As a team, we're thankful for the opportunity to live in a community where the arts culture is vibrant and includes a range of venues and galleries, from for-profit to nonprofit, established to upstart, traditional to experimental.
December is an ideal time of year for taking advantage of the Twin Cities' art museums, many of which are hosting special events. Here are just a few opportunities to see art this month:
Walker Art Center: Art School
The Walker's member appreciation weekend, running December 8-11, has a few opportunities to explore the museum and its new addition and restaurant space. One of the most intriguing, though, is Art School: Design, a talk on Sunday, December 11 by Scott Loeser of the local company Marked Leather. He'll talk about designing with reclaimed materials, part of the museum's series "Art School: What the %#@! Is Contemporary Art?" If you can't make it this weekend, you can browse the calendar for future talks on art trends and what happens behind the scenes at the Walker.
Minneapolis Institute of Art: Artist at Work
The Minneapolis Institute of Art (within walking distance of our office in Minneapolis' Whittier neighborhood!) has a few holiday events to check out, including the December installment of their Third Thursdays event. But one of the coolest things going on there this month is that visitors can see artist Dave Muller installing his work "Now Where Were We?" in real time. He'll be hand-painting murals on the gallery walls, and you can stop by and watch him during museum hours through December 22.
Minnesota Museum of American Art: GLOW
This St. Paul museum hosts an after-hours holiday event on December 9 with live music and drinks, plus video game stations hosted by GLITCH, a Twin Cities nonprofit that promotes the exploration of digital games as a culture, career, and creative practice. More and more artists are experimenting with games and technology such as virtual reality, and our culture is increasingly seeing video games as an art form in their own right. Thanks to GLITCH, you can have fun trying out unique games by local designers.
Are there any local arts events you're looking forward to this season? Share them with us in the comments!