The 2012 Minnesota Tile Festival is just around the corner! Saturday, September 15 will be here soon. Just a few notes and reminders about the event:
* The 2012 Minnesota tile Festival will be one of the first events to take place at the newly built contemporary addition to the American Swedish Institute/ASI. The grand opening of this space created quite a buzz in the Twin Cities in late June with great coverage in a number of media and publications. If you haven't seen the space, check it out in person or online at asimn.org.
*All tile artist booths will be in the new beautiful outdoor areas of ASI this year. No longer will festival visitors be seen trying to find their way to the lower level exhibition space through the maze of hallways.
* There is a new gallery exhibition space in the ASI addition. Currently showing there...and will be on exhibition during the Tile Festival...is a fabulous show of gorgeous handwoven tapestries created in a photo-realism style by Swedish artist Helena
*There is also a wonderful new café restaurant in the ASI addition. It is named FIKA, a word that means "daily break, traditionally involving coffee and baked treats" in Swedish. The café's food is delicious with seasonal menu items dedicated to local regional ingredients and Swedish tradition including open-faced sandwiches, salads and interpretations of "New Nordic Cuisine." The new chef is Michael Fitzgerald who has worked at Tilia, Sea Change, Solera and Auriga.
*There will be a Friday evening set-up time for the festival this year. Details will be coming later in August.
*Parking is plentiful and free in the ASI large parking lot and on the surrounding streets.
|New Building and Free Parking!|
*There is still plenty of space for additional tile artist exhibitors. The deadline is August 15. Click here for an application or contact Josh Blanc or Norma Hanlon if you want to be an exhibitor. New this year we are offering a Free 5'x 10' foot spaces to any artist that wants to show a tile process. Example include mold making, glaze technique, stamping clay, mesh mounting, etc. What ever you can do to showcase that we make the tiles right here in the United States in your own studio. We believe this will be a great talking point and sales tool to showcase your work. Only a few days left to get your space at The MN Tile Festival registration ends August 15th
*An information letter will be sent out to all exhibitors in mid-August with further information.
*An informational meeting will be held at the American Swedish Institute on Wednesday. August 29th at 6:30 p.m. Exhibitors will able to see the space and ask questions.
*Volunteers are needed to help out the day of the festival. If you are able to volunteer for a few hours or all day on September 15 or the evening before, please contact Josh Blanc at HTA or Norma Hanlon, coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org If you know of anyone or any groups of people who might like to volunteer, please also contact us.