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Continued: For small-town artists, making the art is easy; making a living is harder

  • Article by: JEROME CHRISTENSON , Winona Daily News
  • Last update: July 22, 2013 - 12:05 AM

"When they see it, they need to get it. ... There won't be another one next week."

Being able to talk with the artist, to ask how it was made, what went into it helps the customer understand both what makes the art unique and what the artist needs to be paid in order to go on making it.

For the past dozen or so years, the local art community has cooperated in two events that bring art and artists into the community and the community into the studios and workshops of regional artists.

The fall Art Walk brings art and artists to downtown Winona for pre-holiday sales and exhibits. Going into its 13th year, the Art Walk helps put the work of more than a dozen artists into the hands and homes of local people.

The annual Bluff Country Studio Art Tour is an even more ambitious undertaking. Held on the last full weekend of April since 2000, the tour "is an opportunity to go into the studio, learn the process and get to know the artist better," Crozier said. Involving nearly 40 artists in Winona and surrounding communities, the tour is one of the longest-running and most successful of its kind in the region.

But no matter how successful, it's not likely possible to make a living based on two weekends a year.

To build a steady local clientele, artists' work has to be consistently in the public eye. In addition to shows at the two university galleries, local art is routinely on display at the Acoustic Cafe and Ed's No Name Bar in downtown Winona. The Winona Arts Center at Fifth and Franklin streets, The Winona Public Library, and at the Red Horse Gallery in Fountain City are other local hot spots.

The goal, ultimately, is straightforward enough: To make enough to keep doing it.

This is an AP Member Exchange shared by the Winona Daily News

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