If you want to buy some affordable artwork or see artists at work in their studios, now’s your chance.
The 14th annual North Artists’ Studio Crawl will take place Saturday, March 31, and Sunday, April 1, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. both days.
This year’s crawl features 42 artists displaying in 18 open local studios. Some will perform demonstrations. You’ll find a wide variety of paintings, wildlife art, pastels, pottery and garden art. Other pieces are stained and art glass, iron sculpture, weaving and jewelry.
The two-day event is a self-guided tour to studios located in Anoka, Andover, Ramsey, Coon Rapids, Blaine, Ham Lake, East Bethel and surrounding areas. Admission is free.
Pieces for purchase range anywhere from $10 and up, said Cherene Bebeau, public relations person for the crawl.
“It is a great example of the talent that the artists have in your own backyard,” Bebeau said. “It’s just a fun day, too.”
The event is being held a week earlier than usual because of an early Easter holiday, Bebeau said.
Seven student artists from Anoka-Ramsey Community College are also displaying their work in the crawl as part of a mentor program.
Glenn Allenspach will open his East Bethel studio to guests. He plans to demonstrate pottery making as well as exhibit his works. Allenspach has been making and selling his artwork since 1997.
He enjoys working in clay because of the endless ways of shaping it, he said.
“Seeing the finished results is the most fun part,” he said. “It’s always a little bit of a surprise when you open the kiln door (after the firing) and see what you’ve done.”
Andrew Robar, a wood artist, will be Allenspach’s guest artist in his studio. In addition to displaying his bowls and decorative items, he’ll demonstrate how he works on a lathe.
Allenspach is also hosting one of seven (to be determined) Anoka-Ramsey Community College artists at his studio.
Sponsors of this year’s crawl are the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council, the Anoka County Arts Alliance, Lyric Arts, Krista Artista Gallery, Chema Mala LLC and BW Portrait Art.
The studio crawl builds awareness of the visual arts in the northern suburbs. It provides a venue for artists to interact with the public, an opportunity to exhibit their work, and it gives community members a chance to view and purchase quality artwork by local artists.
The crawl is made possible, in part, by the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund as appropriated by the Minnesota Legislature with money from the vote of the people of Minnesota on Nov. 4, 2008.
For more information and a map of the studios visit www.nascrawl.org or call 763-389-4989.
Elyse Kaner is at email@example.com