About GSR

Connecting Local Artists With Our Community

The GSR Fine Art Festival celebrates the fine arts in the greater Mankato area. We’re committed to creating an outlet for professional artists to connect with the community. More than 50 visual artists display and sell their locally-made, one-of-a-kind work annually at the festival. All sales go directly to the artists.

The GSR Fine Art Festival is a juried show. During the summer of each year, artists submit an application with photos of their work. Artists pay a booth fee to participate and the funds pay for our event space and marketing. All administrative work is done by a team of volunteers.

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History

Over the past 17 years, the festival has grown from three artists in a small local shop to 50+ artists and a two day festival at the Mankato Civic Center.

Mission

Our mission is to encourage and support visual artists by producing an affordable, professional venue for them to display and sell their art.

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Artists

The GSR Fine Art Festival is a juried exhibition. In September of each year, artists submit an application with photos of their work. Meet our artists.

“I’ve been involved with GSR from the beginning. I’ve seen it grow from a few artists to a show that fills the civic center ballroom. My customers tell me they always look forward to the show. ”

Lolly Hinkle

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GSR Team

Tom Bliese

Tom Bliese

2005 - Present

Sacha Bliese

Sacha Bliese

2003 - Present

Sara Nett

Sara Nett

2017 - Present

What does GSR stand for?

This is one of the most common questions we’re asked… the answer lies in our history! One evening in December, 2003, mentor and former apprentices reunited to share their jewelry creations with Mankato. The GOLDSMITHS REUNION, or GSR for short, was created. We’ve come a long way in 17 years! In our first year, we had three artists gather for one evening, and in 2018 we welcomed more than 45 artists for a two-day event.

What can I expect?
The GSR weekend is about connecting local artists with the community. So meet your friends, bring your kids, and come on in. Walk around, ask the artists about their inspiration, process, studio, and more! Beer, wine, and food are available for purchase . Take in some live music. It’s okay not to purchase anything, but we hope you’ll find something you can’t live without. Our artists have everything from a small gift for a friend, to something special that speaks to your heart, and everything in between!
Where should I park?

The City of Mankato provides lots of options on their website.

How does it work?

 We’re a juried show. In September of each year, artists submit an application with photos of their work. Artists pay a booth fee to participate, and the money pays for our event space and marketing.  All administrative work is done by a team of volunteers.

Can I volunteer?
Oh yes! We’d love for you to lend a hand, send us an email, and let us know you want to help. We’ve got jobs as easy as hanging posters around town, or helping with set-up and take-down. Or if you’d like to get more involved, we’ve got bigger jobs like grant writing or seeking local sponsorships.
What % of sales does the GSR take?
None! 100% of your purchase goes directly to the artists.