Banfill-Locke Center for the Arts presents its 18th annual Art at Rice Creek Festival Saturday, Sept. 9, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The festival is a celebration of community and creativity, a festive day for those who love the arts. Taking place in the historic Banfill Tavern building, as well as the adjacent Manomin Park along Rice Creek, the festival features something for everyone.
The social and entertainment area in the park will feature free entertainment during the day:
-10:30 a.m. – Lyric Arts will perform improv theater.
-11:45 a.m. – The Betz/Weinberg Duo will provide jazz music.
-1 p.m. – Hoop Twin Cities will do a hula hoop training and demo.
-2:30 p.m. – A Fridley City Band specialty group called the German Band has about 20 musicians who will perform “old-time” German-style polkas, waltzes and marches.
Artist booths will feature everything from fine art photography, watercolor paintings and handcrafted jewelry. Artist vendors participating in this year’s festival include Paintings by Joyce (VanderWyst), Shawn Leer Photography, Things by Nicole (Collodoro), Works by Jeff Ambroz, Kaleidoscope Kitty Jewelry, Minnesota League of Poets, Mimi’s Fiber Art (Mary Ellen Kutz), Artists Laura Burlis, Laura Andrews, Domonique Venzant, My Nappy Time Jewelry (Michelle Stangl), June Anderson, Ian Nystrom, Clem and Elizabeth Nagel, David Hamer Noble Soap Gallery and Xan Lawrence.
Inside the building, visitors will be invited to participate in an art scavenger hunt delving into the current exhibition, “texture/imperfection/life.” This show will highlight work by Marjorie Fedyszyn, Mark Granlund and Ellie Kingsbury.
Visitors can help support the festival and Banfill-Locke Center for the Arts by purchasing a raffle ticket. First prize is a handmade wall quilt featuring colorful garden flowers. 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.
Free art-making workshops in the park pavilion featuring felted balls/geodes, watercolor painting, poetry writing, a community art piece and more will take place throughout the day Sept. 9. Parking is available in the north Manomin Park lot, in the surrounding neighborhood and at the Redeemer Lutheran Church parking lot on Mississippi Street. A shuttle bus is provided from Redeemer Lutheran Church.
Banfill-Locke Center for the Arts is located at 6666 East River Road in Fridley. Art center hours are Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. There is no admission fee. Free parking is also available. For more information, visit www.banfill-locke.org, email [email protected] or call 763-574-1850.
Since 1979, Banfill-Locke Center for the Arts has been committed to being a wellspring for the north metro community by providing inspiration, enrichment, enjoyment, opportunities and education through the visual and literary arts. Through a public-private partnership with the Anoka County Parks Department, Banfill-Locke provide a thriving and active creative community in the historic Banfill Tavern and former Locke house.