September 5, 2013

Art…Intimate Style

September 16 and 17

The major art fairs that highlight the three weekends of Take Me to the River offer exciting, energetic art experiences. But sometimes a more intimate art opportunity is just around the corner and allows a person space for contemplation or chance to converse with the artist. September 16 or 17 could be a day to explore these more subtle events.

“e-qui-nox,” the gallery exhibition at ArtReach St. Croix in Stillwater, features the work of Barbara Reigel Bend, Michaela Mahady and Beth Dorsey. Combined, the artwork shows balance and symmetry (monoprints by Dorsey), a rebirth of materials and a connection to nature (fiber sculptures by Bend), and the seasonal cycle of nature (vestments by Mahady). The gallery, located in house dating from 1858, provides a welcoming venue to explore these inspired works of art.

Heading north along the river will provide a visual treat of fall colors and glimpses of river before reaching Abnet Farm Art Show & Sale.

Artists have been invited to Abnet Farm for decades to find inspiration in the beautiful, natural landscaping and lovingly restored early 20th Century barn. Established in 1960 by the late Richard Abnet, a premiere independent potter in the St. Croix Valley, the farm is now open to the public this one weekend each fall. Take the opportunity to meet and talk to this year’s invited artists: Edie Abnet, Julie Abnet, Nicholas Earl, Gloria Cantor and Pat Ward, Evonne Sunram,  Phil Wendt, Laura White, James Harvieux, Clara Abnet-Holden and Toni and Micky Ziton.

Continuing along Hwy. 95 to the village of Marine on St. Croix,  you will need to find a spot to park along the highway. The village will be teaming with thousands of visitors and a hundred artists for the Marine Art Fair, but a more intimate event is tucked upstairs from the General Store, the Mary Jo Van Dell Fall Studio Sale. This open studio will not only feature Van Dell’s distinctive oil paintings, but she has invited several talented artists to join her and sell their textiles, pottery and other creative works.  


  • Abnet Farm Art Show & Sale, 16885 Square Lake Trail, Stillwater (Sept. 16-17, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.; free admission)
  • “e-qui-nox” Gallery Exhibition at ArtReach St. Croix, 224 N. 4th St., Stillwater (On view through Sept. 30, Wed.-Fri., 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Sat., 12:00 to 4:00 p.m.; free admission)
  • Mary Jo Van Dell Fall Studio Sale, 101 Judd Street, Marine on St. Croix (Open Studio: Friday, Sept. 15, 12-8pm; Saturday, Sept. 16 and Sunday, Sept. 17, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.; free admission)



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