When he was 15 years old and living on the north side of Minneapolis, Farrington Llewellyn could have used a mentor to help him find some structure, especially when school was out in the summer.
“I was kind of aimlessly trying to find a sense of community,” he says.
Now, as an artist liaison for North Side's FLOW, a non-juried art crawl and celebration in north Minneapolis happening this weekend, Llewellyn gets to be that kind of person.
“It feels good to be somebody running up and down Broadway as a point person for artists,” he says. “I’m making stuff happen.”
As an artist liaison, Llewellyn is there to answer questions and support artists at four different pop-up gallery spaces run by the West Broadway Coalition for FLOW. The spots include an emerging artist show at C & J Barbershop, a space for more established artists at Emerge Career & Technology Center, the Farmers and Artisan Market, and a photographic exhibition that highlights the 10th anniversary celebration, which Llewellyn curated.
The 10th anniversary FLOW photography retrospective, which will be located at 1011 West Broadway, includes a mix of professional and amateur photographers, highlighting the growth of FLOW over the years. The vacant space, located in a former Hennepin County office, will also offer a fashion show and pop-up boutique featuring local designers and retailers, hosted by the Northside Economic Opportunity Network (NEON).
A lot of Llewellyn's work involves helping younger artists, some who are as young as high-school age. In preparation for FLOW, Llewellyn assists them with getting their art ready and teaching them about PR to best take advantage of the public attention that the festival attracts.
In total FLOW, which has various events happening now through Saturday, features over 200 visual and performing artists at 33 different studios, galleries, theaters, businesses, and vacant spaces. Among the highlights will be activities at Juxtaposition Arts, which hosts student exhibitions, sales, workshops, and public art; Homewood Studios at 2400 Plymouth Avenue; and Asian Media Access, which is hosting a block party at the 2400 block of Plymouth on Thursday featuring the Hmong dance and performance, with a piece titled Longing for Qeej.
There will be murals painted over the course of the weekend, including ones at 2064 West Broadway led by Melody Strong, and Metamorphosis with Charles Caldwell. FLOW also features a recently completed mural at Irving Cafe by Patrick Ginter, and participatory art and installations at PLOT Gallery at 2011 West Broadway.
In addition visual art, FLOW offers a North High Alumni Dance concert, performances by Voice of Culture Drum and Dance, and live music at the KMOJ and KBEM stages.
For a full schedule, visit the FLOW website.