'Steelroots: Touching Earth & Sky,' an exhibition of 16 massive, root-shaped sculptures by acclaimed artist Steve Tobin, opens April 16 at the Arboretum and continues through January 2012.  Click here for comprehensive information on the exhibition, the artist and related events.

OPENING EVENTS

Thursday Night with the Artist: Steve Tobin
Thursday, April 14, 7:30-9 p.m.
Oswald Visitor Center-MacMillan Auditorium
Fee: $20 Arboretum member/ $30 non-member
For all art lovers, this illustrated presentation by artist Steve Tobin will reveal how his work is an exciting "fusion of art and nature."  You will learn about his working process and the artistic journey he took in creating the exhibit pieces.  Your enjoyment of the sculptures will be enriched after spending an evening with their creator.  To register, click here or call 952 443-1422.

By Invitation Only - Steelroots Walking Master Class
Saturday, April 16   
9 a.m. - noon. Snyder Auditorium
Steve Tobin takes you on an illustrated virtual "tour" of his studio, showing where and how he creates his sculptures.  Followed by a walking master class tour of his works.  This is an invitation-only event for artists and art students.  For more information, contact 952-443-1422.

Steelroots Tour with the Artist
Saturday, April 16, 1 p.m.
Enjoy a free guided tour led by artist Steve Tobin, featuring his sculptures in "Steelroots: Touching Earth & Sky".  Departs from Oswald Visitor Center Great Hall.

Steelroots in the Gardens Guided Walk
Sunday, April 17, 1 p.m.
Free one-hour guided walk led by trained Arboretum Guides, featuring sculptures of artist Steve Tobin set amid the Arboretum's glowing gardens and quiet groves.  The interplay of the art with our Minnesota landscape invites you to see both with fresh eyes.  Departs from Oswald Visitor Center Great Hall.

Steelroots Opening Weekend: Robust Roots Give-Away!
Saturday & Sunday, April 16 &17, Noon-4 p.m.
Marion Andrus Learning Center
Celebrate the grand opening of Steve Tobin's Steelroots sculptures by adding a plant grown for its robust roots to your garden. Drop by the Learning Center and pot up a plant while supplies last.

ONGOING ACTIVITIES

Root Lab at Free Family Weekends  
Saturdays & Sundays, June - August, 12-4 p.m.
Free, Marion Andrus Learning Center
For a hands-on view of roots, step through a curtain of prairie roots into the Root Lab.  Discover fibrous and tap roots, sprout seeds in a "root viewer" to watch their root hairs develop, and start plants by rooting cuttings.  Wrap up the summer when the root crops ripen by helping to harvest roots and prepare a tasty root snack in the Harvest Kitchen. Activities change throughout the summer with new Root Lab activities offered all summer long.

Steelroots Summer Music Series
Free with arboretum admission

Roots Rhythms on the Trex Deck
Monthly Sunday musical performances feature roots music 6-7:30 p.m. Gather in the evening twilight as local musicians perform outdoors on the Trex Deck. Bring a picnic and a blanket or share one of our quilts.

Dates and performers:
·         Saturday, June 11 - Eden Prairie Community Band, 2-3 p.m.
·         Sunday, June 19 - Route 3     
        American musical journey including classic jazz, roaring 20's, 50's swing era,
        Broadway show tunes.
·         Sunday, July 17 - Traveled Ground
        Folk, blues, country and rock - American Roots Music from Minnesota
·         Sunday, August 14 - Locklin Road
        Celtic, folk and original music

Musical Roots in Oswald Visitor Center
Selected weekend afternoons, starting at 2 p.m.

Dates and performers:
·         Sunday, June 12 - Two Rivers Chorale, 2-4 p.m.                       
·         Sunday, June 19 - Minnetonka Symphony Orchestra and Minnetonka
                                          Chamber Choir, 2-4 p.m. 
                      

Steelroots in the Gardens Guided Walk 
Saturdays, April 23 - October 8  10:30 a.m.
Free one-hour guided walk led by trained Arboretum Guides, featuring sculptures of artist Steve Tobin set amid the Arboretum's glowing gardens and quiet groves.  The interplay of the art with our Minnesota landscape invites you to see both with fresh eyes.  Departs from Oswald Visitor Center Great Hall.