Northfield Arts Guild

Music by Sam Ryden, New Season Honey, KidsART, Hand Crafted Leather Goods, and Summer Produce at Saturday’s Riverwalk Market Fair

Looking at Flowers at Riverwalk

Choosing Flowers at Riverwalk.

Northfield’s Riverwalk Market Fair, Saturday, August 16, from 9 am to 1 pm – rain or shine. Located Downtown on Bridge Square. Summer Produce, Artisan Foods, Art and Fine Craft.

Summer Produce, Artisan Foods, Art and Fine Craft

Farmers have summer produce including fresh-picked salad greens, snow peas, rhubarb, green beans, radishes, broccoli, zucchini, Asian and head cabbage, kohlrabi, cucumber, kale, potatoes, carrots and herbs, along with eggs, and flowers. Locally grown heirloom, cherry, and Roma tomatoes are now available. Artisan foods include fresh-baked breads and delicious sweet and savory pastries jams, jellies, jams, and pickles.

Photographs, handcrafted leather goods, ceramics, fused glass art, fiber art, greeting cards, hand crafted accessories, and jewelry are among the art and fine crafts for sale.

Local Honey from Schoolhouse Apiary

New season honey from Schoolhouse Apiary

New season honey from Schoolhouse Apiary.

Laura Heiman of Schoolhouse Apiary will have the first of this summer’s honey – clear, light yellow and with a distinctive, complex flavor. The flavor of local honey varies with the season, and early season honey is Laura’s favorites. Laura says this year’s comb honey is among the best she has ever had, so try some now while supplies last. Honey vinegar made from mead is Laura’s special product for 2014. Since it has to age 1 full year she waited

Kelly Asada makes leather accessories -- belts, purses, wallets, iPad sleeves, and more.

Kelly Asada makes leather accessories.

a long time for it to be ready! While the sweetness is gone, mead vinegar retains the honey flavor, and is great for salad dressing or with fruit.

Hand-crafted Leather Goods by Kelly Asada

New among Kelly Asada’s hand-crafted leather goods are women’s cell phone cases and a wallet clutch. Kelly has a limited number of purses from tooled Italian leather. Tablet computer sleeves are a popular new item. Other favorite items include wallets for men and women, money clips, card holders, and belts.

Sam Ryden

Sam Ryden

Music by Sam Ryden and KidsArt Youth Activity

At age 13, Sam Ryden is just getting started as a musician, and what a start his is making. Already a very credible guitar man, Sam is blessed with an ethereal tenor voice, sophisticated musical sense, and killer stage presence. Sam made the pre-teen division semifinals of the Minnesota State Fair Talent Contest in both 2012 and 2013. Music runs in the family. Sam’s dad Rob Ryden is worship director at Northfield’s Emmaus church and sings with the Eastside Collective. Sam plays regularly at Emmaus Church. See Sam’s 2013 Minnesota State Fair performance here.

Youth Activity on Saturday will be KidsART, exploring performing, literary and visual art forms, and led by Christina Schwietz of the Northfield Arts Guild.

Featured Artist Juliane Shibata, June 9

Ceramics artist is intrigued by repeating forms

Grew up: 

Sheridan, Wyoming

Current residence:

Northfield, Minnesota


Holds a master of fine arts degree in ceramics from Bowling Green State University and graduated from Carleton College with a bachelor’s degree in Studio Art

Day job: Manages the Northfield Arts Guild Gallery.

Art history:

I have been working in ceramics for more than 12 years. I especially enjoy making objects out of porcelain – it looks delicate but is quite durable. I was an artist in residence at Ox-Bow, affiliated with the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and also the Appalachian Center for Craft in Tennessee and The Pottery Workshop in Jingdezhen, China.

Favorite technique:

Throwing multiple forms on the wheel. The technique is well suited for making functional ware and creating installation pieces. My installations rely on the recurrence of smaller forms to engage the viewer. I am attracted to the rhythm that is generated when they repeat and begin to energize the space around them.

What people should know about your work:

I mix my own porcelain in order to obtain a clean, white clay body. Although I do make sculptural work, I also love pottery. It is a great feeling when people develop a special relationship with my functional work by using it every day.



Full Moon Barn Dance


Come out to the Red Barn Farm this weekend for live music, food and dancing! The event benefits the Northfield Arts Guild. Red Barn Farm will provide their famous pizzas with more organic food. Music is by Synergy, who plays rock, reggae, salsa and swing. Tickets are available through the Northfield Arts Guild. The event starts at 6:30 on Friday night.