A few weeks ago people at Westwood Hills Nature Center in St. Louis Park started noticing mysterious art popping up in the snow. “It was a few weeks ago when I started noticing them,” Westwood Hills Naturalist Becky McConnell said. “We were out walking along the trails and all of sudden it was like, ‘Wait, what’s that?'”
For the past decade, people have enjoyed an artist-created “shanty town” on the frozen White Bear Lake. Funding has been a problem, though, so the art shanties are only outside every other year. This winter, organizers still wanted to hold the event, so they did it at Fulton Brewery in Minneapolis.
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The Minnesota History Center is opening a new exhibit on Saturday: Modern Spirit: The Art of George Morrison, which will remain open until April 26. This is the first comprehensive retrospective exhibit of an important American artist.
You might know the names Andy Warhol, Truman Capote and Stephen King. But you might not know that they’re all recipients of the National Scholastic Art and Writing Awards.
When it comes to budget cuts in schools, art programs are sometimes the first on the chopping block. One teacher at Osseo Senior High is showing how valuable art can be by helping students use it to pay for college. It’s what makes Dan Prody this week’s Excellent Educator.
The Minneapolis Institute of Arts is celebrating in style all day. Well, all year really. That’s because the Minneapolis Museum turns 100 years old this 2015, with plenty of cake and color to go around at the birthday party in Minneapolis.
You may have never heard of Rosemaling, but you’ve probably seen the Norwegian decorative painting.
No matter the weather, one place in Minnesota has furnaces holding steady at 2,300 degrees. Foci uses the intense heat to help people learn and practice glass arts. Eric Dahlberg is the studio manager. “It is a bit of a lost art,” he said. “There aren’t a lot of places that you can do this.”
We all have different perceptions of how a place looks and feels. Through the whimsical art of Michael Birawer, Minnesota has a decidedly fun look and feel. “Our eyes are more used to seeing things in 90-degree angles and straight lines,” Birawer said. “What I want to offer is just another perspective of that, another impression of how we look at things.”
We’ve heard plenty about Oktoberfest, but this weekend is Walktoberfest. The Walker Art Center is turning 75, and they’re throwing a weekend-long birthday celebration.
A Twin Cities artist has teamed up with a chef and an army of volunteers to do something that’s never been done in Minnesota before. On Sunday, they are setting up an outdoor dinner table for 2,000 people.
The largest art festival in the state of Minnesota will begin at noon on Friday. The 51st annual Uptown Art Fair will take over Hennepin Avenue and Lake Street for three days. It’ll feature 355 artists from across the country and other nations.
This weekend it’s Prior Lake and Milaca, next weekend it’s the huge Uptown Art Fair. It can be so fun, but also a little overwhelming either in cost or how you make that new artwork, work in your home.
A church fire in southwestern Minnesota revealed a surprise that members are now working to restore. Flames and plumes of smoke were pouring out of St. Gabriel’s Church in Fulda when firefighters arrived in April.
A very special photo exhibit has been on display at Argosy College in Eagan, Minn. It’s a tribute to all the soldiers who’ve died since 9/11.
Maybe you heard about the following art exhibits when they first opened with big splashes and a great deal of publicity. But they were scheduled to be here for weeks or months, so plenty of time. And then other things came along, and they slowly disappeared from front of mind.
Piles of old, rusty radiators that lay outside a University of Minnesota building will soon become works of art. The Minnesota Iron Pour has been creating castings for 45 years. The creations start in a cupola, where iron pieces are heated up to 3,000 degrees Fahrenheit, according to Professor Wayne Potratz.
Two unique sculptures were installed at the new physics and nano-technology building at the University of Minnesota Saturday. The steel sculptures are 10 feet tall and weigh 3,000 pounds. It took the sculptor more than a year to complete them in Portland, Ore.
The Soap Factory has been pushing artistic boundaries as an art gallery in the St. Anthony Main neighborhood in Minneapolis for the past 25 years. True to form, their new exhibit “Art(ists) on the Verge 5″ is a program that features five Minnesota artists and their non-traditional installations.
Besides being the seat of state government, the Minnesota Capitol is practically an art gallery, filled with murals of historic scenes and allegorical images of virtues the building’s designers hoped to see in their leaders: wisdom, courage, integrity. But almost 110 years after the Statehouse opened, a massive renovation project has provoked a mild but deeply felt debate about the artwork, with some lawmakers hoping to update a calcified collection and others committed to leaving it unchanged. An impromptu remark by Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton helped spark the discussion when he wondered during a renovation-related meeting whether his reception room really needed six paintings of Civil War scenes.
You wouldn’t think a frozen lake would offer much inspiration for local artists, but you’ll find some impressive work and creativity on White Bear Lake. Now in its eight year, the Art Shanty Projects is underway. After years on Medicine Lake, its new location isn’t stopping hundreds from visiting the outdoor gallery. The typical ice house does little to catch the eye. But near Ramsey Beach, one cluster makes people take notice.
There’s a different kind of art convention in downtown Minneapolis this weekend. Tattoo artists, supply vendors and people who want to get some ink will be at the Hyatt Hotel all weekend for the Minneapolis Tattoo Arts Convention. A one-day pass is $20, but kids 12 and younger get in free. The show is open from 11 a.m. to midnight Friday and Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Sunday.
A new Twin Cities museum is showcasing Somali art and culture. The Somali Artifact and Cultural Museum opened Saturday and features paintings of nomadic life and photos of Mogadishu along with traditional rugs, ancient writing tablets and lots of items made from animal skins.
Must listen…Jessica Schaffhausen talks with John Williams about her girls, and her resolve to make something positive out of such a horrible incident.