Meander arts crawl is this weekend

The Meander is a great 'trip on a tank full' for those seeking authentic culture, history and scenic vistas.

Claire Swanson's house cat peaks from one of the Adirondack-style backpack baskets Swanson weaves. The backpacks are popular with everyone from mushroom hunters to artists. The latter pack paints and brushes into the backpacks and trek to their favorite outdoor locations. Tom Cherveny / West Central Tribune

Visitors and locals alike will be exploring the Upper Minnesota River Valley as they enjoy the works of 47 artists at 31 different locations during the 16th annual Meander arts crawl this Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

The Meander is a free, self-guided tour of the artist’s studios and galleries nestled among the small towns and family farms found in the Upper Minnesota River Valley, in an area running roughly from north of Ortonville to Granite Falls.

This year’s Meander posters and brochures feature an Adirondack backpack by basket weaver Claire Swanson of Granite Falls.

Meander art studios and galleries open for visitors at noon on Friday. Ortonville area brothers and musicians Don and Lee Kanten will perform at the Historic Town Hall at Watson from 7 to 10 p.m. Friday.

On Saturday, Meander art studios and galleries will be open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.


The Dawson-Boyd Arts Association will launch its 19th season with a Scandinavian folk music concert at 7:30 p.m. at Memorial Auditorium in Dawson. Tickets are available at the door for $15 for adults and $5 for students. A limited seating Swedish meatball meal will be served at 6 p.m., for more information or tickets to meal and/or show, contact the box office at 320-312-2311 or online at .

On Sunday, Meander art studios and galleries will be open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

For more information and the brochure visit .

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Donna Middleton started working at the West Central Tribune in 1975 and has been the news assistant since 1992. She compiles the arts, health, farm and community page calendars, as well as rewrites and works on the special sections.
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