Back for the 15th year, Banfill-Locke Center for the Arts presents Art at Rice Creek from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 8.
This festival is a coming together of artists in the community and those who love the arts.
Taking place in the historic Banfill Tavern Building as well as in Manomin Park along Rice Creek where it flows into the Mississippi, the festival features something for everyone.
Free entertainment takes the pavilion stage in the park all day long:
• Kicking off the festival at 10 a.m. will be LadyJ Griot & Her Root Doctors, with KFAI host Jacquie Maddix sharing a lively mix of blues, blues history and black history through storytelling and live music.
• At 11 a.m. the CAAM Chinese Dance Theater takes the stage. With dancing statues, blooming flowers and children welcoming the New Year, CAAM Chinese Dance Theater celebrates the Chinese cultural heritage through the universal language of dance.
Performers will share dances from several of China’s 56 ethnic groups, as well as dances derived from the golden age of Chinese poetry and the rituals of daily life.
The dance theater is a community-based organization under the artistic direction of world-renowned choreographer and teacher Lili Teng and is a division of the Chinese American Association of Minnesota, the oldest and largest Chinese American community organization in Minnesota.
• Lyric Arts Main Street Stage will perform an original piece of theater titled “I Am, We Are” at 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m.
This piece is entirely new – created by a small group of volunteer Lyric Arts actors and artists and shaped from words written by Anoka community members who were asked to share ideas about themselves – as individuals and as a community.
Inspired by the production of “The Laramie Project” at Lyric Arts this fall, education director and project leader Cassandra Proball wanted to provide an opportunity for Lyric Arts artists to participate in the creation of a similar kind of “documentary theater” – devised together as a group and based in real life experience.
• At 12:30 p.m., two local authors – Andy Sturdevant and William D. Waltz – will take the stage. Sturdevant will be sharing writings from his forthcoming collection “Potluck Supper with Meeting to Follow,” which will be published by Coffee House Press this October.
Waltz will read from his recent poetry collection “Zoo Music,” which won Slope Editions’ First Book Prize. He’ll also read “Adventures in the Lost Interiors of America,” which won the Cleveland State University Poetry Center Open Competition.
• We are thrilled to host the Prairie Fire Lady Choir which will perform at 2 p.m.
This group of more than 40 women will be performing new songs written and arranged by members of the choir, as well as original arrangements of popular songs such as “Freedom” by George Michael, “Madeleine Mary” by Bonnie Prince Billy and “Can’t Hardly Wait” by the Replacements.
• Bringing the festival to a close will be the Fridley City Band, taking the stage at 3 p.m. The entire band will be performing at this festival.
Booths presented during Art and Rice Creek will feature everything from fine art photography, to handmade wall tapestries, watercolor paintings and beaded jewelry.
Participating artists include Michael and Wendy Egan, SilkAddict, Leitworks Art, TeenyWeeny Cottages, Jes Lee Studios, Dad and Kiddo Pottery, Artists del Norte, Joyce Vander Wyst Art, do dangle designs, Prairie Crafters, Body Bliss, Baroness Color, PeggyJeanDesigns, Shawn Leer Photography: Prairies Images, Diyosa Júlz, Mitten and Chicken Art and Angelica Romero Tapestries.
Inside the building, visitors are invited to participate in an art scavenger hunt delving into the current exhibition JKM: Josie Winship+Krista Kelley Walsh+Mary Esch.
These three artists share their own inspiring individual work, as well as a selection of collages created together.
Visitors can help support the festival and Banfill-Locke Center for the Arts by purchasing a raffle ticket. The first prize is a handmade wall quilt featuring a nature scene of Rice Creek. Second prize is a five-year membership to the center and third prize is a $50 gift certificate to the center. Tickets are available now at Banfill-Locke and will be available at the festival.
Demos and workshops in drawing, portrait painting, printmaking, and face painting will take place throughout the day of the festival.
Community businesses and organizations will also be present during the event and food will be provided, including a special Art at Rice Creek ice cream flavor created by Grandpa’s Ice Cream of Fridley.
Parking is available in the Manomin Park lot and in the surrounding neighborhood.
Support for this festival comes from Anoka County, the city of Fridley and by the voters of Minnesota through grants from the Minnesota State Arts Board and the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.
Banfill-Locke Center for the Arts is located at 6666 East River Road, Fridley.
Sue Austreng is at [email protected]