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Art-A-Whirl Weekend Recommendations, Part 1

<i>The Sleeper</i> by Caitlin Karolczak 

The Sleeper by Caitlin Karolczak 

Mammoth art crawl Art-a-Whirl takes over northeast Minneapolis this weekend. This year marks its 20th anniversary, and the event continues to expand. The festival offers a sneak peek inside artists' studios and galleries, and there will be tons of parties, performances, and music happening all three days as well. Here are five of our top picks for the weekend. 

GT Artistry, 2433 Grand St. NE, Minneapolis

Over the past few years there has been a growing rift between northeast Minneapolis artists, who rely on Art-a-Whirl as a source of income, and the growing popularity of concerts and brewpub events that take place during the weekend. Over at GT Artistry, you get the best of both worlds with great music plus plenty of local art. Check out the new installation piece, by multimedia artist and City Pages freelance writer Sarah Ann Stanley-Ayre, made of recycled objects framed as a ritual of renewal, just in time for spring. She'll also be exhibiting a collection of new work, a small sampling of zines and original writings, and a retrospective of her art, including pieces shown last winter at Gamut Gallery.

Musician, DJ, writer, and visual artist Danny Sigelman will be sharing some of his re-contextualized images, playing music on Sunday as No Guest Energy, and collaborating on a piece with comedian Fancy Ray McCloney. Also showing work will be Serene "Supreme" Enloe, who combines portrait photography with Q&A interviews. The Playful Peacock showgirls will also be on hand throughout the weekend.

Schedule: 

Opening ceremonies 5 to 10 p.m. Friday

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Music on Saturday includes Mayda, who will perform with Tabah. Twoteeth at 8 p.m.

Sunday  will feature a "spiritual lesson" with No Guest Energy and Fancy Ray McCloney at noon. There will also be an open drum session with Black Market Brass and Black Diet drummer David Tullis in the afternoon. 

357 13th Ave. NE, Minneapolis

While the big draw of Art-a-Whirl is visiting artists in their studios, one great thing about northeast Minneapolis is that many galleries are located in bustling areas. One of our favorites is Rogue Buddha. A bunch of bars and restaurants are nearby (Erte, Anchor Fish & Chips, Northeast Social), so it's a good place to stop when you're ready to break for repast. Owner Nicholas Harper always has some interesting art to show, including his portraits of long-necked ladies and newer works filled with glittery delights.

Schedule: 5 to 10 p.m. Friday; noon to 8 p.m. Saturday; noon to 5 p.m. Sunday.

Studio 506, California Building, 2205 California St. NE, Minneapolis

Justine Di Fiore's lifelike portraits capture the essence of people using a loose, almost impressionistic painting style. Di Fiore's latest project capitalizes her 20 years as a nursing assistant at the University of Minnesota Medical Center. In this new body of work Di Fiore, a recipient of the 2014 Minnesota State Arts Board Artist Initiative Grant, depicts the many workers at the hospital.  
Schedule: 5 to 9 p.m. Friday; noon to 7 p.m. Saturday; noon to 4 p.m. Sunday.

1400 Van Buren St. NE, Suite 195, Minneapolis

For "The Cut of Your Jib," Rosalux Gallery is going international. The featured works of art were selected from the Royal Scottish Academy in Edinburgh, Scotland. Hopefully, this will be the first many curatorial exchanges Rosalux will have with folks around the world. The exhibition includes work from 20 artists creating in painting, drawing printmaking, sculpture, and installation.

In addition to the exhibition, there will be a screening and talk on Bus Party, a mixed-media film and photo piece by artist Carolyn Scott and scholar Will Storrar, on Friday at 6 p.m. The work, on view in the gallery, follows artists, writers, and musicians as they spend a week on board a bus traveling around Scotland. During the trip they explore the question, "What kind of Scotland do you want?" in reference to the 2014 Scottish Independence Referendum.

Schedule: 6 to 10 p.m. Friday; noon to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

Solar Arts Building, 711 15th Ave. NE., #205, Minneapolis

Visual artist Caitlin Karolczak and performance artist Jaime Carrera continue their tradition of creating a time-based performance during the festival, the first one being in 2012 and the other last year. This year, at the Solar Arts building, the artists invite audiences to a wedding reception in a work about ritual, gender, and the complexities of marriage. 

Schedule: 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday