If you’ve seen the trademark white EZ Ups (and/or have been forced to detour around Broadway) at some point in the last few hours, then you know that the annual Downtown Street Fair is quickly approaching. While the vendors, participating businesses, and devilishly naughty treats offer something for everyone, a few can’t-miss events are also happening on the periphery.
Jon Offutt demonstrations. Glass blower Jon Offutt will be providing hourly demonstrations in front of Plains Art Museum Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Jonny O’s mobile rig is a real crowd pleaser, so be sure to get a good spot. Cool off in the Museum and see Jon’s installation Dakota Horizons, or check out the other exhibitions going on right now: Marjorie Schlossman’s Symphony of Color, The Return of Sodbuster, and Virtual Rurality: Portraits in Wood by Fred Cogelow.
Works on paper sale by PEARS artists. Stop in to Renaissance Hall on Friday from noon to 7 p.m. and peruse a variety of works on paper for sale by PEARS (Printmaking Education and Research Studio) Artistic Development Resident artists Eric A. Johnson, Christian Gion, and Jessica Wachter, plus works from Kent Kapplinger, Star Wallowing Bull, Walter Piehl, Linda Olson and many others.
Farmer’s Market. For those who don’t find the various fried foods on a stick to their liking, a farmer’s market will be held Saturday from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. between Main Avenue and 1st Avenue South on Broadway. The market is being organized by the Downtown Community Partnership and SoMA, a group working to develop the area south of Main Avenue as an arts district. This market will be a feasibility test for a possible weekly downtown farmer’s market, so if you’re excited about that possibility, make a point to stop by.
Looking for other arts-related events? There’s plenty more at culturepulse.org.