This weekend should be busy for art and crafts appreciators in the Twin Cities. I have something planned each day.
It starts Thursday night (tonight) with “Art in Bloom” at the MIA. During the first weekend of May, the Minneapolis Institute of Arts showcases (live) floral works inspired by artworks from the museum’s permanent collection. The floral piece and the inspiring masterpiece are displayed together, and the pairings are located throughout the museum.
Friday night, I’ll be attending an opening at the Textile Center. “ART: Healing Lives” features work related to the creating artist’s personal journey with illness and healing. My work “transitioning” (acrylic on silk, hand-stitched) is part of the exhibit. Yesterday I got a preview of the show and the exhibit looks great.
Saturday morning, I’m headed to the St. Paul Craftstravaganza. I’ve never been to the event before, but rumor is 75 craft vendors pack into the Fine Arts Building at the State Fairgrounds. I’m a sucker for any event that features hand-made work, if only to browse and check out what other people are making. Their website bills the event as an “urban craft fair” with indie vendors.
Finally, Sunday afternoon I’ll be eating my way through the food of nations across the globe at the Festival of Nations in St. Paul. Last year’s winner was loukoumades (Greek donuts). Although the food is great, my favorite part is the bazaar, with displays of handicrafts (Hmong embroidery, tatting, woven rugs, textiles, rosemaling, and on and on). Last time I found an amazing Polish paper cut card.
Looking forward to a great weekend of events!