Owatonna Arts Center to offer opportunity to tour local gardens Sunday

A local trademark of summer, the Owatonna Arts Center’s Garden Tour, returns this Sunday.

Though this year’s gardens are all unique — one, for example, features field rocks stacked and polished into birdbaths, while another boasts raised vegetable gardens — they’re all “enviable,” said Silvan Durben, creative director of the OAC. “They’re beautiful spots to have coffee or breakfast,” as well as to “gather with friends and family.”

'A Taste of Art'

The Owatonna Arts Center will provide “A Taste of Art” May 11, with several artists on hand to discuss their work.

Mike Sweere utilizes multiple media, but his focus for this event will be mosaics, which he finds “really satisfying,” he said. Mosaics can be incorporated into architecture, which has “opened up new doors for me,” as significant swaths of people can see his work at eminently-public locations like the Mayo Clinic and U.S. Bank Stadium.