Art attacks this weekend at the Northrup King Building


​No, this is not an event meant to terrorize or intimidate you with art. There will be no freshly painted canvases or newly sculpted figures chasing you down the corridors of the Northrup King Building (a funny visual, nonetheless). Rather, you will be the one stalking the art, as the community of artists at the Northrup King opens their studio doors to let us see what they are currently creating. 

[jump] Starting today through Sunday, Northrup King Building resident artists will open up their studios to the public for 2010 Art Attack. This annual fall event features more than 200 artists and hundreds more art enthusiasts indulging in a self-guided tour and open door format. 

Art in practically every medium will be on display and for sale, including photography, painting, pottery, drawing, metal, clay, glass, sculpture, letterpress, jewelry, and more. You name it, there is probably a studio with it on exhibit. 

​Artists like metal smith and jewelry designer Susan Frerichs will open her studio this weekend, so visitors can see her work using oxidized and textured silver and gold work. Her pieces often meld images of animal skulls, ravens, owls--anything that reflects a connection to spirit. You can see her work in Studio 435.

​Also worth a stop is Studio 459 featuring the Chamber of Steel, a 750 square foot room covered in galvanized steel, with mini magnetic poetry installations--quite possibly forming the world's largest of its kind. Art attackers are invited to create poetry of their own as they tour the steel room.

Sunday from 2 to 4 p.m., you can also stop by Studio 265 for a live jazz and poetry reading called the Fine Art Sensibility. Join visual artist Perry Ingli, national poet Thomas R. Smith, and David Roos, principal member of Exquisite Corps Jazz Trio, for their visual art and jazz, plus a poetry presentation.

The Art Attack studios will be open for perusers on Friday from 5 to 10 p.m., Saturday from noon to 8 p.m., and Sunday from noon to 5 p.m. Visitors can also register to win $500 in Art Bucks to aid them in purchasing that one-of-a-kind piece. Sign us up.