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Best Art Festival Minneapolis 2011 - Art-a-Whirl

Art-a-Whirl

2205 NE California St.

Minneapolis, MN 55418

612-788-1679

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From its humble beginnings as a neighborhood art crawl, the annual event known as Art-a-Whirl has expanded at such an exponential rate that it's now billed as the largest open-studio and gallery tour in the United States. Organized by the Northeast Minneapolis Arts Association, Art-a-Whirl draws from the enormous pool of artists who have set up shop in the neighborhood. Old-timers might bemoan the neighborhood's recent hip cachet, but it's hard to argue against the eclectic vibrancy that defines the area. Featuring over 500 artists exhibiting a staggering range of disciplines (and skill levels), Art-a-Whirl allows for such odd juxtapositions as masterfully lavish landscape paintings positioned next to antique motorcycle parts repurposed as household appliances. Backyard galleries mix with cavernous studios, emcompassed by a carnivalesque atmosphere of vendors hawking homemade jewelry, vintage clothing, original music, and just about any other wares that can be displayed on a folding table. Scheduled for May 20 to 22, the 2011 Art-a-Whirl is sure to offer far more diversions than can be experienced in a single weekend. Should fatigue set in, however, the neighborhood's copious restaurants and bars welcome visitors with live music and refreshing drinks. Rejecting any notion of pretension, this is one art festival that feels like the host neighborhood: thrillingly diverse, wildly creative, and exceptionally hospitable.

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Veghead
Veghead

Please to the organizer. You need to list somewhere. What the EVENTS are, its all vague. North East. . ok, Where? is it a street thing? a Walking map? I have tried to tel people about it, but its difficult, for us Southsiders, better marketing is needed. as we are dumb. lazy and stupid. --I still cant find what music? what featured artists or where even to go. Fail Too many events people, improve.

J
J

Additional fun can be had at the Alamo Flea Market happening Saturday and Sunday at Antiquified (cool antique store) accross from the Thorp Building and Diamonds coffee shop. Beading and craft supplies will on sale. Found art stuff galore.This year we'll even have an estate sale in the warehouse of 1517 the same hours! Don't forget to stop in Antiquified and see what new items have been added this month...always great deals! Enjoy treasure hunting at the Alamo Flea Market held May 21st & 22nd, 2011 Hours: 10:00 - 5:00 both days 1519 Central Ave NE, Mpls 55413 Call 612-789-1989 for additional info

Lance Gams
Lance Gams

I'm wondering what the average daily attendance is. Anyone that has a good guesstimate please let me know. Thanks!

lancegams@gmail.com

Kristi
Kristi

Looking forward to my first modular art show ever! There will be many artists and bands daily at 1326 Quincy St. NE - Upper Cut Boxing Gym courtyard sponsored by a proud member of NEMAA!!

Hannah
Hannah

Very excited for this year's festival. This marks one year I've been at the Casket Arts Building (Mantra Art #418) and I'll have a special guest artist with me. Perhaps even live music!

Thank you City Pages for helping promote this superfuntastic event.

Hannah Albert

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