Red Hot Art festival returns July 27–28

Annual festival in Stevens Square Park features local artists and music

STEVENS SQUARE — The Red Hot Art Festival is returning this weekend for another year of reasonably priced local art in Stevens Square Park.

Red Hot prides itself on a unique commitment to hosting emerging Minnesota artists at their fair. “All of our artists are from Minnesota,” said Steve Gallagher, executive director of hosting party Steven Square Community Organization. “We like to give those artists a place to showcase their art.”

Vendor booths display all types of artisan crafts including quilts, photographs, paintings, garments, jewelry, pottery and more. Featured artists for the 2013 fest are illustrator and digital artist Lucas Gluesenkamp, paper card-maker Aliya White and photographer Monica Howell.

“The art draws from all different spectrums; there are so many kinds,” Gallagher said.

As a part of their affordable art philosophy, the Red Hot fest encourages its artists to price the majority of their products from $5 to $50. This affordable attitude also applies to the fair’s artists, making it virtually free for them to participate in the festival.

“Really, our program is designed to provide art to folks who would not normally have access to it,” Gallagher said.

This year’s festival features over 100 local artists, 20 live musical performances in many genres and DJ sets from KFAI radio. Hungry guests can choose from a selection of local food vendors, including Anchor Fish & Chips, Cafe Racer and Tawake Somali Cuisine.

Red Hot will also offer several hands-on artists demonstrations from local groups like Brave New Workshop and interactive games for all ages. Booths featuring local art and community organizations will also be on-site.

Red Hot runs 11 a.m.–7 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m.–5 p.m. Sunday. The festival is held entirely within Stevens Square Park just south of downtown, at the intersection of 18th & Stevens. Parking is available in a lot at nearby Plymouth Congregational Church and on the neighborhood streets

“We really want to change perceptions of what Stevens Square is like,” Gallagher said. “Hopefully we will have a great crowd to showcase our neighborhood.”

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