRING ARTIST FUND RECIPIENT 

I can’t fully express how grateful I am that The Everwood Foundation awarded Menomonie High School the Aspiring Artist grant for the purchase of an adaptive potter’s wheel. Even though the specific student that the grant was written for doesn’t have class until the spring, we have already purchased the wheel and it is currently being used by students every day! In two different ceramics classes, there are five students who have been able to rotate using this wheel. Without this incredible tool, these students would not have been able to experience clay in this way. The confidence and pride on their faces thus far has made all of our efforts worth it. If you don’t mind, I will continue to send you updates on the work being produced by these amazing students.

 

Also, I would like to thank you for inviting my wife and me to the unique performance of Electra! We have never experienced a performance in such a manner. You have such a creative space to provide for artists.

Thank you again for providing this wonderful opportunity for our students!

GRAND RUEGNITZ, Menomonie High School

[ SPOKEN WORD ]

SHÁ CAGE + E.G. BAILEY

July 23, 2016

All proceeds split between the artists and Everwood's Aspiring Artist Fund.

“There are moments we are able to step out of the rush of “doing” and just be, to experience the bliss and blessings of life and love and this miracle of the place we call home—Mother Earth. This has been one of those moments. Thank you for affording us this time. It has been refreshing and revitalizing. Many blessings to you and everyone that graces this farmstead. All the best –”

E.G. BAILEY

 

“From the bottom of our hearts, we thank you for your hospitality and open heart-love. For bringing in spoken word and allowing us to be your guests. The food, the herbs, the chickens, the corn, the bees, the prairie, the barn, the muffins, the pancakes, the fruit, the breeze, the porch, the trails—all reasons to forever remember this magical place. May you be blessed. Love, your new friends,”

SHA CAGE 

[ MUSIC ]

HALEY

June 25, 2016

All proceeds split between the artists and Everwood's Aspiring Artist Fund.

 

“Damn. There's nothing better than playing in a thunderstorm in Dunn County, Wisconsin at Everwood Farmstead. ”

HALEY 

ASPIRING ARTIST FUND RECIPIENTS 

"Thank you so much, Everwood Farmstead Foundation, for your generosity to make our cave art project come to fruition! You support for the arts in our area is truly appreciated. I hope you can attend Glenwood City's All School Art Show next year to experience our 3rd grade interactive cave art display!!"

MARY JONES, Glenwood City School District

"Everwood Farmstead Foundation, First, let me just say, thank you! The farmstead is a magical place and I had a great time at HALEY's performance. I am so thankful for people like you and your mission at Everwood. Your generous gift allows me to purchase materials for the mosaic steppingstones. Every 8th grader at Viking Middle School will get the opportunity to create and leave their mark on the school with the project. I am very excited to teach this unit. I will share many pictures and keep you updated on how the project goes. Again, thank you for your support." 

MORGAN TRUNKEL, Viking Middle School

[ OPERA ]

THE BALDWIN SISTERS

May 21, 2016

All proceeds split between the artists and Everwood's Aspiring Artist Fund.

 

“Wow. What. Fun. Even the birdies helped us out. Chris + Bill, what a lovely, lovely, magical place you have. God bless you for creating this sanctuary for the arts and us weird/hybrid artists. Love Love Love!!”

JENNIFER BALDWIN PEDEN 

 

“Ditto. My sister is right on the nose with the perfection of the place and the loveliness of the night. So many thanks and much love.”

CHRISTINA BALDWIN

ASPIRING ARTIST FUND RECIPIENT 

"My night was pure magic, beginning with learning that next year's Founding Folks Film Fest had been funded by the incredible people at the Everwood Farmstead Foundation, and ending with the Delibes flower duet in a luminous barn. If you've never been to the Farmstead, you must go - posthaste. Thank you, Everwood!”

CHARIS NORDLUND COLLINS, Oaklawn Elementary, Menomonie

[ PLAY ]

“GOOD JOB HORSES” - THEATRE FOREVER

August 29, 2015

Proceeds split between the artists and Wisconsin School Music Association Program

 

“What a wonderful weekend! I’m quite sure that that was the best the group has ever played the show. The farm, the space and the time to relax really allowed the piece to open up and for the performers to play with true joy. The love and care and openness you give the art, artist and audience is truly invaluable. I think we’re all still wondering what just happened! You are a gift to the universe!”

