Solar Arts building hosts a holiday open house

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Jewelry by Patricia Punykova 
Shopping this time of year can be a big pain in the you know what. From the long lines, to the crabby people, to the endless elevator holiday music... it's just the worse. Well, the folks over at Solar Arts Building, the newest addition to the northeast Minneapolis art scene, are offering an alternative to your holiday shopping woes by hosting an event that lets you look for artistic gifts for your friends and family while enjoying some music, food, and a beverage or two. 

Solar Arts is housed in a nearly 100-year-old building that's been renovated to maintain its historical features while using additional eco-friendly materials and equipment, including 109 solar panels on its roof. The building contains over a dozen artists and creative professionals, including Indeed Brewing Company. 
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Caitlin Karolczak's studio in Solar Arts 

Caitlin Karolczak, known for her Flemish-style paintings of macabre subjects drawn from vintage archival materials, moved into the building in July from her previous studio at the Bottling House. She loves the space, and says it's great to have so many artists in the building. "It's a little more of a community here," she says. "The building is always stirring." 

Solar Arts has been hosting open houses on the first Thursdays of the month, but for the event this weekend, they decided to have a holiday show to "set the building apart," Karolczak says.

In her studio, Karolczak is hosting Stephanie Lake on Saturday, who will be doing a trunk show. Lake is a designer and curator who's an expert in vintage antique jewelry. She collects different vintage pieces and transforms them into big statement items. "They're really unusual and they sell all over the world," Karolczak says.
 
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Work by Caitlin Karolczak 
In addition, there are two other noteworthy jewelers housed at Solar Arts who will be showing work. Marisa Martinez makes sterling jewelry, and Patricia Punykova makes glass jewelry in a kiln. "They are really high quality artists," says Karolczak. 

As for Karolczak, she'll be showing a couple of big in-process pieces, one of which has never been seen before. Two Youths Embracing Death was inspired by vintage porn from the 1970s, she says, though one of the young men has been taken out and turned into a skeleton.

Another piece depicts a woman in a wedding dress with a man in a landscape, and there's a banner in the middle with an eye on it. She also has a holiday series, which isn't so much holiday-themed, but it is a little less dark than her usual fare. She has painted over antique bird lithographs from the late 19th century. Karolczak will also be brewing spiked hot cider in her studio. 

IF YOU GO:

Solar Arts Holiday Open House
5-10 p.m. Friday with appetizers, refreshments, and live music
Noon to 8 p.m. Saturday (visitors are encouraged to bring a non-perishable food item)
Noon to 4 p.m. Sunday with a brunch with the artists
711 15th Ave. NE, Minneapolis


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Solar Arts Building, 3rd Floor Gallery

711 15th Ave. NE, Minneapolis, MN

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