Each year since 2009, the League of Longfellow Artists (LoLa) invites the public into many artists’ home studios as well as independent neighborhood businesses to celebrate artistic expression in our community. Always on the last weekend of August, and beginning to rival the State Fair as an end-of-summer ritual—at least for our corner of the city—this year’s LoLa Art Crawl takes place on Aug. 24 and 25, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. both days.
The LoLa Art Crawl has grown each year, and this year’s roster of participants now stands at 155 artists, up from 120 in 2012. The number of sites is not yet finalized, but looks to be about 70 or so.
Ericsson resident Jim Foreman is returning for a third year with the crawl. He appreciates “the growing sense of community” that LoLa fosters. Among the works the painter-photographer is preparing for this year’s event are “unusual images of musicians, landscapes, abstracts, and florals.”
Among the many artists to join LoLa for the first time this year is glass artist Brian Western, who lives in Standish. Brian makes sun catchers, mobiles, and jewelry inspired by natural forms like leaves, fish, and insects. “I’ve always been fascinated with the curl of leaves and leaves dancing in the wind,” he says.
The League of Longfellow Artists is an artist-organized, all-volunteer association dedicated to raising the visibility of local artists and to building a true sense of community for artists in Greater Longfellow, which is the area defined as Cedar Ave. to the Mississippi River and E. 28th St. to the Crosstown. It includes both the Standish and Ericsson neighborhoods.
For more information, including a full list of participating artists and to download a map (available mid-August), visit www.lolaartcrawl.com.
Floral abstract created by Jim Foreman.