Touring the Fresh Art

Katie Venit

For fans of high-quality local art, it’s hard to imagine a more perfect weekend than one spent shopping for early holiday presents by touring picturesque Lake Pepin’s best galleries along scenic winding country roads … except if you took that same tour and held it during the peak of the gorgeous fall season. During the 12th Annual Fresh Art Fall Tour held October 2-4, sixteen galleries and studios of Pepin and Pierce counties will throw open their doors so visitors can see their art in the settings where it was created. The talented craftspeople include painters, metalworkers, sculptors, jewelers, weavers, and goats (cheese, that is). Pick up brochures and maps for the free, self-guided tour at participating galleries or at various businesses around Pepin and Pierce counties. Or preview the galleries and plan your well-marked route along the romantic country roads at

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