Crawl gets art lovers inside artists’ studios

The North Artists Studio Crawl takes place 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. April 5-6, marking the 16th consecutive year that artists from the north suburban area have collaborated to open their studios to the public for a free self-guided tour.

Jan Oxendale’s painting “Golden Wheat” is part of the 16th annual North Artists Studio Crawl, April 5-6.

Jan Oxendale’s painting “Golden Wheat” is part of the 16th annual North Artists Studio Crawl, April 5-6. Image submitted

Art lovers of all ages are invited to explore a variety of artwork in all media, including paintings, wildlife art, pastels, pottery, garden art, stained and art glass, iron sculpture, weaving, jewelry and more.

The studio crawl offers the opportunity to visit and see working studios from some of the area’s most accomplished artists.

Admission to the studio crawl is free; some studios have light refreshments, and artwork is for sale.

The 16 open studios are located in the north suburban communities of Anoka, Andover, Ramsey, Coon Rapids, Blaine, Ham Lake, East Bethel and surrounding areas.

This year 35 working artists and approximately 10 Anoka-Ramsey Community College art students will be participating.

Signs will be posted to direct participants along the crawl. Also, a printable map can be downloaded from nascrawl.org. Artists’ contact information and samples of their work is also available on the website.

The Metropolitan Regional Arts Council, Lyric Arts, Krista Artista Gallery, Chema Mala LLC and Artists del Norte sponsor this year’s crawl.

The studio crawl helps build awareness of the visual arts in the northern suburbs, provides a venue for artists to interact with the public and each other and exhibit their work, and gives art lovers an opportunity to view and purchase high-quality art created by local artists.

Sue Austreng is at
sue.austreng@ecm-inc.com

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