The 11th annual Winona Art Walk (formerly Christmas Art Walk) will be held 9am – 5pm, Saturday, November 19. For the second year the Art Walk is the Saturday before Thanksgiving. Here’s a chance to support the local economy and over 30 regional artists who make glass, jewelry, paintings, ceramics, carvings, wood, textiles, photography, baskets, Christmas ornaments and more.
Maryann and Rick Frietsche’s Coconut Gal Designs, in the Winona Mall, will join the Art Walk again this year. Maryann uses semiprecious gemstones, shell, bone, horn, freshwater pearls and sterling silver in her original jewelry designs. You can also see some of her work at the Acoustic Café.
The Minnesota Marine Art Museum, 800 Riverview Dr., will again be a part of the Art Walk. Visitors can enjoy four exhibits. The museum will do a program with Leo (“Lyon”) Smith IV on that day (November 19th) from 1-3pm. Again, he will have a table set up and will be available to informally talk about his latest sculpture, a Claude Monet, and will be available to take reservations for reproductions. In the gift shop you will find reproductions by folk artists Leo and Marilyn Smith, and Touchstone glass paperweights by local artists, Cathy and Colin Richardson.
Yarnology, 79 W. 3rd St., is the new yarn shop downtown. Owners Gaby Peterson and Kelly Momsen will feature gorgeous yarns from around the world, classes for beginners and improvers, and a welcoming place to sit and create!
Magnolias gift shop, 177 Lafayette St., is a ‘must see’ now representing 15 area artists. In addition to baskets and quilted runners, quilted wall hangings, handmade soaps, colorful aprons, local photography, ceramics, hobo bags and felted wool purses, Magnolias also carries Christmas ornaments, Polish pottery, Winona mittens, & metal décor.
Visit the Daniel Grimslid Studio, 159 E. 2nd St. to see Dan’s figurative lithographs and drawings as well as his printing equipment and his lovely garden in the back.
Julia Crozier’s Blue Heron Gallery and Studio, 168 E 3rd St, opened in November 2007 and now represents 20 regional artists. In addition to Julia’s exciting new contemporary paintings, the gallery carries several local artists’ work including Jack Honeywell, Carol Slade, Dirk Nelson, Larry Veeder, and Mary Solberg.
New this year a group of artists who often open their studios will be set up a Gallery for a Day, 62 E. 2nd St.Artists include the following: Lynette Power, Rivertown Pottery, joins the Art Walk with her new bronze Otter sculpture, clay sculptures, oil lamps, wall pockets with bromeliad air plants, and assorted pottery. Also Diné (Navajo) artist, Peter Teller of Rough Rock, AZ, joins the group with his figurative drawings, and his clay and stone sculptures. Don’t miss their new collaborative standing clay figures.
Bernadette Mahfood, Hotflash Designs will be showing decorative glass tiles as well as her exquisite glass bead and fiber jewelry. See her fun new earring designs. And Walken Ratajczyk will have his latest kilnformed glass work available for sale. Mary Singer will show her latest paintings. Mary Denzer of Seven Bridges Pottery, with her functional high-fired stoneware and porcelain pottery, Jean Colette with her handpainted silk scarves and ties, Denise Lorenz with her quilts and jewelry and Roger Meyer with turned wood bowls will all be showing at the Gallery for a Day.