LANESBORO, Minn. (FOX 47) — Lanesboro is known for its love of the arts. Continuing in that tradition, the town introduced a new ‘Spring Into Art Festival.’
They hope the successful week of art will stick around for years to come. Saturday’s adventures centered around the ‘Downtown Art Making Crawl.’
“It’s like very meditative, sort of getting to that sort of space, where you’re just in the flow, flow state,” said Artist, Erik Pearson.
The art crawl took place Saturday afternoon from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., with plenty of art activities for the whole family.
“We’ve got eight locations where adults and children can go and make different kinds of art. We have a professional artist stationed at each location,” said Robbie Brokken, Lanesboro Arts Gallery Director.
Each artist involved set up shop at different stores around downtown Lanesboro, willing and eager to help participants create their own masterpiece.
“I love creating things with people, so I was so excited to participate. It’s been really fun, I’ve had a lot of really good conversations and made some really cool things today with different people,” explained Artist Samie Johnson.
“Each station in today’s art crawl is making something different. So we’re having sketching here, we have a collage station, we have a painting station. Just each station has a different medium,” continued Brokken.
The event was established to make art accessible to area residents, while bringing more awareness to Lanesboro businesses through the arts.
“Your hands are moving, your mouth is talking and you’re just getting to know someone and it feels good,” said Johnson.
“I just kind of get into the flow and the movement sort of kind of does what it wants,” explained Pearson.
The entire art crawl is free to the public, thanks to a grant, and participants can keep all items they created.
Johnson: “Creativity is ageless and everyone enjoys making things and it’s great to do it together.”
The night wraps up at 9 p.m. with a ‘Canvas Clash,’ where all eight artists from the art crawl get together to face off in a 20-minute timed, multi-round, painting contest.