Uptown Art Fair takes the stage August 3 – 5

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Art is just the beginning for a weekend at the 44th annual Uptown Art Fair.

August 3 – 5 marks the dates of the 44th annual Uptown Art Fair, the Uptown Association’s major fundraising event of the year, one that provides the revenue needed to pay for various Uptown projects including extra security officers, sidewalk cleaning and street lighting among others. The Uptown Art Fair runs Friday, August 3, Noon – 7:30 p.m., Saturday, August 4, 10 a.m. – 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, August 4, 10a.m. – 6 p.m.

Events planned for the event this year include a celebrity art auction, a literacy booth with celebrity readings, a performance stage, the Tomorrow’s Stars Seen Today program and the Claymobile Family Imagination Station in addition to the hundreds of artists and food vendors that will be showcasing their wares and filling stomachs over the three days. To ensure that your Art Fair experience will be as optimal as possible, below is a short guide to the amazing events pulled together by the dedicated crew at the Uptown Association.

Celebrity Art Auction: Local celebrities team up with Uptown Art Fair artists to create a piece of artwork that will be up for bid in a silent auction Saturday at the Mosaic Sales Building at 1426 West Lake Street. Proceeds from the auction will benefit the art programs at Minneapolis Public Schools. According to Caroline Abts, production coordinator intern, the celebrity/artist pairings are as follows: Trisha Volpe (KARE 11 News) and Linda Steinworth, jewelry; Jason DeRusha (WCCO-TV) and Robinson Scott, glass; Jason Matheson (FOX 9) and Kevin Caufield, ceramics; Susie Jones (WCCO AM) and Casey McLain, painting; MA Rosko (FOX 9) and Kim Crocker, jewelry; Cindy Barton (CBS radio) and Marni Tobin, painting; Mike Dean (UA Board President) and Ernest Miller, ceramics and Rena Sargianopoulos (KARE 11 News) and Steve Palmer, glass. The winners will be announced at 3:30 p.m. on Saturday.

Tomorrow’s Stars Seen Today: Youth artists ranging from eight to 18 will be selling their original artwork in Calhoun Square on Saturday from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. and Sunday from noon – 4 p.m.

Literacy Booth: New in 2007 is the on-site Literacy Booth, a partnership with the Uptown Association, Youth Venture and Mounds Park Academy. The Literacy Booth will be located near the intersection of Hennepin Ave and 31st St. The space will include comfortable chairs, a large selection of books and literature on literacy. Additionally, there will be three celebrity readings over the weekend including city council member Ralph Remington (Friday at noon), Miss Minnesota (Saturday at noon) and poet Terri Ford (Sunday at 1 p.m.).

Performance Stage: Various acts will be performing in the Old Chicago parking lot Friday 2 p.m. – 11 p.m., Saturday noon – 11 p.m. and Sunday noon – 3 p.m.

Claymobile Family Imagination Station: The place to make your own clay pot, clay tiles or garden maker. All projects available for pick up after August 20 at the Northern Clay Center. There will be on-going demonstrations and instructions Friday noon – 7:30 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. – 7:30 p.m. and Sunday noon – 6 p.m.

For further information and to get all of your questions answered please visit www.uptownminneapolis.com.