New art and old gardens


This week you can see works by two MOQ cover artists, join a hot design bazaar at the Soap Factory, visit the historic Dowling Community Gardens as today’s gardeners celebrate its heritage with an heirloom festival, and take a trip back in time to the historic and long-gone Bohemian Flats on the riverfront. Plus, you can check out some impressive book and paper arts by local teens.

Saturday, Aug. 19, noon-9 p.m.
Sound Unseen
The Soap Factory, 518 Second St. SE, Minneapolis. 612/623-9176

Modeled after Tokyo’s hot bazaar party/design showcase, Sound Unseen invites you to be a part of Minneapolis’s first Design Fiesta! Dozens of artists, designers and oddballs will convene at the unique haven for worldwide creativity. Among these is the second MOQ cover artist, Sara Garry, whose vibrant pastel (not the color, the medium) image adorns the cover of the summer MOQ, shown on the upper left of our home page. The event features DJ’s, complimentary coffee provided by Sisters Sludge — and interesting people!

Saturday, Aug. 19, 10 a.m.-1 p.m.
Heirloom Festival
Dowling Community Gardens, 42nd Ave. S. between East 39th and 40th streets, Minneapolis. 612/255-6607

Heirloom Festival is a community celebration dedicated to growing and enjoying heirloom varieties of vegetables, fruits and flowers. Taste flavorful and colorful tomatoes, tour the demonstration garden, learn about saving seeds and where to find heirloom seeds and plants. The festival this year features old-fashioned flowers, with floral demonstrations, crafts, recipes and more. Dowling Community Garden is one of two known remaining “victory gardens” in the US and is a member of Seed Savers Exchange and Seeds of Diversity Canada, saving and distributing seeds of heritage vegetables and flowers internationally.

Saturday, Aug. 19, noon-5 p.m.
Bohemian Flats Day
Bohemian Flats Park on the Mississippi River, 2100 West River Parkway (beneath the Washington Avenue Bridge)

The 2nd Annual Bohemian Flats Day will be celebrated on the historic site of the old Bohemian Flats, also known as Brewery Flats, Danish Flats, and Slovak Flats. In this area beneath the Washington Avenue Bridge many immigrants thrived from the early 1860s to 1932, when the last flats resident was carried away. Some of the former residents will share their memories. The site is very close to the Elmer L. Andersen Library of the U of MN, home of the Immigration History Research Center. The event is free, food will be available to purchase. Gera Pobuda, or 612/822-4302; Susannah Dodge, or 612/338-7748.

Now through Sept. 7
Minnesota Center for Book Arts, Open Book building, 1011 Washington Ave. S., Minneapolis. 612/215-2520

The annual exhibition featuring participants in the summer session of By Design Teen Art and Mentoring Program. Eight advanced teen artists show their work, which includes prints, handmade paper, bookbindings and mixed media collage. Gallery hours: Tue. 10 a.m.-9 p.m., Wed.-Sat., 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; closed Sun.-Mon.