From St. Croix Falls and Taylors Falls in the north to Prescott and Hastings in the south, locals share how to take an artful journey through the St. Croix Valley.

Start your journey here: Zephyr Theater, Stillwater, MN

“The St. Croix Film Society puts on independent movies here. I love seeing old films on the big screen and having that communal viewing experience with others.” — Alana Cuellar, potter

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Start your journey here: Brookside Bar & Grill, Marine on St. Croix, MN

“When we have a day to bum around, we start at the Brookside, where food is served on pottery from local potter Guillermo Cuellar. Then we head north or south along the river, stopping at artist studios, catching live music, and hiking along the bluffs.” — Greg Seitz, writer, photographer, river reporter and Paul Creager, filmmaker, teacher, photographer, festival organizer

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Start your journey here: Downtown Hastings, MN

“I adore the architecture of Hastings, and love walking the downtown to view and photograph the ornamentation on the buildings.” – Kami Anderson, teacher and amateur photographer

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Start your journey here: Oliphant Brewing, Somerset, WI

“All walks of life come together here to enjoy the brews – and the fantastic murals by Taylor Berman.” – Cole Zrostlik, librarian

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Start your journey here: Franconia Sculpture Park, Shafer, MN

“No matter the weather, whatever the season, I love running around the park with the kids. We always have a memorable adventure here.” — Peter Jadoonath, potter

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Start your journey here: Seasons on St. Croix Art Gallery, Hudson, WI

“With works from artists all over the Midwest, this gallery offers immense variety and inspiration.” — Barbara Bend, fiber sculpture artist

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This Cultural Tourism project is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts. also invested in this project along with other local funders including: Afton Area Business Association, St. Croix Falls Tourism and the Water Street Inn.

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