This week's must-see art shows

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There's beauty all around us this time of year, as the natural world showcases its summer vitality. While we can experience this just by taking a look around, artists can play a role in helping us focus on certain things that maybe we hadn't noticed or seen in quite the same way. This week, there are plenty of opportunities to check in with local artists who enhance our ways of seeing and experiencing this amazing world. 

"Pattern Recognition: Areca Roe and Bob Roscoe" 

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

What it’s about: In search of meaning, two photographers, Areca Roe and Bob Roscoe, examine the patterns that manifest themselves in the world. Roe’s series, “Housebroken,” documents unusual pets — snakes, bearded dragons, potbellied pigs — in domestic environments. Meanwhile, Roscoe’s close-up shots of old buildings become almost abstract. Together, their works reveal truths in details that repeat themselves in different ways.

Why you should go: The impressive roster of artists at Rosalux, the Twin Cities’ longest running collective art gallery, make for some lively shows in their northeast Minneapolis space. Areca Roe and Bob Roscoe are no exception, and, perhaps surprisingly, seem quite suited for a double bill. While they differ stylistically — Roe has an idiosyncratic whimsy while Roscoe finds the uncanny beauty in decay — both artists share an uncommon way of capturing an order in the weird quirks this world throws our way.

When: The opening reception runs from 7 to 10 p.m. Thursday. The exhibition is on view through July 31.

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"Hot Off the Press: The 29th Co-Op Exhibition"

Where it’s at: Highpoint Center for Printmaking, 912 W. Lake St., Minneapolis. 

What it’s about: Forty-two local printmakers, all part of the artists’ studio cooperative Highpoint Center for Printmaking, will exhibit their work in this curated show, which features lithography, relief, intaglio, screen printing, monotype, and polymer photogravure. The opening reception includes tours of the print shop, plus 20 percent off all prints by co-op members.

Why you should go: Think your walls are looking a little bare? Head over to Highpoint, because there’s going to be a huge amount of art available from local artists, all at a discount. With over 80 pieces in the exhibition, as well as additional shrink-wrapped work on the sale racks, it’s a great opportunity to add to your collection.

When: The reception runs from 6:30 to 9 p.m. on Friday.

"Frogtown Art in the Garden Tour" 

Where it’s at: NeighborWorks Home Partners, 533 N. Dale St., St. Paul.

What it’s about: Gardens and art: What could be better? With the Frogtown Art in the Garden Tour, you have a chance to explore some of the beautiful home and community gardens in the Frogtown area while meeting local artists and discovering new works. Purchase a ticket for $5 ($3 for Frogtown residents and free for children) and make your way to one of several walkable clusters — or take your bike to tour the whole shebang.

Why you should go: While blank, white walls are surely the most common backdrop for art viewing, a livelier background of a growing garden makes a lot of sense, too, as you’re getting two sources of beauty for the price of one. At this party, get tips for your own garden, and possibly pick up some new art along the way.

When: The event runs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday. 

"Folklore Remix"

Where it’s at: Gamut Gallery, 717 S. 10th St., Minneapolis. 

What it’s about: Two local artists with roots in Mexico, Luis Fitch and Rodrigo (Roco) Oñate, team up with Minnesota-based graffiti artist Repo for an exhibition that remixes folklore with a street-art sensibility. Drawing on stories of Mexican, Central American, and Minnesotan mythologies, and splicing them up to create new forms, the show offers storytelling and tradition with a contemporary edge.

Why you should go: The stories people tell each other create the fabric of that culture. What happens when you change them up a bit? These three artists find out by mixing and curating the tales from their histories, searching for new meanings and new ways of understanding the world.

When: The public reception runs from 7 to 11 p.m. Saturday. The exhibition runs through July 30.


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