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Excelsior Art on the Lake will be held June 8 and June 8 at The Commons in Excelsior. 

EXCELSIOR — There’s something new for people to experience at next month’s Art on the Lake in Excelsior. 

In addition to local and notable artists who will be featured at the 39th annual event, people will get the chance to learn how a variety of different art is made through the inaugural Makers Events, an Excelsior-Lake Minnetonka Chamber of Commerce news release said.

The Makers Events will be held at 14 local businesses throughout the weekend of June 8-9, and include:

  • Skyline Specs will teach people how watches and sunglasses are carved and made.
  • Epitome Paper will show how to make a book from a single sheet of paper.
  • Excelsior Brewing Company will show off where their beer is made and teach people about the brewing process.
  • Fleurish plans to show people the artisan side of food.
  • The Maker’s Studio will have a box-making demonstration and ceramics making.

In addition to the Makers Events, there will be booths featuring traditional and contemporary art from more than 140 artists who use various mediums, such as jewelry, wood, painting, ceramics, glass, sculpture, fiber arts and mixed media.

Eight emerging artists will also be highlighted at the event, giving them the opportunity to exhibit their work for the first time in a fine art setting, the release notes. And on Saturday, four artists will be selected for the annual Debbie Hart Award, named after the late Debbie Hart, who founded the event in 1980.

Throughout the two-day event, there will be live music performed by local musicians, including The Jolly Pops, Billy Johnson, Ali Gray and Pretty Beggar.

Various food vendors will be selling food, and there will be a beer and wine booth featuring a signature Bootleg cocktail.

Art on the Lake is put on by the Excelsior-Lake Minnetonka Chamber of Commerce.

Melissa Turtinen is the multimedia reporter for Lakeshore Weekly News. She's passionate about adding context to stories and informing people about what's going on in their community. She enjoys being outside, traveling and good beer.

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