BEST ART GALLERY - 2005
Creative Electric Studios - CLOSED
2205 NE California St.
Minneapolis, MN 55418
Over the past year, this little gallery in northeast Minneapolis (run by artists Karl Raschke and Dave Salmela) has housed some of the most buzzed-about exhibits in town. From a show by local comic-book artists the International Cartoonist Conspiracy (which featured work by acclaimed comic-book creators King Mini and Sam Hiti, among others) to an exhibit by the Minnesota Association of Rogue Taxidermists (who later got a front-page write-up in the New York Times' art section), Creative Electric is nothing short of eclectic. In addition to functioning as a unique gallery, over the holidays the space becomes a storefront filled with one-of-a-kind items created by local artists. Here, you can pick up Raschke's assortment of buttons dedicated to shoes or soldiers (among many other things) and find a sparkly beaded necklace to accompany them. Most recently the gallery has been used to shoot a music video for Low and as a music studio to record a CD sampler for the gallery itself. But best of all, this totally pretense-free gallery has become a springboard for the local arts community, and Raschke and Salmela are as passionate about the artwork as are the artists themselves.