Kicking It All Off

September 7

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.

Visitors enjoying Becky Streeter’s 3D paintings and mixed media at Art on the Kinni

Art on the Kinni 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.

School Daze gallery exhibition will feature work by Sue Cranston, Wendy Fernstrum and Jennifer Davenport

Be sure to stop by ArtReach St. Croix in Stillwater before 4pm to see “School Daze.” This gallery exhibition features work by three artists with St. Croix Valley roots whose work provide a certain nostalgia for childhood and youth. See mixed media “shrines” to school days past by Sue Cranston, portraits celebrating the innocence of youth by Jennifer Davenport and contemplative book arts by Wendy Fernstrum.


  • Art on the Kinni, Banks of the Kinnickinnic River in Downtown River Falls, WI, (Sept. 7, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.; free admission)
  • “School Daze” Gallery 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.)