As sweaters get thicker and coffees get warmer, many Minnesotans welcome the cooler temps and gorgeous foliage of fall. Continue to celebrate the incoming season with art, food, and more at the Edina Fall Into The Arts Festival (EFITAF) along the lakefront of Centennial Lakes Park on Sept. 7-8. In its 16th year, the festival returns with a variety of exhibitors, food vendors, and new and returning artists eager to showcase and sell their work.
What You’ll Find
As you walk the paved paths of the park and scour the selection of art, you’ll notice an impressively diverse range of media—from pottery and painting to jewelry, sculpture, and photography. This year, check out Jim Musil and Byron Addison Wells’ gorgeous paintings, photographer David Barthel’s limited-edition photos featuring the Lake Superior region and the American West, and artist Steven Showalter’s colorful, patterned pottery. Dancing Cat Arts, Parkway Pottery, and Bailey Builds—featured in Midwest Home‘s Jan/Feb 2018 issue—will also be showcasing their work.
What You’ll Love
But from the long list of talent, Josh Driver Photography stands out. Though only taking photography seriously since November 2017, we expect this Edina-based photographer to make a memorable impression with his stunning landscape, nature, and cityscape images. Driver’s photos will be available to purchase and admire at booth 314, where various sizes of bright and vibrant ChromaLuxe high-definition metal prints are sure to catch your eye.
These aluminum prints bring Driver’s work to life, with a printing process nothing short of intriguing: Using high temperatures and pressure, colored ink is directly infused into coated aluminum sheets—making the luminescent prints not only easy to clean, but easy to hang. His slate prints are another unique option, where the landscapes in his photos complement the look and feel of the 100 percent slate stone they’re printed on. Perfect for your home or office (and even better as a gift for the Minnesota landscape lovers in your life), we anticipate Driver’s offerings to make his first appearance at the EFITAF one for the books.
And though it’s only his first year taking on the art festival scene, Driver is already looking forward to the opportunities it’ll create for his young business. “I’m most excited about more of my photographs being chosen for someone’s wall,” Driver says. “I feel a mixture of joy, inspiration, and humility when someone wants my work for their home.”
(If you can’t make it to the EFITAF but still want the opportunity to meet Driver and see his prints in person, catch him at the Lakeville Art Festival on Sept. 21-22 or the Red Wing Arts Fall Festival on Oct. 12-13. Prints are also available to purchase on his website here).
What You’ll Eat
After you peruse Driver’s photography and the other 225-plus vendors, toss the latte and refuel with a snack from Cookie Dough Bliss, Simply Nuts & More, or Ruhland’s Strudel Haus, or sit down for a full meal from Rollin Nolen’s BBQ or Whole Foods. Find the full food vendor list here.
Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. @ Centennial Lakes Park, 7499 France Ave. S, Edina, edinafallintothearts.com