Two weekends stand out as special in the Northeast Minneapolis Arts District, one in spring and the other in the fall. The spring is highlighted by the countries largest open air art festival, Art-A-Whirl, in which hundreds of studios housed in buildings and homes alike throw open their doors to the public. The energy is electric as outdoor music permeates the air and countless people bike, walk, drive and trolly from art destination to art destination.
The fall is marked by Open District, an umbrella designation which highlights the individual goings on and studio tours of NE’s biggest and best art studio buildings (Casket Arts, Northrup King, California Building, Solar Arts). While each building is hosting it’s own event this weekend they have joined forces so that the public might get the biggest bang for their buck.
While our spring counterpart is perhaps a bit untamed and ruckus, Open District boasts art specific destinations and offers an unparalleled opportunity for patrons of the arts, collectors and enthusiast of all levels of interest to meander and explore the streets, avenues, building corridors and studios of one of America’s greatest arts districts without distraction.
The atmosphere of Open District is festive and rich as guests from all over the metro take in the individual flare and flavor each studio building has to offer. Artwork representing every genre and medium is on display in the very place it’s made. There simply is no greater time to gain access to the artwork, the studios and the artists themselves, without distraction, than this weekend.
The Rogue Buddha Gallery is happy to be a proud participant of Open District. We always have numerous artists on exhibit and offer a main viewing gallery, sitting lounge gallery and a second ancillary gallery space, now boasting an 1888 pump organ retail display… In addition, the studio of gallery owner and artist, Nicholas Harper, is housed in the back and open for all to explore. The RBG offers an experience unlike anywhere else in the Twin Cities. Featured artist and curator of our current exhibit, Scott Seekins, will be giving an artist talk on Friday, November 2nd at 7pm. In addition to our normal hours we will be open 3 – 8pm on Sunday.
While I hope to see you at the Rogue Buddha Gallery this weekend, I highly encourage you to venture out and explore the hundreds of open studios and to see and experience what the Northeast Minneapolis Arts District is really all about, namely, the arts.
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And if you want some sure fire studio tour tips before heading out, be sure to check out this article I wrote a few years back for AAW!