September 8, 2015

Kicking It All Off

September 10

It is that time of year again! Take Me to the River, the festival of festivals celebrating art in the St. Croix Valley, kicks off on September 10 with Art on the Kinni in River Falls.

Art on the Kinni, now in its 21st year, is organized by the River Falls Community Arts Base and features artists demonstrations and work for sale from 65 juried artists from a variety of media including textiles, photography, woodworking, pottery, jewelry, painting and sculpture. The Budding Artists Bridge allows emerging artists to display (and sell) their work on a scale smaller than a booth. Live music on two stages, kids activities and local food vendors round out the festive atmosphere.

Options for lunch in River Falls abound or head over to Hudson for a bite at one of the many restaurants downtown.

After lunch, be sure to stop in at Season on St. Croix Gallery to see the eclectic mix of paintings, pottery, textiles, glass and more for sale. Owner Ruth Misenko believes visiting Seasons should be a wonderful art experiences and proudly represents more than 150 artists from around the country. Take the opportunity to visit the artist studios housed at the gallery: Christensen/Reiling Clay Studio and Heartfelt Silks.

Planning on sticking around Hudson to make an evening of it too? Catch the evening performance of the inspiring drama Lombardi at The Phipps Center for the Arts. The story follows a Look Magazine reporter to snowy Wisconsin during the 1965 season to learn how the legendary coach turned a team of losers into NFL champions.

Calling it a day a little earlier? Be sure to stop by the galleries at ArtReach St. Croix to see Land, Sky, Water, a gallery exhibition featuring paintings by Charlotte Schuld and pottery by Zac Spates.


  • Art on the Kinni, Banks of the Kinnickinnic River in Downtown River Falls, (Sept. 10, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.; free admission)
  • Land, Sky, Water Gallery Exhibition at ArtReach St. Croix, 224 N. 4th Street, Stillwater (On view August 25-October 1, Wednesdays-Fridays, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Saturdays, 12:00-4:00 p.m., free admission)
  • Lombardi at The Phipps Center for the Arts, 109 Locust St., Hudson (On stage Sept. 9-25, Friday and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m., Sundays at 2:30 p.m., tickets $24-26 for adults, discounted students and senior tickets available)
  • Seasons on St. Croix Gallery, 401 Second St., Hudson (Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Thursday, 10am-8pm, Sunday, 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.)