Minnesota Prairie Roots

Writing and photography by Audrey Kletscher Helbling

Meet 52 South Central Minnesota artists during weekend ArTour October 19, 2012

Faribault artist Julie Fakler’s paintings will be displayed in her JMF Studio at 1212 First Ave. N.W., Faribault, along with the textile art of Deb Johnson. Fakler specializes in animal portraits. Her cow painting graces promotional materials for this year’s South Central Minnesota Studio ArTour.

FIFTY-TWO ARTISTS. Twenty-four studios. And all showcased right here in the Faribault-Northfield-Cannon Falls area this weekend during the eighth annual South Central Minnesota Studio ArTour.

If you’ve never taken this studio tour, I’d encourage you to do so as a) You’ll meet a broad spectrum of talented local artists. b) You’ll view incredible art in wood, glass, photography, textiles, painting, ceramics, jewelry and more. c) It’s free, unless you purchase art, which, of course, you should consider doing. d) You’ll visit three charming communities.

I can’t attend this year’s tour. But I have in the past and here are the photos to prove it.

Just look at the talent we have, right here, in Greater Minnesota.

Meg Jensen Witt will showcase her ceramics at Lillart, 101 E. Fifth St., #209, Northfield, along with the paintings of Lilla Johnson. I photographed this example of Witt’s art in 2011.

At Holmquist Pottery, 11780 90th St. E., Northfield, you will find Lucky Rimpila’s glass art, like this photographed last year. Chris and Sue Holmquist will also display their ceramics and Marsha Kitchel will showcase her paintings.

Last year at Sunset Studio, 10754 Farrel Avenue, Northfield, I photographed the ceramics created by Tom Willis. You will find the work of six other artists at Sunset Studio.

During the 2010 ArTour, I visited Somers’ Studio & Gallery, 9775 Dennison Blvd. S., Northfield, where Fred Somers paints on his rural acreage.

In 2010 I photographed this wood block art created by Carla Thompson. This year she will exhibit her painting, along with Julie Free Heart, at Revisions, 101 E. Fifth St., #302, Northfield.

Animal paintings propped on the floor of Julie Fakler’s JMF Studio during the 2010 ArTour.

FYI: The South Central Minnesota Studio ArTour runs from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. on Saturday, October 20, and Sunday, October 21. Select studios will also be open from 4-8 p.m. today.

For details, including studio locations and participating artists, click here to reach the ArTour website.

I photographed this scene from the 2010 ArTour marking a Northfield studio.

Click here to read about my visit to Fred Somers’ gallery/studio during the 2010 tour.

Click here to see Faribault artist Julie Fakler’s studio, one of my stops on the 2010 tour.

© Copyright 2012 Audrey Kletscher Helbling
Cow image courtesy of Julie Fakler


12 Responses to “Meet 52 South Central Minnesota artists during weekend ArTour”

    • Audrey Kletscher Helbling Says:

      Yes, these studio art tours have become more common in recent years in Greater Minnesota and I think the whole thing is a GREAT idea.

      Maybe organizers could consider adding literary arts to the tour. That would be more of a getting to know the writer and viewing their work space more than anything. Not sure it would work, but I’d be willing to join the tour as a writer.

  1. cecilia Says:

    a wealth of art, i love that cow painting, haven’t we seen her work before Audrey? I have a feeling you showed us animal paintings from this artist before.. c

    • Audrey Kletscher Helbling Says:

      You have an excellent memory, Cecilia, because, yes, I’ve showcased Julie Fakler’s work here before and you said then how much you liked it.

      Here’s a link to the post you likely remember: https://mnprairieroots.wordpress.com/2012/03/20/animal-art/

      Also, Julie does commissioned animal portraits. You have plenty of animals that would make for beautiful paintings. I love the vibrant colors Julie uses in her art. She’s a delightful person, too, and my main connection down at the local art center, the Paradise Center for the Arts.

      • cecilia Says:

        maybe one day i shall get down that way and find her, it is striking work.. c

      • Audrey Kletscher Helbling Says:

        “Up” here, C. And, yes, we’d love to have you and John visit Minnesota, specifically Faribault. Here’s a link to Julie’s website: http://www.jmfstudio.us/

        I agree that her work is striking and if you’d ever like to connect with Julie, I’d be happy to connect the two of you.

  2. Sounds like a great time! Really glad to learn about this.

  3. Jackie Says:

    Looks like a very talented display of Art, Really like Mr. Somers painting, almost look like photos in the pictures here 🙂

    • Audrey Kletscher Helbling Says:

      Your would absolutely love Fred Somers’ paintings and studio, Jackie. And thank you for the compliment.

  4. Sartenada Says:

    It is wow to me. I would love to visit it. Great art.

    • Audrey Kletscher Helbling Says:

      Yes, we have so many talented artists in this region of southern Minnesota. I was out of town and had to miss the ArTour this year.

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