Current & Upcoming Events

First Thursdays in the Arts District

Thursday, June 01, 2017

First Thursdays in the Arts District photo

Join us for a night in the private studios of our working artists June 1, 2017 from 5:00-9:00 p.m.*

Meet with painters, sculptures, photographers, jewelers, wearable fiber and textile artists, glass blowers, furniture makers, pottery/ceramic artists and more. First Thursday in the Arts District provides an excellent opportunity for conversation with the artists, a chance to find something special for your home or office or to find unique gifts for the ones you love.

We will be kicking off the summer with root beer floats. Meet us at the Main Entrance and pick up your complimentary root beer float.

Featured Artist

Brenda Griffin-Wagner

Brenda Griffin-Wagner

Brenda Griffin-Wagner has been creating functional lighted sculptures and paintings since 1994. Her studio, Canopy, was born from a love for nature and spending as many hours as possible hiking in the woods along the North Shore of Lake Superior.

Born and raised in the Twin Cities, growing up Brenda was the quintessential tomboy, preferring the company of a tree or the discovery of an exceptional rock to indoor activities. The world of nature was a refuge and a comfort to her. Brenda has clear memories of lying on the ground, face buried in the grass, closely examining the pattern revealed in an individual blade to that of the entire lawn. Today, it is still important for her to spend plenty of time outdoors and not at all unusual to find her with her nose inches from a tree scrutinizing its bark or lying flat on my back, gazing at the sky through a pattern of interlaced branches. While digging in her garden, swimming in the St. Croix river or hiking on the North Shore, Brenda remains comforted by the infinite variety and resonance of pattern found in the natural world.