FRIDAY

Amy Toscani: ‘This Just In’

Minneapolis sculptor Amy Toscani has described her work as “drawings in space.” Indeed, her exuberant, colorful and sometimes bizarre takes are formed in surprising, unusual ways. Crafted from reconstituted plastic and thrift-store finds, her collagelike work is an exploration of pop culture and nostalgia as well as the tactile, fabricated nature of plastic. Toscani, a recipient of grants and awards from the Jerome, McKnight and Bush foundations, is exhibiting a collection of old and new found-object creations in “This Just In.” It’s all part of Franconia Sculpture Park’s celebration of International Sculpture Day at the Casket Arts Building. (Free opening reception 6-8 p.m. Fri. Ends May 17. Franconia in the City, Casket Arts Building, 1781 NE. Jefferson St., Mpls. www.franconia.org.) Jahna Peloquin

 

FRIDAY-SUNDAY

St. Paul Art Crawl

A three-day festival of art, music, food and fun, the St. Paul Art Crawl is an annual rite of spring when hundreds of artists open their studios and tout their winter creativity. Expect to find paintings and pottery, drawings and jewelry, photos and wearables, maybe a handwoven rug or some artisanal chocolates and craft beer. Artists are collaborating again with the St. Paul Saints, whose new ballpark, CHS Field, has risen in Lowertown. This year 100 artists have created 100 artful “Homeplates” garnished with ball-themed paintings, photos, sculpture and other designs. Check them out in the ballpark’s concourse gallery behind home plate. Getting to the crawl is cheap and easy with a free weekend transit pass, available through Metro Transit. (6-10 p.m. Fri., noon-8 p.m. Sat., noon-5 p.m. Sun. www.stpaulartcrawl.org.) Mary Abbe