Announcement: The 2020 Women’s Art Festival will be an online virtual event with lots of your favorite artists, live-streamed music, live chat capability and the same great shopping opportunities that you’ve grown to love. Watch for details as the date nears!
The mission of the Women’s Art Festival is to provide a welcoming place for women artists to show and sell their creations and to provide a fun and festive atmosphere for guests to shop, gather and enjoy community. Supporting local women artists of all experience levels, from first time exhibitors to experienced professionals, we are a non-juried show with the expectation that all goods are of excellent quality, made and sold by local women. We do not accept dealers or importers and define local as any woman who wants to travel to Minneapolis for a day of fun, camaraderie, community and creativity.
The Women’s Art Festival was started in about 1992 by Sue Zieke. It was held at Spirit of the Lakes church and hosted a handful of artists. A few years later, Catherine Azora-Minda, host of KFAI’s Womenfolk show, became the organizer and added music to the event. When she moved out of town, Naomi Siegal, the current organizer took the reins and began to grow the festival into what it is today.
As we outgrew Spirit of the Lakes Church and then El Colegio High School, the event was held for 9 years at the Midtown YWCA. In 2014, the festival moved to the Colin Powell Youth Leadership Center. Located at 2924 4th Ave S, this wonderful new venue is bright and airy, with enough space for all who want to participate, and best of all, includes use of free covered parking in the Wells Fargo ramp a block away. In 2020, we are going fully online as a way to continue to support women artists through the pandemic. Watch this site as well as our facebook page and other social media for the links as the December date approaches.
The event has grown to include over 130 women artists working in a large variety of media. There is live music by women performers throughout the day and a women-owned coffee shop providing food, beverages and treats. Artists and guests alike comment on the quality of the artistic work, the fun and comfortable atmosphere, the caliber of the music and the wonderful addition of good food, good coffee and the chance to see good friends. (2020) Though we can’t offer food and drink virtually, we will still have music and you will be able to live chat with each artist as you browse through the online booths!
Plan to come early, stay late, shop, listen, dance, eat, visit and enjoy!