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Tangletown Garden and Art

By Lavender July 12, 2011

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Tour Donates Proceeds to Various Beneficiaries

The Tangletown Gardens Seventh Annual Garden and Art Tour, with the theme “Discovering the Neighborhood,” will showcase contemporary and traditional art by dozens of the region’s finest artists installed for the day throughout a number of stellar private gardens in surrounding South Minneapolis neighborhoods.

As in previous years, Tangletown owners Scott Endres and Dean Engelmann will donate proceeds from the tour to help fund public art, charities, and garden projects throughout the Twin Cities area.

Tour gardens and outdoor art galleries while enjoying wine, food and music. Photo by Hubert Bonnet

Endres says, “Past tours have funded the restoration of a magnificent bronze Japanese urn for the Minneapolis Park Board; horticulture scholarships through the Minnesota Nursery and Landscape Association; and garden partnerships with the Minnetonka Center for the Arts, The Museum of Russian Art, the City of Minneapolis, the Minneapolis Park Board, the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum and Department of Horticultural Science at the University of Minnesota.”

Looking to the future, Endres and Engelmann hope that these public gifts financed by Tangletown Gardens and the Tangletown Gardens Art and Garden Tours will serve as inspiration to many in the years to come.

Just a short walk from Tangletown is the home of Cordelia Anderson and George Humleker, creators of one of the tour’s superb gardens. A chat with Anderson revealed that a garden is a living, evolving entity.

“We’ve lived in the neighborhood for 25 years,” Anderson explained, “and over that time, the yard has changed as our lives and life styles have changed.

“Five years ago, after ranting on about living in this awful, cold climate and my wish to live on the water, we transformed the back yard yet again, from vegetable gardens and a children’s play space to no grass, two ponds/waterfalls, and as many small trees and grasses as we could fit into a small space.

“Then, two years ago, we wanted to transform the front yard, so there would be no grass, and we could hear water from every room in the house. There are now a front yard stream/waterfall, and a rock water wall with benches situated so those passing by can pause, and have a moment of joy.”

Anderson continues, “I office out of the house, and my work is around prevention of child sexual abuse and exploitation, so I like to think of the garden views and sounds as ‘Serenity in Chaos.’ The title also fits for being intentional about creating calm and joy within the hectic-ness of life. We couldn’t do much about the climate, but we are as close as we can get to experiencing the look and sounds of living on the water.

As Anderson enthuses, “We are proud and excited to be part of the Tangletown Garden and Art Tours. As participants in past years, we will miss the awe and inspiration from going on the tour ourselves, but are looking forward to sharing our gardens.”

“The tour’s ‘outdoor galleries,’” Endres explains, “will be curated by Merry Beck, Gallery 360; Cynde Randall, Swan Song Contemporary Arts; Ann Ruhr Pifer, Grand Hand Gallery; and Derrik Gagliardi, Tangletown Gardens—integrating paintings, prints, drawings, photographs, ceramics, and sculpture into the natural setting of each garden.”

Wine-tasting will take place in the gardens, while artists and host gardeners will be stationed at each site, available to answer questions, and to discuss their creative work. All artwork will be available for purchase.

You’ve immersed yourself in flowers and fine art, but it’s not over yet! Tickets include the eagerly anticipated evening celebration. Join the artists, gardeners, homeowners, and Tangletown Gardens team members at the garden center for a celebratory reception.

Feast on delicious Tangletown Gardens-grown food supplied by its recently opened Wise Acre Eatery, and prepared by its culinary team. The wine is courtesy of Chuck Kansky of Solo Vino. Refreshments will be enhanced by musical entertainment with a decidedly Latin edge, provided by Tambuca, with dancing on into the night.

Tickets, $25 in advance or $30 the day of the tour, are available through July 23 at the following locations: Tangletown Gardens, Tangletown’s Wise Acre Eatery, and Gallery 360 in Minneapolis; Grand Hand Gallery and Solo Vino in St. Paul; and Swan Song Contemporary Arts in Maiden Rock Wisconsin.

Tour maps can be picked up the day of the event, anytime after 9 AM, at Tangletown Gardens, 5353 Nicollet Avenue, Minneapolis.

Gardens are open 9 AM-4 PM, rain or shine. The wine tasting in the gardens runs Noon-4PM. The evening celebration at Tangletown Gardens begins at 7 PM.

View past Garden and Art Tour pictures at www.tangletowngardens.com.

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