The Uptown Art Fair Turns 50

The Bellmont Partners team has been hard at work preparing for this year’s Uptown Art Fair. This year marks the 50th year of Minnesota’s largest art fair, and the Uptown Association is celebrating with a number of events and promotions leading up to the Uptown Art Fair.

IMG_5504In addition to the 50 Days of Uptown promotions, the Uptown Art Fair celebrated with a community event this past Saturday, honoring Uptown’s past, present and future. Event guests had the chance to contribute their favorite memories of Uptown from the last 50 years and include them in a time capsule, which was then passed on to be placed in the floor of the new Walker Library, currently under construction.

In addition to community memories, the time capsule contained Uptown artifacts including a recent copy of the Southwest Journal, a 2013 Uptown bike and trails map, a Bryant Lake Bowl bowling chip, a Minneapolis police department badge and more. The capsule was left with instructions to be unearthed in another 50 years, in 2063.

Also unveiled at the event was the 2013 Uptown Art Fair Commemorative Print, which was created this year by Apple Valley resident Shane Anderson.

His print, titled “IMG_5537Uptown Turnaround,” features juxtapositions of cartoon images from Uptown old and new that tell a story about how the area has evolved over the past 50 years.

 KARE 11 and MinnPost stopped by to cover the event, and local dignitaries Senator D. Scott Dibble, Hennepin County Commissioner Gail Dorfman and Minneapolis City Council Member Meg Tuthill shared some of their favorite memories of the Uptown neighborhood.

The Uptown Art Fair will take place Aug. 2-4 at the intersection of West Lake Street and Hennepin Avenue South in Uptown, Minneapolis. Stay updated on the latest fair news by following the Uptown Art Fair’s Facebook page and Twitter account. We hope to see you there!

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