Art fair weekend
This weekend, Minneapolis explodes with art fairs in Uptown, Powderhorn Park and Loring Park, giving Twin Cities art lovers a chance to check out the wares of artists near and far. The Uptown Art Fair (Fri.-Sun., Lake Street, Lagoon Avenue and Hennepin Avenue S., Mpls.) is Minnesota’s largest fair behind the State Fair, drawing nearly 40,000 people annually with artist booths, music, entertainment, wine tastings, art activities for kids and even a culinary arts competition. With a Metro Transit Art Pass, you can visit all three festivals for free, including the Loring Park Art Festival and Powderhorn Art Fair (both Sat.-Sun.). Sheila Regan
The Twin Cities has a rich history of DIY zine-making, with such legendary local titles as Artpolice, Profane Existence and Your Flesh. “Stacks” celebrates this legacy, with 62 artists from around the globe commemorating the past 30 years in history, politics, pop culture and childhood memories — we’re talking ’80s hairstyles, teen angst, “The Legend of Zelda” and Pokémon. Each artist has created a series of limited-edition zines based on a hot topic from a particular year, illustrating and printing it themselves in true DIY fashion. (Free opening reception 7-10 p.m. Fri. Ends Sept. 5. Light Grey Art Lab, 118 E. 26th St., Mpls. 612-239-2047. www.lightgreyartlab.com.) Jahna Peloquin
‘Lovesickness With Trees’ & ‘Critique of Pure Reason’
Painters Sophia Heymans and Garrett Perry explore escapism and nostalgia in “Lovesickness With Trees,” a dual exhibit. Perry’s work shows an influence of abstract expressionism, as in “All I Wanna Do Is Be Friends With You,” in which a solo guitarist is surrounded by colorful, abstract figures that fade into the background, illustrating the feeling of loneliness in a crowded room. Heymans’ work depicts the scale and grandeur of Minnesota landscapes, dotted with trees, prairies and lakes, and her oil and acrylic renderings demonstrate a sense of wistful whimsy, no doubt inspired by her central Minnesota upbringing. The show opens in tandem with “Critique of Pure Reason” by Minneapolis painter Benjamin Rogers. His striking group of oil paintings reveal their subjects’ personal spaces, and explores what those spaces say about identity. (Free opening reception 6-9 p.m. Sat. Ends Aug. 30. Soo Visual Arts Center, 2638 Lyndale Av. S., Mpls. 612-871-2263. www.soovac.org.) J.P.