Shop the FMVA Studio Crawl From Anywhere

The FMVA Studio Crawl is back October 4 and 5 from noon to 6. This is one of my favorite events in the valley, an absolute don’t-miss experience.

Artists all over Fargo-Moorhead (and also in Harwood, North Dakota and Kragnes, Rollag and Felton, Minnesota) throw open the doors to their studios and invite us all in for food, drinks, demonstrations and a chance to see their creative process in a whole new light.

It’s free, open to all ages and totally informal.

Roberts-Street-Studio-on-Studio-Crawl-Day

You can print out a map here, or just look for the red and white Studio Crawl signs. If you’re in town this weekend, you should definitely check it out.

But I totally get that lots of you won’t be able to make it. Maybe you’re working this weekend. Maybe your best friend is getting married or the kids have a tournament. Maybe you’re reading this from across the country — or across the world.

No worries! You can still see cool art and buy a few new pieces from wherever you are.

Here are six of my favorite Studio Crawl spots, three that are fun for online shopping (links are provided) and three that you should experience live.
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Photo provided by Eric A. Johnson

Online Is Fine:
(And also great in person, if and when you’re in town)

Eric A. Johnson
I love these colorful prints by Eric A. Johnson — they’re so full of energy. His subject matter varies from abstract geometric shapes to stylized trees to colorful cityscapes that seem to melt into the pavement, but his work always gets an emotional reaction out of me.

Eric sells his prints as well as smaller pieces like posters and magnets>. If you can’t make it to Studio Crawl, you can take a look inside Eric’s studio here.

Eric A. Johnson
650 NP Avenue
Renaissance Hall
Room 314
Fargo, ND

5foot20 Design Lounge
Dennis Krull is a talented photographer. His wife Jeannie takes his images and makes them into necklaces, cards, prints and more. Together they make up 50Foot20 Design Lounge.

Dennis’ images of downtown Fargo are dreamy and 5foot20 has been making waves with their Alphotory series, which composes messages using images of individual letters from signs on local businesses. It’s like art and a colorful regional history lesson, all in one.

5foot20 Design Lounge
810 4th Avenue South
Townsite Center
Moorhead, MN

Willi Nilli
Susanne Williams has a huge range. She creates whimsical paintings to beautiful wearable art like the leather handbags available at Willi Nilli.

They’re elegant, striking and original, with interesting folds and pleats and coiled leather accents that set them apart from what’s on everybody else’s arm.

Willi Nilli
74 Broadway
Fargo, ND

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See It In Person:

Jon Offutt
Glassblower Jon Offutt’s House of Mulciber is always one of my favorite Studio Crawl stops. He does several demonstrations throughout the Studio Crawl and he can hypnotize a crowd with fire and his deadpan sense of humor.

The vases, ornaments and pretty decorative gourds available for purchase are stunning and there’s something for every price point.

Jon Offutt’s House of Mulciber
4824 12th Street South
Fargo, ND

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118 Broadway
Two studio spaces in The Black Building in downtown Fargo showcase several local artists including Magda McGowan Szeitz of Magpie Mosaic, Amber Parsons, Chelsea Lee, Megan Johnson, Mike Nelson, JoRelle Grover and Kaylynn Gerenz.

And I’m told there will be tarts, so what are you waiting for?

The Black Building
118 Broadway
Suites 206 and 208
Fargo, ND

Roberts Street Studio
The first thing people usually notice about the Roberts Street Studio is the sweet Paul Ide mural that adorns the entrance. (You can see some of it in the first photo in this post.)

When you step inside, you can explore several studios and take a spin on the pottery wheel.

Roberts Street Studio
515 Roberts Street
Fargo, ND

The last two photos in this post are provided by Magda McGowan Szeitz of Magpie Mosaic.

FMVA Studio Crawl
October 4-5
Noon-6pm

No charge, all ages

The Rourke Art Museum, Plains Art Museum and the Historical and Cultural Society of Clay County also offer free admission with your Studio Crawl brochure.

Studio-Crawl-Sign

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