Uptown Minneapolis hosts acclaimed Art Fair in August

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    MINNEAPOLIS – The Uptown Art Fair, the largest art fair of its kind in Minnesota and one of the top 10 fine arts festivals in the country, will present the work of 385 artists showing a broad range of artistic styles – photography, sculpture, ceramics, painting and jewelry – and attract more than 350,000 people when it returns to the Uptown area of South Minneapolis August 4-6.

    The fair will take place from Noon to 7:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 4, from 10 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 5, and from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 6.

    The 2006 Uptown Art Fair will prove to be an event for all ages. Adults can appreciate the fine art and night-time entertainment while kids can sell their own masterpieces in the Tomorrow Stars Seen Today Art Fair presented by Principal Global Investors and Calhoun Square.

    Since its inception in 1963, the event has drawn people to the corner of Lake Street and Hennepin Avenue by providing a showcase and sales outlet for both professional and amateur artists from around the Minneapolis area.

    As the Uptown Association’s primary fundraising event, the Metris Uptown Art Fair is an economic engine for the community, generating revenue that pays for Uptown projects including extra security officers, sidewalk cleaning, street lighting, the annual printing of a comprehensive business and tourism directory and the funding of holiday events.

    Metris Companies, one of the nation’s leading providers of financial products and services, became title sponsor of the Metris Uptown Art Fair in 2000. With that sponsorship, the Uptown Association and Metris began "Metris Creates," a program that allows students and teachers from five local schools to create collaborative public art pieces. Students learn how to take an idea from their imagination and turn it into a permanent expression in visual art through an artistic process.

    On August 5-6, Target Art Hop buses will provide rides between the Uptown Art Fair, Loring Park Art Festival and Powderhorn Art Fair – in air-conditioned comfort and without traffic or parking hassles. Buses leave about every 20 minutes from each art fair, or get on at the Lake Street/Midtown light-rail station. To learn which route works best for you, call (612) 373-3333 or visit metrotransit.org.

    For more information on Uptown Art Fair, visit www.uptownminneapolis.com/art-fair/
    For the first year, Edge Life is sponsoring the Uptown Art Fair. See you there!MINNEAPOLIS – The Uptown Art Fair, the largest art fair of its kind in Minnesota and one of the top 10 fine arts festivals in the country, will present the work of 385 artists showing a broad range of artistic styles – photography, sculpture, ceramics, painting and jewelry – and attract more than 350,000 people when it returns to the Uptown area of South Minneapolis August 4-6.

    The fair will take place from Noon to 7:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 4, from 10 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 5, and from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 6.

    The 2006 Uptown Art Fair will prove to be an event for all ages. Adults can appreciate the fine art and night-time entertainment while kids can sell their own masterpieces in the Tomorrow Stars Seen Today Art Fair presented by Principal Global Investors and Calhoun Square.

    Since its inception in 1963, the event has drawn people to the corner of Lake Street and Hennepin Avenue by providing a showcase and sales outlet for both professional and amateur artists from around the Minneapolis area.

    As the Uptown Association’s primary fundraising event, the Metris Uptown Art Fair is an economic engine for the community, generating revenue that pays for Uptown projects including extra security officers, sidewalk cleaning, street lighting, the annual printing of a comprehensive business and tourism directory and the funding of holiday events.

    Metris Companies, one of the nation’s leading providers of financial products and services, became title sponsor of the Metris Uptown Art Fair in 2000. With that sponsorship, the Uptown Association and Metris began "Metris Creates," a program that allows students and teachers from five local schools to create collaborative public art pieces. Students learn how to take an idea from their imagination and turn it into a permanent expression in visual art through an artistic process.

    On August 5-6, Target Art Hop buses will provide rides between the Uptown Art Fair, Loring Park Art Festival and Powderhorn Art Fair – in air-conditioned comfort and without traffic or parking hassles. Buses leave about every 20 minutes from each art fair, or get on at the Lake Street/Midtown light-rail station. To learn which route works best for you, call (612) 373-3333 or visit metrotransit.org.

    For more information on Uptown Art Fair, visit www.uptownminneapolis.com/art-fair/
    For the first year, Edge Life is sponsoring the Uptown Art Fair. See you there!

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    Tim Miejan
    Tim Miejan is a writer who served as former editor and publisher of The Edge for twenty-five years. Contact him at [email protected].

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