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Art Shanty Project

February 8, 2014

White Bear Lake, Ramsey Beach

During the Art Shanty Projects (ASP) the frozen surface of a MN Lake is transformed into a creative community space that is part art gallery, part art residency and part social experiment. Each year ASP draws curious visitors to the outdoors and engages them with art and artists. The unpredictable environment of the frozen lake challenges artists to create platforms for interaction while contending with the natural and human elements. ASP is also a laboratory for artists and audience to experiment.

The projects basic structure is 20 Art Shanties (art installation/ice fishing shanty) build by teams following a competitive selection process. Artists of all levels of experience are invited to propose a project. Projects are chose by a panel that includes artists and community members. Selected artists are funded with a modest stipend to help offset the cost of construction and installation.


2014 will be Art Shanty Projects 10th year as an organized artist run program. Formerly on Medicine Lake in Plymouth, ASP is hoping to bring the project to a new community. This relocation is a direct response to a desire voiced by our audiences to "tour" the project to different lakes around the metro. White Bear Lake is the perfect new location for our next programming year. We feel that the partnership with the White Bear Lake Arts Center and the lake's close proximity to downtown will be an asset both the White Bear Lake community and businesses as well as to Art Shanty artists and visitors.

For more information about this event, please contact Suzi Hudson by phone (651-407-0597).