This year the Franklin Frolic and Seward Arts Festival are coming to together as one reinvigorated seasonal celebration. The goal of getting local businesses and artists to join forces is to increase the visibility of both events and attract new visitors. Artists will not only have the opportunity to open their homes and studios to art crawlers, but will also pair up with local businesses to create mini-galleries within their spaces.
One of a kind gifts by Pam & Tim McConville on display at the Seward Coop at last year’s Franklin Frolic. (Image by Peter Fleck, 2010)
The theme of the festival is “Fire and Ice” so along with holiday lights and decor adorning the avenue, event participants will be placing luminaries or small fire pits outside their entrances to welcome visitors.
Barry McMahon’s piece Flaming Igloo captures the theme “Fire and Ice”. Visit his studio at the Ivy Building for the Arts.
While browsing through the event line-up, it is clear that the festival is not just about encouraging the community to buy local, but to live local and celebrate the people and establishments that make Seward such a vibrant neighborhood.
Designing handmade giftwrapping at Articulture. (Image by Peter Fleck, 2010)
The weekend events begin Friday evening with the 12th Annual Seward Art Crawl “preview” from 5 to 7 pm. The Playwrights Center will host the Festival Kick-Off Party from 6:30 to 9:30. Festival goers will enjoy performances by neighborhood poets, writers, dancers and musicians along with food and wine provided by local businesses ($10 requested donation for the Seward Neighborhood Group).
Stop by Eric Goddard’s space to peer closely at his finely detailed miniature architecture and scenes.
Saturday’s events begin at noon with the ever quirky Art Car Parade starting at Minnehaha and 24th Street. The Seward Art Crawl and Franklin Frolic are in full swing all afternoon from 12 to 5 pm with plenty of family activities, tasty seasonal fare, and unique items for sale throughout the neighborhood.
Susan Warner’s ceramic bag of buttons from the sculptural series “Who says women are powerless?” on display at Mississippi Mud Works Studio.
The Festival will culminate at 5 pm when shoppers, business owners and residents gather around LoFerno firepits in Triangle Park for a drumming ceremony, fire dancers and lighting of the park – a symbol of warm community spirit prevailing over fast approaching cold wintry nights. So this weekend leave the car at home, avoid the long lines, and enjoy a weekend of arts, festivities and community.
A bundled up Jean Solac from Woodland Stoves stays warm by the fire during the lighting ceremony at Triangle Park (Image by Jim Welna, 2010).
Make sure you visit www.http://sewardarts.org/ for complete event details, map of festival partipants and gallery of artist images.