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The Art of Biking- all things Fridley

Emily Stocker, HaveFunBiking.com

The Mississippi River Trail (MRT) takes cyclists through the remarkable art communities that create the Twin Cities Gateway. One of these nine communities is the city of Fridley, MN just north of downtown Minneapolis. Here the community offers a one of a kind experience for art and bike lovers alike. From live theatre to a stunning gallery, everyone will feel inspired after taking a look at the creative scene in bike-friendly Fridley.

Banfill-Locke Center for Art

Enjoy the beautiful garden as you enter the the Banfill-Locke Center for the Art in Fridley.

Enjoy the beautiful garden as you enter the Banfill-Locke Center for the Art in Fridley.

Just off of the MRT the Banfill-Locke Center for the Arts makes a great rest stop on your bike ride. Stop in to cool off and admire the works in the gallery. Maybe pick up a gift for another art lover in their gift shop. If seeing all the collections inspires you, consider making the trip to Banfill-Locke regularly and sign up for a class. Find a class that would best fit your schedule, from a single lesson to an eight week workshop. The Banfill-Locke Center has classes in literary, visual, and self-discovery arts. The center also allows poetry enthusiasts to appreciate the art live by bringing in local poets.

The Banfill-Locke Center for the Art’s newest exhibit opens on July 30 with a reception open to the public. This new exhibition “Art of Darkness” features a variety of pieces all inspired by the paranormal. This exhibit will be open until August 27th.

Fridley Community Theatre

Come by bike or car the 'Lady Pirates of Captain Bree' is a show you are sure, to not want to miss.

Come by bike or car the “Lady Pirates of Captain Bree” is a show you are sure, to not want to miss.

Along with wonderful art, Fridley also has a renowned community theatre. With three productions a year, the community theatre works hard to bring wonderful live theatre to its audience. For this year’s summer production the actors are grabbing their eye patches and are prepared for “The Lady Pirates of Captain Bree”. The show opened last weekend, but don’t worry if you missed it. There are three more shows this weekend. Watch the promo clip to get a taste of what to look forward to in the show on their website.

So bike on over to Fridley to get your fill of all things art.

The Art of Biking – all things Anoka

Emily Stocker, HaveFunBiking.com

When biking down the Mississippi River Trail (MRT) or staying  overnight in the Twin Cities Gateway Area, spend some time enjoying Anoka’s amazing art scene. Discover the art of biking between the Rum River Art Center and the Lyric Arts Main Street Stage. It’s the perfect stop along on the way.

Biking to the Rum River Art Center

The Rum River Art Center has classes for you to “brush up” on your painting and other skills.

The Rum River Art Center has classes for you to “brush up” on your painting and other skills – photo ABC Newspaper

The Rum River Art Center has classes for you to “brush up” on your painting and other skills. These classes range from painting to clay, for a variety of ages. Bike over to the RRAC for one of the Adult Meditative coloring class. Or, if you are a Lord of the Rings fan, head over for Tolkien Tuesdays. Summer workshops are a great way to keep the kids entertained while teaching them art skills. These art camps allow you, or your kids, to take classes on what you are most interested in. From animal drawing to Pokémon, polymer clay and even mosaic stained glass, everyone will have fun while making their artwork.

Biking to the Lyric Arts Main Street Stage

"Nice Work If You Can Get It" is now showing Now showing at the Lyric Arts Main Street Stage, in Anoka.

“Nice Work If You Can Get It” is now showing at the Lyric Arts Main Street Stage, in Anoka.

The Lyric Arts Main Street Stage brings you a wonderful theatre experience right in downtown Anoka. Stop by to admire the mural on the side of the building. If you go on a Monday you can enjoy Anoka’s farmer’s market in the theatre’s parking lot. Love what you see on the outside of the building, then come back for one of their shows.

Lyric Arts’ current play is “Nice Work If You Can Get It.” Along with theatre productions, they have several summer workshops on a variety of topics for all ages. From sketch and improv comedy to singing and dancing lessons, these workshops are great for kids during the summer or anyone wanting to get involved with theatre.

Apart from theatre productions, Lyric Arts also has their “Music in the ‘Burbs” concert series. Relish an evening of music by local artists from around Minnesota on the Lyric Arts stage for an intimate concert. Some scheduled artists include Kat Perkins and Tonic Sol Fa.

So bike on over to Anoka and get your fill of all things art.