We know the last year has had varied impact on artists. Many of you are taking a deep dive into your artistic practice, while others struggle to create anything. We all have had our own ways of coping with the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic and we extend our hearts out to you. No matter what you have or have not accomplished in the last year, we want to invite you to participate in the 2021 Art deTour. Art deTour planning is well underway and applications are being accepted until Mar 1, 2021. Now is the time to get those applications sent in to this fantastic studio tour in the Alexandria, MN area. If you prefer to share a space with someone rather than open your studio to the public, many locations will have space to accommodate additional artists. We encourage every artist in West Central MN to apply. Several other artist events have managed to take place over the last year safely despite the circumstances and limitations the pandemic has presented; we are confident that we can host this event safely as well. There will be sanitation stations at every location and masks will be required. Please use your own judgement with your comfort level, but know that we are planning with shoppers and artists’ safety as a top priority! The artist application can be found at https://alexart.org/art-detour-2021/
Art has a unique way of bringing people together. We look forward to chatting about our art with fellow artists, neighbors, and visitors from near and far during this event. It is a unique opportunity to ask artists questions and see their studio spaces. Each year we try to make it a little bit better so if you have ideas please share them with the board. This year we will have exciting extra events taking place throughout the weekend including pottery wheel throwing demos, kiln opening, and fun kids’ printmaking class! More to be announced as plans are finalized! You don’t want to miss out so put June 18-20 on your calendar and keep an eye out for more details in March!