First Amendment Arts to become CO Exhibitions, have epic garage sale

As anyone who ever went to a First Amendment Arts show knows, the space was too small for something so big. The gallery, which is are partnered with screen print artists Burlesque of North America, are moving upstairs to more spacious digs.

The new name, CO Exhibitions, refers to the team effort of the project which will still include Burlesque, as well as Permanent, a new design and art group helmed by Joseph Belk.

As is to be expected, shows slated for the year promise to be entertaining and eye-catching. Highlights planned for 2010 include the art of Doomtree, blaxploitation film posters from the 1970s, and a tribute to Spinal Tap curated by Michael Gaughan (formerly of Brother and Sister).

But before moving, the gallery plans to clean house. So what will you uncover at this garage sale? If you're looking to decorate your walls, here you'll find test prints and scratch-n-dent items to create ambiance on the cheap. There will be practical items, including a variety of paper and shelving options. Budding print artists will also be able to check out screen print supplies. Cooler items available to take home include music and art magazines, CDs and vinyl, and collectable items from the Life Sucks series.

The garage sale takes place this weekend at First Amendment Arts (1101 Stinson Blvd., Minneapolis). Hours are noon to 8 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. For more info, visit

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