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Two women walking around in the Stillwater Guild Gallery.


Stillwater is the proud home to a diverse visual arts community with many resident local artists who call the St. Croix Valley their home. Find a list of local artists via the Art Reach St. Croix organization, shop local  art galleries  and antique shops to find artwork that speaks to you!

Seven women working on a DIY painting project at Kari's Paint and Create. 11 women completing a fun winter-themed art class at Smith and Trade Mercantile.


The laid-back vibe and scenic beauty of the St. Croix river valley is an inspiration for all creative souls. As you walk through town, see if you can find the historic themed murals featured on downtown buildings and alleyways. We want you to find your inner artist with workshops in DIY studios. Craft your own project using paint, potteryjewelry, yarn and more. Great for group make and take experiences!

Man with dog painting the main street in downtown Stillwater.


Attend annual art events fearing local and nationally known artists at several main events: Take Me to the River (Sept), Rivertown Art Festival (Oct), St. Croix Valley Potter’s Tour (May), St. Croix Valley Art Opener Studio Tour (May). Check out the Calendar of Events for many more ideas. Celebrate new and established local artists and mediums.

AR Workshop Stillwater MN

AR Workshop® is a boutique DIY studio that offers hands-on classes for creating custom, charming home decor from raw materials. While you're there, check out the Boutique at AR Workshop to find those special gifts for friends and family.

Art Around Town

Keep an eye open for murals and painted utility boxes along the river and downtown, plus rotating galleries at the Stillwater Public Library.

Art N Soul/ Stillwater Beads

Home decor, artwork, jewelry, accessories, cards, custom bead design, rocks & fossils, precious & semi-Precious stones. On the corner of Chestnut & Main. Huge inventory of beads – offering beading classes & parties.

Art Reach St. Croix

This non-profit promotes visual, literary and performing arts along the St. Croix River. Located across from the Stillwater Library, the light-filled galleries at ArtReach host rotating exhibitions of artists inspired by living along the St. Croix. The shows change frequently and feature ceramics, printmaking, painting, glass and more. View a list of local artists on their website as well and stop into their gift gallery.

Carpe Noctem Candle Co

An extraordinary artisan candle and home fragrance boutique with a pour-your-own candle bar. Stroll and shop for the most unique candles around or create your own signature scented candle by signing up for a workshop.

Darn Knit Anyway

Whether you knit, crochet, wet felt, needle felt, sew by hand or machine we have products and classes that will make you happy. Both the shop and the “Makers’ Lounge” are located in the historic Brick Alley building.

Kari's Paint and Create

Paint your own pottery and canvas studio where you are the artist. All the materials are provided and an inspiring environment for your creativity to flow. Walk-ins welcome – there’s great local coffee so come in and paint! Book your next event at Kari’s Create & Paint Studio – From birthdays and bachelorette parties to showers and school outings – they can host any event, or come on-site at your desired location.

Marquess Studios

Led by a local art-loving, re-purposing junky, Marquess Studios is a unique space to attend creative workshops, order DIY art kits to-go or design custom orders via private appointment. If you are feeling super creative or sentimental, sign your group up for “Junky-to-Funky” where each guest will create a custom design from something out of their own keepsake drawer.

River City Sculpture Tour

Ongoing display of metal sculptures scattered around downtown Stillwater.

Smith & Trade Mercantile

Our mission is to provide a brick and mortar experience like no other for Minnesota and St. Croix Valley Artisans that want to showcase the best Minnesota has to offer. Classes, workshops available in all Trades. Learn from the best.

Stillwater Art Guild Gallery

A gallery for artists by artists for the public to enjoy! Large artist cooperative. Buy direct from the artists without gallery mark-ups. Affordable fine art. Framing services and classes available. Artwork includes glass, jewelry, paintings, drawings, photography, pottery, ceramics, and sculpture. Located in the historic Isaac Staples Sawmill Building at the north end of downtown main street.

Studio Louise Flowers

Beautiful plants and flowers for your everyday and extraordinary events. Ask about floral workshops as well!

Union Art Alley

UAA is a destination for local vibrant art and a must-see secret alley to visit! Union Art Alley is a one-of-a-kind destination that celebrates the vibrant culture of street art in Stillwater, MN. As you walk through our alley, you’ll be transported into a world of breathtaking murals, each one telling a unique story and showcasing the raw talent and creativity of the local artists who brought them to life. Union Art Alley will evolve, and revolve, with the art that is the soul of our community.

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