With artsy mugs and goth fashion, this week offers an eclectic mix of art events.
Where it’s at: Northfield Arts Guild, 304 Division St. S., Northfield.
What it’s about: Cool iced summer drinks make way for hot beverages as the cooler season approaches, so be prepared. Northfield Arts Guild has you covered, with over 300 different artistic mugs made by 20 different local and regional artists to choose from.
Why you should go: Sure, you can use any old mug from IKEA to sip your morning brew, but why not use something a little bit more unique? The mugs will be on sale all week, culminating in an Art & Ale event on Saturday, which serves as a fundraiser for the guild. It features live musical performances and a performance by magician and mentalist Adam Putnam.
When: Noon to 6 p.m. now through Friday; 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, plus the fundraiser Saturday from 7 to 10:30 p.m. (tickets for the benefit are $35-$55).
Pop-Up Shop: Samantha Rei
Where it’s at: Showroom, 615 W. Lake St., Minneapolis.
What it’s about: Project Runway contestant, goth enthusiast, and steampunk artiste Samantha Rei shows off her recent work at a pop-up shop at the Showroom. The idiosyncratic designer, who coined the term “office cleavage” on this season of Project Runway, got her start at the Perpich Center for Arts Education, and furthered her art and design training at the College of Visual Arts and MCAD. Her creative designs will be on display and for sale.
Why you should go: It’s not every day that a local girl goes national. Here’s a chance to meet Rei before she gets too famous. See her imagination at work, and pick up a design of your very own.
When: 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday; Rei will be onsite from 4 to 7 p.m.
5 to 10 on Hennepin: State Fair in the City
Where it’s at: The Salvation Army Harbor Light Center, 1010 Currie Ave., Minneapolis; 612-767-3100.
What it’s about: Hennepin Theatre Trust and Kulture Klub Collaborative team up once again for the 5 to 10 series, bringing arts to downtown Minneapolis. KKC will curate a group of artists on the Northern Lights Stage, with special guests DJ Mickey Breeze and Carnage the Executioner. The event celebrates recently created murals at Harbor Lights. There will also be chess, games, arts and craft activities, and food.
Why you should go: The artists from Hennepin Theatre Trust’s Made Here program have been hard at work creating murals for the Harbor Light Center, so here’s a chance to check out their work and support youth performers doing their thing.
When: 5 to 9 p.m. Wednesday.
CreativeMornings/Minneapolis: Robyne Robinson
Where it’s at: Minneapolis Institute of Art, 2400 S. Third St., Minneapolis.
What it’s about: Robyne Robinson knows a thing or two about creativity. As the director of arts at the MSP Airport, the former news broadcaster has ushered in a new era of public art in that space through thinking outside of the box. An artist in her own right, Robinson also holds the distinction of working with Minnesota’s own creative genius: Prince. She’ll talk about her thoughts on creativity and genius at this free talk with breakfast.
Why you should go: This is not only a wonderful chance to hear insights from the fascinating Robinson, but also it’s a chance to hob nob with other creatively minded folks. You don’t want to miss it.
When: 8:30 to 10 a.m. Friday.