A few weeks ago, Northeast Minneapolis was recognized for the best Art District in the U.S. The headline reminded me of the first summer after we moved to the Twin Cities, when we took the opportunity to visit some of the small art galleries.
I was impressed by the breadth of media used and how often it reflected a regional aesthetic – rural and small town landscapes, natural materials used on canvas, in metal or glass.
Even more impressive was how ingrained the arts seemed to be with the people we met, across all social groups, who would give us new ideas of galleries to check out or artists they knew personally.
One of our favorites is Michael Tonder. His blue green glass art with its flowing lines or jagged edges is often inside of an industrial setting which makes for an interesting combination of striking and strong.
As the weather warms up, so does the arts calendar in the Twin Cities.
Next month is Art-A-Whirl and one of the artists and galleries on my list to visit is Michael Schmitt in the Northrup King Building. His oil paintings of urban landscapes remind me of many of the places I have lived with the open sky of a small town.
What do you love about the Arts in the Twin Cities?