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BY CHRISTY PRUST – PONY EXPRESS
Historic downtown Main Street will host Stillwater’s Fine Art Walk, Art on Main, this weekend. The event features four galleries and studios filled with local artists showing their work. The studios are open to the public to explore.
There is an artist reception at each of the four locations 5-9 p.m. Friday, Nov. 8. The Friday reception features one or more artists and includes refreshments. The main event is 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 9.
Costumers can visit each of the galleries for a change to win a Holiday gift Basket sponsored by Art on Main.
The event is in its fifth year and was founded by Main Street studio and gallery owners and managers. The most recent Art on Main event was in July and highlighted three Stillwater galleries. The free event has become popular among tourists and Stillwater locals.
“I went to the Art on Main event for the first time this summer, and it was so cool to see a whole new culture of artists I had never known about,” said Kayla Tobias a senior at Stillwater Area High School .
This weekend’s function showcases artists including Beki Borman (acrylic), James Harvieux (woodworking), Andrew VonBank (infrared photography) and Mel Judisco (mixed media).
“Last year I bought a lot of little art like things there,” SAHS senior Cailey Heroff said. “None of it was too expensive, and it was fun walking around and visiting all the shops.”
Sponsored by Stillwater and Oak Park Heights Convention and Visitors Bureau, the
purpose of the two-day weekend showcase is to explore the galleries and studios of Stillwater’s downtown, as well as enjoy and appreciate the growing art scene that goes unnoticed in Stillwater, according to the event’s Facebook page.
The four galleries featured are Tamarack Gallery at 112 S. Main Street, Stillwater Art Guild Gallery at 402 N. Main Street, Little Parrot Art Sanctuary at 116 Chestnut Street E. and Gallery 301 at 301 S. Main Street.
While Main Street is around a mile long, the featured studios are concentrated in one area with all showing different styles of unique art. Other downtown businesses will also run sales and specials this weekend in collaboration with the event.
For more information go to tinyurl.com/ArtOnMain.