Art-A-Whirl: 7 things not to be missed
Dzine at Public Functionary
It's that time of year when northeast Minneapolis goes nuts with art, music, and activities as studios and buildings open their doors. There's always fun stuff to see and do at Art-A-Whirl, and you're sure to find something you'll like. While the Northeast Minneapolis Arts Association has listings of different demonstrations and events on its website, as well as a directory guide to help you map your trip, we've got some favorites to recommend as well. The following list features some of the events and studios that we are particularly excited about.
Club Gallistico by Dzine
Courtesy Public Functionary
Northeast Minneapolis's newest gallery, Public Functionary (1400 12th Ave, NE
Courtesy Jaime Carrera
Last year, Caitlin Karolczak and Jaime Carrera wowed with their provocative performance art on the main floor of the Grainbelt Bottling House. This year, Karolczak's got a new studio at the Solar Arts building (711 15th Ave. NE), and the two artists are teaming up once again. Sadly, there won't be a performance this year, but there will be plenty of chances to check out Karolczak's skillful and dark Flemish-style paintings, and to pick up a print of Carrera's photography.
Amita International, a marketing and visual design resource in Minneapolis, is hosting an outdoor art fair featuring a handful of women artists working in different mediums. This includes steel structures by Jennifer Wolcott, ceramics by Colleen Riley, fiber art by Suzanne Nicollet, and designs and paintings by Greta Vick. The fair is held on Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 3223 Filmore St. NE.
Whimsical painter Jennifer Sandquist is the featured artist at Grumpy's NE (2200 Fourth St. NE). The bar will also hosts a slew of bands throughout the day and evening on Saturday, including Dilinger Four, House of Large Sizes, L'Assasins, Seawhores, and Kiss or Kill. See Sandquist's event page for more details.
Santiago Zarsosa, a Spanish-born artist who is has been based in Minnesota since the 1990s, is opening up his studio for Art-A-Whirl. Zarsosa's work captures a free-spirited essence with his use of bold colors and outlined shapes. His studio is located in the California Building (2205 California St., NE).
A day full of traipsing across northeast Minneapolis looking at art surely requires some party time afterward. So, you may want to stop by Michael Thomsen's studio (607 22nd Ave. NE), which is hosting an after-hours party on Saturday night, where there will be art, conversation, and live music (BYOB). Thompsen's intricate assemblages of thrift-store artifacts, wires, woodworking, and the kitchen sink are a site to behold, and are on display at 607 studios, Rogue Buddha, and Northeast Social. Also in his studio is photographer Keith Holmes. The celebration starts at 8 p.m. and goes until midnight.
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