The Art Shanty Project is an annual pop up exhibit mixing art with the hardiness of Minnesotans and our unique love of ice fishing. Now located on White Bear Lake, the program wants to foster "artist driven temporary communities: and explore ways that unregulated public spaces can be used to "create new and challenging artistic environments".
The excerpt below is from an article Anne wrote in 2014 explaining why this project appealed to her as a family outing. While the icehouses will be different this year, the spirit remains the same.
Not only are these unique icehouses designed by local artists, they are strongly encouraged to be interactive. Herein lies the fun of bringing the whole family out to see them. My sporty 8-year-old son, for instance, would love the Curling Clubhouse Ice Shanty. Curling lessons for him and a warming house with observation deck for Mom and Dad! In the Noah’s Art Shanty, my artsy little girls would love molding clay animals. This Saturday will also feature special storytelling sessions in the Noah’s Art Shanty at 2, 3, and 4pm. I could see our whole family getting into the Pedal Bear, a bicycle-powered polar bear puppet that transports guests across frozen White Bear Lake.
2017 Art Shanty Project - On-Ice Program
This year the program runs February weekend days from 10:00 am to 4:00 p.m. Find directions HERE.