Glass blowing

Cathy Collison, above, demonstrates glass blowing techniques with a torch at the downtown Creative Crawl. The first of three summer events is set for Friday. (Photo courtesy of Cathy Collison)

When a kiln is too cumbersome for Central Avenue, a torch will do for glass blower Cathy Collison.

Collison demonstrates different glass-crafting techniques and answers questions at the Creative Crawl from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday during the Heritage Days’ Main Street Car Show.

She says people often believe she paints the color on the glass objects she creates, but that’s not the case. She looks forward to showing visitors what she actually does, but at a smaller scale due to using a torch rather than a kiln.

The Creative Crawl is one of the Artists on Main Street projects — funded by the Busch Foundation to celebrate and support local art — that will happen throughout the summer to give the Faribault community an opportunity to see the work of artists and create positive experiences in the downtown area.

Selected downtown businesses will be open during the Creative Crawl with placemaking events, specials and interactive activities; artists/creatives will be selling their handmade items, offering take-and-makes and providing demonstrations and performances; and the Paradise Center for the Arts will also be involved in the art festivities as the Paradise Community Theatre presents A Pirate’s Tale.

“We need to figure out how to make people aware of how much art is happening downtown and add to the experience of going downtown,” said Jessica Prill, project organizer and owner of the Fleur de Lis Gallery at 219 Central Ave.

Julie Fakler, the Paradise Center for the Arts operations manager said, “it’s going to be an eyeopener to how artists make their work … along with fun events.”

Artists can sign up for a table to sell their work by calling Fakler at the Paradise Center for the Arts: 507-332-7372.

The Creative Crawl also takes place during the July 19 car cruises, highlighting the work of a chain-mail artists, and Aug. 16, spotlighting a painter.

If the weather is poor, the demonstrations and other events will be held in the Paradise Center for the Arts and the selected shops.

Reporter Renata Erickson can be reached at 507-333-3129. Follow her on Twitter @FDNrenata.

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