ZUMBROTA — A party to say farewell to the Crossings at Carnegie Art Center, followed by a concert by Six Mile Grove, will be held Saturday in Zumbrota.

The party, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., will mark the impending closing of Crossings. Marie Marvin, who owns the art center and the former Carnegie Library building in which it is located, said the art center will close by October.

"Whatever comes in, comes in," she said. "But it won't be Crossings anymore."

Marvin has operated the art center for 19 years and said she plans to retire, in part to assist her aging parents.

"I own the building and hope to rent it out, but if somebody comes in with an offer to buy…" she said.

In addition to displaying and selling work by local artists, Crossings has hosted classes and concerts. National and regional touring acts have performed in the intimate space of Crossings.

Marvin said she'll continue to promote concerts at the nearby State Theatre, and she hopes to keep the downstairs pottery studio open because pottery-making is a personal interest of hers.

"I don't have any regrets," she said of closing Crossings. 

At the nearby Coffee Mill Restaurant, co-owner Shane Jackson said he saw an uptick in business when Crossings hosted events. "We'd definitely get people in here," he said. 

As for his reaction to the closing of Crossings, Jackson said, "It always sucks to lose a business in town."

"It brings people to town," Neil Jensen, Zumbrota city administrator, said of Crossings. "This is one we're going to miss if someone doesn't take it over."

Jensen said he's heard no definite information on who might be interested in the building and business. 

Following Saturday's farewell party, Six Mile Grove will perform a concert at 7 p.m. at the State. That's fitting, Marvin said, because Brandon Sampson, of Six Mile Grove, has taught guitar at Crossings.

Tickets for the concert are $20 in advance, $24 at the door, available at crossingsatcarnegie.com, and by phone at 507-732-7616.

Admission to the party is free.

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Tom covers primarily arts and entertainment for the Post Bulletin and 507 Magazine. He also often writes feature stories about local history. He is a native of Milwaukee, WI, and enjoys reading and traveling.