Explore wonders of the world
Eagan Art Festival returns for its 18th year
Grab your passport and explore the artistic wonders across the globe in Eagan.
Now in its 18th year, the Eagan Art Festival will take guests on a journey June 23 and 24 to different cultures with its exhibits, music, food and demonstrations.
“We hope people will enjoy looking at the variety of art and gain an appreciation for music and art from all cultures,” said Wanda Borman, festival director.
Those who attend event, which is from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day, will be given passports at the event’s entrance at Eagan’s Central Park, 1501 Central Parkway. The passports will be stamped at each tent, and the person with the most stamps can earn a prize.
Attendees will be drawn to different continents while listening to Eastern, Celtic and Latin music.
Artists in the experience tent will provide demonstrations in pottery, painting, fused glass, henna, and other crafts.
Classic oil painter, Larry Landis of Eagan, is the festival’s featured artist.
Landis, a Vietnam and Iraq War veteran, took up painting while studying engineering in the mid-1970s at St. Paul College. A few years later, he began studying studio art at the University of Minnesota.
Landis said in his biography on the festival’s Facebook page that he often turned to art while serving abroad.
In 2004, Landis retired from the military and began studying under Thomas Stiltz, a popular contemporary artist in California.
“We try to have different mediums on our cover,” Borman said. “It’s not often you find a classic oil painter, and he’s very talented.”
Borman noted that Landis’ paintings are so detailed and clean they resemble photographs.
The festival will feature 98 artists who will exhibit a wide variety of pieces include painting, weaving, sculptures, jewelry and photography.
Multicultural activities won’t be limited to adults. Children will be able to learn about other cultures through a puppet show and by creating a mask.
The Eagan Art Festival has continued to grow every year.
Borman said she expects the event will attract more than the 6,800 people who attended last year.