Guide to Art-A-Whirl 2013


Art and music are taking over Northeast. Navigate the arty insanity.

“Dzine: Victory” at Public Functionary
Ben Ragsdale

The annual northeast Minneapolis gallery crawl known as Art-A-Whirl has evolved into something of a neighborhood-wide bash, with live music, parking lot parties and free-flowing booze (leading some to peg it “Drink-A-Whirl”). But in the end, Art-A-Whirl is and always will be a celebration of local art. Read on for our top picks for everyone from the beginning collector to the established arts patron.


Leg Up Studio: ‘Inked Up’

Members of fledging print studio Leg Up will offer a slew of prints for sale — a good option for the beginning collector. (681 17th Av. NE. #199.

Fox Tax: ‘Existing Varieties’

Fox Tax Gallery features pieces from more than 30 artists, including Rudy Fig, Alex Kuno, Nick Howard, Jesse Draxler, Garrett Perry and Justin Sehorn, each measuring no more than 4 by 4 inches. (Free reception 5-10 p.m. Fri. Open 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sat.-Sun. Ends June 30. Fox Tax Gallery, 503 1st Av. NE.


Rosalux Gallery

Kitsch’ In honor of Art-A-Whirl, the Rosalux collective’s latest show explores mass appeal, elevating chintzy fare into the realm of high art via abstracted dog portraits and not-so-still-life floral arrangements from Terrence Payne, Shawn McNulty, Laura Stack and others. (Rosalux Gallery, 1400 NE. Van Buren St. Ends May 26. 

‘Scott Seekins is Ubiquitous’

For a second year, local art icon Scott Seekins brings his “walking art gallery,” aptly named “Ubiquitous,” to more than 20 Northeast locations. Seekins will travel with his book of art prints to locations where his art is on display, including Chowgirls Catering (1222 NE. 2nd St.), Smart Set print studio (1209 NE. Tyler St.) and the “Art Ark,” a “floating museum” on a 60-foot houseboat curated by sculptor Zoran Mojsilov that will cruise the Mississippi River with the work of 10 artists (docks at Sheridan Memorial Park, 1300 NE. Water St.). 

The Abstracted: ‘It Was All a Dream’

Recently opened gallery the Abstracted will premiere a new group show curated by the acclaimed Deuce 7, whose work merges street-art flair with fine-art sophistication. Additional artists include Rudy Fig, MAZEWAYZ, Chip7, Llew Mejia, Baso Fibonacci and Bill Rebholz. (1618 Central Av. NE., Suite 110, Mpls.


Public Functionary

In conjunction with its ongoing exhibition “Dzine: Victory,” the new contemporary art gallery Public Functionary will host a ticketed ($8-$15) artist talk with Chicago-based Carlos “Dzine” Rolon and New York Magazine art critic Jerry Saltz at 7 p.m. Saturday, and a free Q&A with Dzine at 1 p.m. Sunday. (1400 12th Av. NE.


What: Open studio and gallery crawl across northeast Minneapolis, plus parties.

When: 5-10 p.m. Fri., noon-8 p.m. Sat., noon-5 p.m. Sun.



Grumpy’s Northeast

The corner bar cornered two big headliners, Dillinger Four and ’90s Iowa favorites House of Large Sizes, plus Derobé Dance Band, Seawhores, Pennyroyal and more. (1-10 p.m. Sat., 2200 NE. 4th St., free).

Indeed Brewing

The hot new taproom will welcome old-timey acts the Cactus Blossoms, Roe Family Singers, Jack Klatt & the Swingers, Como Avenue Jug Band and more in its rail-side parking lot as a release party for both CAJB’s new CD and the brewery’s new L.S.D. Honey Ale (Noon-11 p.m. Sat., 711 15th Av. NE., free).

Psycho Suzi’S Suzi hosts a neighborhood get-together with a puppy fashion show, puppy kissing booth, beer garden, live music, tropical drinks served in pineapples and coconuts and food. (Noon-10 p.m. Sat., free. All ages. 1900 NE. Marshall St., Mpls. 

Stanley’s Northeast Bar Room

Only two bands will be on tap, Capitol Sons and Orange Whip, but more than 100 beers will be featured in the parking lot at the inaugural Stanley’s Craft Beer Festival (2-5 p.m. Sat., $59, with free music till 9 p.m., 2500 University Av NE.). 

The Anchor Fish & Chips

Irish-bred restaurateur Luke Kyle can thank blood relations for booking Romantica, Valet and Black Audience on Sunday — they’re his brothers’ bands — and just good relations for Saturday’s lineup with Steve Kaul & the Brass Kings, the Fuck Knights, Mad Son (of Unknown Prophets) and more (2-9 p.m. Sat.-Sun., 302 13th Av. NE., free).