Meander: Upper Minnesota River Art Crawl
September 30, October 1 & 2, 2016
Fall colors and the crisp October air set the stage for a memorable weekend in the Upper Minnesota River Valley. Wander your way down the valley from Ortonville to Granite Falls while visiting up to 44 individual artists and 33 studios. Famous for the diversity of its artists, you are sure to find some treasurers along the way as you immerse yourself in the area’s authentic culture, history, and, scenic vistas.
Conveniently located midway is the Milan Village Arts School. Our historic 102 year old rural schoolhouse will be open for registrations and will play host to 3 local artists:
- John George Larson: Wood-fired functional & sculptural ceramics made with southwest Minnesota clay.
- Pamela Gubrud: Hand knitted accessories inspired from Scandinavian and Northern European Designs.
- Patrice Geyen: Jewelry with Viking Knit & Sami work – ancient Scandinavian embellishments.
Also in Milan you will find artwork by:
- Kristi Link Fernholz: Fine art photographs of the native prairie.
- Celeste Suter: Handknit & handwoven items. Art yarn, nunofelt, hand-dyed scarves.
- Diane Trew: Fiber art with an emphasis on free-form weaving, texture & recycled
For more information about Meander, visit: artsmeander.com
Come visit us. We will have the coffee pot on!
Registrations for the 2017 classes start at 2:00 p.m. on Friday, September 30.
A Taste of Syttende Mai: Norwegian Constitution Day
Saturday, May 20, 2017, 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m
Milan is very proud of its Norwegian pioneer heritage and celebrates all things Norwegian
each year on the third Saturday in May. Once fondly referred to as Little Norway, Milan plays host to Norwegian music, dance, arts, crafts, and traditional foods including, lefse, flatbreads, krumkaaka, spritz, Norwegian meatballs, blod klub, Gjettost with cloudberry jam, and rommegrot.
The Kvitseid Church holds the very popular Kvitseid Smorgaas Tea from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
while vendors and entertainment can be found downtown. Visit the Milan Village Arts School
where you will have the opportunity to watch a silversmithing class in progress. At 2 p.m. it is time to catch the Uff-Da Parade on main street. Please go to the Milan website for full details: milanmn.com
The 2018 Spoon Gathering
Thursday, May 31, 2018: 10 a.m. till late into the evening
Friday, June 01, 2018: All day and late into the evening
Saturday June 02, 2018: All day and late into the evening
Individual $20 for Saturday only/ $20 for Friday & Saturday/ $30 whole event
Family $45 whole event (family includes a couple, or parents with children under 18)
Children under 18 are free
Milan Village Arts School & Burns Park, Milan, MN (view Milan Town Map)
Sharing the knowledge of carving spoons and related handcrafts, while creating an inclusive gathering for all.
The seed for a unique green woodworking event was planted a decade ago by artist and MVAS spoon carving instructor, Frank Foltz d.2009. Frank and the early organizers of the Spoon Gathering envisaged an annual gathering of artists, spoon carvers, and enthusiasts of the humble wooden spoon, an international symbol of family, meals, and friendship. What started as a small gathering of spoon carvers and enthusiasts in St. Paul has grown into a vibrant and entertaining weekend of carving, friendship, and food.
The Spoon Gathering today offers a family friendly weekend for those interested in wood spoon carving and traditional handcrafts. Demonstrations are varied and draw from related arts, skills, and knowledge. In past years, these have included, knife sharpening, wood bowl turning on a spring-pole lathe, birch bark weaving, blade forging and Norwegian knife making, dying wood with natural dyes, and of course spoon carving and related presentations.
Novices and absolute beginners are catered to and made to feel welcome. Throughout the weekend, a tent site is set up which allows beginners to access the hands on instruction of a number of talented spoon carvers.
Other highlights of the weekend include a spoon and related arts exhibition by the gathering attendees and a Saturday evening potluck party and get-together. Free camping facilities are available. The Spoon Gathering is a carving weekend, so bring your spoon blanks and carving tools or just come to watch and enjoy the weekend.
An Evening in the Vineyard: MVAS August Fundraiser
Saturday Evening, August 19, 2017
The Lac qui Parle Valley Vineyard plays host to the Milan Village Arts School’s annual fundraiser dinner “An Evening in the Vineyard.” Good food, wine, and cheer are the focal points of an al fresco meal held beneath tents overlooking the vineyard and picturesque Lac qui Parle River Valley. This event is gaining popularity every year. Please contact the school for more details.