JOHN FERGUSON

 

“It’s October and I find myself thinking about that amazing time at Everwood Farmstead often. I can’t thank you enough for your generosity and warmth. You two have a really beautiful thing going on. I felt so welcomed, the show was a blast, the food was amazing, the fire was so fun, and to top it off, we got to take a tour and see the bees! That lip balm is amazing, BTW. I’ve said ‘amazing’ four times now, I’m not trying to be overly enthusiastic, I promise—it’s just an adjective that easily comes to mind when thinking of your place. THANK YOU!”

CARLY WICKS

[ FILM ]

“THE PUBLIC DOMAIN”

August 15, 2015

Proceeds split between the artists and Wisconsin School Music Association Program

 

“My films have been programmed around the country on screens big and not so big--including the Sundance Film Festival--but NO exhibition was more special than the one I received this weekend at the Everwood Farmstead Foundation. Bill Underwood and Christopher Everett are the most talented, gracious hosts an artist could hope to have in their corner, their farm an impeccable parcel of groovy, inspired living in rural Wisconsin. AND...my film screened before a diverse, intelligent audience in a BARN--one of the coolest performing-arts spaces I have ever seen (and now screening venue for film) Actress Sara Marsh joined us for the best discussion we have had after any of our dozens of screenings and talkbacks. I don't mean to gush but I am a renewed man after this weekend. The Everwood Farmstead Foundation is supporting artists and bringing people from all walks of life together in the middle of rural Wisconsin by exposing them to great, varied works of art. I feel lucky to have been invited and commend the Foundation on making the world a better place.” 

PATRICK COYLE

[ MUSIC ]

JOHN MARK NELSON + KARA LAUDON

July 18, 2015

Proceeds split between the artists and Wisconsin Music Association Program

 

“Thank you SO much for your overwhelming kindness and hospitality at Everwood Farmstead! It was such an honor for Kara and I to be part of this wonderful concept that you have created. I do not exaggerate at all when I say that it was one of my favorite shows that I have ever played. I would love to keep an open dialogue on how I can continue to support you in all that you do! I really believe in what you do and would love to support you in any way I can. I hope it is not long before our paths cross! Thank you for all that you do!” 

JOHN MARK NELSON

[ MUSIC ]

CHASTITY BROWN

May 30, 2015

Proceeds split between the artists and Wisconsin Music Association Program

 

“This has felt more like a retreat than a typical performance. This place calms one’s soul. I can’t express how grateful I am to have crossed y’all’s path. Your new friend and fan.” 

CHASTITY BROWN

[ DANCE ]

"THE MAIN STREET PROJECT" – ARENA DANCES

October 11, 2014

Proceeds split between the artists and the Clayton School District Dance Enrichment Program

 

“We set up a hi-tech dance performance in a barn earlier today. Great show, happy kids, generous audience, talented dancers and committed hosts. Awesomeness!” 

MATHEW JANCZEWSKI

[ MUSIC ]

ROGUE VALLEY

October 04, 2014

Proceeds split between the artists and New Richmond High School Music Department

 

“Thank you so much for an unforgettable weekend of music, food, culture, and amazing company. I can't express my gratitude enough for the generosity you have shown us. Seriously Amazing juju. That's what's being brewed at Everwood in great abundance!” 

CHRIS KOZA

[ MUSIC ]

DAN CHOUINARD

June 28, 2014

Proceeds split between the artists and Avery Middle School Anti-Bullying Program

 

“This was one of the favorite nights of my life! Thank you Bill and Chris! Dan Chouinard is indeed incredibly talented. He was so enjoyable, and beyond his talent, I also loved his stories. Simone Perrin's expressive singing was a blast! Our family will not forget this incredible night of signing, rain, and laughter at your gorgeous farmstead." 

