NEIGHBORHOOD NOTES | Preparations for Art-A-Whirl underway in Northeast

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The sounds emanating from Northeast these days are the whir of Art-a-Whirl. Everywhere – in studios, galleries, publishing houses, kitchens and parks folks are getting ready for the annual Spring Extravaganza. Sponsored by the Northeast Minneapolis Arts Association (NEMAA) Art-A-‘Whirl is one of the largest open studio tours in the nation.

During Art-A-Whirl over 400 artists participate with scores of art studios and galleries open to the public,.

Art-A-Whirl 2012 is set for May 18-20 throughout the Arts District. For a map of the area check the NEMAA website. The area includes the California, Thorpe, Casket Arts, and Northrup King Buildings as well as other sites without the district. During the A-AW a free trolley connects these sites.

The free directory of artists and their studios is available now.

AAW hours are Friday, May 18, 5-10 p.m.; Saturday, May 19 – Noon-8 p.m. Sunday, May 20, Noon-3. All free and open. Lots of food, libations, music , fun and surprises.

AAW is an experience to be shared. Don’t plan on just one visit . You’ll want to be back for more!

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