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Open Studio: Buckthorn Wreath-Making Workshop


Join artists Kimberly Boustead and Emily Sauer at Water Bar Open studio, as we try our hand at making wreaths from the branches of the ever-invasive and tenacious buckthorn! 

We will be creating wreath bases out of buckthorn branches pulled from the Pine Bend Bluffs Natural Area and the riverfront in Minneapolis, and decorating them with foraged autumnal treasures, all while we learn a bit about buckthorn and its negative effects on our habitat with Friends of Mississippi River ecologist, Alex Roth.

 Everyone is welcome! Bring your friends and meet your neighbors!

We have limited raw materials, so come early or feel free to bring your own wreath-making supplies to guarantee going home with a wreath in hand. This workshop will take place during Water Bar’s open studio time, so if wreaths aren’t your thing, you are welcome to work on an art project of your own but still be part of the group frivolity. 

We aim to create a space where folks are encouraged to experiment, collaborate and have fun. All minds and backgrounds are welcome to participate, no artistic background necessary!


The Dec 5th edition of Open Studio will be led by NE Mpls residents and artists, Emily Sauer and Kimberly Boustead. Inspired by Friends of the Mississippi River's efforts to control buckthorn and educate their volunteers through restoration projects, Em and Kim were curious how art could play a role in raising awareness. They will be leading a series of OPEN STUDIO | INVADERS events that explore art projects created in conversation with invasive species and those working with these species and our waters.

Earlier Event: December 5
Water Happy Hour at Water Bar
Later Event: December 7
Friday Public Studio Hours