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Continued: Minneapolis St. Paul Home Tour showcases city living

  • Article by: LYNN UNDERWOOD , Star Tribune
  • Last update: April 20, 2013 - 2:45 PM

Some favorite pieces: Three-dimensional metal sculptures by Kyle Fokken and acrylic paintings by Pete Driessen. “We like to hear the stories about what inspired the artists,” said Nick. They painted their rambler walls gallery white to showcase more than 100 artworks.

Art champions: “Many artists have told us that we’re on par with New York collectors Herbert and Dorothy Vogel, in terms of being involved in the local arts community,” said Nick, who grew up in Northeast and is one of the organizers of Art-A-Whirl, an artist-studio tour May 17-19 in northeast Minneapolis. “People know me as Arthur-a-Whirl.”

Buyer philosophy: The couple collect affordable art that complements their modest home. “I believe artists need to create work that can fit in a bungalow, not a museum,” said Nick.


Lynn Underwood • 612-673-7619



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