Summer Delights: Exploring The Grand Cities Art Scene

Published on June 14, 2014 by   ·   1 Comment

00000000000000 Summer ArtThis is one of my favorite times of year: Grand Cities Art Fest.  Today I wandered around downtown Grand Forks and East Grand Forks, had an Oof-da Taco and some fried pickles, and looked at dozens of vendors with tons of great artwork, jewelry, crafts, yard décor, and more.  The event is also open tomorrow, Sunday June 15, so if you haven’t taken it in, I definitely recommend that you do.  After walking around and making a few fabulous purchases (I got a microwave hot pad, some really fabulous herbal soaps, and a Cody Bartz print), I decided to write a post about some of the fabulous things happening this summer on the Grand Forks arts scene.

The Empire Theatre Company announced their 2014-15 season at Art Fest, which begins July 29 with the musical Spring Awakening.  This rock musical follows a group of late 19th-century students as they learn about life, love, and growing up.  The show runs July 29 – Aug 2 & Aug 5 – 9.  The season also includes John Patrick Shanley’s Doubt, The Great American Trailer Park Christmas Musical, and A Bright New Boise.

00000000000000 Spring AwakeningAlso happening at the Empire is the summer Backstage Project, featuring live performances in the Empire’s “black box” theatre.  The series kicks off June 20 with O’Neil Family Band and will also feature performances by High Five, The Summer Coats, Greg Lynas and Penumbra, and Chel.  More information on this series can be found at the EAC’s Website.

The North Dakota Museum of Art is bringing back their fabulous concert series, Summer Concerts in the Garden, which begins on Tuesday, June 24 with Barbara Jean, and continues on select Tuesday nights through the summer; other featured artists include Dessa, Sister Sparrow and the Dirty Birds, St. Paul and the Broken Bones, The Dirty River Boys, and She Keeps Bees.  You can find out more about the concert series or other great happenings at the Museum by finding them on Facebook or at their Website.

It’s fun to watch art, but it can also be fun to participate, and local artist Kathryn Fink has been involved in a grant project to help the Greater Grand Forks community do just that: on Saturday, June 21 at 7pm there will be an unveiling and reception for the Grand Chalkboard Project, a public chalkboard that will allow people to post chalk drawings, share event announcements and more.  For more on this project, check out their Facebook Group.

00000000000000 OjataAnd as always, the summer will feature a number of musical events at downtown locations like Ojata Records and The Hub; we’re hoping to be able to provide more coverage of events like these as we continue to build out site.  If you think you might be interested in contributing arts-related content to the World of Champagne, please review THIS POST and think about submitting some material or press releases through our contact form!

Enjoy the summer Grand Cities citizens – it won’t last long, but there are a lot of great arts-related activities to enjoy while it’s here!

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Readers Comments (1)
  1. Nikki Q says:

    I’m stoked to see She Keeps Bees again!

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