Urban Collection Gallery Opening at Motto Boutique

Have you had the chance to stop by Motto Boutique in Minneapolis’ Uptown neighborhood? Not only does the lifestyle boutique carry chic, one-of-a-kind fashion, but the store also sells home furnishings and accessories. This Wednesday, October 10th is a perfect opportunity to stop by and see the beautiful merchandise for yourselves. Shop owners Maria Walker and Maryn Bulygo are hosting Urban Collection, an art gallery opening from 5-8:30pm, featuring collected work from emerging artists for over the last 20+ years on sale at prices below their usual value. Most artists have since “emerged” including Shannon Kennedy, Christian Holstad, Peter Houser, Erinestine Ruben, & Ramon Muxter to name a few. The collection also includes several local MCAD grads and locals like Sarah Wooster, Matt Franzen & Jennifer Davis.

Be sure to stop by! Motto Boutique is located at 3105 Hennepin Ave South, Minneapolis. There will also be plenty of treats and refreshments served at the opening. See you there!

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Ad Hoc Art-Downtown Minneapolis Pop-up Art Gallery

Art by Lintu Art

All of us Minnesotans cherish the short-lived summer, but this year, we have another short lived event to enjoy. In the heart of downtown Minneapolis at 88 S 10th St. resides pop-up art gallery, Ad Hoc Art. The gallery is in its space only until the end of August. While you may visit the gallery during its normal hours of Tu-Fri 11am-8pm, Sat 10am-8pm and Sun 10am-2pm, they are hosting a free event tonight, Friday, July 20th from 7 to 10pm with music and cold treats! Read on to learn more about Ad Hoc Art and view more photos from the gallery.

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i heart art

Casey Fritz of Reclaimed Spaces is hosting i heart art, an art gallery show held at his residence tonight, Friday the 17th.  You might remember Casey’s loft featured from this previous post.  Featuring funky photography from Nicole Houff and Greg Tennant, don’t be surprised to see Barbies in Star Trek outfits juxtaposed with local landscapes.  The show is from 6:30-9:30 PM at the Franklin Lofts, 111 E Franklin Ave, Minneapolis, MN.

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Courtesy of Berry Holz

Can you believe we are near the end of the week already?  You have to love a short work week!  If you want to find a way to wind down the week, I recommend checking out an art opening on Friday September 10th from 7-11pm called, Spotitive Vibrations at spotArt gallery in Northeast Minneapolis.  Berry Holz, who was previously featured on this blog, is part of a group of artists including Karl Friedrich, BMF, Spleee, Cole Hartigan, Adam Erickson, Mandy Chowen, Michael McGraw and Jeremy Schock,

The gallery event will have acoustic music from David Harland and henna tattoo art by Judy Ostrowski.  Check out examples from most of the artists in the gallery below.

Spotitive Vibrations

Friday, September 10th from 7-11pm

spotArt Gallery

1828 Marshall St, NE Mpls


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Art Fair Fun!

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If you have been on the hunt to find the perfect piece of art to put in your home, this is the weekend for you!  It’s time for the annual Art Fair weekend featuring the Uptown, Loring Park and Powderhorn Park art fairs!  Instead of looking for generic artwork that you find everywhere else, this is the time to support independent artists.  You can talk with the artist and learn about the process and story behind the pieces.

In addition to the art, this is also a great time to take the Nice Ride bikes for a spin.  With the Loring Park and Uptown art fair so close together, the Nice Ride bikes are the perfect way to get around and see the city.  You can also easily travel between the three art fairs at no charge using the Metro Transit Art Hop bus line.


Uptown Art Fair

Friday – noon to 8 p.m.

Saturday – 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Sunday – 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Powderhorn Art Fair

Saturday – 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Sunday – 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Loring Park Art Festival

Saturday – 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Sunday – 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Take a peek at the pictures below to see a small sampling of the artists.  I hope to see you there!

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I Like You!

I like you!  These three small words speak volumes.  I Like You, a funky shop in Northeast Minneapolis is much like its name.  It is a smallish shop with lots vibrant colors, original prints and handcrafted gifts.  Why do I like I Like You?  For starters, the store’s name is begging to be friends with you!   Additionally, by the time you walk out, you probably will have two new friends: awesome store owners Sarah Sweet and Angela Lessman.  This fun duo created I Like You in 2007 as a store carrying handmade local crafts.  In a time where it is more important than ever to shop local, this charming NE store showcases some of MN’s best print makers, textile designers and jewelry makers.  Read on after the jump to learn more about I Like You and see a photo tour of their store.
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Artist Berry Holz at Birchwood Cafe

Art by Berry Holz

While I was having a delicious omelet for brunch at Birchwood Cafe, I was intrigued by the art on the walls.  Using mostly calming colors, careful gradation and simple shapes, artist Berry Holz produces art that is nothing short of elegant.  She uses a low-tech reverse stencil method done with spray paint and layered stencils.  With a background in art history and interior design, her love for color is easily seen in her artwork.

She is having an art opening for her show, “Roughed Up Heart,” at Birchwood Cafe, tomorrow, February 24th at 7pm.  Her art will be on display until April 4th.  Go check it out!

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