“Time Versus Eternity” is the theme of the Great River Strings Spring Concert on Saturday and Sunday, April 22 and 23. Prior to the concert and during intermission, the group will have their annual spring silent auction. The focus of the auction items will be on time and eternity.
This year the group will offer some examples of Steampunk Jewelry. Steampunk Jewelry, fashions and literature combine the best and most stylish elements of the British Victorian-Edwardian period – the late 1800s and early 1900s. It is a subgenre of science fiction or science fantasy that incorporates technology and aesthetic designs inspired by 19th century industrial steam-powered machinery. The term was first coined in 1987 by K.W. Jeter who used the term to describe a genre of fiction in which steam, not electricity drove technological advancements. Since then it has been used to describe an artistic or cultural movement.
Although the steampunk genre began as a form of fiction, it has evolved into a popular style to wear or create. At the auction, attendees will be able to bid on rings and pins made from old watches. A North Carolina potter who wanted to take a break from miniature pottery items is finding a market for her Steampunk Jewelry.
On Saturday, April 22, the concert and auction will be at Salem Lutheran in Deerwood at 7 p.m. On Sunday, April 23, the concert and auction will be at First Lutheran in Aitkin at 2:30 p.m.