Affectionately known as “Weisguides,” WAM’s volunteer tour guides complete extensive training and lead hundreds of museum tours each year. Discovering new works of art, connecting with artists, researchers, curators, visitors, and each other, and engaging in critical conversations with people in the community (from school children to elders) are only some of the ways our Weisguides make an impact. Our fall 2019 Weisguide application is now open! We invite you to apply today. But don’t take it from us. Hear from…
Every May the Minnesota Potters of the Upper St. Croix Valley host a colossal ceramics event. The St. Croix Valley Pottery Tour brings in a plethora of ceramists, shoppers, and sightseers to peruse wares, visit studios, and enjoy the atmosphere of a spring celebration. 2017 marks the twenty-fifth anniversary year of this now beloved ritual.
In honor of this milestone, WAM presents the exhibition A Culture of Pots: The 25th Anniversary of the St. Croix Valley Pottery Tour. The exhibition features art by the twelve host potters along with works by the many guests who have contributed to the event over the past quarter of a century. The artworks displayed are highlights from twenty-five years of craftsmanship and human connection fostered by the St. Croix Valley Pottery Tour, an event built on interaction. This act of hospitality, that enlivens the tour and enacts these values, is markedly Minnesotan.
The exhibition will be accompanied by a fully illustrated catalogue and will include an essay on the history and impact of the tour by Twin Cities art and craft critic Pamela Espeland.
A Culture of Pots Exhibition Reception
Friday, June 23, 2017 | 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
WAM invites you to join the celebration, talk to the artists, and see their work up close in the galleries. The reception will include a cash bar and small bites.
Image: Marlene Jack, “Ewer Set with Salt ‘n’ Pepper Basket, 2014, porcelain. Lent by the artist.