Meet spooky spirits at this DIY seance (and other awesome art happenings)


Kick off 2017 the right way by getting out to see some art in the Twin Cities. Minnesota’s weird factor is on fleek this week with séances, art shanties, and metaphorical boxing matches. We’ll see you in the galleries.

Ectoplasm Photo Ritual

Where it’s at: The Future, 2223 E. 35th St., Minneapolis.

What it’s about: Contemporary spiritualists Maria Molteni and Lacey Prpic Hedtke lead visitors in a DIY séance and communal selfie ritual at the new go-to spot for all things supernatural, the Future, in south Minneapolis. Molteni and Prpic Hedtke base their practice on the writings of 19th-/20th-century medium Eva Carrière, a French queer woman who employed ectoplasm to prove the authenticity of her work. This week’s unveiling of spirits will be entirely vegan, allowing participants to create personalized ectoplasmic sculptures that will reveal hidden truths.

Why you should go: Whether you’re a true believer, or just curious about what the heck these modern-day clairvoyants are up to, you’ll end up with an awesome selfie at the end regardless. The evening is also a chance to preview the Future, a retail spot for home goods and gifts, tarot and astro readings, and art. It will be open to the public in about a month. After, you can swing by Hair & Nails Gallery across the street (2222 E 35th St.) where Lindsay Rhyner will be showing her wearable art.

When: 7-11 p.m. Thursday.



Heart and Soul: Portraiture and the Body

Where it’s at: Flow Art Space, 308 Prince St. SE, Ste. 226., St. Paul.

What it’s about: Artists both local and from all over the country contribute to this group exhibition highlighting the emotional punch of portraiture and the human figure, using a variety of mediums.

Why you should go: This is your second to last chance to see a show at Flow Art Space, as owner Melissa May Metzler is leaving town and closing the St. Paul location. It’s going out with a bang, though, as this large exhibition will highlight artists from around the nation, as well as Minnesota-based artists such as Christopher Harrison, Keith Miesel, Alis Olsen, Dick Parker, Todd Peterson, Jon Reischl, and Lindsay Stassen.

When: There will be an opening reception from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday. The exhibition runs through January 28.



Art Shanty Season Kick-off

Where it’s at: SooVAC, 2909 S. Bryant Ave., S., Minneapolis.

What it’s about: It may be dreary outside, but one thing to look forward to this winter is the return of the Art Shanty Projects on White Bear Lake. The Shanties don’t hit the ice until February, but you can get a sneak peek this Saturday at the kick-off event, curated by Jan Elftmann and David Pitman. Featuring photographs, mini-installations, and shanty ephemera, the exhibition will get you in the mood for what’s in store this year.

Why you should go: If the thought of spending a day on the icy cold lake scares you, the Art Shanty Kick-off is a good introductory experience. You’ll see just how awesome the Shanties are within the context of an indoor gallery, complete with appetizers, beverages, and karaoke. We’re sure you’ll be persuaded to hit the ice once you’ve seen the fun.

When: 6-9 p.m. Saturday.


(L: Duane Ditty, R: James Wrayge)

The Rematch: James Wrayge and Duane Ditty

Where it’s at: Rosalux Gallery, 1400 Van Buren St NE, Ste. 195, Minneapolis.

What it’s about: We all know the art world is cutthroat, but this show is taking it to the next level. This weekend, abstract painters James Wrayge and Duane Ditty step into the ring for a head to head re-match of combative art-ing.

Why you should go: Okay, the boxing motif is just a publicity stunt, but there should be plenty that’s exciting as these two artists share space at Rosalux Gallery, allowing their work to act in dialogue.

When: 7-10 p.m. Saturday.