Art A Whirl

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Hundreds of headshots

The Big Chief (Adrian) could not come to Minneapolis, and have all-party and no-culture, could he? COULD HE? Well, not this weekend!!!

Art A Whirl is a weekend of open studio tours through Northeast Minneapolis that is self guided. All that one needs is the Artist Directory, and a map, and away you go!

Adrian and I were able to get in some time touring studios on Saturday May 16th, but I spent pretty much my entire day visiting various artist studios by myself on Sunday the 17th.

What amazed me is the sheer amount of artists that live and breath practically right underneath my nose.

The Big Chief appreciates art!
55 buildings encompassed 439 artists (yes, I counted them all!). My feet entered perhaps half the buildings that opened their doors to the public this weekend. Art A Whirl artists participating in this weekend's tour excelled in the areas of: Clay, digital, drawing, fiber, furniture, glass work, installation, jewelry, metal, mixed media, mosaic, multimedia, painting, photography, printmaking, sculpture, tile, wood, and more!

What more...most artists have an "open door" the last thursday of every month, so that those who appreciate the arts can tour the vast studios and get a better idea of what one likes...and likes to purchase.

I was absolutely blown away at the tremendous artistic talent, and incredible pieces of art...and at the price tags attached to them. This is NOT a starving artist sale...these artists live very well, if the prices on their wares are any indication! I was offered a proof set of pictures, the entire set, for a once in a lifetime price of $500,000 USD. Now, I know what you are thinking....Lord Mike is rich, at least he LOOKS rich! Well, looks are deceiving! I could have paid the artist perhaps in Monopoly money, but instead I simply thanked the person for erroneously thinking I was a relative of Donald Trump or Warren Buffett!

However, the art work was...simply amazing! I shall bookmark this for next year, and the next, and the next!

reikunboy says:
this looks great
Posted on: May 27, 2009
acowboy says:
I had a great time here Lord Mike... definately pencil me in for next year...!!!
Posted on: May 26, 2009
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Hundreds of headshots
Hundreds of headshots
The Big Chief appreciates art!
The Big Chief appreciates art!
Close Up of some of the headshots
Close Up of some of the headshots
Nice compilation
Nice compilation
Fork you...that is so knive of you!
Fork you...that is so knive of you!
Art this way...but which way?
Art this way...but which way?
Only the Shadow knows!
Only the Shadow knows!
Cherries, anyone?
Cherries, anyone?
Clay artists showing their trade
Clay artists showing their trade
Wall to wall art!
Wall to wall art!
...TOURISTS!
...TOURISTS!
Local artist
Local artist
Local artist
Local artist
Local artist
Local artist
Old LPs for sale! Dang, whatever …
Old LP's for sale! Dang, whatever…
The front of this house was...tin?
The front of this house was...tin?
If you know anything about America…
If you know anything about Americ…
Lord Mike, you wouldnt believe wh…
Lord Mike, you wouldn't believe w…
...a painted car, and in a very ar…
...a painted car, and in a very a…
I think the Alcohol sign was ver…
I think the "Alcohol" sign was ve…
Artists selling their wares...
Artists selling their wares...
While others drank beer...
While others drank beer...
Or stood around and looked cool, l…
Or stood around and looked cool, …
As for us, we drank beer! Pabst Bl…
As for us, we drank beer! Pabst B…
Local Artists
Local Artists
Artist Studio
Artist Studio
Artist Studio
Artist Studio
Artist Studio
Artist Studio
Art lessons
Art lessons
Sand dunes
Sand dunes
Northeast Arts District banner
Northeast Arts District banner
Old Grain Belt Brewery
Old Grain Belt Brewery
Front of Old Grain Belt Brewery
Front of Old Grain Belt Brewery
Keg House...sounds good to me!
Keg House...sounds good to me!
Part of the Old Grain Belt Brewery…
Part of the Old Grain Belt Brewer…
Casket Arts Building
Casket Arts Building
Local artists at this building
Local artists at this building