After months of preparation, Art on the Avenue is finally coming together. This weekend, our normally sleepy Smith Avenue will come alive with art exhibits, live music, and other excitement. The weather forecast is shaping up for a perfect weekend (knock on wood).
Here’s the rundown of events (subject to change, of course. Also a more detailed program is at the WSCO website and is available at businesses throughout the neighborhood):
TONIGHT (Thursday): Check out the weekly hot rod show and live music at the Pizza Shop, Dodd and Ottawa.
FRIDAY: Art exhibits open during the day at Bank Cherokee (featuring Christine Olson), Capital View Cafe (Mark Cosimini), Stoneflower Salon (Ed Steinhauer), Tradewinds Art Supply, and Amore Coffee (Rebecca Reilly and Ellie Leonardsmith).
Exhibits opening at 6 p.m.:
Open studio by sculptor Sarah Stengle, 586 Smith
Gallery exhibit by Cristina Plaza Ruiz at Cherokee United Church, 371 Baker
Electric Machete Artist Collective at the soon-to-be-open St. Paul Classic Cookie Company, 778 Smith
Live wood carving demonstrations at Eclectic 887 (887 Smith)
The Jinnies at Amore Coffee, 7 p.m.
Karaoke at the Cherokee Tavern, 9 p.m.
Starting at 9:30 p.m. outdoors at Metric Auto Parts, 550 Smith (note: content not intended for children). Program will be repeated on Saturday night, also at 9:30.
SATURDAY: Art exhibits continue throughout the day (Bank Cherokee closes at noon, Stoneflower closes at 1 p.m.)
Children’s craft activities and interactive art car project (for adults and kids both) at 624 Smith from noon-4 p.m.
The Eddies, 7 p.m., Amore Coffee
Bike scavenger hunt!
Capital Deals, 710 Smith. Register at 7:30, ride at 8 p.m. Helmet, lights, and camera/smartphone to take photos of scavenger hunt items required.
So please come out and have a good time! Tell your friends and neighbors!