I love that the end of the Minneapolis art fair season no longer has three great festivals all on one weekend, making it so hard to choose if you can’t make it to all three. The Uptown Art Fair and Powderhorn Art Fair are both next weekend, the first weekend in August… with more than 75 years of history between them.
The Loring Park Art Festival now has its own weekend the week before… this weekend! And it has its own history. Designed by three women artists, for artists, the Loring Park Art Festival was launched in 2000 and has been listed as one of the top 100 fine art festivals in the nation since 2004.
We headed over Saturday morning before it got too hot… it was already bustling just shortly after opening. The Loring Park Art Fesitval features entertainment throughout the weekend, and artist booths surrounding the lake featuring ceramics, drawing, fiber, glass, jewelry, metal, mixed media, painting, paper, photography, printmaking, sculpture, and wood.
Stopping at Longshadow Woodworks is a must for us. Courtney and Aryn make beautiful, handcrafted, functional works of art for the kitchen and home from reclaimed wood. As they explain, “Each piece of wood is hand selected for its grain and character and is then laminated, planed, shaped, sanded, and finished. Since reclaimed hardwoods are used, each piece is unique.” And each piece is uniquely beautiful! Put Longshadow Woodworks on your list of places to stop… and say hi from Sharlene and John from the HomesMSP Team at RE/MAX Results! Courtney and Aryn will be back for the Powderhorn Art Fair next weekend if you miss them this weekend!
The idyllic setting of the Loring Park Art Festival circling the lake with the Minneapolis city skyline in the background can’t be beat. I also love that the Irene Hixon Whitney Bridge designed by Siah Armanjani connects Loring Park to the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden. That bridge is one of my favorite city spots to pause and take in all the surrounding wonders… including lush parks, humming traffic, magnificent churches, Walker Art Center, public art, city skyscrapers, and people out and about enjoying it all.
If you go to the festival, the best place to park is in the Parade parking lot next to the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden. Walk through the garden to the exquisite pedestrian bridge and cross over the traffic to Loring Park. Don’t miss reading the John Ashbery poem on the upper steel beams on both sides as you cross. It was specially commissioned for the bridge.
I love how it ends… “Here it is. Steel and air, a mottled presence, small panacea and lucky for us. And then it got very cool.”
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Sharlene Hensrud, RE/MAX Results – Minneapolis-St. Paul Arts Realtor