ROSEMOUNT - ArtBlast is a community celebration that aims to inspire creativity with a venue where you can enjoy summer and relax by partaking in fine music and art.

Most events are free and designed for youth and families. The seventh annual ArtBlast, June 22-29, is sponsored by Rosemount Area Arts Council.

"This is a week-long adventure in all areas of the arts from yoga, to a bluegrass Americana festival on Saturday, June 29 where there is something for everyone," said Ann Loch, committee chair and volunteer coordinator.

To see a complete events list, visit Some classes require a modest fee and pre-registration, Loch said.

"ArtBlast is designed to provide the Rosemount area residents with the opportunity to experience many kinds of art in a single, art-filled week," Loch said.

Entertaining events

Some ArtBlast events include a sculpture exhibit set up at Central Park and The Steeple Center. Dale Lewis will exhibit his fantasy-filled, recycled steel sculptures all week.

Former RAAC photographer Mark Frier died this past year and there is a memorial to celebrate his work and talent. The Mark Frier Memorial Award presentation and reception will be at 6:30-8 p.m. Thursday, June 27, at The Steeple Center.

Acrylic and watercolor paintings created by students and led by artist Cheryl Kluender will be on display at The Steeple Center. The John Phillip Sousa Memorial Band will perform an outdoor concert at 7 p.m. Sunday, June 23 at Central Park Amphitheater.

Wheels Make Music will perform 10:30-11:15 a.m. Monday, June 24, at Robert Trail Library. This youth and family event will explore the magic of music and play with MacPhail Center for Music that work as early childhood music specialists.

Local artist Laura Baker will lead a group in "Sip and Paint" from 6:30-9:30 p.m. Monday, June 24, in the Rosemount Community Room. Registration and a fee are required and materials will be provided, along with wine and dessert.

The Genesis Jazz Band will entertain 7-9 p.m. Monday, June 24, at Central Park Amphitheater. The group is led by Conrad Miska and draws musicians from the southeast metro. The Gratitude Wall will be present.

Native American Indian Dancers will perform 6:30-7:15 p.m. Tuesday, June 25, at Central Park Amphitheater.

The melodrama "The Ghost of the Moccasin Mine or That's the Spirit" by Keith Reed will entertain outdoors at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 25 at Central Park Amphitheater.

A free Kids Art in the Park event is planned from 10 a.m. to noon Wednesday, June 26 with sidewalk art, painting, printmaking and more fun activities, organizers said.

The Second Act Players Play Festival is slated for 7 p.m. Wednesday, June 26 at The Steeple Center. The senior theater group will perform three shorts shows: "The Mystery at the Dunbar Mansion," "A Radio Play by Keith Reed" and humorous readings from "Hamlet" and "Jabberwocky" performed by a drama chorus led by Nancy Merrick and an outreach performance directed by Faye Heffele, a RACC member.

The 10th annual bluegrass concert is scheduled from 5-9 p.m. Saturday, June 29 at Central Park's Amphitheater. The bands include Blue Hazard, Middle Spunk Creek Boys, Blue Groove and Sawtooth. Loch said hamburgers, hot dogs, ice cream floats and watermelon will be served during the concert.

The Minnesota Art Truck will be on site from 3:45-9 p.m. Saturday, June 29 in Central Park to showcase artwork for sale.

"Each day there is daily and nightly entertainment in the areas of performing arts, visual arts, craft classes, art exhibits, live drama and photography contests," Loch said.