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300+ Artists Show with the FLOW Northside Arts Crawl

Hard to believe but the FLOW Northside Arts Crawl is celebrating over ten years of sharing the work and stories of the scores of artists who live and create on Minneapolis’ Northside. The 11th Annual FLOW Northside Arts Crawl is set for Thursday, July 28 through Saturday July 30!

Growth of FLOW is nothing short of phenomenal. In its first year, 2006, the Arts Crawl drew 1000 attendees who had a chance to visit just 20 artists at six locations; last year there were 10,000 visitors and some 300+ artists at 25 unique studios, galleries, theaters, commercial and vacant spaces throughout the community.

Highlights of FLOW Northside Arts Crawl include the Plymouth Avenue Block Party on Thursday, July 28 and an evening of live performances and gallery receptions on Friday. On Saturday art crawlers can spend the entire day visiting the artists’ studios along West Broadway from the Mississippi River to Penn Avenue.

A special feature of this summer’s Art Crawl is the chance to stroll and admire the installation of over $100,000 of artist-designed projects that are part of the West Broadway Arts Initiative funded by ArtPlace America. The project has added planters, benches, bike racks and information kiosks created by Northside artists as well as a new public plaza that will soon offer a robust agenda of programming.

You can pause for lunch or a snack at one of the food vendors or restaurants that offer a wide variety of treats for the hungry/thirty art lover.

FLOW is clearly a community engagement process, with impetus and support coming from the West Broadway Business and Area Coalition. This year the Coalition has worked with the City of Minneapolis, the Great Streets Facade Improvement Program and McKnight Art Façade Improvement Program to provide matching grants for storefront improvements. A highlight for FLOW visitors this summer is a chance to see and enjoy the results as you amble from studio to studio.

FLOW’s Facebook actually “overflows” with stunning photos and videos of what to expect. https://www.facebook.com/FLOW-Northside-Arts-Crawl-124146000938736/


Northeast Minneapolis Arts District Features Art and Eats

It might be said that the fortunate residents of Northeast Minneapolis “marinate” in art.  The area is home to countless artists who are at the ready to share their talents and commitment to their profession with their neighbors.  The tie that binds – also plans, promotes and shares the riches — is the Northeast Minneapolis Arts Association (NEMAA). Though keeping up with the arts in Northeast a comprehensive listing of Northeast art events is a fool’s mission, some examples offer a glimpse of the possibilities.

  • The work of local photographer Tim Davis will be on display through the month of February at the Wilde Roast Café.  Tim has added a touch of high tech to his exhibit.  Rather than merely labeling photos,  he has equipped each with a Quick Response (QR) code so that cell phones are able to read and instantly link to any website, including Tim’s home  website.
  • The juried Spiritual Art Show has become a destination in Northeast for the past eleven years.  Nicholas and Rosemary Heille, producers of the show, have published a clear explanation of the “why” of a spiritual art show on their website.  They have also issued a call for Minnesota artists to submit their work for the show which is set for April 10-15, 3:00-7:00 p.m. at the Kolbe Center of Pope John Paul II School. Admission is free. Rules and entry forms are available from Rosie Heille, NE Minneapolis Artist Concierge Service, 3460 Garfield St NE, Mpls 55418.
  • Brickmania Toyworks, located in the Thorp Building at 1618 Central Avenue, hosts a monthly open house on the second Saturday of the month, 11 AM – 4:00 PM.  Visitors will find LEGO creations, including a working train created by the Greater Midwest Lego Train Club and the Twin Cities Lego Train Club.  Brickmania also features displays of historical military models and a kids’ town.
  • Meanwhile, NEMAA continues to sponsor regular open studio events.  This is the season when Northeast artists are hard at work preparing for Art-A-Whirl, the annual springtime showcase of the community’s artists and their works.  The open studio series offers an insider’s view  into the work that goes on day-by-day in neighborhood studios, many of which share their work spaces and their wares throughout the year.  The longstanding mainstays are the monthly open studio events held on First Thursdays and Second Saturdays.

Ø     On First Thursday artists open their studios at the Casket Arts Building, Casket Arts-Carriage House, the Northrup King Building, Q.arma Building, and the Thorp Building.  Also in the neighborhood visitors will find bargains at Two 12 Pottery and Gifts and a welcome at Who Made Who Design+Screenprint Emporium. Hours vary, all are listed on the NEMAA website.  Stay in the neighborhood for the special happy hour and late night music nearby at the Red Stag.

Ø     Open Studios on Second Saturdays each month are in the California Building where visitors will find six floors of studios bustling with 25 artists at work. Visit with the artists, sip and snack on the refreshments and catch the Art-A-Whirl fever the second Saturday of each month 11:00AM-6:00 PM.

The arts community of Northeast Minneapolis is a magnet the draws art enthusiasts – and those who love a good meal in a friendly environment.  The community’s eat treats is growing by exponentially as any guide to good eating, including friends and neighbors, will attest.  Don’t leave Northeast with an unsatisfied appetite for good art – or good food!