Artists will take over White Bear Lake with some super creative shanties

20 artist-designed shanties will decorate White Bear Lake all February.

Anglers have already set up villages on Minnesota's frozen lakes, trying to reel in some keepers. But come February, the shanties on White Bear Lake are going to be much more colorful.

Artists from across the U.S. will come together for the Art Shanty Projects. It kicks off Feb. 4 and runs every weekend that month.

Executive Director Dawn Bentley told GoMN there will be no fishing in the 20 artist-designed shanties. Instead, visitors are invited to admire the creations – inside and out – and participate in interactive activities that go along with them.

There will be a dual-level Slumber Party Shanty where visitors must face a "monster" before climbing up onto the bed to play games. There's also a Chef Shanty – yes, it involves food – and a Conversation Booth that's meant to spark conversations between strangers.

You can see the whole list of shanties here

There are also different themes for each weekend. Feb. 11-12 is Youth and Family Weekend. And the 18-19 is All Access Weekend, which means there will be ASL interpreters and extra volunteers to make sure everyone can make it out to see the shanties.

You can check out the full schedule of events and performances here.

To visit, organizers recommend going to White Bear Lake County Park. From there, the Art Shanty Projects are about 1,500 feet out on the ice.

Check them out early

Bentley said some of the shanties will be on display a few days early.

On Jan. 29, Barbette in Uptown is hosting an event called B-Lectric – which the restaurant describes as a "celebration of art and light."

Bentley said several shanties – like the Dance Shanty, Sesa-station Story Shanty, and Vehicle of Expression – will be on display in Uptown for that event. You can learn more about B-Lectric here.

Next Up

twin city gardens

In rare move, MDH takes control of Minneapolis nursing home

The temporary receivership is to ensure resident safety.

Sen Mark Koran crop

Lawmaker deletes post encouraging donations to family charged in Capitol riot

Sen. Mark Koran, in his Facebook post, described them as "a good family!"

Screen Shot 2021-05-27 at 11.04.26 AM

Mother charged with beating daughter to death ruled incompetent

The case against the Woodbury woman will be put "indeterminately suspended."

msp airport

Employers at MSP Airport seeking to hire 700-plus workers

Employers include restaurants, retail, hotel, airlines and security.

Screen Shot 2021-10-23 at 9.38.43 PM

Driver who died in Hwy. 100 embankment rollover is identified

The 30-year-old was killed in the Saturday evening crash.

best buy

Best Buy launches another pre-Black Friday sale, the Early Deals Event

This latest round of discounts is available through Oct. 31.

dave chappelle

Dave Chappelle to perform at Target Center in Minneapolis

The comedian is screen his new documentary at part of the 10-city tour.

Screen Shot 2021-10-25 at 7.06.08 AM

U.S. soccer hero Megan Rapinoe signs her mural at St. Paul bar

Rapinoe paid a visit to The Black Hart ahead of a match at Allianz Field Tuesday.

hospital, emergency room

1 dead after married couple crash UTV in southern Minnesota

The crash happened just after 11 p.m. Saturday.


Art Shanty Projects will move to Minneapolis next year

It's moving to Minneapolis to be closer to its visitors (and the Super Bowl).

Professional chalk artists will take over Maple Grove's Main Street this weekend

Stop by and take pictures, because it'll all be washed away Sunday night.

Professional chalk artists will take over Maple Grove's Main Street this weekend

Stop by and take pictures, because it'll all be washed away Sunday night.

A new artist-designed, indoor mini golf course is coming

If you could design a mini golf hole of your choice, what would it look like?

The Art Shanty Projects have launched a new membership program

It's to help keep the event free and the artists paid.

Glensheen: The musical about a true MN murder mystery returns

In 1977, an heiress and her nurse were found dead in the mansion.