18th Annual Art and Artists Celebration – September 20, 2014


This Special Day Offers a Mix of Activities Found Nowhere Else

Celebrate with Franconia! Franconia Sculpture Park hosts its 18th Annual Art and Artists Celebration on September 20th from 10 AM to 9 PM. Join us for 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!

The Art & Artists Celebration is the opening reception of new sculptures created by artists-in-residence in 2014, offering opportunities all day to satisfy your artistic curiosity and try your hand at art activities. There will be two iron-pouring activities: an iron pour performance by artist James Brenner and an iron pour for community members who would like to make their own cast sculptures. Artist Peyton and Crew will be graffiti painting all day. Families will enjoy a live amphibian program, a nature activity with the National Park Service staff, book appreciation with the St. Croix Public Library, and art-making activities. The event is FREE – parking is $5 per vehicle, and there is a nominal fee for some activities. Come early, stay late! 10 AM to 9 PM.

Visitors exploring the new sculpture installations at the 2013 Art & Artists Celebration

Franconia is the perfect destination on a beautiful fall day in the St. Croix River Valley. You will experience raw creativity writ large over Franconia’s 30-acre landscape. From iron castings poured on site, to monumental sculpture 30-feet tall, to multimedia installations—the combination of a relaxing atmosphere and dynamic art, not to mention unlimited photo ops, will make for a truly enjoyable day.

Visit the family activity tents for face painting, spin art, and more. Visit the PASPider, a giant invitation for kids to make art. Hit the dance floor for some rock, vintage swing, reggae, or Latin rhythms. Enjoy brats and beverages from Franconia’s own Lizard Lounge.

We are excited to announce that St. Croix Festival Theatre, the National Park Service, St. Croix Falls Public Library, ArtReach St. Croix, Public Art St. Paul, and the North Country Spinners and Weavers will be among those participating in this year’s event.

IRON POUR DETAILS: Make your own cast iron sculpture! The community mold-making workshop will run from 1:00-5:00 pm. Franconia staff will assist with the creation of your individually designed sculpture. Mold prices are $25 for a 6” mold, and $40 for an 8” mold. Mold sales will close at 3:30 pm. The furnace will fire up starting at 4:30 pm, and the live iron pour will begin approximately 6:30 pm.

Artist Jim Brenner’s exciting “North Star Performance Pour” will take place at 7:40 pm near the park’s outdoor studio area. Eight stars will light up the night with molten metal in celebration of the autumnal equinox. The stars represented will include the North Star and the seven brightest stars of The Big Dipper. A processional of torch carriers and star casters will simultaneously pour the stars and ignite a fire outlining the constellation.

Here’s the line-up of performers for the 2014 Art and Artists Celebration:

  • 12:00 – DJ ESP spinning tunes.
  • 1:00 – Scalded Hounds: Electric hillbilly punk folk metal.
  • 2:30 – Randy the Frog Guy: Randy Korb delivers a unique and highly-engaging live animal program to delight all ages.
  • 3:00 – Platypus: A young rock group from Minnesota, inspired by The Clash, Devo, Green Day, The Ramones, Jack White, The Who and Nirvana.
  • 3:45 – Festival Theatre: The St. Croix Valley’s own repertory theater will perform a sneak preview of their upcoming production of The Miser.
  • 4:00 – Café Accordian Orchestra: “Berets and Bongos” describes the Café Accordion experience. A loungy, eclectic mix, full of French flare, Latin heat and Bohemian attitude. The heart of the Café Accordion repertoire is the romantic, gypsy-influenced valse-musette. The group complements the musettes with swing, ballads, tangos, cha chas, rumbas, and cumbias to create a wonderfully varied show.
  • 6:15 – Pee Wee Dread & The Cole Brothers Reggae Band: New Orleans native PeeWee Dread combines reggae, roots, and dancehall music with hip hop for an original show.

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The schedule of family activities includes:

  • 11:00-6:00: Family art tent open for activities that will include face-painting, spin art, and a nature activity with the National Park Service.
  • 1:00-5:00: Mold-making workshop for community members to create their own sand mold to be filled with molten iron later in the day. Create your own cast iron sculpture! Franconia staff will assist with the mold-making. Mold prices are $25 for 6” mold, and $40 for an 8” mold. Mold sales will end by 3:30 pm.
  • 2:00, 4:00, and 6:00: Guided tours of the park exhibition.
  • 6:30: Iron pour for the community molds will begin. Furnace will be started about 4:30 pm.
  • 7:40: Artist Jim Brenner’s “North Star Performance Pour.”

The Art and Artists Celebration received funding through the St. Croix Valley Foundation and the Wisconsin Arts Board with funds from the State of Wisconsin. We are also grateful to the following generous sponsors for making this year’s festival possible: Baribeau Implement, WI; Carlson Highland & Co. LLP, WI; The Copy Shop, WI; Greatmats, WI; Parts City, WI; Peace Coffee, MN; Pleasant Valley Orchard, MN; Dr. Jeff Rivard, MN; Romayne’s on Main, MN; SignMinds, MN. Thank you!


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