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Regional Arts Crawl slated for June 9

For two days in June, the Big Stone Arts Council will take a major step forward with a one-day area arts crawl, plus the unveiling of a permanent lakeside sculpture by noted artist, Doug Holtquist. Holtquist, a former resident of Ortonville, will be on hand for the dedication of his sculpture at 5 p.m., Friday, June 8, at the City Water building adjacent to the Lakeside Park pier.

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On Saturday, June 9, from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m., 24 area artists will display their artwork in 11 different venues as part of the first Big Stone Lake Regional Art Crawl. Art works will include paintings, jewelry, sculpture, novels, fiber arts and photography among other media. In addition, there will be live music and an interactive arts activity for the kids.

“This is a fine example of the exciting things happening within the arts council this year with people creating and showcasing what they do well — their art,” said Big Stone Arts Council (BSAC) president, Jeanie Kanten. “We have a wealth of wonderful talent in the Big Stone Lake region and are proud to share it with our community.”

Brochures are available around town, with most of the displays being in downtown Ortonville. Five of the artists will display at home studios, including oil painter Patti Holtquist at her home studio in Big Stone City, John and Lila Salls at their home studio two miles north of Ortonville (where John will sell his published novel,  “First Year,” along with Lila’s Scandinavian wood carvings), and silversmith Jean Menden and photographer John White at Listening Stones Farm about 11 miles north of Ortonville.

Local musician and BSAC member Lee Kanten will be playing and singing at the City Water building in the morning of the crawl before moving to a location on 2nd Street in the afternoon.

Also, at Lakeside Park from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m., children of all ages are invited to participate in creating a mini multi-media arts sculpture designed by BSAC members Greg and Sue Lockwood.  The kids will pick shapes they wish to work with and the positions where they want to have them displayed on a multiple-panel, spinning sculpture. The wind-spinning final sculpture will find a summer “home” lakeside near the Holtquist piece.  “We feel this is a great opportunity for kids to find their ‘inner artist’ and create their own masterpieces for a community display,” said Sue Lockwood. 

All supplies necessary to create the piece will be available along with any assistance needed. There is no fee to participate. The free-spinning sculpture will be assembled and installed at a future date. For more information contact the Big Stone Arts Council at and find us on Facebook.