Face it. It’s November. The evenings are short and nippy. Sidewalk cafes are folding, easy strolls along the riverfront include ice floe spottings, even ice cream treats lack the attraction of August. Time for Art Attack! The artists of the Northeast Minneapolis Arts District are at the ready. Friday through Sunday, November 5-7, over 200 artists in the Northrup King Building. 1500 Jackson St NE, will open their well-heated studios for guests to see and purchase their wares. There will be live music, demonstrations and a chance to register for $500 Art Bucks. One feature of the Art Attack! is an opening of “The Argentine Venus,” Eduardo Blidner’s newest body of work, on view at the Icebox Gallery in the Northrup King building. That exhibit continues until January 15 at the Icebox Gallery. It’s all free and open to the public.
Art Attack! Is just the start of a season filled with exhibits, juried shows, openings, holiday shopping, visual and culinary treats. The 400 artists who live and work in the Arts District share some of their finest wares during this season. During the weekend of November 19-21, for example, NEMAA hosts their Fall Fine Arts Show 2010 in which over 150 member artists display their work at the Grainbelt Bottling House., 39 13th Avenue NE. This showcase is the metro area’s largest juried group show. It’s free and open. The opening reception on Friday, November 19, features food and refreshments provided by the Red Stag Supper Club, open artist studios and a chance to meet and mingle with Northeast artists. Those who arrive before 8:00 p.m. will have a chance to vote for their favorite piece for NEMAA’s “People’s Choice” Award.
Though the holiday season brings fresh energy and enterprise there is also art happening in every studio, loft and cranny of the Northeast Minneapolis Art Districts. Visit the area any first Thursday for the monthly crawl at Northrup King or any second Saturday to visit the artists who work at the California Building, 2205 California St, NE. Stay tuned to NEMAA events and services by signing up for the NEMAA Arts District..e-list.
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