ArtWorks to host gallery exhibit of Cedar River Watershed scenes

Submissions wanted for 6-week show starting April 20 at Austin art center downtown

Austin ArtWorks Center is seeking entries of 2-D and 3-D visual art for the “Reviving Our River” exhibit set for April 20 to June 1 in its second-floor gallery. Due by April 17, submitted work — such as paintings, drawings and photography — must include a scene showing water from a location in the Cedar River Watershed in Minnesota.

Austin ArtWorks Center’s call for entries

A gallery opening for the Cedar River-themed exhibit will be April 20 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Cedar River Watershed District is co-sponsoring the gallery with ArtWorks Center, which is operated by the nonprofit Austin Area Commission for the Arts (AACA). CRWD and AACA partnered in 2016 on a similar gallery show focused on Cedar River Watershed scenes.

“We’re excited to partner once again with ArtWorks Center in showcasing the beauty of the Cedar River State Water Trail and its tributaries through the creativity and eyes of the public,” said Tim Ruzek, CRWD outreach coordinator.

Part of the 2016 gallery show at Austin ArtWorks Center focused on water scenes in the Cedar River Watershed.
Event postcard for 2016 Cedar River Watershed-themed gallery exhibit

CRWD plans to showcase some of the photographs it received in 2017 through its inaugural “Cedar Scenes” weekly contest that attracted more than 300 images of the local watershed from 59 people.

To submit visual art for the exhibit, bring items to the Austin ArtWorks Center, 300 N. Main St., on April 13 (10 a.m. to 5 p.m.); April 14 (10 a.m. to 3 p.m.) or April 17 (10 a.m. to 5 p.m.).

Submitted work must include a title, name of waterway depicted, date and price (if for sale) for each piece. Sales of exhibited artwork will be handled by the Austin ArtWorks Center in accordance with its commissions process. ArtWorks staff will make the final decision on whether an item will be part of the gallery show, including how many items can be shown per artist.

Laura Helle, executive director of Austin Area Commission for the Arts

“Artists have been inspired by nature for centuries, and local artists are no exception,” said Laura Helle, executive director of the Austin Area Commission for the Arts. “We are proud to support a healthy watershed by celebrating the beauty of the many waterways in the district as seen through the eyes of those local artists.”

Austin ArtWorks Center showcases local arts, provides arts enrichment to children and adults, and fosters a community of artists and art lovers. It hosts Mower County’s only public clay studio and has exhibits on its main and second floors that host gallery shows for professional and emerging artists as well as private collectors.

Cedar River’s watershed consists of numerous waterways, including Austin Mill Pond downtown; Ramsey Mill Pond; East Side Lake; Dobbins Creek; Turtle Creek; Wolf Creek (Todd Park); Roberts Creek; Rose Creek; Little Cedar River; Ramsey Creek; Orchard Creek; and Otter Creek, among others.

A watershed map can be found on the Cedar River Watershed District’s website — This, however, will not include some waterways, such as Turtle Creek and Little Cedar River, that are outside the district’s political boundaries but are part of the larger Cedar River Watershed.

Full boundaries of the Cedar River Watershed in Minnesota

Cedar River Watershed District

In 2007, state and local officials formed the Cedar River Watershed District in response to the Cedar River Watershed’s worst-known floods occurring in 2000 and 2004. CRWD’s top priorities are aimed at reducing flooding and improving water quality within the Cedar River Watershed.

Formed in 2007, CRWD works to reduce flooding and improve water quality on the Cedar River State Water Trail and its tributaries in southern Minnesota.

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