The Northrup King Building is home to over 300 artists and creatives. First Thursdays and Open Saturdays are great opportunities to visit the artists and discuss the process and inspiration behind the incredible art, and take home your one-of-a-kind treasure. With four enormous floors to explore, this history filled building is truly a Twin Cities iconic destination. They now have extended hours on Thursday, Aug. 6 from 5-9 pm. And on Saturday, Aug. 1, from 12-4 pm. Plenty of free parking, passenger elevator, and comfortable spaces. Not all artists or studios will be open during the extended Northrup King Building hours, per their discretion. They encourage you to contact the artist or studio you wish to visit to ensure they will be open. Masks are required throughout the building.
Northeast artist John Akre will host “My Northeast and Yours,” an animated film collaged out of photographs and drawings sent by people like you. May 15, 16 and 17, they will create a large-scale stop motion animation by printing those images and arranging them on a large tabletop. Their work creating this animation will be live-streamed.
The three parts of the movie, and the three ideas for images that they’re asking for are the following: What is in an image, drawn or photographed, that introduces Northeast Minneapolis, and says, “Welcome to Northeast”? What is an image, drawn or photographed, that represents a place, or something about a place, that you feel you have ownership of? (My Place). What is an image, drawn or photographed, that represents something about a place that you can give to someone else? (Your Place).
If you draw something, take a picture of it. If you have a picture, keep in mind that there will be several of them on the table at a time, so pictures of things and people will be easier to see than pictures of entire landscapes. Email your images to email@example.com, then watch Akre animate them. To follow the event and watch the live stream, visit facebook.com/SFAnimationStation/ or visit johnakre.com/streetanimation/myne.html.
Spring Into Spring: Now through June 20. Showcasing their gallery artists: Betsy Ruth Byers, Kate Casanova, Jil Evans, Kelly Jean Ohl, Patrick Pryor, Jodi Reeb, Julie Snidle and Cameron Zebrun. Their annual spring group show, “Spring Into Spring,” is virtual this year. A combination of new work and old favorites, you can see and enjoy the exhibition day or night at your convenience at kolmanpryorgallery.com. If an artwork catches your eye, you can get in touch with them at 612-385-4239 or email them at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Realist Paintings by Tom Maakestad: Through May 5. Although the Hewing Hotel is closed due to the COVID-19 emergency, you are now able to see all of the artwork in the Hewing Hotel show, Realist Fiction Paintings by Tom Maakestad at kolmanpryorgallery.com. With funding from a Minnesota State Arts Board Artist Initiative Grant, Tom was able to hire a plane to provide him with aerial views of rivers, country sides, flat landscapes, and horizons. Many of the paintings in Tom’s exhibit are the result of that experience. If Tom’s paintings are intriguing to you, call 612-385-4239 or email email@example.com.
Mercury Mosaics and Tattersall Distilling will be hosting REFIND, a vintage and re-makers market, on April 4, from noon to 6 pm at their neighboring locations at the historic Thorp Building. Visitors can expect to shop a wide array of vintage, sustainable, and repurposed goods amid the casks of Tattersall’s distillery and the kilns of Mercury Mosaics ceramic tile factory, while sipping cocktails, craft coffee, and munching on portable delights from La Belle Crepe. And if you are in a creative mood, workshops will be hosted throughout the day so you might leave with a reusable produce bag that you have sewn yourself, a pair of reclaimed leather earrings that you have crafted, or a floral arrangement that you have arranged in a reusable, ceramic vase. Explore Tattersall and Mercury Mosaics’ vintage and re-makers market, REFIND, and leave with old treasures, new creative passions, and a full shopping bag that leaves you feeling good about your impact on the planet. This event is free and open to the public.
Studio Pintura, 1500 Jackson St. NE, has a virtual gallery for its 3rd Annual Spring Floral Art Exhibition, juried by Steven J. Levin, which features flowers as the central theme of the work and includes the work of 28 artists. Selected artworks by local and nationally known artists. The show is scheduled to run online through May 3. Info: StudioPintura.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, youtu.be/KPAhH7k4isY, youtu.be/_65J3nWVBSY.
UPDATE: Classes on March 21, 28, and April 4th have been cancelled to to the COVID 19 outbreak.
For centuries, Ukrainians have created pysanky, using just a few simple tools. A pysanka is a Ukrainian Easter egg, decorated with traditional Ukrainian folk designs using a wax-resist method. The word pysanka comes from the verb pysaty, “to write,” as the designs are not painted on, but written with beeswax. Join the Ukrainian American Community Center for small, hands-on classes in the art of pysanka making.
No prior pysanky making experience is required. You will learn the entire pysanky making process, starting with dividing the egg into sections, penciling in the elements of the design, applying the molten wax, dying the egg in several steps and finishing it by removing the wax. Register for this class at eventbrite.com/e/ukrainian-pysanky-workshop-tickets-97554312575 and pay via EVENTBRITE (processing fee applies). Info: facebook.com/events/236201647512201/. Saturdays, March 21, 28, and April 4, 18, 10 am-1 pm, Ukrainian Center, 301 Main St. NE.