MCAD Alumni at the 2018 Art Shanties on Lake Harriet

Over four weekends this winter, the interactive, multidisciplinary Art Shanty Projects will host art programs and performances that are open to the public.

Several MCAD alumni are participating in this year's Art Shanty Projects, which transforms the frozen surface of Lake Harriet into a creative community space that is a combination of art gallery, art residency, and social experiment.

Jane Powers ’92: Why Not Knit! 
The Why Not Knit! shanty provides a place for people to meet each other and converse through the act of joining threads together: knitting, crocheting, tying knots, braiding, and even weaving with your hands with gloves on. As in quilting bees, story yarns may evolve as the threads of yarn are joined. Along with weaving threads, participants can choose to add their verse to an ongoing poem.

Jan Elftmann ’84: Tiny ArtCar and ArtBike Parade on Ice
The world’s only Tiny ArtCar and ArtBike Parade on Ice happens here in Minnesota on frozen Bde Unma/Lake Harriet. Join the ArtCar and ArtBike artists every Sunday at 1:00 p.m. with Remote Control Tiny ArtCars and ArtBikes.

Janet Groenert ’79: Monarch Butterfly Migration Shanty
The Monarch Butterfly Migration Shanty seeks to celebrate the life cycles of pollinators and bring us closer to the web of life that supports us all, through education, fun, and action.

Paul Owen ’96, Jeff Berg ’97, and Derek Ahlberg ’10: The Thwing
The Thwing is a collection of four giant swings working in conjunction to create a kinetic animation of wonder and mystery. Participants are encouraged to enjoy the childhood activity of swinging and to leave their worries and cares on the ice. By swinging together, participants create the energy that brings The Thwing to life. The Thwing creates joy and wonder not only for the participant but for all who visit.

Paul Bastyr and Jennifer O’Brien ’98: Rocky the Sea Shanty
A collaboration between the Lake Harriet Yacht Club and the Twin Cities Sailing Club. The shanty offers a knot tying board and a fun old fashioned plywood photo opportunity for Instagramers. Additionally, it is staffed by sailors from the two clubs who will be sharing information on how people can come sail on Lake Harriet (day sailers, racers, adaptive sailing and youth programs). Bastyr and O'Brien assisted with the build and graphic design, as well as social media promotion.

Shanty Village
Saturdays and Sundays, January 20–February 11
10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
Lake Harriet

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