Explore the work of 39 local artists at the 22nd annual North Artists Studio Crawl, which will take place 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. April 6 and 7 at 16 studios across Anoka County.

The free, self-guided tour takes people to the artists’ studios in Andover, Anoka, Blaine, Coon Rapids, East Bethel, Ham Lake, Ramsey and surrounding areas. A few artists from across the Twin Cities will also showcase their work at the studios as local artists host them.

A few new artists will be featured this year including painters Deborah Kirkeeide and MaryLeah Marshall, author June Gossler Anderson, sculptor Leo Tushaus, hand-blown glass artist Isaac Theobald and weaver Deborah Peterson.

“Our guest artists change annually, so there is always something new and different to see,” said volunteer Cherene Bebeau, of Princeton. “With the variety of art and artists there is sure to be something for everyone!”

Each of the artists is skilled in a different medium, so the event will highlight a diverse collection of artwork from paintings to pottery and from hand-woven rugs to iron sculpture.

“It’s a great place for people to come, learn, ask questions and see what artists are doing in the community,” said volunteer Glenn Allenspach, East Bethel.

Some of the artwork will be for sale. Light refreshments will also be provided at some of the studios.

Bebeau said the North Artists Studio Crawl helps build awareness for the arts in the northern suburbs.

“The North Artists Studio Crawl helps help connect the artist with the community, which makes it a great tool for networking, art education and it gives people in the community an opportunity to see the beautiful artwork created by local artists within the community,” Bebeau said. “It’s just a great, fun event that people absolutely love every year.”

To learn more about the featured artists and the event or to download an event map, visit nascrawl.org.


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