Art fair trifecta
Looking to add some splashy or sophisticated one-of-a-kind art to your interiors? Next weekend, three Minneapolis art fairs will offer sculptures, paintings, photography, ceramics, woodworking, jewelry, fiber, clay and mixed-media works by more than 600 regional and national artists. The fairs are held along Hennepin Avenue S. in Uptown as well as around the tree-lined paths and ponds of Loring and Powderhorn parks.
Take a break from perusing the art to watch live entertainment, sample food and to bring the kids to art activities. Download a Metro Transit Art Pass for free bus and light-rail rides to the three fairs at www.metrotransit.org/artpass.
Uptown Art Fair: Noon to 8 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Aug. 3; Lake St. and Hennepin Av. S.; www.uptownartfair.com, 612-823-4581.
Loring Park Art Festival, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Aug. 3; Oak Grove St. and Hennepin Av. S.; www.loringparkartfestival. com, 612-203-9911.
Powderhorn Art Fair, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Aug. 3, 35th St. and 15th Av. S., www.powderhornartfair.com, 612-767-3515.
Get a taste of the “Mad Men” aesthetic in the Twin Cities. The “History Crawl: Midcentury Modern” will explore hallmarks of well-preserved modern architecture. The guided, air-conditioned bus tour is from 9 a.m. to noon on Aug. 9, and features stops to the University Grove neighborhood, where midcentury homes were designed by Minnesota architects, including Elizabeth and Winston Close and Ralph Rapson; the Saarinen-designed Christ Church Lutheran in south Minneapolis; and a rare cluster of prefabricated, colorful, all-steel Lustron houses along Nicollet Avenue S. Forage Modern Workshop, a retail store that offers modern interior décor, is on the tour as well as sites in St. Paul. Cost is $25; $20 for Minnesota History Center members. To register, call 651-259-3015 or online at www.minnesotahistorycenter.org/crawls.
See some of the most beautiful koi in the Upper Midwest at the Koi Show and Auction, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Aug. 3. Koi fish are bred for patterns, size and body shape by breeders worldwide and are considered creations of living art. Koi experts will answer questions about the different varieties and new products related to the popular hobby. The free show is at Bachmans, 6010 Lyndale Av. S., Mpls. Call 612-861-7600.