Art for free found all over town


Got spring fever? Yeah, don’t we all. Get out your family’s bikes, skateboards, and Razor scooters, and take a self-propelled art tour. Our city has so much to offer and it’s all available to you and yours for, if you play it right, a few bucks and some change.

Start at Dunn Bros Northat 120 Elton Hills Dr. NW, grab some java or lemonade, and cast your eyes on these walls. Local photographer Courtney Skinner has displayed her work here, and even made her first sale of a photograph of electrocuted fish. Yep, you read that right.

"I thought they were so colorful and vibrant," she says of the fish picture. "I laid them on the seat of a canoe and took a picture."

Skinner’s work was on display at Dunn Bros previously and will be again in coming months. Other artists’ work rotates on these walls, so there’s always something to see.

Next up, head over to Fiddlehead Coffee Co. to load up on carbs and coffee and view the walls of Forager Brewery(1005 6th St. NW). Art curator Cassandra Buck aims to wow you.


Work sold here can range from a few dozen dollars to $5,000 for a four-painting set. But have no fear, it’s a no-pressure atmosphere because there’s no salesperson. Instead, you can browse at your leisure, food or drink in hand, and banter over what pieces you like best.

 "When the (owner) Annie Henderson came up with the idea for Forager, she approached me right away and asked if I would curate the walls with local art," Buck says. "You can buy it on the spot. She wanted to make that easy for people."

Ready for a jaunt? It’s time to take those two- and four-wheelers and head downtown. Where to go first? Maybe park those rides and head up into the skyway system, where local schools rotate student art.

Next up, grab some thirst quenchers at Café Steam,215 S Broadway, and check out what they’ve got on display. You won’t have to go far to see what’s next on our tour – Christ United Methodist Churchat 400 5th Ave. SW has quite a gallery that is sure to mesmerize everyone in your art-viewing gang.

Then head over to the Rochester Art Center(40 Civic Center Dr. SE) if it’s free admission Thursday and see what galleries they have on display there. Or, if you’re ready to wander the hallowed halls of Mayo Clinic, glance at the breathtaking glass Chihuly fixtures hanging from the Gonda Building’s interior ceiling.

While downtown, hit SEMVA’snew location at 320 S Broadway and don’t overlook Gallery 24at 324 1st Ave. SW. 

By now, you might be ready to call it a day. That’s OK. You’ve probably gotten your fill. Happy trails!


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