2016 was packed with new activities for the casual fair-goer. Check out all the new activities that were held this past year and stay tuned for more new activities as we plan for 2017!
FILM AT THE FAIR
For the first time, the Uptown Art Fair is pleased to present a night of Film a the Fair! In partnership with the Film Society of Minneapolis St. Paul, The Wizard of Oz will be playing on a big screen under a rainbow of stars. Slip on your ruby red slippers, follow the yellow brick road to the lot on Girard and Lake (behind Calhoun Square) and enjoy this timeless Academy Award winning classic in Uptown.
The film will start at 8:45 pm on Friday, August 5th. If there is a rain-out, it will be presented at 8:45 pm on Saturday.
The Film Society is Minnesota’s leading exhibitor of international independent cinema. A non-profit, member based organization, the Film Society exhibits nightly at the St. Anthony Main Theatre and hosts the Minneapolis St. Paul International Film Festival, the region’s largest and longest running film event.
EVENING BANDS at the GO 96.3 PERFORMANCE STAGE
In 2016, bands will play into the evening on Friday and Saturday night at the Music Stage. Presented by Go 96.3, these celebrated bands offer an enjoyable way to cap off the fair. Friday begins with the acclaimed reggae band Dred I Dread. On Saturday night, welcome The Unlikely Candidates, hailing from Fort Worth, TX. Learn more about these bands and see the full Performance Stage lineup HERE.
GIRARD AVENUE ENTERTAINMENT
This year, Calhoun Square is introducing street performances by various artists on Girard Avenue on the promenade area behind Calhoun Square. All day on Saturday there will be numerous activities for all to enjoy.
SATURDAY, AUGUST 6th
LOCATION: Girard Avenue Alley, on the East side of Calhoun Square.
10:00 am – 8:00 pm FREE face painting and caricature drawings
10:00 am – 8:00 pm Live art by local artists
10:00 am – 8:00 pm Renaissance Festival MN
11:00 am – 6:00 pm Main Street School of Performing Arts
6:00 pm – 7:00 pm Crosstown Community Band
BUSINESS SHOWCASE TENT
In an effort to further assist businesses and give them an opportunity to showcase their goods and services, the Uptown Art Fair has formed the Business Showcase Tent.
Businesses will be offering giveaways and information about their products and services while interacting with visitors. Learn more about these businesses and visit them at the Business Showcase Tent at the Top of the Mall!
CHARITABLE PARTNER TENT
The Uptown Art Fair has selected 5 local non-profits to be featured during the weekend. The goal is to create a unique and entertaining space that will provide guests of the fair to learn about and connect with some local non-profits that make the community special while having some fun at the fair. Each participating charity will create an interactive activity or demonstration. Learn more HERE and visit the Charitable Partner Tent at this year’s fair!
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Heather Renaux mixes her pop surrealism style with a folk twist to create one of a kind pieces of art. The 2014 commemorative piece, The Uptown Family Tree, combines an assortment of objects that show where Uptown has been and how it is growing.
Where are you from originally? I was raised in Wyoming and made my way to Minnesota two years ago via Florida and Southern California where I went to Parsons School for Design.
How did you get started as an artist? What triggered your initial interest? I began to draw at an early age. When I was in 5th grade, my aunt bought me some pastels, a sketchbook, and other art materials for Christmas. That gift really helped me excel and focus on a creative outlet. It was something different where I felt comfortable expanding on my creativity. I was driven by art and creating new pieces, so I began focusing on building a portfolio of work so I could realize my dream.
What are some of the biggest influences on your work? Where do you find inspiration? I am inspired by so many things around me, but at the heart of my work, I look to the old masters such as Van Gogh and Matisse, as well as new artists like Joe Sorren. Nature inspires me every day. I have had the opportunity to live in various places where I can take different pieces of landscape to create my art. From the deserted and desolate plains of Wyoming to the green grass and plants in Florida and California, the scenery lends to the colors I use and the objects I draw. However, I think I’m most surprised by Minnesota – especially so in the past year! With the four seasons in such contrast, it is so amazing to see everything in the dead of winter and then watch nature wake up and begin to grow in the Spring.
How have you adapted as an artist over the lifetime of your career? I have been able to adapt, share, and express my art in so many different ways – from murals, to children’s book illustrations and beyond. To continue evolving as an artist, I put a critical eye to what I am doing and how projects are completed.
After I graduated from design school, I stayed in Southern California. I started a mural business where I was able to express my creativity in a big way. After that, I freelanced as a graphic designer and worked in a design shop where we created graphic prints for garments. From there, I wanted to help children express their creativity, so I started an art school for children, which we ran for 7 years. Expression for kids is important. They need to take a deep breath in the middle of all the activities they participate in. I believe art is a great outlet.
What does it meant to you to be selected as the UAF commemorative artist? It is such a validation of my dream of making a living out of something I love. I wasn’t even going to apply to the Uptown Art Fair because I heard from other artists about its competitive nature, but I knew I needed to try. I am honored to be selected. I never thought in a million years I would be able to say that I was the commemorative artist for the Uptown Art Fair! When that phone call came, my family was jumping around screaming. They give me such great motivation and inspiration – I am blessed to have their support.
How is this commemorative piece different than other pieces you have done? This piece feels like anew chapter in my life. I have had such growth and change in the past couple years, so I am trying to say more and express more through my style as a painter.
I wanted the viewer of this piece to feel as though they were someplace specific, yet I also intended for it to say “Uptown” in a not-so-literal way. I thought people could take their own interpretations and meaning from the piece.
What are you most looking forward to at this year’s Uptown Art Fair? I am looking forward to the atmosphere and meeting new people. I think the history and significance of the UAF to art and the community will be a great opportunity to build new relationships and to share my art.
What is next for you after the Uptown Art Fair? I have a solo exhibit this December at the Hopkins Center for the Arts and I am excited to participate. I also have a few businesses in the Uptown area that are interested in showing my work so I am planning of developing more relationships.