Announcing our 2014 Event Schedule!

Things are never slow at Franconia.  This year, we’ve got the perfect event for every art-lover and we hope you’ll join us for at least one! Keep in mind that Franconia is open 365 days a year, 7 days a week, dawn ’til dusk, so in addition to this exciting line-up of events, we encourage you to come out and explore at your leisure! We have artists creating new work April through December and we always encourage visitors to ask artists “what are you working on?

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Clockwise from top-left: 2014 Open Studio Fellowship Artist Chris Manzione, PA, 2014 FSP/Jerome Fellowship Artist Torkwase Dyson, 2014 FSP/Jerome Fellowship Artist Eric Forman, and Visiting Artist Mitchell Syrop working on their sculptures.

Our Free Weekly Tours have begun, and are offered every Sunday at 2 pm. Join Franconia staff and artists for a 60-90 minute guided tour of the park’s grounds and exhibition. Tour includes a stop at the outdoor studio to visit with artists-in-residence and find out about the sculptures in progress. Meet your tour guide at the silver information booth in the main parking lot.

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Our first Kids Make Sculpture Workshop of the year was May 24th, but we’ve got space in our June 21, July 19, and August 23 workshops. Come be a part of the fun and hands-on creativity!  During each workshop, students spend the afternoon creating sculptures with the assistance of Franconia staff and resident artists.  Learn more about the program here.  We welcome all youth ages 4 to 18, limit of 30 students  per class.  Reservations are required – classes fill quickly!  $30/student, due at the time of registration.  Call 651-257-6668 or email info@franconia.org to sign up!

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Join us for our Franconia Artist Talks every 2nd and 4th Thursday of the month. Have you ever wondered, “how did they make that?!”  Here’s your chance to find out!  Two of Franconia’s artists-in-residence will present their artistic portfolio and current project, giving you the chance to discover the concepts and meaning behind the work.  Join us for a discussion and participate in an audience-driven conversation full of feedback, critique, and new ideas.  Presentations start promptly at 8pm and you are welcome for dinner with resident artists and staff at 6:30pm before presentations begin.  $10 donation for the hearty meal.  Please RSVP if you plan to come for dinner by calling 651-257-6668 or emailing info@franconia.org.

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Come out to Franconia for our Summer Solstice Celebration on June 21st, the longest day of the year! Enjoy dinner with Franconia’s artists-in-residence ($10 donation for the hearty homemade meal), tall-tales and s’mores around the bonfire, poetry readings, merriment and music DJ’d by DJ ESP aka Woody McBride. Call (651) 257-6668 or email info@franconia.org to RSVP.

Music @ Franconia begins on June 28 with a Blues & Soul concert featuring Kurt Jorgenson Band, Allison Scott, Lynn O’Brien, and Izzy Marcil. We’ll also be hosting Bluegrass & Folk, Global Rhythm, and Roots & Country concerts on July 12, August 16, and September 13.

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Join us for our Community Collaboration Hot Metal Pour on August 2. Artists from around the world converge at Franconia to create cast metal sculpture and we invite the public to participate in the unique art-making process!  Witness artists working a furnace that heats up to 2700 degrees F, as they pour 8,000 lbs. of red-hot molten iron throughout the day.  Savage Aural Hotbed, Minneapolis’s found-object percussion band, performs three pulsating sets throughout the day.  Bring the family and make a day of it!

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Want to make your cast iron sculpture? Make a mold during a workshop and have it cast during the Hot Metal Pour on August 2nd!  You’ll create a unique relief sculpture by carving your design into a mold that will then be cast in iron.  Workshops are open to all ages, led by Franconia staff and experienced metal casting artists.  To learn more about the process click here.  Fee for sand molds: $25/sm, $40/med, $75/lg.  For more information or to reserve your mold call 651-257-6668 or email info@franconia.org.

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Looking for an extraordinary theatre experience? Project Tempest fosters a creative and critically thoughtful environment for a diverse group of theatre artists, led by actor and director Harry Waters Jr., to create and present an adaptation of Shakespeare’s The Tempest in collaboration with Franconia Sculpture Park. Located well-beyond the walls of traditional theatre spaces in the Twin Cities, Franconia provides theatre artists with an open space in which to rethink and re-imagine how a canonical western text speaks to their artistic practice.

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Cromulent Shakespeare Company performs the Merry Wives of Windsor at Franconia, 2012.

Join us for our Art and Artists Celebration on September 20th, a day-long arts and cultural festival celebrating Franconia’s artists and new sculpture installations.  Art-making activities, performing artists, musicians, theater, poetry, and hip family fun!  Parking is $5 per car.  For more information call 651-257-6668 or email info@franconia.orgClick here to see complete event details. The 2014 Art & Artists Celebration takes place in conjunction with a valley-wide arts and culture event, Take Me to the River.  Make a weekend of it and take in the scenery and cultural activity of the scenic St. Croix River Valley.  Take Me to the River is brought to you by ArtReach St. Croix.

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Finally, join us as we celebrate a great year during our Pie and Wine Soiree on November 29. We are thankful for our friends and supporters and want to honor you!  We’ll supply a bonfire, hayride tours of the park, coffee, cider, and some world-famous turkey soup.  Bring a pie or a bottle of wine to share.  Call 651-257-6668 or email info@franconia.org to RSVP.

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All in all, it looks to be a brilliant year! We hope you’ll come visit us.

These activities are made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board, thanks to a legislative appropriation by the Minnesota State Legislature, by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the East Central Regional Arts Council thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund, and by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. Take Me to the River is brought to you by ArtReach St. Croix.

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