Fried Fruit Stick at State Fair, Star Tribune photo by Renee Jones Schneider

Everybody puts in 12 hour days, right? Why not, especially if it's for a great cause like the Minnesota State Fair. For this "12 Artists 12 hours 12 days 2012" gig, a dozen Minnesota artists will each spend a 12 hour work day in a studio set up in the State Fair's Fine Arts Building, 1442 Cosgrove St. (northeast corner of the fairgrounds).

They will be demonstrating  "art-making in action," so expect periods of deliberate -- or frenzied -- activity punctuated by patches of quiet rumination, head scratching, lunch breaks, and maybe even naps. Each of the 12 works in a different medium, ranging from printmaking to photography to woodcarving to fiber art. All are prepared to answer questions, discuss their work, or explain problems or ideas they're mulling over.

Schedule and participants:

Thursday, August 23:  Gregory Euclide, drawing and album covers

Friday, August 24: Sean Smuda, photography and writing

Saturday, August 25: Dani Roach, watercolor

Sunday, August 26: Michelle Westmark, photography

Monday, August 27: Abigail Wood Anderson, letterpress prints, drawings, paintings and nature walks

Tuesday, August 28: Loretta Bebeau, sheetrock drawings and sociology of art

Wednesday, August 29: Fred Cogelow, woodcarving

Thursday, August 30: Ron Merchant, oil painting

Friday, August 31: Fawzia Khan, bronze sculpture

Saturday, September 1: Kimber Olson, mixed-media fiber art

Sunday, September 2: Cheng-Khee Chee, watercolor

Monday, September 3: Scott Stulen, painting, sculpture, installation and video


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