Weekend Showcase: “Wrestling with the Arts” at Maple Grove Arts Center
August is Minnesota Wrestling History Month, and to kick it off the Maple Grove Arts center has a special event running through August: “Wrestling with the Arts.”
“This show is the very first ever inaugural “Wrestling with the Arts” show, and it’s a months long celebration of wrestling,” says Carol Castle, director of the Minnesota Wrestling Hall of Fame.
The art on the walls is colorful and emblematic of the sport. It showcases the athleticism and showmanship of the sport.
“Wrestling crosses all different demographics and can reach people that other sports can’t that have priced themselves out of the fan market,” said Castle.
“Wrestling with the Arts” Celebrates Wrestling in Minnesota
“Robbinsdale is the birthplace of Minnesota wrestling, but then again, Minnesota is basically the center of the center of wrestling,” says Castle. “There would be no WWE, no Vince McMahon, if it wasn’t for Vern Gagne, Larry Henning, Nick Bockwinkel, The Crusher.”
The show isn’t just about wrestling. All the works are created by wrestlers.
Not all of the pieces are about wrestling, but it goes to show the talent some of these men have outside the ring.
Bob Meyer with the Maple Grove Arts Center says, “Some professionals are often times professionals in more mediums that just one. “
“These artist are drawers, writers, Jim Brunzell is a wrestler and a writer,” says Meyer.
“Wrestling with the Arts” runs through the month of August at the Maple Grove Arts Center.