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  Grant County Art Crawl to spotlight local artists

The Grant County Art Crawl, Saturday and Sunday, September 21-22, is a unique opportunity to tour Grant County to discover, and experience, over 17 local artists at their galleries, studios, and other venues. There are also seven special events to take in.

The Art Crawl is sponsored by the Elbow Lake Chamber of Commerce and the Elbow Lake Arts Advisory Board. You can pick up a free Art Crawl booklet for a directory of artists, and events, maps to their locations, and sponsor information at Thorson Library in Elbow Lake, Grant County Herald, Mohagens Hardware, and Trumm Drug, the City Restaurant and Club 74, Ashby Hardware Store, JC’s Grocery in Ashby, AJ’s Gas and Grocery, and the Broken Paddle Bar and Grill in Herman, Chewy’s Coop Family Restaurant, and Main Street Galleria in Hoffman, or Andy’s Grocery in Wendell.

“For our first year, we are really tickled to have such good participation,” said Chamber Director Sue Kulbeik.

Here is a quick look at the artists participating in the Elbow Lake area: Maggie Fagre will be exhibiting her scenic, family and senior photography at Eagleview Winery, and along with Teresa Magnuson’s crafting in fabrics, and laser-cut woodworking.

A number of artists will be exhibiting in the Community Building in Elbow Lake including: painter Erika Frikken; printmaker Michael Weatherly; photographer Chris Olson; Crystal and Alyssa Alexander who specialize in digital art, bookmarks and hand-painted signs; and Kari House will exhibit her repurposed furniture and other items all in the Community Building in Elbow Lake

Sam Scales will be showing her NotesNBling jewelry at KR Digital, 15 Central Ave South Elbow Lake, along with pottery by Sean Scott, and hand blown glass by White Pine Studio.

Tara Bengston and Janice Cieniawski are teaming up to show their home decor with lots of vintage and seasonal charm. Their work will be exhibited at 18 First Ave. NW, Elbow Lake.

In the Herman area, Mee Lee will exhibit her textile art at her studio, 106 5th Street, Vernell Wagner will exhibit laser engraving and computerized routing next door, and Gay Ekberg, at Lawndale Farm, will show historical items related to Gordon Ekberg’s autobiography Between the Cattails and Bulrushes, read from the book and give tours.

In Hoffman, Janee Strunk, of Main Street Create, 113 Main Ave. Suite 1, will help you create a mini customized farmhouse sign, and the Main Street Galleria will be open showing the work of various artists.

There are also a number of events to take part in, starting Saturday morning with the Hoffman Lions Club Continental Breakfast, from 8:30 a.m. until 11:00 at the Hoffman Community Center.

The Prairie Wind Players community theatre will present the charming play, Outside Mullingar, September 19-22 at Roosevelt Hall in Barrett. Call 320-528-2343 to reserve tickets or for more information.

Eagleview Winery will feature wine sampling and tours on Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 21-22 from 10:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. Eagleview Winery is located on the north side of Pomme de Terre Lake at 15237, 300th Street, Ashby. Call 218-747-2261 for more information.

Hans House, in Elbow Lake, will be hosting a High Tea, Saturday from 2:00 p.m. until 3:00 p.m. Experience an authentic Downton Abby-style English High Tea, complete with crumpets, scones, cucumber sandwiches and more.

“We are seeing a lot of interest in the High Tea,” said Kulbeik.

The Ashby Brewing Company, downtown Ashby, is hosting a Flight of Beer and Tour, Saturday and Sunday from 2:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. Come and sample their custom-crafted beers and learn more about the “Ashby-Sagas” while touring the brewery. Call 888-635-0291 for more information.

While in Ashby, check out the Northstar Retreat’s 4th Annual Autumn Glory Quilt Show and Classes. Check out their website at for details.

The Grant County Humane Society, Highway #79 East, Elbow Lake, will feature their Pawtique with handcrafted items and a bake sale on Saturday from 10:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m.

“All of these events will really be a lot of fun,” said Kulbeik.

It is a full weekend of arts events, and fun. Pick up some early Christmas gifts or something for your home, all the while supporing Grant County artists.

The Grant County Art Crawl would like to acknowledge a grant from Thrivent Financial for funds to help make the event possible.

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