Banfill-Locke Center for the Arts announces 18th Annual Art at Rice Creek

Celebrating the 18th year, Banfill-Locke Center for the Arts presents Art at Rice Creek Festival on Saturday, Sept. 9, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. This festival is a celebration of community and creativity, meant to be a festive day for those who love the arts. Taking place in the historic Banfill Tavern Building as well as in beautiful Manomin Park along Rice Creek where it flows into the Mississippi, this festival will feature something for everyone.

Just in time for sweater weather, Lauren Oland, of St. Paul, displayed her one-of-a-kind knit pieces Sept. 13 at the Art at the 2016 Rice Creek festival. (Sun Focus file staff photo by Sam Lenhart)

The social and entertainment area in the park will feature free entertainment during the day.

Schedule of special events:

• 10:30 a.m. – Lyric Arts – will perform improv theater,

• 11:45 a.m. -Betz / Weinberg Duo – will provide jazz music,

• 1 p.m. – Hoop Twin Cities – will do a hula hoop training and demo.

• 2:30 p.m. – Fridley City Band – The specialty group called the German Band has about 20 musicians and performs “old-time” German-style polkas, waltzes and marches.

Artists Booths will feature everything from fine art photography, watercolor paintings, and handcrafted jewelry. Artist Vendors participating in this year’s festival include: Paintings by Joyce (VanderWyst), Shawn Leer Photography, Things by Nicole (Collodoro), Works by Jeff Ambroz, Kaleidoscope Kitty Jewelry, Minnesota League of Poets, Mimi’s Fiber Art (Mary Ellen Kutz), Artists Laura Burlis, Laura Andrews, Domonique Venzant, My Nappy Time Jewelry (Michelle Stangl), June Anderson, Ian Nystrom, Clem and Elizabeth Nagel, David Hamer Noble Soap Gallery, and Xan Lawrence.

Inside the building, visitors will be invited to participate in an art scavenger hunt delving into the current exhibition texture/imperfection/life. This show will highlight work by Marjorie Fedyszyn, Mark Granlund, and Ellie Kingsbury.

Using a live model (presently napping inside a basket off camera), Anthony DeFoe puts pencil to paper and creates a realistic drawing of a hedgehog duringthe 2016 Art at Rice Creek. (File photo by Sue Austreng)

Visitors can help support the festival and Banfill-Locke Center for the Arts by purchasing a raffle ticket. The first prize is a handmade wall quilt featuring colorful garden flowers. Second prize is a 5 year membership to the Center, and third prize is a $50 gift certificate to the center. Tickets are available now at Banfill-Locke and will be available at the festival. The event will also feature a Blue Bathtub raffle for items like a $250 gift certificate to R.F. Moeller Jeweler, 2018 Saint Paul Saints tickets, Illusion Theater tickets, a hand crafted ceramic bowl, an autographed photo by former Twin and National Baseball Hall of Famer – Bert Blyleven and many more.

Free art making workshops in the park pavilion featuring felted balls/geodes, watercolor painting, poetry writing, a community art piece, and more will take place throughout the day of the festival.

Community businesses and organizations will also be present to share what they do for the community. Master Gardeners will be on hand to answer gardening and plant questions.

Festival food will be available by Little G’s Pizzeria, Fun Lemonade, Grandpa’s Ice Cream, and the Fridley Lions Club.

Parking is available in the north Manomin Park lot, in the surrounding neighborhood, and Redeemer Lutheran Church parking lot on Mississippi Street; a shuttle bus is provided from this lot. Fridley Community Officers will be on hand to help find a convenient spot. Another option is to ride the Mississippi River Trail to the park.

Special needs will be accommodated – call in advance.

Support for this festival comes from Anoka County, the City of Fridley, and by the voters of Minnesota through grants from the Minnesota State Arts Board and the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.

Banfill-Locke Center for the Arts is located at 6666 East River Road in Fridley.

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