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19th Annual Art and Artists Celebration

Saturday September 12th • 10am - 8pm

A smörgåsbord of family activities set to music amongst the sculptures

Come to Franconia and celebrate the new sculptures created by our artists-in-residence throughout 2015. This annual event is our unique way to honor all the hard work that has gone in to growing Franconia’s exhibition.

• Parking is $5 per vehicle
• Beverages available from the Lizard Lounge
• Local food vendors selling a variety of dishes
• All events are family friendly and open to the public
• Dogs on-leash are welcome, please clean up after your pet
• Rain or shine

Earthen Amphitheater Stage
Ecelctic Ensemble

1pm - Eclectic Ensemble

The music of The Eclectic Ensemble is an instrumental style influenced by Jazz free-form improvisation, Asian harmonic structure, African, Middle Eastern, and Indonesian interlocking rhythms, and ambient texture schemes.

2:45pm - Platypus

Platypus is a youth rock group from Minnesota. They perform rock-n-roll covers as well as original music written by the band. Established in 2011, the members of Platypus are student musicians who met while taking classes at Evan’s Music store in White Bear Lake.

4pm - St. Croix Festival Theatre

Festival Theatre will bring an expert from their current production, Noises Off. Festival Theatre’s mission is to make the arts welcoming to all people as an essential part of their well being and for the vitality of the community.

5pm - New Riverside Ramblers

The New Riverside Ramblers band brings high-energy Cajun dance music from the prairies and bayous of south Louisiana up the Mississippi River to the Minnesota. The band’s compelling version of Cajun French music blends many influences from different south Louisiana communities, and includes two-steps, waltzes and blues.

7pm - The Droppers

Subtle soul grooving, Minneapolis pop/soul band featuring members of Greazy Meal, Beat The Clock, BoDeans & Prince…The Droppers are an organ, guitar, bass, and drum based band in the style of the Meters. These guys have played together in various projects over the last 25 years.

Family Activity Stations 11am - 6pm

Art Making with PASPider

Public Art St. Paul will be on the great lawn with the PASPider, a mobile and mechanical art-making laboratory! Find the giant spider to participate in family-friendly art-making activities.
Boats Not Afloat

Boats Not Afloat

The park is growing and one of the 2015 sculptures that marks the new landscape is the Franconia Boat Tower, created by Jerome/FSP Fellowship artist Pete Driessen. Join Pete in creating your very own mini-boat sculpture. You can add it to the base of the tower, or bring it home to enjoy your own version of a dry dock boat sculpture.
Form & Function

Form & Function

Artists at Franconia love working it metal. The structural properties is provides help anyone create unique forms, that often have functional purposes like providing a support structure. Try your hand at joining these two qualities with resident artist Asia Ward. At her station, you will bend aluminum into a functional cookie cutter. Make your next cookie exchange a truly exciting event! 
Spin Art

Spin Art

Franconia’s very own people-powered spin art sculpture machine will be on the great lawn. For a nominal fee, you can hop on the saddle to whirl you very own painting into creation. One for $3 or two for $5. 
Painted faces

Painted Faces with Franconia Artists

Join in the Franconia Fun and have one of our artists-in-residence add some pizazz to your day with creative face painting ideas. Fancy faces are one painting for $3 or two for $5.

Tour the NEW Artwork

Join a Franconia artist to learn about new work on exhibit and get a glimpse of the outdoor work area to see works-in-progress. Meet your tour guide near the information tent! Tours are free and begin between stage performances at approximately noon, 2pm and 4pm. Can’t make it to a guided-tour? Look for the sculptures with FLAGS to take a self guided tour of work created in 2015.
Brain stretching

Brain Stretching with St. Croix Falls Public Library

Engineering and math are a sculptors best friend. The two pair perfectly when making monumental sculptures. Stop by the St. Croix Falls Public Library station to try your hand at building something and empower your left-brain skills.
Brain stretching

River of Dreams with the National Parks Service

We love celebrating the rich natural heritage of the beautiful St. Croix River, our neighbors just down the hill at the National Park Service agree and they want you to stop on by their station to help add to their River of Dreams community art project. Decorate a fish to be displayed in the pattern of a river during Autumnfest in St. Croix Falls in October as a community watershed education mural.

Special Performances

Sculpture Forms to Body Forms

Start your morning off right with some fresh air and yoga in the park! Follow our resident acro artist throughout the park as she uses the sculpture to inspire a morning yoga routine. Any age or experience level is welcome. $10 donation to the instructor greatly appreciated

Street Smart Art

Street Smart Art

1pm - 5pm

Franconia alumni and Twin Cities professional graffiti artist Peyton will be updating his sculpture, Little Black Book. Just like a real black book used by graffiti artists, this giant sculpture sized book is always a work in progress. Peyton will be painting and updating new pages – stand by and watch this masterpiece come to life.
Doghouse sculpture

Every Dog Has His Day

11am - 6pm

Stop by The Doghouse sculpture to experience a performance by Franconia alumni artist Jeffrey Kalstrom. He imagines during his performance he will act the role of an artist obsessed with painting, drawing and sculpting dogs. Stop on by and join in the fun.
Getting the hang of it

Getting the Hang of It

4pm - 5pm

Putting a new handle on an ax head is called “hanging” it. Resident artist Paul Howe has built a twenty-two foot tall sculpture from which he has securely hung a log. Paul is turning the log entirely into wood chips with nothing but an ax. Part sculpture, part living performance, Getting the Hang of It is an homage to the feats of engineering and the hard labor that all useful and beautiful things require.
East Central Arts Council
This activity is funded, in part, through a grant from the East Central Regional Arts Council through an appropriation from the Minnesota State Legislature with money from the State's general fund.
This project also received funding from the St. Croix Valley Foundation and the Wisconsin Arts Board with funds from the State of Wisconsin. 
Take me to the river Franconia’s Art & Artist Celebration is an anchor event of Take Me to the River, a regional festival of festivals powered by ArtReach St. Croix. Take Me to the River is 2 week celebration of art and culture of the St. Croix River Valley from Hastings and Prescott to St. Croix Falls and Taylors Falls. From art fairs and festivals to open studios, live music and theatre, there’s a different beat at every bend in the river.

Thank you to the following businesses that generously supported this program through community sponsorships!

Anurag Art Foundry
Bayview Dental
The Copy Shop
Carlson Highland & Co., LLP
Eagle Valley Bank
Fireworks Forever
IKEA Twin Cities
Meehan Brothers
Peace Coffee
Pleasant Valley Orchard
Romayne’s on Main
Roach Golf Cars

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