Mary Abbe

Reporter | Visual Arts/Architecture
Phone: 612-673-4431
Mary Abbe has been writing art chat for the Star Tribune through the reigns of three Walker Art Center directors, five heads of the Minneapolis Institute of Arts and too many gallery scenes to count. She still finds interviewing artists, collectors, curators and crew more fun than fireworks.

Recent content from Mary Abbe

Spring and summer exhibits at Minnesota museums and attractions

From the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden's 25th anniversary to the Minneapolis Institute of Arts’ "Truthiness" show, here's what's worth checking out this spring and summer.

Updated: May 05, 2013, - 07:21 AM

May brings new app, discounts and special programs.

To encourage new and returning visitors, this month brings a new app, discounts and special programs.

Updated: May 05, 2013, - 07:16 AM

Art doctors keep paintings healthy

Who are you going to call when good art goes bad? This is a case for the Midwest Art Conservation Center.


Interactive: Check out the before/after restoration of a classic painting.

Updated: May 05, 2013, - 07:10 AM

10 top treasures in Minnesota museums

Minnesota’s 500-plus museums have lots of rare and pricey things. They also have homegrown items that speak to the state’s unique geography, visionary ambition and rich cultural heritage. Here’s a sample of their treasures.

Updated: May 05, 2013, - 07:03 AM

Art spotlight: Artists with disabilities

Now in its 50th year, the Sister Kenny Institute’s annual event is rightly known as a source of good art for a very good cause.

Updated: May 02, 2013, - 03:32 PM

May is open season to see Minn. artists in their studios

This month, more than 600 Minnesota artists will throw open their studio doors to show and sell art.

Updated: May 02, 2013, - 03:28 PM

MIA to schowcase Baltimore's prized Matisse collection in February

“Matisse: Masterworks From the Baltimore Museum of Art” will bring about 80 of the master’s works to the Minneapolis Institute of Arts from Feb. 23 through May 18, 2014.

Updated: April 30, 2013, - 03:49 PM

Art spotlight: St. Paul Art Crawl

Long winters bring out the best in artists; think about all those chilly nights with nothing to do but cuddle up to a warm kiln, a sassy canvas or a steamy camera.

Updated: April 25, 2013, - 03:51 PM

Four Minneapolis art galleries celebrate spring, sort of

Paintings, photos and collages by artists inject color, life and good cheer into this glum season in shows closing all too soon at Minneapolis galleries. Take heart and see them.

Updated: April 25, 2013, - 03:48 PM

Walker to host Museum of Non Participation

Stand by for a heady experience as London-based artists Karen Mirza and Brad Butler launch their fictional Museum of Non Participation in the Twin Cities at the Walker.

Updated: April 18, 2013, - 02:50 PM

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