Art-A-Whirl: 7 things not to be missed

Categories: Art
Dzine at Public Functionary
It's that time of year when northeast Minneapolis goes nuts with art, music, and activities as studios and buildings open their doors. There's always fun stuff to see and do at Art-A-Whirl, and you're sure to find something you'll like. While the Northeast Minneapolis Arts Association has listings of different demonstrations and events on its website, as well as a directory guide to help you map your trip, we've got some favorites to recommend as well. The following list features some of the events and studios that we are particularly excited about.

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Courtesy Public Functionary
Club Gallistico by Dzine

Jerry Saltz in conversation with Dzine at Public Functionary

Northeast Minneapolis's newest gallery, Public Functionary (1400 12th Ave, NE), opened with much fanfare last month featuring over-the-top glam art by Latino artist Dzine (Carlos Rolon). This weekend, he's is in town for a discussion with New York Magazine's senior art critic Jerry Saltz. Together, they'll be talking about contemporary art and modern gallery culture. The lecture is a ticketed event ($15) and begins at 7 p.m. Saturday. He will also give  a free presentation at 1 p.m. Sunday with Kevin Beacham.

Mary Mack and Paul Dickinson at the Riot Act Reading Series at Art-A-Whirl

Comedian Mary Mack has been out in Los Angeles kicking ass, most recently landing a voiceover role in a new animated series on FOX. Lucky for us, she still spends part of the year here in the Twin Cities. She'll be performing along with Paul Dickinson at Riot Act this Saturday afternoon at 2 p.m. at Vid Tiger Studios (Solar Arts Building, 711 15th Ave. NE). Dickinson says what they'll actually be doing this year is a bit of a secret. But to give you an idea, at last year's event they covered a Judas Priest song in a freight elevator with Mack playing the guitar solo on her recorder. 

Courtesy Jaime Carrera
ANFITRIÓN: Caitlin Karolczak AAW Open Studio + Guest Artist Jaime Carrera

Last year, Caitlin Karolczak and Jaime Carrera wowed with their provocative performance art on the main floor of the Grainbelt Bottling House. This year, Karolczak's got a new studio at the Solar Arts building (711 15th Ave. NE), and the two artists are teaming up once again. Sadly, there won't be a performance this year, but there will be plenty of chances to check out Karolczak's skillful and dark Flemish-style paintings, and to pick up a print of Carrera's photography. 

Wolcott Art 
Art Flair NE: An Event at the Edge of the Whirl

Amita International, a marketing and visual design resource in Minneapolis, is hosting an outdoor art fair featuring a handful of women artists working in different mediums. This includes steel structures by Jennifer Wolcott, ceramics by Colleen Riley, fiber art by Suzanne Nicollet, and designs and paintings by Greta Vick. The fair is held on Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 3223 Filmore St. NE. 

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