Weekend art fairs return to the Twin Cities

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An estimated 300,000 visitors gathered at the Edina Art Fair on the weekend, and after a two-year pandemic break, the summer of the Art Fair back to Twin Cities has begun.

On Sunday, the 50th and the French commercial district was full of the sweet scent of kettle corn. Children in wagons and strollers enjoyed the colorful shaved ice as they rolled through a line of 300 vendor booths selling art and food in familiar scenes at 12 other art fairs around the metro.

“This is really one of the’summer kick-off’events for our region,” said Max Musicant, acting director of the 50th & France Business Association.

According to musicians, the theme of this year’s 55th Annual Fair was the Art of Community.

“Being with the community is more important than ever, and for the last two years people have been very hungry for it,” he said. “It’s very exciting to welcome not only artists from this region and from all over the country, but also visitors from the surrounding area and the state around the Edina Art Fair.”

Resuming the fair after a break means many new storefronts and restaurants that have emerged in the area over the last two years, including 100% plant-based restaurant Stalk & Spade, clothing store Altar’d State, and expanded Evereve. Meaning to introduce.

Edina Cinema Marquee read “We Are Back Summer 2022” after the historic theater was closed during the pandemic. It will soon be reopened with a new owner who has completely renovated the space.

“This is a great way to reintroduce people to 50th and France and showcase all the new great things here for the rest of the year,” said the musician.

In addition to the Kids Coloring Contest, this year’s fair featured a showcase of up-and-coming artists to celebrate and inspire up-and-coming Minnesota artists with diverse perspectives, backgrounds and ideas. ..

Artists include indigenous painter and sculptor Inkpa Mani, and jeweler Teeko Yang, who celebrates a community that supports credibility, femininity and diversity.

Samuel Fleming, 25, from Minneapolis, was one of three notable up-and-coming artists who received the Excellence Award from the Fair Art Jury. His surrealistic pen and ink works explore history and social justice.

On Sunday, Fleming was painting a jazz picture commissioned for a client in Chicago. So he attended the first art fair at the Wells Street Art Festival in 2016. He said his first time at the Edina Art Fair was his most successful art fair to date. He sold out quite a few prints and gained more followers on his up-and-coming Instagram.

“I can communicate with people in a unique way,” he said of his art. “It’s fun and I’m passionate about it.”

Artists with a bachelor’s degree in economics have a master’s degree in architecture from the University of Minnesota.

“It’s a bit more rigorous, that is, there’s math, but here you can be completely free and creative,” he said.

Richfield’s Jon Anderson, 59, said he has been at the Edina Art Fair for about 20 years as long as he works for Lund & Buyers in Edina. He said the grocery store parking lot was filled with food trucks over the weekend and his patrons abandoned the store for street food.

“Most people like to go out and stay with people,” he said, munching on corn dogs. “That’s good for Edina … lots of walks and meals.”

Next weekend, Art Fairs will be held at Roseville, Excelsior and White Bear Lake, and Shadow Falls Art Fair will be held at St. Paul.

The Stone Arch Bridge Art Fair will be held on June 18th and 19th, the Columbia Heights Community Art & Info Fair on June 23rd, and the Egan Art Festival on June 25th and 26th.

The Wine Meet Festival in Stillwater will be held on July 9th and 10th, followed by the Minnehaha Falls Art Fair on July 15th and 17th. On July 16th, Maple Grove will host the Arbor Lakes Art Fair.

The Rolling Park Art Festival will return on July 30th and 31st. The Uptown Art Fair and Powderhorn Park Art Fair will be held in the first week of August.

In September, the 4th St. Louis Park Art Fair will be held on the 10th. This is the same weekend as Edina’s Fall into the Arts Festival at Centennial Lakes Park.

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