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Ninety-seven artists and their creations will fill Red Wing’s downtown streets during next weekend’s 49th annual Fall Festival of the Arts hosted by the Red Wing Arts Association.

Everything from wearables to decorative and functional to whimsical pieces of art will line Bush and Third streets.

The festival is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday Oct. 11 and continues from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Sunday.

“We have a wonderful blend of returning artists and first-time exhibitors,” said Arlene Roth, Fall Festival coordinator and assistant director at Red Wing Arts Association. “What’s even more exciting is the variety and quality of the artwork. I’ve only seen the pictures the artists submitted, but I can imagine how great the art will be in reality.”

See paintings, three-dimensional art, clay, pottery, fiber, glass, jewelry, leather, photography, wood and more.

An addition to this year’s festival is the Artists’ Silent Auction. Many participating artists have donated a small piece of artwork that will be on display at the RWAA information booth.

“It allows visitors a quick overview of the art styles so they can be sure to check out those artists they like,” Roth explains. All proceeds from the auction will go toward next year’s 50th festival celebration.

Art of music

Musicians are set to entertain attendees with live performances every hour. Look for the stage at the corner of Bush and Third Streets.

“The musical groups are local favorites who enjoy sharing their talents with visitors to Red Wing,” said Dan Guida, RWAA executive director. “If that isn’t enough, visitors always have the beautiful fall colors, which should be at prime during the festival.”

Vendors will serves kettle corn, chocolate, corn dogs, baked potatoes, pulled pork sandwiches, gyros, wood fired pizza and much more.

The street area between the Sheldon Theatre and the public library is the designated main food court. The opposite end of the festival area on Bush Street by Highway 61 will feature snack items and food on a stick.

Roth attributes the festival’s success to the many volunteers who assist with setting up, manning booth, staffing the hospitality room and completing behind-the-scenes activities. Anyone interested in volunteering for the festival can contact RWAA at 651-388-7569. The two-day event is free and open to all.

A complete listing of artists can be found at including a link to a special new site that shows samples of each participating artists’ work.

Get a taste of Flyway

Brand new to this year’s Fall Festival of the Arts is the incorporation of Wisconsin’s popular Flyway Film Festival. Traditionally held in Pepin and Stockholm, Flyway has spread its wings to this side of the river.

Flyway Film board president John Anderes encourages festival-goers to check out their booth and take part in a collaborative Instagram project by capturing a photo or video documenting your Flyway at the Red Wing Fall Festival of the Arts experience. Photos or video clips can be posted to Instagram using the hashtag #FlywayRWFFA.

Flyway’s booth will have a monitor with a live feed of everyone’s posted images.

“It’s exciting to add technology to the Fall Festival of the Arts. We hope visitors and artists will enjoy the ‘live’ promotion of artwork and favorite booths,” Roth added.

The most creative and engaging photo or video will be selected at the end of the weekend. Two full passes for the seventh annual Flyway Film Festival Thursday Oct. 23 to Sunday Oct. 26 will be awarded.

“This is our first foray in a sense with a film festival in Red Wing, we are kind of taking a small step and will no doubt, if we have good reception which I think we will, expand the offering of the film festival, to maybe even two nights,” Anderes explained of future plans.

At 4:30 p.m. Saturday Oct. 11 a selection of short films will be shown at the St. James Hotel, followed by a 6 p.m. showing of “The Sea Wing Disaster: Tragedy on Lake Pepin” and a 7:30 p.m. viewing of “Meeting Charlie Parr.” The short films will be shown free of charge, the following two are $8 at the door.

“We kind of thought this could be the string of film festivals during a period of time,” he said. This year’s Flyway lineup includes showings in Pepin, Stockholm, Maiden Rock and now locally next weekend.

“Red Wing is a very rare community of its size that embraces the arts and works really hard to promote it,” he adds. “It’s a wonderful town.”

The local shorter program in conjunction with the Red Wing Art Association is made possible through funds by the Red Wing Area Fund, Vasque and a Duff Endowment.

For more information about the Flyway Film Festival, visit

If you go …

What: Fall Festival of the Arts

When: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday Oct. 11; 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Sunday Oct. 12

Where: Downtown Red Wing

Cost: Free

More info: or 651-388-7569

Stacy Bengs-Silverberg

Stacy Bengs has been a photojournalist at the Red Wing Republican Eagle since 2010. She holds a bachelors degree in journalism and art from the University of Minnesota.

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