Since mid-March, Guild staff, artists, instructors, board members, and supporters have worked to re-imagine and adapt our programming to best serve our community while we are unable to physically gather. Here are activities to do from home, resources for artists, and ways to help support the Guild. We will keep this page updated as we continue to add more to our online offerings, as well as highlight important updates on our News page.

Things to do

SOLOS: The Guild is hosting an online monologue writing and performance festival! Check out the details on the SOLOS page.

Viewing Club: With the shift to online programming, there’s a wealth of incredible performances out there! This new program had participants watching a new play online each week in May and gathering for a weekly Zoom discussion. More information can be found on the Viewing Club page.

Virtual gallery tours!
The annual All School Art Show 20/20 Vision, featuring the work of nearly 1,000 local K-12 students, can be viewed on Facebook. To view the artwork by grade and introduced by the teachers, please visit our YouTube page for a playlist of videos.

A Whole Bunch of Art, the Honors Art Show featuring work from the Honors Art class at Northfield High School, can be viewed here. Check out the catalog featuring artists’ statements and photos of their pieces or view this video tour on YouTube. Additional photos and experiences can be seen on Facebook as well.

Belonging, an exhibition of artwork referencing themes around connection, inclusion, value, acceptance and community, features thirteen regional artists in their Guild debut and can be viewed here. Watch the video tour of the exhibition on YouTube, or visit our Facebook page for further engagement.

Centered Mindfulness features installation works by six regional artists Marilyn Larson, Tim Lloyd, John Saurer, Jan Shoger, Elizabeth Simonson and Michon Weeks. Each artist has developed a specific visual language that aims to shift viewers’ perspective toward a more meditative view of the world, either through repetitive forms, mathematical theories, grid systems or circular structures. The video tour of the exhibition can be viewed here. Watch the recording of the Virtual Artist Reception on YouTube, or visit our Facebook page for further engagement.

20/20 Optics: New Approaches features works by five regional artists Sheri Grube, Sharol Nau, Michael Ruth, Erika Terwilliger and Annie Young. The work in this exhibition showcases how each of these artists explore traditional methods and media with fresh perspectives and techniques. The video tour of the exhibition can be viewed here. Watch the recording of the Virtual Artist Reception on YouTube, or visit our Facebook page for further engagement.

Discover Handmade • Get Inspired • Support Regional Artists
Our first ever Virtual Festival kicked off on Sept 12! The 2020 Virtual Riverfront Fine Arts Festival features a tremendous variety of local and regional artists offering their works for sale, accompanied by online artist interviews, demonstrations and studio tours.

Visitors and shoppers can experience the Guild’s Virtual Festival through the Festival web page that features artist profiles, links to shop participating artists’ online stores, and engaging videos.

Public Art Passports: Discover fine works of art while traveling around the neighborhood, as your Passport takes you on a public art scavenger hunt throughout Northfield! Use enclosed art supplies to create your own works of art at each site. Spend the day with family and friends, admiring the art in your own backyard.

Pickup your free Public Art Passport in front of the Guild Wednesdays-Fridays between 12-5 pm.

Summer Classes: Summer classes run June 1 through Aug. 31, 2020, with new classes starting each month. We are excited to present this summer education programming, but it is dependent on arriving at a moment where gatherings of various sizes are deemed safe by the CDC, Minnesota Department of Health and you. Classes taking place are also dependent on enrollment – so please register! If for any reason classes cannot take place as scheduled, we will work with you to offer an online option, reschedule the program or refund you in full. View the full list of classes and register on our Summer Classes page.

Fall Classes: Fall classes run Sept. 1 through Dec. 31, 2020, and are in the process of being planned right now! Stay tuned for a whole new slate of online classes for youth and adults. Want to teach? Have a class suggestion? Email Education and Volunteer Manager Megan Proft with your ideas.

Art at Home: Education Assistant and Outreach Coordinator Jennie Eubank has been creating instructional videos to follow along and make your own at-home art projects. Check out the playlist of art making videos on YouTube, with new videos being added on a regular basis!

Open Art: Once a month, we host Open Art. This summer we’re taking things virtual! Upcoming dates and Zoom links can be found on the Community Art Making page.

411 Concert Series: The final concert of the 2019-20 411 Concert Series was originally scheduled to take place at the Guild Theater on May 2. Katy Vernon hosted a virtual concert for the Guild called Katy Vernon #LiveFromHome. This intimate concert full of delightful music and heartfelt stories can be watched on the Guild’s Facebook page.

The Guild’s Gift Shop features handmade artwork by over 100 member artists, many of them local. Consider art as a token of appreciation for someone special in your life, or something to brighten your workspace at home. Visual Arts Manager Heather Lawrenz is able to help you shop remotely and can provide curbside pick-up or local no-contact delivery, or can ship the items directly to you. More information can be found on the Gift Shop page.

Jim Bohnhoff has created a coloring page of the Guild for you to fill in at home! Get your own for free by downloading the PDF below and coloring your own version of the Guild. If the download doesn’t work, right-click and save the file as a PDF on your desktop to print at home.

Guild member artists have been virtually inviting the public to see behind the scenes at their studios. Studio visit tour videos can be viewed on our Artist Professional Development page. Photo tours of studios can also be found on the Guild’s Facebook and Instagram pages by searching #viewfrommystudio. Keep checking back for more tours added regularly!

resources for artists

Springboard for the Arts has a list of resources available for artists impacted by COVID-19, including an application for an Emergency Relief Fund. More information on their website.

Minnesota Citizens for the Arts has compiled a list of regional, state, and national grants and relief programs for artists. A list can be found on the MCA website.

Artist Relief is a coalition of national arts grantmakers to create an emergency initiative offering financial and informational resources to artists across the United States.

Minnesota Council of Nonprofits has created a Minnesota Grants Directory that can be accessed online here detailing ways that various grantmakers are adjusting their processes for 2020.

ways to help

The Guild is currently running a $13,000 matching gift campaign from our board members and friends. Your support now has twice the impact! Please consider supporting the Guild financially to ensure we have the necessary resources to get through these challenging times. Click here to make a donation.

If you are not already a member, please consider supporting the Guild by making a yearlong commitment to our mission. There are several different levels of membership. For more information or to become a member, please check out our Members Circle page.

We also recognize that this crisis has impacted our community in many different ways. If you are unable to give financially at this time, please help us out by spreading the word about what the Guild is up to! By forwarding an email to a friend, sharing our content on social media, and telling your friends and neighbors about the Guild, you help amplify our message and programming.