Kicking It All Off

September 8

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 8 with Art on the Kinni in River Falls.

Art on the Kinni, now in its 23rd year, is organized by the River Falls Community Arts Base and features work for sale from 70 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, artist demonstrations 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 SEASONS 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 experience and proudly represents more than 100 artists from around the country. Take the opportunity to visit the adjacent fiber art studio: Heartfelt Silks.

Be she to stop by ArtReach St. Croix in Stillwater before 4pm to see “A Story of the St. Croix: Patterns of Change.” This gallery exhibition featuring photographic montages that depict the past, present and future of the St. Croix River. Accompanying narrative and parody songs make this a fun multi-media experience.


  • Art on the Kinni, Banks of the Kinnickinnic River in Downtown River Falls, WI, (Sept. 8, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.; free admission)
  • “A Story of the St. Croix: Patterns of Change” Exhibition at ArtReach St. Croix, 224 N. 4th Street, Stillwater (On view August 30-October 6, Wednesdays-Fridays, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Saturdays, 12:00-4:00 p.m., free admission)
  • Seasons on St. Croix Gallery, 401 Second St., Hudson (Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., Saturday 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Thursday, 10am-8pm, Sunday, 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.)