The Mel-O-Glaze Bakery on 28th Avenue has been selling out of donut holes for generations. But there’s a lot more on the shelves, including semi-naughty posters, a history of dogs, and other stuffed pastry stories.
Decade anniversaries have a marked way of provoking both reflection and projection. Now in its 10th year, FLOW Northside arts crawl tried to do both: reflect on its past and move forward from it–beginning with their first ever artist talk. It centered on the question of what it means to be an artist working in the community, and specifically the Northside community.
Taking place at Homewood Studios in North Minneapolis, the gathering drew some two-dozen artists and community members. One of the main goals, explained FLOW Artistic Director Dudley Voigt, was to provide an opportunity for established artists and emerging artists to be in the same space and learn from one another. “Particularly for visual artists as well as writers, for a lot of us, it can be very solitary work. And FLOW is very public, and yet it’s still solitary in the sense that the artists are spread out and they don’t get to see each others’ work.” Voigt and Homewood founder George Robert led the discussion, which included seven of FLOW’s 10 artists whose work was selected as a part of the organization’s 10-year anniversary postcard series.
Bedlam Theater strikes gold with ShaVunda Horsley’s “Black Bitch”, directed by Sha Cage. The play blends abolitionist Harriet Jacobs, Alice Walker, celebrity coach Kenya K. Stevens, and fictional Olivia Pope from “Scandal.”
Bockley Gallery’s summer offering “Artists Singular: A Group Show”, on the west side of Lake of the Isles, is more anticipated than unexpected. With works by eight artists, it adheres to the Goldilocks principle — not too big, not too small, but just right.