The Art of a Downtown

I challenge you, the next time you are strolling Main Street, Anywhere, to look for art.

Hogan Brothers Acoustic Cafe sells original artwork showcased on its walls in downtown Northfield.

Hogan Brothers Acoustic Cafe sells original artwork showcased on its walls in downtown Northfield.

Not just the obvious, as in art created as art.

See all the art going on here in the stone, the angles, the door, etc., outside The Contented Cow.

See all the art going on here in the stone, the angles, the door, etc., outside The Contented Cow.

But art that weaves itself into the streetscape, into the fabric that defines a downtown.

Attractive sandwich board signage designed to draw shoppers into Glass Garden Beads and the Eclectic Goat.

Attractive sandwich board signage designed to draw shoppers into Glass Garden Beads and the Eclectic Goat.

Notice the colors, the textures, the fonts, the shapes—all those details that we often overlook in our hurry.

An eye-catching window display featured in this edited image taken at Northfield Yarn.

An eye-catching window display featured in this edited image taken at Northfield Yarn.

Appreciate that which someone created whether to draw your business or your eye or simply for the joy of creating.

Art is everywhere:

A kitschy painting outside a business entry in downtown Northfield.

A kitschy painting outside a business entry in downtown Northfield.

Inside the Northfield Arts Guild galleries, you'll find plenty of original art. But don't miss the beautiful stained glass windows on the second floor.

Inside the Northfield Arts Guild galleries, you’ll find plenty of original art. But don’t miss the beautiful stained glass art in the second floor windows.

Word art (poetry) is imprinted upon sidewalks in downtown Northfield.

Word art is imprinted in downtown Northfield as part of the Sidewalk Poetry project.

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A group of Northfield High School students and their mentor, artist Rick Swearer, created The Octopus Garden. The Young Sculptors Project sculpture is located along Division Street by the Northfield Public Library.

Signage and architecture worthy of study.

Signage and architecture worthy of study.

If only we will pause to notice streetscape art.

NOTE: All scenes were recently photographed in downtown Northfield.

About Audrey Kletscher Helbling

Audrey Kletscher Helbling, a native of Vesta in southwestern Minnesota, has been blogging at Minnesota Prairie Roots since 2009. She brings a passion for sharing the stories of rural Minnesota to her work, capturing the essence of small town life in her words and images. Audrey appreciates Sunday afternoon drives, garage sales and thrift stores, hanging laundry on the clothesline, gravel roads and anything that reconnects her to the land. She's lived in Faribault for more than 30 years where she continues to professionally pursue her passions for writing and for photography. An enthusiastic writer of poetry, her award-winning poems have been published in places from anthologies to billboards. Follow Audrey's blog at mnprairieroots.com

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