Casting for ugly kitchens/baths, Edina Art Fair and more

  • Updated: May 24, 2013 - 1:01 PM

“Surge III,” a photo by Chase Lindberger, will be featured on T-shirts, posters and other materials for this year’s Edina Art Fair, May 31 to June 2 at the intersection of W. 50th Street and France Avenue S.

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Got an ugly kitchen or bath?

If you hate your kitchen or bathroom, a local TV production company would like to hear from you. Magnetic Productions is currently casting for new seasons of their renovation series, “I Hate My Bath” and “I Hate My Kitchen,” airing on the DIY Network.

Both series focus on creative, budget-friendly improvement projects. The homeowners selected will receive free professional design and a kitchen or bathroom makeover at little cost.

To be considered, your home must be within 25 miles of downtown Minneapolis. You should also be “fun, energetic” and willing to appear on the show. To apply, visit

Home shopping at the Arb

The Minnesota Landscape Arboretum’s SummerHouse shop is now open. And in addition to plants, gardening supplies and fresh produce, shoppers can now pick up repurposed, handcrafted and vintage finds for home and gardens, thanks to a new partnership with Mama’s Happy occasional store.

The SummerHouse, housed in a rustic pole barn, offers a combined farmer’s market, garden center and gift shop. There will be a rotating selection of summertime produce from local farmers, plus University of Minnesota-made gourmet cheeses. New this year are already-planted and themed container gardens, such as a lettuce garden and a Southwest “salsa” garden. Daily updates on the SummerHouse’s featured selections will be available on a recorded message on the SummerHouse hotline, 952-443-1409.

The SummerHouse will be open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. every day through Aug. 31. It’s located at the intersection of Hwy. 5 and Rolling Acres Road in Victoria, just 1.5 miles west of the Arboretum entrance.

Art-fair season

It’s spring, when a home dweller’s fancy might turn to browsing art fairs for fun finds. The 47th annual Edina Art Fair, featuring 320 fine artists and crafters, will kick off the art-fair season next weekend. The state’s second-largest such festival will include booths of ceramics, paintings and photography, sculpture, wood carvings, mixed media, wearables and jewelry, all lining the curbs of France Avenue S., W. 50th Street and the Lund’s parking lot.

In addition to shopping, the fair will feature the Community Art Project, where fairgoers can create colorful murals, in the Edina 5-0 parking lot. The area also will include an expanded Kids Zone, featuring a bouncy house, Velcro walls, a giant slide, yoga demonstrations and family-friendly entertainment.

Hours for the Edina Art Fair are 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. June 2. Free shuttle service will be provided from Southdale Shopping Center to 50th and France. For more information, visit

Free tree seminar

Want to protect your trees from the ravages of the emerald ash borer and Japanese beetle? Gertens is offering a free seminar at 10 a.m. Saturday, featuring products and procedures to help protect trees of every size. It will be offered again at 10 a.m. on June 8 and 15. Gertens is at 5500 Blaine Av., Inver Grove Heights.

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