It’s Meander time in the Upper Minnesota River area around Granite Falls, Minn.
Hundreds of visitors will be discovering the Upper Minnesota River area as they arrive for the 10th annual Meander Arts Crawl Friday through Sunday.
The event offers a self-guided tour of artist studios featuring 45 artists who make the Upper Minnesota River counties their home.
Hours are noon to 6 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday.
Since its start, the event has served to introduce people from across Minnesota and beyond to the region, as well as the many talented artists who celebrate the rural landscape.
This year’s featured artist is Don Sherman of Ortonville.
The Meander brings lots of visitors and economic activity to the region, according to Kristi Fernholz, event coordinator with the Upper Minnesota Valley Regional Development Commission.
Over the three days it is estimated that each visitor will spend an average of $49 at local businesses.
The Meander generates an estimated $90,000 in art sales. The exposure also generates sales for the artists seen through the entire year, noted Fernholz.
Visitors come from all points in Minnesota and other states as well.
Since many of those who visit for the Meander are making their first trips to the area, this year’s organizers have created a special “passport’’ for it, according to Fernholz.
The Meander Passport can be picked up at any of the 33 individual sites where participating artists will be displaying their works.
The passports can be stamped at each site its holder visits. Those who collect at least eight stamps are eligible to enter a drawing for more than $1,000 worth of art donated by the artists.
To see a brochure on the event, list of artists and directions to the 33 locations, go to: www.artsmeander.com
More information can also be found on the Meander Facebook page at www.facebook.com/MeanderArtCrawl.