Urban Sketchers Visit Tours

15 Jun

Minneapolis resident Cris Franchevich sends this report about visiting our sister city in France as part of an urban sketchers exchange:

As part of the Sister Cities program, a group of five Minneapolis artists went to Tours, France the first week of June to sketch the city landscape: Kathleen Fenske, Julie Baugnet, Cris Franchevich, C.B. Sherlock and Richard Stephens.

The group had the opportunity to draw with the French chapter of the Urban Sketchers – an all-volunteer nonprofit group dedicated on-location drawing and received enormous support from the local community, drawing together in the large network of pedestrian-friendly streets, bike lanes and plenty of public spaces with plazas and squares, presenting itself the perfect field to practice observational drawing and community-engaged art.

We embraced the Urban Sketchers idea to reclaim the city as a place for gathering, to meet the occupants and encourage connections in the community, to see the city with the eyes of a “flaneur”, a word in French meaning a wanderer, vagrant or explorer using observational drawing as a language to capture impressions.

We are very grateful to the community for the warmth and hospitality and the opportunity to tighten ties between the two cities.

Learn more about urban sketchers and see more images by visiting the website of Tours-Minneapolis or read an article about the group’s visit in La Nouvelle Republique.

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Minnesota’s World War I posters return from France for show at Weisman

18 May

“Joan of Arc Saved France,” from the collection of the Weisman Art Museum

After debuting in our sister city last year during the Foire de Tours, nearly 50 historic World War I posters from the Weisman Art Museum in Minneapolis will be on display to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the World War I armistice. “Fight or Buy Bonds,” running from June 9 – September 9, features American propaganda posters produced to rally the people and help support “the Great War.” This is just one of the beautiful images you will see! For more information, please visit the Weisman’s website.

New Minnesota Exhibit Showcases Tours During World War I

5 Apr

Minneapolis’s sister city relationship with Tours will be taking center stage in downtown Minneapolis from April 3 – May 30 as a new exhibit Les Américains à Tours 1917-1919 will pay tribute to the Americans stationed in Tours during World War I. At the Hennepin Gallery (lower level exhibit space in the Hennepin County Government Center), visitors will be able to learn about how our sister city became a United States supply base during the epic conflict once known as “The Great War.” This exhibit, created by the city of Tours to commemorate the 100th anniversary of World War I, was first displayed last year in France when Minnesota was selected to be the featured guest at the Foire de Tours. It has been translated into English for its North American debut this spring! For more information, please visit the Hennepin County website.

Star Tribune features Clara Osowski

22 Sep

Did you see the great article in the Star Tribune recently about Clara Osowski, a friend of Minneapolis and Tours Sister Cities who has performed in Tours at the Académie Francis Poulenc? Félicitations Clara! To learn more about her travels in France with fellow artist Mark Bilyeu, read our two part blog about their trip:

Two Minneapolitans travel to Tours for a song

Two local artists share remembrances of Tours

Minnesota Stars at the Foire de Tours!

26 May

The entrance to the Minnesota tent at the Foire de Tours

Nearly 100 Americans visited Tours earlier this month to take part in the Foire de Tours, a regional exhibition that featured all things Minnesotan to strengthen bonds with our French sister city and commemorate the 100th anniversary of the American arrival during World War I. Read our blog to learn more or like us on Facebook to view photos from this historic visit!

Foire de Tours showcases Minnesota!

8 Apr

After years of planning, the time has come – Minnesota will be the featured guest at the Foire de Tours in our French sister city May 5-14! An exhibition similar to our state fair, the Foire highlights gastronomy, regional specialties, consumer products, live entertainment and more. Minnesota will have a dedicated exhibit space to showcase everything that makes the north star state unique including an eatery headed by award-winning chef Sean Sherman preparing indigenous foods and hometown favorites such as wild rice and walleye. Head to our blog for a Q&A with Sean and like us on Facebook to view photos from our exhibit!

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