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This Special Day Offers a Mix of Activities Found Nowhere Else

Come celebrate with Franconia Sculpture Park’s artists, staff, and its thriving community, as Franconia hosts its 19th Annual Art and Artists Celebration on September 12th, from 10 AM to 8 PM. This event serves as the gala opening reception for the new sculptures created in 2015, offering opportunities all day to satisfy your artistic curiosity and try your hand at art activities. Artist Peyton and crew will be graffiti painting all day. Families can enjoy a nature activity with National Park Service staff, and art-making activities. The event is FREE – parking is $5 per vehicle, and there is a nominal fee for some activities.

The hard work of Franconia’s 2015 fellowship artists pays off when festival time rolls around, as it serves as the official opening reception for all the new sculptures created this year. Here you will experience raw creativity writ large over Franconia’s 43-acre landscape. From iron castings poured on site with the public looking on, to monumental works 30’ tall, to multi-media installation—the combination of a relaxing atmosphere and dynamic art, not to mention unlimited photo ops, makes for a truly enjoyable day.

From morning art projects until the last bonfire in the evening, Franconia’s creative energy will keep you buzzing. Visit the family activity tents for face painting, spin art, and more. Visit the PASPider, a giant invitation for kids to make art. Hit the dance floor for some rock, Cajun swing, or funk and soul.

Come early, stay late! 10 AM to 8 PM. The 19th Annual Franconia Art and Artists Celebration is the perfect destination on a beautiful fall day in the St. Croix River Valley.

Here is the line-up of performers for the 2015 Art and Artists Celebration:

  • 1:00The Eclectic Ensemble: Listen to an instrumental style influenced by Jazz free-form improvisation, Asian harmonic structure, African, Middle Eastern, and Indonesian interlocking rhythms, and ambient texture schemes. Bass guitar, electric guitar, violin, custom dulcimer, programmed synthesizer, various bells/chimes, hand drums, and field recordings (market places, parties, ocean surf, etc.) are the most common instruments in The Eclectic Ensemble.
  • 2:00Platypus: Platypus is a youth rock group from Minnesota. They perform rock-n-roll covers as well as original music written by the band. Their music is Inspired by The Clash, Devo, Green Day, The Ramones, Jack White, The Who and Nirvana.
  • 4:00Festival Theatre: The St. Croix Valley’s own repertory theater will perform an excerpt from one of their current productions.
  • 5:00The New Riverside Ramblers: The New Riverside Ramblers band brings high-energy Cajun dance music from the prairies and bayous of south Louisiana up the Mississippi River to the Minneapolis – St. Paul, Minnesota area. The band’s compelling version of Cajun French music blends many influences from different south Louisiana communities, and includes two-steps, waltzes and blues.
  • 7:00The Droppers: The Droppers are an organ, guitar, bass, and drum based band in the style of the Meters. These guys have played together in various projects over the last 25 years. “. . . we decided it’s less about who played with what band and more about the fact that these musicians can jam together in an entirely new way. Check out the new soul/groove stylings of seasoned musicians”. —Secrets of the City

Other activities for the day include:

  • 12:00, 2:00, and 4:00 pm: Guided tours. Join a Franconia artist to learn about our sculpture exhibition, the residency program, and the process involved in making sculpture. Resident artist, Becca Cerra will be leading Movement Dance tours at noon and 2pm. These specialized tours are perfect for anyone who needs to stretch their legs while learning all about the connections between dance and visual art. Intern artist, John McMenamin will lead a walking tour focused on new work at 4pm.
  • 11 am – 6 pm: Spin Art and Face Painting. Join in the Franconia Fun and have one our artists-in-residence add some pizzazz to your day with creative face painting ideas. Or hop on our people-powered spin art machine to whirl a rainbow colored masterpiece into existence. Both activities require a nominal fee (1 for $3 or 2 for $5).
  • 11 am – 6 pm: Family art-making activities

This year’s food vendors will include Asase Ya (Afro-Carribean), Red Food Shack (burgers, hotdogs), and Franconia’s own Lizard Lounge with beverages. 

Franconia Sculpture Park is accessible to all, with gravel and mowed grass paths throughout the park. Golf carts are available for those who require assistance.

The 19th Annual Art & Artists Celebration is funded, in part, through a grant from the East Central Regional Arts Council through an appropriation from the Minnesota State Legislature with money from the State’s general fund. This project also received funding from the St. Croix Valley Foundation and the Wisconsin Arts Board with funds from the State of Wisconsin.

Franconia is also grateful to the following generous sponsors for making this year’s festival possible: Anurag Art Casting, MN; Carlson Highland & Co. LLP, WI; The Copy Shop, WI; Eagle Valley Bank, WI; Fireworks Forever, WI; Greatmats, WI; Meehan Brothers Nursery, MN; Pleasant Valley Orchard, MN; Bayview Dental, MN; Roach Golf Cars, MN; Romayne’s on Main, MN; Wild Mountain, MN. Thank you!