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Granite Falls Advocate Tribune - Granite Falls, MN
  • 6th annual GAAC Art Extravaganza premieres on Sunday

  • 2014 marks the 6th year of the spring art show that features artists from all across southwestern Minnesota region.
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    The Granite Area Arts Council  (GAAC) is teaming up with the Clean Up the River Environment’s River History Weekend to bring the 6th year of celebrating artists in the river valley with its Granite Area Art Extravaganza to be held at the Prairie’s Edge Casino on Sunday May 4 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
    It has been said that you can tell the health of a community by looking at the quality and vibrancy of the fine arts available in both the schools and local area.  By all accounts, the area surrounding Granite Falls is not only thriving but growing.  
    2014 marks the 6th year of the spring art show that features artists from all across southwestern Minnesota region.  The show begins at 10am and goes until 4pm and will feature both artists selling their work as well as some demonstrating methods used to achieve their unique style of work.
    The collaboration with Clean Up the River Environment (CURE) was seen as a way to provide something additional for people coming to the area for the 22nd annual River History Weekend.  CURE with funding from The Kresge Foundation have sponsored the May exhibit and opening on Thursday, May 1st in the K.K. Berge Gallery.  Estar in el Prairie is a black and white photo essay that brings to life portraits of Western Minnesota’s Emerging Latino Community.  
    Art show enthusiasts will delight in the return of regional favorites such as silversmith Jean Menden, landscape photographer Gene Stukel, sculpture artist Art Norby as well as carvers Dorian Grove and Curt’s Decoys & Riverbank Folk Art.  New this year are painter Donna Jean Carver from Willmar, SM Agates from Renville, The Glass Boutique from Redwood Falls and carver Joseph Hauger from Granite Falls.  This is just a sampling of the expected artists so if you are looking for a special Mother’s Day or Father’s Day gift or perhaps that unique birthday gift for someone special this is the perfect opportunity to find what you are looking for.
    This event is free and open to the public and is made possible in part by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from Southwest Minnesota Arts Council, thanks to a legislative appropriation form the arts and cultural heritage fund.
    For more information please visit our website at www.graniteareaarts.org, email us at GraniteAreaArts@gmail.com or call at 320-564-4240

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