For the past 13 years, Soo Visual Arts Center has called the block of 26th and Lyndale home. This week, the gallery is moving over to 29th and Bryant in the same Lyn-Lake neighborhood. The brand-new space is conveniently located near a Greenway entrance ramp (Bryant Avenue is also a bike-friendly road in south Minneapolis) and Bryant-Lake Bowl.
The SooVAC is hosting a grand opening party this Saturday, which will feature a triple reception for three really fun exhibits. Before the big day, City Pages took a tour of the new digs and previewed the shows.
The move was prompted last summer, as the nonprofit's lease was set to expire this year. From the looks of it, the new space will easily allow for multiple gallery shows and bigger event parties. This will be tested this weekend, as SooVAC will be throwing a shindig on Saturday featuring three shows: Betsy Hunt and Zach Moser's "Vacationland," Samual Weinberg's "Mutable Dramas With Several Characters or Understanding the Pink Man," and Lindsay Smith's "Spring Break."
Colorful paintings by Smith greet guests as they enter the space. Also notable is a giant lobby desk made of plastic that looks like cardboard by artist Wil Natzel.
The two main shows are separated by a wall, though the colorful pieces certainly complement each other. Each section of space is long, and the right-hand side offers a few cozy pockets that house a variety of pieces to explore.
"Vacationland" features photography, found-art installation, and video.
Meanwhile, the other room showcases the works of Samual Weinberg, including large-scale paintings, T-shirts, and an awesome totem pole of stacked beanbag-type balls made to look like meat, skulls, and characters from famous paintings.
IF YOU GO:
SooVAC Grand Opening and Triple Reception Saturday, April 11, from 6 to 10 p.m. 2909 Bryant Ave. S., Minneapolis