(Red Hot Mamita by Cristina Perez, exhibiting in the California Building this weekend)
This weekend over 500 artists and studios in northeast Minneapolis will open their doors and celebrate art with to demonstrations, sales, and unique events and performances. Here's a rundown of some cool things happening this weekend.
An Evening of Pyrotastic Entertainment
(18 ½ Ave. and Jackson St. NE; 612.627.9366)
According to the official Art-A-Whirl site, this is the first iron pour that they can remember happening during the festival. Located at the future site of the Jac Flats Artist housing, the iron pour is scheduled for 7 p.m. Saturday. If you like fire, molten lava, and intense art, this is the event for you.
(Ashes by Jeff Hirst)
Encaustic Painting Demo
(Grainbelt Building, 79 NE 13th Ave.)
Don't know what encaustic painting is? This ancient medium uses beeswax and pigment melted down and applied to a panel and allowed to cool. The result is a warm color and earthy appearances. Jeff Hirst will be giving a demo 2 p.m. Saturday.
Five Dollar Poster Sale
(Stand-Alone Studio, 158 13th Avenue NE)
Who doesn't like affordable art? This "Scratch and Dent" sale will feature art with flaws, much like human beings. Imperfect art is still art and needs love too. Check it out.
(Uptet by Kyle Fokken)
(Rogue Buddha Gallery, 357 13th Avenue NE)
This show will feature mixed media and other forms of art by Nicholas Harper, Michael Thomsen, and Kyle Fokken. There will be from Chowgirls, and music by Michael Cina at the opening 9 p.m. Saturday.
Paint by Number ArtCar Workshop
(Red Stag Supperclub, 509 First Ave. NE)
There are whisperings around town that the real Art Car Parade may be returning. Until it becomes official, spend some time helping to create an Art Car at this event 1 p.m. Saturday.
Doll Making Demonstration
(Casket Carriage House Building, 1720 Madison St NE)
Saturday at 3 p.m. Deborah Foutch will be demonstrating the fine art of doll making.
Gastro Non Grata
(Modern Café, 337 13th Ave. NE)
Sunday starting at 11 a.m. lovers of food art can enjoy a pig roast, sample baklava, learn about sausage stuffing, and sample beer and wine. Local music acts will also perform throughout the day.
Don't Sleep On It
(California Building, 2205 California St. NE)
The Walker Art Center's Teen Arts Council will be hosting this 24-hour event. Teens 15 to 19 are invited to create performance, print, video, sound and other forms of art in this constantly evolving space. Artists participating include Burlesque Design, Erik Burke, Mike Fitzsimmons, Andy Ducett, John Grider, Hardland/Heartland, Liz Miller, Kristina Mooney, Chris Pennington, Brett Smith, Erin Smith, and Scott Stulen. Show up any time from 6 p.m. Friday to 8 p.m. Saturday to see what's up.
This is obviously only the tip of the iceberg. Art-A-Whirl runs from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday, noon to 8 p.m. Saturday, and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday, with other related events running much later.
Those looking to get the most out of the festival should visit a welcoming booth; they will be located at Marshall Street and 13th Avenue Northeast and at Broadway Avenue and Quincy Street Northeast, with trolleys running to the major participating buildings on Saturday and Sunday.
For a complete list of events and locations check out www.nemaa.org. Also, for our list of recommended music events at the 'Whirl, check out David Hansen's post on music events at Art-A-Whirl this weekend here.