Explore St. Croix Valley arts with new ‘Insider Itineraries’

Locals share how to take an artful journey through the St. Croix Valley.




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Art at every bend in the river

There is too much art being created and experienced along the lower St. Croix River for any one person to know about everything. That’s why a new project from ArtReach St. Croix is offering recommendations from local residents, who share their favorites places, activities, and adventures — from live theater to brewery taprooms.

The ‘Insider Itineraries’ are meant to help promote the St. Croix Valley as an arts destination for tourists — and also help locals strengthen their sense of place. It includes a brochure available around the area, and a website with themed recommendations

Art on a Dime – Alana Cuellar, potter

Start your journey here: Zephyr Theater, Stillwater, MN
“The St. Croix Film Society puts on independent movies here. I love seeing old films on the big screen and having that communal viewing experience with others.”

See all of Alana’s recommendations

Go with the Flow – Greg Seitz, writer, Paul Creager, community organizer 

Start your journey here: Brookside Bar & Grill, Marine on St. Croix, MN
“When we have a day to bum around, we start at the Brookside, where food is served on pottery from local potter Guillermo Cuellar. Then we head north or south along the river, stopping at artist studios, catching live music, and hiking along the bluffs.”

See all of Greg & Paul’s recommendations

Focal Points – Kami Anderson, amateur photographer

Start your journey here: Downtown Hastings, MN
“I adore the architecture of Hastings, and love waling the downtown to view and photograph the ornamentation on the buildings.”

See all of Kami’s recommendations

The More the Merrier – Cole Zrostlik, librarian

Start your journey here: Oliphant Brewing, Somerset, WI
“All walks of life come together here to enjoy the brews – and the fantastic murals by Taylor Berman.”

See all of Cole’s recommendations

It’s Playtime – Peter Jadoonath, potter

Start your journey here: Franconia Sculpture Park, Shafer, MN
“No matter the weather, whatever the season, I love running around the park with the kids. We always have a memorable adventure here.”

See all of Peter’s recommendations

For Your Collection – Barb Bend, fiber sculpture artist

Start your journey here: Seasons on St. Croix Art Gallery, Hudson, WI
“With works from artists all over the Midwest, this gallery offers immense variety and inspiration.”

See all of Barb’s recommendations

Writing and photography by Kate Seitz of St. Croix 360. Graphic design by Jenn Anderson.

This Cultural Tourism project was supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts.

DiscoverStillwater.com also invested in this project along with other local funders including: Afton Area Business Association, St. Croix Falls Tourism and the Water Street Inn.


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Explore St. Croix Valley arts with new ‘Insider Itineraries’