This was the weekend for the Northeast Minneapolis Arts Association (NEMAA) Art-A-Whirl open studio tour in the Northeast Minneapolis arts district. This great opportunity to tour private art studios and connect directly with the artists included more than 50 locations and 600 artists throughout Northeast Minneapolis. Now in its 21st year, it has grown to become the largest open studio tour in the country!
The Art-A-Whirl celebration now also includes bands and food trucks and breweries, but with 190 artists in the Northrup King Building I still think of that building as the epicenter of the event. People were out in droves crawling the streets throughout NE Minneapolis when we were there on Saturday... not just looking and enjoying the atmosphere but also buying art.
With over 600 artists working in 20 different mediums as diverse as clay, glass, jewelry, furniture, metal, mosaic, painting, photography, printmaking, textiles, sculpture, tile and more... there is something for nearly every taste and budget... not just for your personal collection but also for great gifts.
A new studio that has great gifts was so filled with visitors when we first stopped that we could hardly see the work for the people. I confess that we have a personal interest in MBMB... MADE BY MICHELLE BRUSEGAARD... her father is a cousin. But don't hold that against her, she does great work! Go for a personal visit or buy her work online at MichelleBrusegaard.com!
Wondering when studios will be open again? The next big studio tour is Art Attack, which takes place in November. In the meantime, many studios are open First Thursdays and Second Saturdays throughout the year, as well as Saturdays during the holiday season. Looking for something specific? Check out the NEMAA Artist Directory to make direct contact!
Sharlene Hensrud, RE/MAX Results - St. Paul and Minneapolis Arts Realtor