Happy to share this invitation from the UMVRDC…
The 14th annual Upper Minnesota River Meander Arts Crawl will be held on September 29th, 30th, and October 1st, 2017. The Meander Art Crawl is a free, self-guided tour of 30 artist studios and just under 40 artists across the five counties. The weekend showcases local artists, small towns and their businesses, and even family farms throughout the region.
The 2017 cover artist is John George Larson who has a studio in Milan. His piece is called “Meander on the Prairie” and incorporates elements from the past meander covers – a great testament to the splendor and longevity of this event. One can see more of his work by visiting the Milan Village Art School during the Meander.
Studios will open Friday September 29th at noon and close at 6pm. That night, there will be a great Meander celebration throughout downtown Granite Falls in the Musical Chairs event. It will begin at 5:30 and go until 10pm. Tickets are available online. For more information contact the Granite Falls Chamber at 320-564-4039 or visit www.granitefallschamber.com.
Saturday, the studios will be open again from 9am until 6pm, giving one plenty of time to explore lots of studios! There will be two events Saturday evening too. The Wild Goose Cloggers will perform with the band, Chicken Sedan, at the Dawson Memorial Auditorium at 7:30. These wonderful dancers are fun for the whole family and tickets are only $15 for adults and $5 for students. For tickets and more information visit www.dawsonboydarts.org or call the box office at 320-312-2311.
Also on Saturday, Midwest Music Hall-of-Famers Don and Lee Kanten will play at the Historic Watson Town Hall. It is sure to be a night of dancing and rock and roll. Admission is free will donation at the door, which will help support Watson Town Hall restorations and future arts events. Visit www.cityofwatson.com or call 320-269-8543 for more information.
On Sunday, the final day, studios will open at 9am and close at 4pm.
The Meander has become not only an event for artists to sell the work, but a significant economic development event for the entire region. The surveys show that people travel from at least eight different states and not only purchase art, but spend money in the region on food, lodging, gas, and additional shopping. In 2016, attendees spent around $98,000 in area businesses on top of the $114,000 they spent on art.