Arts, Food and Culture this Spring

Springtime is a great season for arts, crafts and culture throughout the country. If you’re looking for fine art, good food, local wines, crafts for sale or just something to do on a Saturday, check out these exhibits and shows, taking place around the United States.

Ceramics Showcase
Portland, OR. At the end of April, the Oregon Convention Center in Portland will be hosting the 2011 Ceramic Showcase, the nation’s largest show and sale of pottery, sculpture, garden art and anything you can imagine being made of clay. The show runs Friday, Saturday and Sunday, April 29 – May 1, and will feature more than 150 artists. The show will also feature live music from the Pete Krebs Trio, a wine bar to taste a selection of Oregon wines,  an “Adult Clay Area” where you can try your hand at the pottery wheel or hand sculpting, with experienced teachers to help you out. You’ll also find a children’s “Play Clay” area for the little ones to create something as well. For more information, visit the Ceramic Showcase 2011 Homepage.

Gertrude Stein Exhibit
San Francisco, CA. In the Early 20th century, Gertrude Stein was living in Paris and collecting and displaying amazing art with her brothers, Leo and Michael, and Michael’s wife Sara. Alongside friends like well-known Henri Matisse and Pablo Picasso, this amazing family helped to shape the Parisian art world for years. Opening May 21 in San Francisco, a new exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art will reunite the Steins’  historic art collections for the first time in more than 40 years -featuring dozens of works by Henri Matisse, Pablo Picasso, Paul Cézanne, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, and many others. Read more on the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art’s website.

Festival of Nations
Saint Paul, MN. Minnesota’s celebration of diversity and culture, the Festival of Nations, the state’s largest and longest-running cultural festival, will take place May 5 – 8 this year, at the Saint Paul River Centre. More than ninety ethnic groups and cultures will participate in this annual festival’s 79th edition, which features dozens of food booths, more than 100 dance ensembles and lots of music, providing continuous entertainment across three stages. The festival also showcases a global bazaar of multicultural items and demonstrations by artisans. Visit for more information.

Crab, Seafood & Wine Festival
Astoria, OR. If you’re looking for three days of seafood, wine, music and fun on the Oregon coast, look no further than the Astoria-Warrenton Crab, Seafood & Wine Festival at the Clatsop County Fairgrounds on April 29-May 1. It features award-winning wine, dozens of food booths and vendors from all over the area, plus music and fun. Visit the Astoria, Oregon offiial website to read more, explore the vendors and entertainment, and download a brochure.

Albany Tulip Festival
Albany, NY. Spring will soon be sprung in New York state, as evidenced by the Albany Tulip Festival. This celebration of Albany’s rich dutch heritage takes place May 6 – 8, and boasts over 140 different tulips, fine art exhibits, as well as live music and entertainment. Visit Albany’s website for a schedule of events that include a tulip queen coronation, a street scrubbing (which is far more entertaining than it sounds), a royal tulip ball, and musical performances by nationally acclaimed artists. With more than 200,000 tulips in bloom, this festival is sure to put a little spring in your step.