Spring is a great time to rejuvenate your home and your life. Spring is the time for spring cleaning, spring sales, planning gardens and outdoor walks. Spring is a great time to get out to these five great Minnesota spring arts events.
Tea and Treasures
Hopkins Center for the Arts
Hopkins, MN 55343
Date: Feb. 7, 2015
It is never too early to prepare for Valentine’s Day. Start by shopping this successful event now in its second year. Oodles of handcrafted rings, earrings, bracelets and necklaces made of gold, silver, copper and semi-precious stone will be on display. Your special friend might also enjoy a gift of the many unique accessories, purses and scarves. The fun is in visiting with the local artists ready to tell you all about their crafts. While the jewelry show is free, there is a delightful Afternoon Tea to help support the Hopkins Center for the Arts. Chef Phil Velo, who you may know from the Depot Coffee House, will serve gourmet teas, sandwiches, pastries and cakes. Please call or stop by the Hopkins Center for the Arts HCA to purchase these $25 tickets in advance for the 1 p.m. tea.
Spring Art Crawl 2015
St. Paul, MN
Dates: April 24-26, 2015
Where else in Minnesota do all of the artists in a major city open their studios to display their works all in one noteworthy weekend? Art Crawlers can choose from 25 buildings housing workshops and galleries of 400 superb Saint Paul artists. Smart shoppers like to park at Union Depot to crawl the Lowertown, where many studios are in close proximity. Many shoppers like to explore the Schmidt Artist Lofts on West 7th Street where 55 artists display their handsome works. More studios can be found along Grand Avenue and University Avenue. Check the website for more details on building locations, special events and live music. This spring marks the 24st year of this biennial event.
Spring Festival -– An Arts & Crafts Affair
1100 Canterbury Road
Shakopee, MN 55379
Dates: April 10-12, 2015
Crafters from all over the U.S. descend upon Canterbury Park to demonstrate their skilled artistry and their masterful handicrafts. The big tent has new and different wares of enticing food and Canterbury Park’s facility has more exhibitors and stage entertainment. Admission buys stage shows and hourly gift certificate drawings. This festive atmosphere may be the reason why readers of Sunshine Artist Magazine voted this event as among one of the top 100.
Rivertown Art Festival
Greater Stillwater Chamber of Commerce
200 Chestnut Street East, Suite 204
Stillwater, MN 55082
Dates: Saturdays and Sundays in late May 2015 (see website for updates)
Celebrate spring on the banks of the St. Croix River near historic downtown Stillwater while viewing the works of more than 100 of the best local and regional artists. The 38th annual Rivertown Art Festival offers the best of fine art, paintings, drawings, paper, wood, ceramics, glass, fiber and photography. The Art Festival has a fun side as well, at the marketplace bursting with “a variety of handmade items and foods like wine, jelly, homemade tortilla chips, spices, salsas, candles and body lotions, just to name a few,” says Greater Stillwater Chamber Event Manager Dolly Parker.
Edina Art Fair
50th and France
Edina, MN 55424
Dates: June 5-7, 2015
Soak in the summer sun while engaging with 300 of the best creators of fine art in Minnesota, the U.S. and Canada. Voted the top Art Fair in Minnesota, this 49th Annual Edina Art Fair remains the second largest art fair in Minnesota. Metro-area residents love to amble through the small-town feel of the center of a long-standing upscale neighborhood. Art Fair organizers have something for everyone including a Kids Art Zone, live music, cooking demos, fashion shows, lifestyle demos and plenty of food.
Robin Johnson was born in Annandale, Minn. and graduated from Richfield High School and then the University of Minnesota where he studied Political Science, Business and Industrial Relations. A writer for Examiner.com, he also consults with a variety of organizations and individuals helping them develop and grow. His work can be found at Examiner.com.