'Made Here' on Block E

Updated 9/25/2013

Friday: Thirty local artists invade the vacant Block E with installations and hijinx.

“Made Here” moves into Block E.


‘Made Here’ on Block E

Joan Vorderbruggen has carved out a niche as the Twin Cities’ pre-eminent public-art instigator. After four successful runs of her “Artists in Storefronts” in south Minneapolis, she’s on to her biggest project yet. “Made Here” will transform yet another underutilized area of Minneapolis — that downtown eyesore known as Block E. Its goal: to promote the Hennepin Cultural District and showcase the work of 30 local artists, from emerging (Brian Hart, Erin Sayer, Noah Harmon) to established (Frank and Pamela Gaard, Jim Denomie, Ta-Coumba Aiken) on 40 windows throughout Block E. Partner orgs Textile Center of Minnesota, Hennepin History Museum and the Loft Literary Center also will contribute installations. Poetry will line the shuttered Block E theater’s marquees, and local music curated by artist Jaime Carrera will be piped out of the theater’s exterior speakers. “Made Here” opens Friday with public walking tours, live busking from Dreamland Faces and Danny Viper, and refreshments in the skyway. (Free launch event 6:30-8 p.m. Fri. Block E, Hennepin Av. S. between 6th and 7th Sts., Mpls. www.madehere.mn.)Jahna Peloquin



Tom Maakestad: ‘Altered Perspective’

Widely acclaimed for his lush landscapes of southern Minnesota, Marine on St. Croix painter Tom Maakestad made a dramatic turn in his current show, inspired by aerial views of rural topography. A frequent international flier through his work in printing and publishing, Maakestad became fascinated by the visual interplay of urban grids and the natural undulations of rivers and valleys visible from the air. His new “Altered Perspective” paintings incorporate these contrasts via tilted, map-like perspectives, abstracted topography and a palette dominated by wintry taupe and blue rather than the summery greens and harvest tones for which he is best known. Maakestad will discuss his work during a painting demonstration from 12:30 to 4 p.m. Saturday. (Exhibit hours: noon-5 p.m. Tue.-Sat. Free. Groveland Gallery, 25 Groveland Terrace, Mpls. Ends Oct. 19. www.grovelandgallery.com.) Mary Abbe