Current & Upcoming Events

First Thursdays in the Arts District

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

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December 4th, 2014 from 5:00-9:00 p.m.

A multitude of painters, sculptors, printmakers, photographers, ceramists, textile and fiber artists, jewelers, furniture showrooms and more open their studios at the Northrup King Building located in the heart of the Northeast Minneapolis Arts District.

Upcoming First Thursday in the Arts District dates:

I December 4, 2014 l February 5th, 2015 l March 5th, 2015

More about First Thursdays…

Open Saturdays

Saturday, November 29, 2014

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Join us for Open Saturdays as dozens of studios open their doors to the public this winter and spring.

See a list of studios open Saturday, November 29th from 12-4 pm.

Intersections and Affirmations

Tuesday, November 25, 2014 - Sunday, January 04, 2015

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Kathy Wismar manifests her credo, “To be an artist is to live through your work,” via two modes of artistic expression, one three-dimensional and the other equally invitational. In her new show, Intersections and Affirmations, at Kolman & Pryor Gallery, December 6, 2014, through January 3, 2015, Wismar celebrates how “art is not static” with tactile ceramics and enticing abstract paintings that beckon viewers to experience—with their hands and eyes, hearts and minds—“a sense of possibility.”

A free, opening reception will take place on Saturday, December 6, 2014, 7-10 p.m. and the gallery will host a demonstration of hand built techniques in ceramics on Wednesday, December 10, 7-9 p.m.

Sparkle Mart

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

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Once a year the Twin City Metalsmiths hold a last-minute-gift-buying event for you to finish up your shopping. Beautiful jewels for your best friend, your mother, your sister or brother, even your favorite support person at work.

Open all day Saturday, December 6th and noon to 4:00 on Sunday, December 7th.

Sparkle Mart’s Pinterest

Sparkle Mart’s Facebook Invite

Featured Artist

Britta Kauppila

Britta Kauppila

Britta Kauppila is a local metalsmith who hand creates all her pieces using fire and hammer and is drawn to the relationship between the maker and the object. Britta’s collection is inspired by the many textures of the natural world and interprets them into long lasting precious metals. She loves the contradiction of hard immovable metal mimicking the most soft and delicate pieces in nature. Britta works in sterling silver, 18 karat yellow gold, and an array of colorful gemstones.


Karen Gustafson Featured in Wellcome Images and SciArt in America

Posted on Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Karen Gustafson Featured in Wellcome Images and SciArt in America

Read Danielle Kalamaras’ interview regarding Karen’s work in SciArt Center’s current virtual exhibition, ‘Un-Natural Nature’ at SciArt in America’s blog:


‘Un-Natural Nature’ virtual exhibition, SciArt Center, New York City

Sculptor Michael Speaker joins artists at the Northrup King Building

Posted on Sunday, November 02, 2014

Sculptor Michael Speaker joins artists at the Northrup King Building

Relocating from New York, sculptor, Michael Speaker recently acquired a studio at the Northrup King Building.

Michael Speaker’s signature sculpture style are animals or figures covered in wooden tiles that often open into a fall leaf desk with drawers in them. He also makes wooden sculpture covered in tiles as well as carved wood.
Some of Speaker’s work is cast in bronze. The bronze rhino, inspired by Durer, is a maquette for a full-size desk, similar in craftsmanship to the other animal desks.

Some of his work satirizes the business world which Speaker feels is needed these days. The inspiration for this part of his work is from dealing with the business of art, mostly around negotiating for commissions. Most of these pieces are in private collections …of businessmen. His work has been shown in museums and galleries in the United States as well as commissions completed for private collectors.

For more information about the works of Michael Speaker, go to or visit him in Studio 402B at the Northrup King Building.