Art-a-Whirl Weekend Recommendations, Part 1
Loaves and Fishes, Waterbury Building, 1121 Jackson St. NE, Minneapolis
"The Quiet Faces of Hunger" is a photo series created by teens from ArtiCulture, a project that is ongoing and deals with the issue of hunger in an affluent society. It's part of a global endeavor called the Inside Out Project, which aims to raise awareness about homelessness. Partnering with Loaves and Fishes, where the exhibition takes place, ArtiCulture also invites guests to play the interactive ArtiCulture Hunger Games to get a feel for what the project is all about.
5-10 p.m. Friday; noon to 8 p.m. Saturday.
Roche Studio, Studio #442, Northrup King Building, 1500 Jackson St. NE, Minneapolis
Abstract painter Barbara Roche teams up with dancer Deborah Elias -- who has established herself as a fabulous flamenco dancer -- for an experimental work exploring the encounters between movement and stillness. The two dances, inspired by Roche's painting Damnation, will be performed alternating every half hour.
Schedule: 7:30 p.m., 8 p.m., 8:30 p.m., 9 p.m. Friday; 5 p.m., 5:30 p.m., 6 p.m., 6:30 p.m. Saturday.
Franconia in the City, Casket Arts, 1781 Jefferson St. NE, Minneapolis
Franconia sculpture park is one of the most beautiful places to visit from the Twin Cities. Unfortunately, it's a bit of a hike to get to Shafer, Minnesota, which is why it's so great that Franconia in the City exists. The Minneapolis outlet space, located in the Casket Arts complex, gives you a chance to see what Franconia artists are up to. In addition to new work, Franconia is offering family-friendly art activities throughout the weekend.
Schedule: 5 to 10 p.m. Friday; noon to -8 p.m. Saturday; noon to 5 p.m. Sunday.
Northrup King Building, Room 245, 1500 Jackson St. NE, Minneapolis
Animator/videomaker John Akre is setting up camp in the Northrup King Building this weekend, creating a public/participatory stop-motion animated film. Animation Station celebrates 20 years of Art-A-Whirl, using puppets and props to showcase the art, people, and places of the art crawl over the years. People's stories and memories will also be recorded as a soundtrack for the video. At the end of each day, Akre will show some of the videos he has put together.
Schedule: 5 to 10 p.m. Friday; noon to 8 p.m. Saturday; noon to 5 p.m. Sunday.
Northrup King Building, Studio #418, 1500 Jackson St. NE, Minneapolis
In studio 418, you'll be able to try out artist Jack Pavlik's "drawing machine." Choose a drawing tool, set the speed on the various motors, and watch as physics creates art. The elaborate machine gives you an Art-A-Whirl souvenir, and a chance to take part in the art creation process.
5 to 10 p.m. Friday; noon to 8 p.m. Saturday; noon to 5 p.m. Sunday.