Loppet Outdoor Art

Connecting Art & the Outdoors

Create Outside

This new program series seeks to create pathways of connection to the natural world through movement and creativity.

Hike & Watercolor 

Join the Loppet this Fall in a new three-class pilot program series integrating creativity, art, movement and nature at Theodore Wirth Park. Starting and finishing with a hike, this class will take place outdoors in a special pocket of the park, with a lesson from a lead artist, time designated for painting, a regrouping for snacks and sharing, with the intention of building connection to the outdoors, ourselves and each other. It will inspire and refresh you artistically and personally!

Dates: Sept 18, 25, Oct 2, 2023 (Backup date: October 9)

Mondays, 4:30-7 PM

Location: Wirth Beach. 3200 Glenwood Ave N, Minneapolis

Lead Artist: Kathy Mommsen

Facilitator: Allie Rykken


30 minutes – Welcome and hike out to location

20 minutes – Artist demo / lesson

1 hour – Open painting*

20 min – Shareback time (optional, snacks included)

20 min – Hike back

*Participants are invited to use the lesson or environment to influence the artwork they work on in the open painting time, but it isn’t limited to those.

Physical expectations: Participants will be asked to hike 1-1.5 miles to a different location in the park (and back), carrying the art materials they will use along with them. If anyone would like to participate in the class but have physical limitations, please contact rykken@loppet.org to make separate arrangements as best as we can.

Materials List

Weather Protocols

The Loppet will issue a full refund of the program fee minus the original processing fee up until 4 weeks before the program starts.  Between 4 and 3 weeks from the program start date, a 50% refund will be issued. There are no refunds for any cancellations within less than 3 weeks of the start of a program.

If you have any questions, please contact rykken@loppet.org.

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