If we are to believe the changing of displays at Target, the holiday shopping season more or less began Halloween weekend. If you’re trying to support local businesses this year, you don’t have to wait until Small Business Saturday to do so. There are at least four great events this weekend alone. Things kick off Friday with the 2010 Artblok Holiday Sale, as the artists’ building, which formerly housed General Mills, will open its doors for all. You’ll find special artist receptions, demonstrations, and sales hosted by painters, printmakers, glass artists, jewelry designers, metalworkers, and more. Other events this weekend include Minneapolis Craft’za at the Grain Belt Brewery Bottling House (79 13th Ave. NE, Minneapolis; 612-465-0234), the 12th Annual Green Gifts Fair at Midtown Global Market (920 E. Lake St., Minneapolis; 612-872-4041), and the Northeast Farmers Market’s Winter Market at Solar Arts by Chowgirls (711 15th Ave. NE, Minneapolis).
PROMOTIONAL EVENT DESCRIPTION 2010 Artblok Holiday Sale November 17th-19th
A building-wide open studio and sale featuring upcoming and established artists, artisans and makers.
This event will be held in the historic General Mills Lab. Originally built in 1928, "The Labs" as the complex was formerly known as home to General Mills for 50 years.The building now houses a vibrant community of artists, many of whom are award winning, regionally and nationally recognized artists. The open house will include work in a broad range of media including painting, paper arts, drawing, printmaking, glass, textiles, jewelry, metalwork, furniture, ceramics, woodworking, sculpture, and photography.
Participating artists: Steve Claypatch, Edith Dalleska, Wholeselfbodyworks (Jc Drovac), Karlyn Eckman, Minnesota Center for Glass Art (FOCI), Rick Fournier, Kathie Simon Frank, Linda Hatfield, Asa Hoyt, Roger Junk, Shawn Kearney, Deb Lavoie, Blake Lynden, Erin Maurelli, Melissa Nellis, Jeanette Papenfuss, Kate Renee, Larry Rostad, Jes Lee, Karen Sontag-Sattel, Mary Rannestad, and Morgan Grayce Willow.
A special shout out to our fabulous sponsors. Thanks for making the 2010 Artblok Fall Art Sale & Open Studios happen! First & First, Lindell & Lavoie (Personal Injury and Workers Compensation Lawyers), FOCI, Speedy Market, Wet Paint, Zakia Deli, and Universal Framing.