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.
Do you like treasure hunting? If so, you should check out Free Art Fridays. It’s a Twin Cities version of an international trend. Artists hide small works, and if you find it, you keep it.
A new floating piece of art is tapping in to how the city is feeling. MIMMI is being called the emotional gateway to Minneapolis, and this weekend it will be the center piece of one of the city’s most unique festivals: the Secret City.