Written by Audrey Pickering || Photos provided
Just in time for autumn’s peak colors comes another vibrant display: Red Wing Arts’ 55th Annual Fall Festival. From October 9-10, art lovers, artists, and everyone in between will have the opportunity to enjoy a lineup of more than 100 talented artists, both local and national.
For instance, Preeti Kaur Rajpal, a Minneapolis-based poet and writer, is leading a chalk poetry activity in Central Park, and artist Chelsea Sagers, who won the Red Wing Hope Mural Project, will be completing her mural. Within the realm of murals, Peyton Scott Russel and his SPRAYFINGER graffiti art program will also be present at the festival.
The event will feature paintings, sculptures, jewelry, crafts, ceramics, textiles, photography, and much more, all of which will be on sale for a range of prices. Beyond the festival are family activities in the local parks, hiking in the scenic bluffs, and browsing at Red Wing’s unique shops. New this year, the festival will extend to the city’s Central Park to allow for even more food trucks, music, and astounding art experiences.
Local musicians are making an appearance, too, including Tony Cuchetti, Brent and Sheena, Matt Arthur and the Bratlanders, The Bored, and Ojibwe hip hop artist Thomas X. “We’re thrilled to be back to our pre-pandemic artist numbers,” said Emily Foos, Red Wing Arts Executive. “We have been intentional about representation and inclusion in this year’s Festival so it reflects all the diverse arts and culture in our community.”
This brilliant display of creativity and culture will provide something for everyone, with riverboat rides, guided tours, art walks, and “Tree Translations” with Annie Hejny, abstract visual artist and certified Forest Therapy Guide, and Gaylord Schanilec, a printer and silviculturist. Come out to see the sights, bring home some souvenirs, and support our local art community.
- Who: Red Wing Arts
- What: A juried art show with more than 100 fine artists and performers
- When: Saturday, Oct. 9, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 10, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
- Where: Downtown Red Wing and Central Park