NOTE: Due to unforeseen circumstances, Site #23 Pamela Gubrud and Site #27 Deborah Moorse will be unable to exhibit this year during the Meander Art Crawl.

2018 Meander celebrates the “15th year of visiting Artisan Studios”

The 2018 Meander Art Crawl, now in its 15th year, begins on Friday, October 5 and runs through Sunday, October 7. During the weekend, 38 local and area artists will be displaying their creative work at 29 different locations in or near the communities of the Upper Minnesota River Valley and the surrounding prairie, from Granite Falls to the Big Stone Lake area, northwest of Ortonville.

Dale and Jo Pederson, featured on the cover of this year’s Meander brochure and poster, have been artists in all of Meander’s 15 years. Their own words demonstrate a strong collegial connection with the Meander artists as they tell us that the poster art was created “out of a passion for timber framing…and a joy in getting to know the artisans in the area and work with them for the past 15 years on the Meander Art Crawl”. They helped start the Meander and remain active in the vision and organization of one of Minnesota’s best annual events. Their good work on behalf of the area’s artists has proven to be an important factor in making the Meander into the successful and fun event that it has become.

Dale and Jo are willow rustic furniture and timber-frame artists, and their work presents a warm and welcoming image and reflects their passion for working with wood and being creative. Their cozy timber-frame studio is located just off U.S. Highway 212, between Granite Falls and Montevideo.

The popular, award-winning Meander is a free, self-guided tour of the artist’s studios and galleries and has become, for friends and relatives, a favorite annual tradition of visiting the art studios and galleries in the region’s small towns and family farms.

The Meander art studios and galleries will be open on Friday, October 5th from noon to 6 p.m., on Saturday, October 6th, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and on Sunday, October 7th from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

A free brochure detailing the locations of Meander art studios, galleries and events can be obtained by calling 1-866-866-5432 and can also be downloaded at: www.artsmeander.com. Additional information about the Meander can also be found on the Meander Facebook page at www.facebook.com/MeanderArtCrawl.

 

15th Annual Meander Art Crawl is soon here.  Check out the evening events!

The 15th annual Meander, the Upper Minnesota River Art Crawl, is just a couple of weeks away.

The fun weekend features the work of 38 local artists displayed at 29 different locations in or near the communities of the Upper Minnesota River Valley and the surrounding prairie, from Granite Falls to the Big Stone Lake area, northwest of Ortonville. The popular and award-winning Meander is a free, self-guided tour of the artists’ studios and galleries and has, for many folks, become an annual tradition of visiting the art studios and galleries in the region’s small towns and family farms.

The Meander art studios and galleries will be open on Friday, October 5th from noon to 6 p.m., on Saturday, October 6th, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and on Sunday, October 7th from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

A free brochure detailing the locations of Meander art studios, galleries and events can be obtained by calling 1-866-866-5432 and can also be downloaded at: www.artsmeander.com.

Two noteworthy performance events are featured during the annual Meander weekend:

Celebrating its 15th year, the Meander continues to be a significant cultural and economic event for the region, according to Kristi Fernholz of the Upper Minnesota Valley Regional Development Commission. Surveys indicate that visitors travel to the region from all corners of Minnesota, South Dakota and seven other states. Additional information about the Meander can also be found on the Meander Facebook page at www.facebook.com/MeanderArtCrawl.                                                               

 

15th annual Meander art crawl coming soon

The 2018 Meander Art Crawl will soon be here. The Meander, now in its 15th year, begins on Friday, October 5th and runs through Sunday, October 7th . Featuring 38 local artists displaying their work at 29 different locations in or near the communities of the Upper Minnesota River Valley and the surrounding prairie, from Granite Falls to the Big Stone Lake area, northwest of Ortonville.

The popular and award-winning Meander is a free, self-guided tour of the artist’s studios and galleries and has become, for friends and relatives, an annual tradition of visiting the art studios and galleries in the region’s small towns and family farms.

This year’s Meander poster and brochure features the work of long-time Meander artists and organizers Dale and Jo Pederson, of rural Granite Falls. Their native willow rustic furniture and timber-frame works present a welcoming image and reflect what they call their “passion for timber framing, a love for woodworking, a desire to be creative…and a joy in getting to know the artisans in the area and work with them…” Their fine work is featured at their timber-frame studio, located just off U.S. Highway 212 between Granite Falls and Montevideo.

As always, this Meander continues a tradition of evolving and exploring new ground, with new artists and new locations.

New to the Meander this year is artist Doug Peterson from Madison. Doug, a longtime high school art instructor, former state legislator and former Minnesota Farmer’s Union President will display his acrylic paintings of trout, salmon and western Minnesota landscapes at Java River Coffee Shop, in downtown Montevideo. 

Ortonville area artist Don Sherman, one of the original Meander artists, returns after a two-year hiatus with two and three-dimensional artwork that focuses on area and regional landscapes. He is displaying his work at the Bonanza Education Center at Big Stone Lake State Park. 

Some Meander artists will be found at new locations this year including Liz Rackl and Edie Barrett who will be displaying their mixed media art work and etched granite at The GuestHouse, located at the end of main street in Ortonville. Also, Rob Rakow will display his landscape photography at the Big Stone National Wildlife Refuge headquarters, near Odessa.

The fun weekend will begin with the Meander art studios and galleries open on Friday, October 5th from noon to 6 p.m. and will culminate with a performance by Ortonville area musicians Don and Lee Kanten at the Historic Town Hall at Watson from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.

On Saturday, October 6th, the Meander art studios and galleries will be open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday evening will feature a performance by Dawson area artist Lauren K. Carlson, titled “A Life on the Prairie: Poem, Story and Song from Lac qui Parle” at Memorial Auditorium, 601 9th Street in Dawson, Minn. The event is sponsored by the Dawson-Boyd Arts Association and tickets are available at the door for $15 for Adults and $5 for Students.  For more information, contact the box office: 320-312-2311 or www.dawsonboydarts.org

The Meander art studios and galleries will be open again on Sunday, October 7th from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The Meander continues to be a significant cultural and economic event for the region, according to Kristi Fernholz of the Upper Minnesota Valley Regional Development Commission. Surveys indicate that visitors travel to the region from throughout Minnesota, South Dakota and seven other states.

A free brochure detailing the locations of Meander art studios, galleries and events can be obtained by calling 1-866-866-5432. The brochure can also be downloaded at: www.artsmeander.com. More information can also be found on the Meander Facebook page at www.facebook.com/MeanderArtCrawl.