It’s the first weekend in October, which means it’s time for the 15th annual FMVA Studio Crawl! This amazing, all-encompassing visual art event takes place 12-6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday and features 38 stops all around Fargo, Moorhead and West Fargo (some with multiple artists)! We put together a quick list of reasons why you should consider attending the Studio Crawl this year:
1. It’s your chance to meet artists of all media in their element.
Woodcarvers, printmakers, watercolor painters, metal workers, photographers… The FMVA Studio Crawl is a wonderful chance to learn about all kinds of art forms from the makers themselves right in their studios! If there’s something you’re curious about, ask questions. All artists are more than happy to teach you their creative process!
2. Local art = great gifts!
The holidays will be here sooner than we know it! Most artists participating in the Studio Crawl will have their work for sale, so if you want to give your loved ones original, local art this holiday season, the crawl is a great place to shop. Plus, you can include a fun story about the artist you met when you give them the piece, which makes it extra special.
Or, you can treat yourself, like I did last year when I bought this photo from photographer Scott Seiler. 🙂
3. APT, a Creative Incubator is a stop on the crawl for the first time.
If you haven’t yet been to APT, a Creative Incubator in downtown Fargo, the Studio Crawl is a great opportunity to see the space! APT is a temporary demonstration space operated by The Arts Partnership and owned by Kilbourne Group that is currently “home” to over 25 local artists of all art forms. During the crawl, several APT artists will be in their studios, including Dak & Co (clothing), Emily Vieweg (poetry), Erika With a K Designs (faux floral bouquets), Fermie Studios (ceramics), Shelby T Artistry (paintings and jewelry), Rock Girl Studio (jewelry) and more.
4. The Studio Crawl is a great way to “get outside of your bubble.”
As the Metro area continues to expand, it’s becoming increasingly more convenient for all of us to stay in our own little bubbles. However, the Studio Crawl is a great excuse to explore what our fun city has to offer because there are studios from way in South Fargo (Brad Bachmeier) to West Fargo (Catie Miller) to North Moorhead (Karman Rheault) to East Moorhead (Ashley Kunz).
5. It’s FREE!
That’s right: the Studio Crawl is 100% free to attend, so grab a friend or two and make a day of it!
These are only a few reasons to attend the Studio Crawl, but whether you only go to one studio or all 38 locations, we guarantee it’ll be a fun experience.
Some tips for you new Studio Crawlers (I guess this is turning into a two-for-one listicle):
1. Plan ahead.
Look at the map beforehand and plan out all of the stops you’d like to make on the Crawl. We recommend starting from the far North end (Karman Rheault) or far South end (Brad Bachmeier) and working your way in the other direction. With careful planning last year, my friend Tanner and I saw all 20+ of our individual Partners on the crawl in one day! (This was definitely over-zealous but we couldn’t have done it without forming a strategy in advance.)
2. Wear good shoes.
Even though the Studio Crawl spans several miles, you will do more walking than you think, and in all kinds of terrain (several artists live out in the country).
3. Have fun supporting local art!
The Studio Crawl is an event we look forward to ever year, and our Partners at FMVA and all of the participating artists work very hard to provide this unique experience in our community. Embrace it and have fun!
Click here to download the FMVA Studio Crawl Brochure, or visit fmva.org for more information.