If you’ve visited the Water Bar on Central Avenue NE or the Water Bar pop-up at the State Fair, you understand – it’s unique, hard to explain, a free-flowing font of ideas and energy. The good news is that the tap is on again at the Central Avenue site.
Actually, it’s almost the same site….For several weeks the Water Bar has been closed for remodeling and a move – to just next door at 2518 Central Avenue NE. Beginning October 14 the taproom reopens to the public on Thursday and Friday evenings until 8:00 PM and on Saturdays from Noon to 8:00 PM.
Disregarding the fates, hosts Shanai Matteson and Colin Kloecker are planning a grand reopening reception 6:00-9:00 PM on Friday, October 13.
The reception will celebrate the opening of the relocated facility’s first exhibition, “The exhibit, which will be open October 14-January 14, 2019, features the photography of Zoe Prinds-Flash and Crystal Liepa, along with Water Bar co-owner and photographer Colin Kloecker. The photographers spent a summer photographing and recording the stories of residents along the Mississippi River National River and Recreation Area.
The exhibition and the site are designed to share that experience and to inspire those who live and work near the Mississippi to connect with and care for the River. Volunteer “Water Tenders” and special guests will be serving tap water while they lead conversations and activities that blend public art, science education and place-based environmental advocacy.
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Just when Northeast Minneapolis was running out of corners locals have a new watering hole where they can gather to guzzle, gaze and gab in unique environs. The Water Bar & Public Studio, (http://www.water-bar.org/calendar-2/?category=Water+Bar+%26+Public+Studio) is opening soon at 2516 Central Avenue NE, just North of Lowry. The Water Bar & Public Studio is a unique gathering spot with a serious mission – “to create a welcoming and generative social space around the life-sustaining, precarious, communal activity of drinking water” These visionaries see the space as “an art and sustainability incubator for Northeast Minneapolis and the Mississippi River watershed.”
A free and open preview happy hour is set for Thursday, May 5 when it’s Neighborhood Night, 5:00-7:00 PM at the Water Bar & Public Studio. Councilman Kevin Reich, Holland Neighborhood Board members, and other recognizables will be on hand to serve local tap water and brews. Though much has been written about the Northeast newcomer, here’s the chance to grasp the goal and to parse the action plan.
The Official Opening of The Water Bar & Public Studio is set for Art-a-Whirl, May 20-22. AAW event hours are Friday, 5pm-10pm, Saturday, 12pm-8pm, and Sunday 12pm-8pm
Promotional materials describe the Water Bar & Public Studio as “a collaborative public art project” led by Colin Kloecker and Shanai Matteson (http://www.water-bar.org/artists) of Works Progress Studio (http://www.worksprogress.org) in partnership with the Holland Neighborhood Improvement Association (http://www.hnia.org).
The Northeast Water Bar is just one of several projects these creative folks are launching this season in the Twin Cities. To follow the action at this vibrant initiative, including their penchant for pop-ups, you’ll want to check out the website at http://www.water-bar.organd get on the mailing list.