Last Saturday, I headed to Art-a-Whirl, the largest open-studio tour in the US. I was only able to spend a couple of hours there, but had I had more time, I’m sure there would have been endless studios and art to gaze at.
I started out at the Solar Arts Building, beginning with Indeed Brewing Company, which I last mentioned here. The Solar Arts Building is a collection of artist studios, Indeed, and perhaps a future coffee shop, powered partially by solar panels. The artists inside include glass makers, photographers, painters, among others.
Afterward, I headed to Architectural Antiques which didn’t have any artists in it but still housed its beautiful antique furniture and light fixtures.
Then it was a stop at the Casket Arts Building, which I have a special place in my heart for, as my dad’s machine shop used to inhabit the space (next to a casket company, eeek). It was bizzare to see how much it has changed, and very interesting to see what has remained. This trip down memory lane had me feeling a lump in my throat as my sister guided us around and pointed out where everything once was.
In addition to transforming the old building into an art space, the surrounding area has become an art park, with various odd sculptures and statues.
Northeast Minneapolis has been transforming its character for some time now and it’s exciting to see all of the changes, especially with Indeed opening in July of this year.
Anyway, I hope your weekend was lovely and your forthcoming week just the same.