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Stillwater is the proud home to a diverse and unique art community featuring  art galleries downtown or antique malls selling visual art, multiple art fairs or open studio events, live music year-round at several venues, and performing arts. Celebrate new and established local artists and mediums. Check out the Calendar of Events for ideas.

STAGE THEATER – Downtown Stillwater now has a live performance theater in the old train depot! The Zephyr Theater is open with several events and grand plans for expansion with a new stage theater spring 2020.

DIY STUDIO CRAFTS – The laid-back vibe and scenic beauty of the St. Croix River Valley is an inspiration for all creative souls. As you walk through town, see if you can find the historic themed murals featured on downtown buildings and alleyways or find your inner artist with a stop at a DIY studio to craft your own project using paint, pottery, woodjewelryfused glass or metal clay, or yarn. Great for group make & take experiences!

ART FAIRS & EVENTS –   Browse local and nationally known artwork at several main events: Take Me to the River (Sept), Rivertown Art Festival (Oct), St. Croix Valley Potter’s Tour (May), St. Croix Valley Art Opener Studio Tour (May).

LIVE MUSIC & DANCING – Stillwater’s nightlife scenic is vibrant. A wide variety of music awaits you at the night clubs, wine bistros, pubs and restaurants of Stillwater. Listen to live music at one of the many indoor or outdoor music concerts held in Lowell Park, Pioneer Park, restaurants, and other local venues. Music variety for all tastes – jazz, rock, country, karaoke, open mic, top 40 DJ, dancing, acoustic, local bands.

Alchemy Arts Studio

5620 Memorial Ave N
Stillwater, MN 55082 (view map)
651.808.8603

Fused Glass projects and Metal Clay Jewelry classes and parties! ​Welcome to the coolest studio doing the warmest arts with space for BYOB or catered parties plus cool music and fun instructors. Let us walk you through the easy craft of glass fusing such as glass plates, bowls, vases, lamps and advanced fusing classes. You can also try the amazing material of Metal Clay. With this “clay like” material, you can design and create your own custom silver/copper jewelry. Check website class calendar. Perfect venue for a unique party experience for groups of 8-16 people.

Art Reach St. Croix

224 North 4th St.
Stillwater, MN 55082 (view map)
651.439.1465

This non-profit promotes visual, literary and performing arts along the St. Croix River. Located across from the Stillwater Library, the light-filled galleries at ArtReach host rotating exhibitions of artists inspired by living along the St. Croix. The shows change frequently and feature ceramics, printmaking, painting, glass and more. View a list of local artists on their website as well.

Gullywubbles

122 Main St.
Stillwater, MN 55082 (view map)
651.424.2871

From tots to teens, Gullywubbles offers walk in craft projects, jewelry, accessories, toys, novelties, candy, clothing, handmade treasures and more!

Kari’s Create & Paint Studio

221 Chestnut St. E.
Stillwater, MN 55082 (view map)
651.500.6588

Paint your own pottery and canvas studio where you are the artist.  All the materials are provided and an inspiring environment for your creativity to flow. Walk-ins welcome – there’s great local coffee so come in and paint! Book your next event at Kari’s Create & Paint Studio – From birthdays and bachelorette parties to showers and school outings – they can host any event, or come on-site at your desired location.

Marquess Studios

305 Greeley St. S.
Stillwater, MN 55082 (view map)
651.278.3538, email preferred hello@marquessstudios.com

Led by a local art-loving, creative, re-purposing junky, Marquess Studios is a unique space to host a bachelorette party, girls night, family gathering or design custom orders via private appointment. Private event themes in our intimate studio, referred to as “Narnia” and “The hidden gem of Stillwater,” include a D.I.Y. Spa Kit, or the Minnesota Challenge String Art and vintage jewelry design. If you are feeling super creative or sentimental, sign your group up for “Junky-to-Funky” where each guest will create a custom design from something out of their own keepsake drawer.

River City Sculpture Tour

Stillwater’s historic district downtown will feature a year-long outdoor exhibit of free public art as multiple art sculptures by Midwest artists will be on display as part of a multi-city tour in the the St. Croix and Mississippi River Valleys.  Stroll downtown to see what you can find, snap a photo and don’t forget to #DiscoverStillwater! Here is a Map of all 10 exhibits.

Sawdust Savvy

324 S. Main Street, Suite 7
Stillwater, MN 55082 (view map)
651.705.6614

Sawdust Savvy offers wood crafting experiences with power tools, paint and stain- build-it-yourself workshops are fun! Bring your group 8 or more make your custom creation. By appointment only. Located in downtown Stillwater now in the historic Grand Garage building.

Stillwater Beads

202 S. Main Street
Stillwater, MN 55082 (view map)
651.275.0255

Step into the lower level of Art n’ Soul boutique to find a large collection of beads to inspire your own jewelry creations. Assistance for custom jewelry available.

The Outing Lodge

11661 Myeron Road North
Stillwater, MN 55082 (view map)
651.439.9747

Look for themed dinners or book open art studio classes at this historic site. The culinary experiences are unique in our fast modern world – from Russia to Italy to Paris, France. A feeling of harmony flows from flavor to flavor, mixes in the conversation, the good company, the candlelight, and the music. The dinners follow recipes from European culinary schools. Let the countryside inspire your creativity with open studio art classes on drawing and painting – by reservation only for groups 2-25. Custom designed experiences for your special occasions also available. Find events on our calendar.

The Zephyr Theatre

601 Main St. N.
Stillwater, MN 55082 (view map)
651.342.1542

The Zephyr Theatre produces plays, musicals, and other theatrical performances, as well as concerts and dance performances.   In addition, the Theatre works in collaboration with the St Croix Film Society to show classic films.  Our theatre, music, dance, and art classes for students in preschool – 12th grade allow students to explore and study the creative arts. View our website for calendar of events and class schedules.

Future plans: As a professional theatre in the St. Croix Valley, the 330-seat Zephyr Theatre at the old train depot will produce productions of the highest quality that are visually, acoustically, and artistically beautiful. We will create and revive classic musicals and plays, while incorporating music, musical cultures, and dance into the live arts in meaningful ways.

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