Wayzata Art Experience returning to Lake Minnetonka

Thousands expected to attend June 24-25 festival

The Wayzata Art Experience, back for its 14th year June 24-25, will host more than 100 local and national juried artists. (Submitted photo)

Visitors of all ages can head to downtown Wayzata this weekend for the annual Wayzata Art Experience.

Returning for its 14th year, the community event invites guests to view and shop a selection of artwork from more than 100 juried artists.

The lakeside festival is put on by the Greater Wayzata Area Chamber of Commerce and is 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, June 24; and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday, June 25. Artists will set up shop on Lake Street for the weekend-long art show.

“We’ve got a lot of local artists as well as some that have been here before and travel from a greater distance,” said Chamber President Becky Pierson. “It’s not unusual for artists to come from other parts of the country and then hit a number of the art shows in the Twin Cities area or in the Midwest area. We are certainly one of those stopping points for the artists that are traveling.”

In addition to perusing the art, visitors are invited to participate in a number of other activities.

A young visitor takes a look around at the Wayzata Art Experience. (Submitted photo)

On Saturday, the Broadway Avenue docks, 700 Lake St. E, will host a morning yoga session and free sailboat rides will be offered until 1 p.m. by the Wayzata Community Sailing Center.

On Sunday, festival-goers can head to the docks for an antique and classic boat show to get an up-close look at some of the most unique vintage wood boats on Lake Minnetonka.

“Because of our unique setting, it’s always great to have a connection with the lake,” Pierson said.

Adding to that connection, guests can cruise Lake Minnetonka all weekend long on the historic Steamboat Minnehaha, a restored 1906 steamboat, for a discounted price of $5.

The festival will also feature community art projects, which include canoe and kayak building by the Urban Boatbuilders and fish sculptures with local artist Mike Carina.

The Wayzata Art Experience will also give art buyers the chance to meet and talk with artists to hear the stories behind each piece. One of the many artists who will be in attendance is Tim Shore, who this year’s featured artist. Shore is owner of Shore Boards, which manufactures custom handcrafted wood paddle boards.

New to this year’s festival, organizers have invited young artists ages 12-18 to submit work to be displayed in an emerging artists booth. An expected 50-75 pieces in all types of mediums will be on display from the local student artists.

“It gives young artists an opportunity to experience being part of an art fair,” Pierson said.

Tom Foty, last year’s featured artist, paints a portrait of a dog during the Wayzata Art Experience. (Sun Sailor file photo by Jason Jenkins)

Visitors are also invited to participate by stopping by the Activity Zone, an area where all ages can enjoy hands-on activities and projects. Guests can also get artful garden landscaping ideas from local landscape and garden design firms.

Also included in the entertainment options throughout the weekend are live music performances and “Arty Parties” featuring food and drink specials at local restaurants all around town throughout the weekend.

Food trucks will also be on hand to feed hungry art enthusiasts.

If you go:

Wayzata Art Experience

When: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, June 24; and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday, June 25

Where: Lake Street, downtown Wayzata

For a complete schedule of events, visit WayzataArtExperience.com.

Visitors walk the Broadway Avenue docks in downtown Wayzata for an antique and classic boat show. The event returns Sunday, June 25, during the Wayzata Art Experience. (Sun Sailor file photo by Jason Jenkins)