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This week's must-see art shows

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Artists have always been tenacious beings, able to thrive amid the most inhospitable circumstances. Look no further than the precarious ecosystem of art galleries and centers that thrive one moment and are shuttered the next.

Yet, despite adversity, artists still find ways to keep making work and connecting with audiences. Some of our picks this week are at venues that are not long for this world, either because the venue is closing (Instinct Art Gallery), or because the ice is soon to melt (Art Shanty Projects). Take this weekend as an opportunity to seize the day and go see some art, because like everything, it is ephemeral. 

"Kathleen Waterloo: Niner Niner"

Where it’s at: Circa Gallery, 210 N First St., Minneapolis.

What it’s about: Kathleen Waterloo uses hot wax for her architectural fantasies that find inspiration from urban sights and mundane observations. It’s the artist’s third solo show at Circa.

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Why you should go: The show elevates rodeo bucking chutes, airport floor plans, and highway travel routes into works of art, using Waterloo’s training as an interior architect and penchant for color to create meticulous, abstract works.

When: The opening reception is this Saturday, February 20, from 5 to 8 p.m. The pieces are on view through April 2.

"Ordinary Animals" 

Where it’s at: The White Page, 3400 Cedar Ave. S., Minneapolis

What it’s about: Sculptor and installation artist Jess Hirsch teams up with art, music, and experience presenter Derek Maxwell (known in some circles as the proprietor of O.A.E.O.P., an underground pizza bistro) for a one-night event.

Why you should go: The White Page Gallery has the energy and cool factor of an underground venue, but it’s plenty accessible, too, with its warm storefront space, open visiting hours, and events that feel welcoming for the average newby.

When: The opening reception is on Saturday, February 20, from 7 to 10 p.m. You can also stop by on Sunday and Monday, February 21 and 22, from 1 to 5 p.m. "UNFILTERED: Sue Coe, Nancy Robinson and the Guerrilla Girls"

Where it’s at: Instinct Art Gallery, 940 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis 

What it’s about: The Animal Rights Coalition will be serving up vegan hors d’oeuvres and violin music for this social event Showcasing Sue Coe’s and Nancy Robinson’s political artwork, which is part of the Guerrilla Girls' Twin Cities Takeover.

Why you should go: Much to the dismay of Twin Cities art lovers, Instinct Art Gallery is set to close in March, so this is one of your last chances to experience how great of a gallery it has been, and check out the unflinching work of two feminist artists while tasting some delicious vegan treats.

When: The party is on Saturday, February 20, from 4 to 6 p.m.

Art Cars + Art Bikes on Parade 

Where: The Art Shanty Projects at White Bear Lake

What it’s about: Art cars and art bikes will parade around White Bear Lake, the site of of the 2016 Art Shanty Projects.

Why you should go: Have you been to the Art Shanty’s yet this year? Well, why not? Get thee to White Bear Lake for this must see marriage of art and natural beauty, and check out the Art Car Parade as icing on the cake!

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When: Saturday, February 20, from 4 to 6 p.m.