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Christian Arts Festival — Eagan

April 6 - April 8

Trinity School at River Ridge presents its third annual Christian Arts Festival April 6-8 at the school’s campus at 601 River Ridge Parkway in Eagan.

The festival showcases original artworks by professional, advanced and college-level artists. This year’s festival has drawn artists from around the country and as far away as Canada and Africa.

Prizes for first, second, third place, and special awards will be announced and conferred at the closing ceremony on Saturday. A separate competition will select two top winners from among college-level artists. All art juried in the exhibition is inspired by the festival theme, “Let There Be Light.”


Opening reception: Juried fine art exhibition, 5:30-8 p.m. Thursday, April 6. Artists will be in attendance to discuss their work. A wine and cheese reception will be served. Art will be on display throughout the gallery. The show continues through Saturday night.

The jury panel for the exhibition awards includes three Minnesota artists: Joshua Cunningham, master of plein air painting; Rick Love, assistant professor of art at Northwestern College; and Michelle Westmark Wingard, gallery director and professor of art at Bethel University.

Lecture, 11 a.m. to 12 noon Friday, April 7: James Robinson, Twin Cities artist, author and founder of the St. Paul Art Academy. Robinson will be speaking on Michelangelo Merisi Da Caravaggio, who stands as a pivotal figure in Western art, and his style, summarized in the painting, “Conversion of Saint Paul.”

Festival workshops, 2-5 p.m. Saturday, April 8:

• Suminagashi, ongoing workshop. All festival participants and visitors are invited to create a piece of art using the suminagashi process – marbling water, soap and sumi ink in a small tub and then printing the pattern on a piece of Thai rice paper. The workshop and all materials are provided free of charge. No reservation is required.

• BookMaking, 3 p.m. Join book artist Andrew Gaylord for an introduction to the art of bookmaking. Make an octavo book with a long-stitch binding to take home. Class size is limited. Reservations: email [email protected], subject line: “Reserve a Class – BookMaking.”

• Art of the Silhouette, ongoing workshop. Andrew Carr leads this workshop where participants will cut out and recreate some of animator’s Lotte Reiniger classic characters, designs and patterns, and create their own original silhouette compositions. The workshop and all materials are provided free of charge. No reservation is required.

Closing awards ceremony, 6-7 p.m. Saturday, April 8. The public is invited to participate in the festival’s People’s Choice Award judging during the closing reception in the exhibition gallery.

Keynote address, 7 p.m. Saturday, April 8. Barbara Nicolosi, founder and chair emeritus of Act One Inc., a nonprofit program to train and mentor Christians for careers as Hollywood writers and executives.

The exhibition gallery is open for viewing 5:30-8 p.m. Thursday, April 6; 1-6 p.m. Friday, April 7; and 2-6 p.m. Saturday, April 8.

Visit www.tsrrarts.org/ for more information.


April 6
April 8


Trinity School at River Ridge
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