Arts

Pete Sandker's Half Healed, the featured watercolor painting at this year's Edina Art Fair, depicts a fox made of flowers.

In June, the Edina Art Fair will once again commence along the streets of 50th and France, showcasing the work of 280 local artists complete with gourmet food, craft beer gardens and more.

If you have driven around the traffic circles on 70th Street toward Target and the Galleria, you may have caught a glimpse of statutes on the Edina Promenade from your car window. Or perhaps you’ve seen those utility boxes around town wrapped with art. Have you ever wondered, “What is it?

Prairiewood Guitars

In a nondescript Edina workshop in a quiet neighborhood, Robert Dixon builds custom electric guitars.

Edina Public Art installs 10 new pieces of artwork each year. These pieces replace departing artwork in a rotating series of exhibits in three different Edina locations—Promenade, 50th and France, and Grandview Square.

This month, the Edina Thespians will perform the Tony award-winning musical, In the Heights. This musical, by famed Hamilton creator Lin-Manuel Miranda, takes place in the Washington Heights neighborhood of  New York City.

A sculptural memorial reminds those who can remember and teaches those who can’t. So when you’re walking around Centennial Lakes and find a girl and a boy frozen in time, you might merely appreciate their childlike wonder or, if you grew up in the 1950s, you might look more carefully.

For just over a decade, the Gryphon Press has provided what it calls “a voice for the voiceless” by offering children thoughtfully illustrated books which highlight the human-animal connection while fostering empathy in young readers for other living beings.

While on your next spring stroll, be sure to pause and admire the public art on display in Edina. An especially eye-catching piece is a sculpture called “Bonded Souls” located near the fountain at 50th and France.

Iron sculptures by artist Jim Dehne are proving quite popular in Edina. After winning Public Art Edina people’s choice award for “Three Dancing Sandhill Cranes”—purchased by the city in 2015 and currently located in the new water feature on the Promenade—Dehne’s work won again in 2016.

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Be Frank With Me

Before Judith Guest’s first novel, Ordinary People, was published in 1976, she got a call at her Edina home from her editor at Viking Publishing. Robert Redford was interested in turning Ordinary People into a movie.

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