Whittier Artists in Storefronts starts second season in Minneapolis


Whittier Artists in Storefronts kicks off its second round of installations this Saturday night, July 21, with a reception at Black Forest Inn.  The project, designed to promote neighborhood vitality, turns vacant storefronts into exhibit spaces, creates public art projects and pop up galleries on the street, and hosts live classical music in the alley.

The project, initially funded though the Whittier Alliance, is produced by Twin Cities artist, writer, performer, and fashion designer Joan Vorderbruggen.  Artists in the Storefronts is an ongoing project to involve neighborhoods, artists, and local businesses “in an effort to promote creativity, revitalize local economies, and provide everyone with equal, open access to art” throughout the Twin Cities.

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What Are You Looking At?

Artist Laurel Turek, using a familiar phrase in a humorous way to provoke passersby to see their environment in a new way.
(Map #7) 17 E 26th St

Negative Space
Artist Maren Misner, reflectioning on the role of negative space in art and on the street, such as vacant storefront
(Map #5) 2600 Nicollet

Artist Scott Seekins

We Can’t All Be Common, a living art installation
(Map #7) 17 E 26th St

The 4 Horses of the Apocalypse
Artist Venus de Mars’ apocalyptic vision is best viewed at night
(Map #14) 2710 Nicollet

New Art Blends with Street Art
Current exhibit pieces coalesce with existing street art in the neighborhood
(Map #10-11) 2613 Stevens

Little Free Library
Artists George Wurtzel & Paul Dickinson Riot Act Reading Series
(Map #11) 2613 Stevens

Homeless is my address, not my name
an audio/photo exhibit by St. Stephen’s Human Services
with photos by Cathy ten Broeke
(Map #1)35 E Franklin

Old Rusty Door
Artist Brenda Manthe, exploring the fascination of getting lost in the details of the ordinary
(Map #14) 2710 Nicollet

Before I Die
Public Artists Candy Chang elicits passions from passersby
(Map #9) 2609 Stevens
Do You Belong Here?
Artists Mary Jane Mansfield and Julie Caston will create an illuminated display to brighten up this vacant storefront
(Map #8) 19 E 26th St

Wild and Precious Life
Mosaic mural by artist Angela Carlson Talle

Tell me what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?
In alley on east wall of Black Forest Inn
26th Street and Nicollet

Whittier Alliance
Whittier Artists in the Storefronts was initiated by the Whittier Alliance.
Artist Joe Aschebrock to display in this space.
(Map #4) 10 E 25th Street

Opening Reception at Black Forest Inn
Saturday, July 21, 7-10 pm

Hayden on the Backstreets Live Classical Music
in the alley behind 2737 Blaisdell Avenue
August 7, 7:30-9 pm

Pop Up Gallery: Jack Edwards
Saturdays through September 8  12pm-3pm and
Tuesday August 7 and Thursday August 16 7-9pm

Pop Up Boutique: GM Wurtzel
Tuesday through Saturday 1pm-6pm

Guerrilla Girls Benefit, Cult Status Gallery
August 11, 8:00 pm

Bridging Festival Closing Party
24th Street Pedestrian Bridge

Sunday, September 9, 3:00 – 6:00 pm  



July 28, 11:00 am Walking Tour

August 16, 9:00 pm Light Sabre Walking Tour

August 22, 7:00 pm Biking Tour

August 29, 7:00 pm Walking Tour

September 8, 12 pm Final Walking Tour


Map and Schedule


More information at Artists in Storefronts