EAST ISLES — The annual Uptown Art Fair is turning 50 this year, and the Uptown Association plans to celebrate by sealing a community time capsule inside the new Walker Library on Saturday.
After half a century of fine arts vendors on Hennepin Avenue, the Uptown Art Fair is a nationally top-ranked festival. Today the event hosts over 200 artists and almost 400,000 guests annually.
Now, Uptown residents are ready to celebrate the fair’s success. The time capsule event will offer community members a chance to preserve their own lasting Uptown memories.
“The time capsule highlights where we’ve been, what we’re doing 2013, and it also opens door for future,” said Maude Lovelle, executive director of the Uptown Association, a nonprofit group whose members are neighborhood property and business owners. “We love the idea of pulling the community into this event.”
The Uptown Association will fill the box with modern artifacts like tickets from a recent showing at the Uptown Theater, icons from the Uptown Bar and a copy of the Uptown Art Fair 2013 commemorative print. The public is welcome to narrate their Uptown memories via an electronic notepad that will be included in the time capsule as a small USB drive.
The time capsule will ultimately be encased between two floors in the new Walker Library, currently under construction at 2880 Hennepin Ave. The exhibit will feature a visible door and a plaque, with instructions to finally open the capsule after more 50 years, in 2063.
The free capsule-filling event this weekend will also feature on-site refreshments, live music and giveaways for the first 100 attendees. Local dignitaries including state Sen. Scott Dibble, Hennepin County Commissioner Gail Dorfman and Ward 10 City Council Member Meg Tuthill are scheduled to speak.
The event will host the official unveiling of the Uptown Art Fair 2013 Commemorative Print, a painting by Plymouth artist Shane Anderson that depicts 50 years of the Uptown Art Fair. Limited copies of the print, an 18-month commemorative calendar and Uptown merchandise will be for sale onsite.
“This will really be a one of a kind event,” Lovelle said. “A wonderful community gathering and celebration.”
The time capsule event will also host the kickoff of the Intermedia Arts-sponsored Art Supply Drive.
Guests are encouraged to donate unopened arts supplies or money for charitable causes. The drive will run through the end of the art fair, with drop-off donation sites at various locations. For more information, visit the official website, uptownartfair.com, and click on “Community Time Capsule” in the lefthand column.
“Intermedia Arts is [The Uptown Association’s] charitable partner year-round,” Lovelle said. “The Art Supply Drive is unique for this year. We came up with this idea to work with the skills and resources of Intermedia Arts.”
The time capsule event runs 1 p.m.–3 p.m. at the top of The Mall between Hennepin and Humboldt avenues in Uptown. The 2013 Uptown Art Fair runs August 2–4, rain or shine