AMY SCALZE

[ PLAY ]

"THE DRUNKEN CITY" – DARK & STORMY PRODUCTIONS

June 21, 2014

Proceeds split between the artists and Glenwood City All-School Musical Production

 

“It was beyond magical getting the Dark & Stormy Productions "Drunken City" crew together one last time at Everwood Farmstead Foundation last Saturday night. Huge thanks to Bill Underwood & Chris Everett for having us. If you haven't been to an event at Everwood yet, GO. It's magical AND you'll be supporting artists AND you'll help benefit local charities and nonprofits. These gentlemen are doing something totally unique and super fantastic." 

SARA MARSH

[ STORYTELLING + MUSIC ]

KEVIN KLING + SIMONE PERRIN

October 12, 2013

Proceeds split between the artists and Knapp Elementary School Reading Room

 

“What an absolute joy to perform and have time with you at Everwood. Amazing. Thank you so much. What a gift to your community and the lucky artists that get to visit and experience the 'barn vibe' Beautiful." 

KEVIN KLING

[ PLAY ]

“A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM” –Ten Thousand Things

October 05, 2013

Proceeds split between the artists and West Cap's Operation Back to School Program

 

“Thank you for all the work that went into creating the wonderful event in the barn! The actors felt so special and well taken care of — we all loved it! Thank you for all you do to enrich the life of the rural community around you!”

MICHELLE HENSLEY

 

“Thank you so much for a truly enchanting evening at Everwood. What a gift to be able to perform in the magical space you two have created. I left feeling inspired by your generosity, creativity and ability to actualize such a beautiful dream. Thank you!” 

MO PERRY

[ MUSIC ]

WOODWIND TRIO – B. REEVE, J. MILLER, J. LONGO

September 21, 2013

Proceeds split between the artists and Baldwin-Woodville High School Forensics Team

[ MUSIC ]

CARRIE ELKIN + DANNY SCHMIDT

April 20, 2013

Proceeds split between the artists and Prairie Farm High School Band & Choir Program

 

“Thank you very much for providing a magical concert space. We loved it. So sweet to hear the rain & look out at everyone snuggled up under their blankets. We love you & and the beautiful community you’re creating here. Can’t wait to see you again.”

CARRIE ELKIN

[ CABARET ]

SIMONE PERRIN

September 29, 2012

Proceeds split between the artists and Spring Valley High School Theater Program

 

“Thanks for hosting our little family this weekend. The combined tranquility of this land, these buildings, and your kind energy is exactly what we needed. It’s comforting to know there are folks like you calmly and humbly dedicating themselves to the earth and the artful humans on it. – Thank you- We look forward to our next Everwood adventure.”

SIMONE PERRIN

[ POETRY ]

NATHAN BROWN – FORMER OK POET LAUREATE

June 30, 2012

Proceeds split between the artists and Boyceville Middle-High School Art Department

 

“One of my favorites places for no one to know where the hell I am in the whole world…”

DR. NATHAN BROWN

[ STORYTELLING + POETRY + MUSIC ]

INAGURAL EVENT – PETER ROTHSTEIN, SALLY WINGERT, AARON GABRIEL, PATRICIA KIRKPATRICK

June 08, 2012

Proceeds split between the artists and Glenwood City High School FFA

 

“The four essential elements to make theater happen are: a SPACE, an ACTOR, an AUDIENCE and an IDEA. I can't imagine a more inspired SPACE for ACTORS and AUDIENCES to come together. And as far as an IDEA, well the whole IDEA behind Everwood is nothing short of miraculous.”

PETER ROTHSTEIN

 

“From the hayloft openings you can see the storm coming. The quality of light changes. The wind ruffles your hair, gently. It smells like rain. Your mind seems open to the vista, to nature, to the possibility of a different approach to the work. The journey to Everwood is just "away" enough. I'm renewed by the change, the beauty, the land, the space to create or just muse. Founded and hosted by two of the kindest people I know, Chris Everett and Bill Underwood, Everwood Farmstead has become the place I keep trying to get back to literally and figuratively. There my art becomes...”

SALLY WINGERT

 

“It was an utter privilege and pleasure to be at Everwood: to walk through the grounds, overlook the prairie, sit in your kitchen, read to the community, sleep in the tress (almost!), eat in the candlelit barn. Thank you for the warm and gracious welcome. I’m so impressed with how the place you have created honors the past and looks toward the future.“ 

PATRICIA KIRKPATRICK

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