Family-friendly arts event July 7 at Tower View
Children's activities, tents filled with art and artists, readings and two summer exhibitions will complement the array of musical performances planned during the 2018 Summer Celebration of the Arts July 7 at the Anderson Center.
The annual event runs from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Tower View. Activities will take place on the lower lawn, in the artists' studios, in the historic barn performance space and in the gallery/education building.
In addition, visitors will have a chance to take a ride in a 1942 Jeep through the sculpture garden; see a vintage printing press operation at Red Dragonfly Press; and watch glassblower Gail Dahlberg at work in his studio, director Stephanie Rogers said.
One of the visiting July residents, printmaker Tom Virgin, will join permanent studio artists in holding open house.
About two dozen artists will display and sell a variety of original artwork including paintings, photographs, jewelry, ceramics, steel sculptures and more.
The event is family-friendly, Rogers stressed. Activities for children will be conducted by ArtReach and the Burnside Pluckies 4-H Club.
Anderson Center founder Robert Hedin, a poet, and local photographer Chap Achen will sell and autograph copies of their latest book, "This Place Called Home."
Two other writers ‑ poet David Steingass and novelist Sheila O'Connor ‑ will offer readings.
The summer celebration also serves as the opening event for two new exhibitions that will remain on display until Aug. 24.
• "Bodies in Motion" features work by Holly Grimsrud Mujica, a Zumbrota native who works in paint, pen and ink; and Christopher Selleck, a photographer. Located in the Main Gallery, this two-person exhibit focuses on athletes as inspiration. The show is curated by Rogers.
Mujica portrays all the different facets surrounding athletes, Rogers said. "Mujica goes beyond the game-winning shots often displayed to show the expression on a runner's face mid-race, explore psychologically loaded space of the locker room, and examine post-event fatigue."
Selleck uses both models and himself to explore multiple facets of sport in our society, touching on masculinity, sexuality and male body image. "Selleck's work points to ways in which athletes (and the idea of athletes) touch almost every aspect of our society," Rogers added.
• "Summer Print Showcase," which can be seen in the hallway gallery of the education building, is a group exhibition of photographic and printmaking works.
Participating artists are David Husom of Bay City, John Koch of Spring Valley, Wis., Adam Turman of Golden Valley, Minn., and Minneapolis artists Edie Overturf, Dillon Rapp, Nicole Simpkins and Keith Taylor.
Some of the artists will be on hand, Rogers said.
New to the event this year will be two food trucks. Noris Cuisine specializes in Venezuelan foods, and That Food Truck serves American favorites including chicken and hamburgers.
Admission to the art celebration is $5, free to members and anyone under 18. For more information, call the Anderson Center at 651-388-2009.
If you go …
What: Summer Celebration of the Arts
Who: Artists, musicians, writers
When: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. July 7
Where: Anderson Center at Tower View
How much: $5, free to under 18 and members
More info: 651-388-2009