Image used with permission from Ryan Fontaine/ Hair & Nails Galllery


Andrew Mazarol and Ryan Fontaine: The Reality of Repeatability

Hair & Nails Gallery (2222 ½ E 35th St., Mpls 55407)

Opening Fri, Nov 3 from 7-10 p.m.

Hair & Nails Gallery’s new two-person is filled with slick, weird paintings by co-owner Ryan Fontaine and NY-based painter Andrew Mazorol, who used to paint as part of the duo AMTK when he lived in Minneapolis. While Fontaine’s mixed media piece “Strap” looks like a layers of obscure materials, from a wooden frame to an accordian and then matched with a strip of black paint, his minimalist use of colors and materials pairs well with the busy patterning of Mazorol’s “Man with Dog” (2017), wherein outlines of shadowy characters blend together, playing illusory spacial tricks on the eye. The exhibition includes five paintings.

Open hours: Thurs-Fri 3-6 p.m.; Sat-Sun 1-6 p.m. or by appointment. Ends Dec 3. Free.

Photo of the rooster by yours truly, Alicia!


Art in the snow: It’s truly a Minnesota thing

Walker Art Center, Minnesota Institute of Art, Loring Park

Whether you cried when the first snow fell last week and hid in a small, warm corner of your home, huddled next to a space heater because your furnace wasn’t working, or you jubilantly ran outside and embraced the cold air swiftly hitting your lungs, it’s time to face facts: Winter is coming.

Yet, where there is cold and snow, there are also outdoor art experiences that can be enriched by the season. Rather than succumb to the hiding-out-indoors experience of galleries and museums, there are ways to enjoy seeing art outdoors in a hands-on — er, gloves-on — kind of way. Welcome to winter art-ing! Follow the link to find out where you should go:


Open Casket: Open Studios Weekend

November 3-5, 2017
Friday, 5-10pm • Saturday, 12-8pm • Sunday, 12-5pm
681 17th Ave NE, Minneapolis

Who needs “open sesame” when you have open casket! The most macabrely named art studio building presents its annual open studio. Live music on the fourth floor.


California Dreamin’ Open Studios

California Building (2205 California St NE, Mpls, 55418)

Friday, November 3, 5-10 p.m.
Saturday, November 4,12 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Sunday, November 5, 12 p.m.- 5 p.m.

Looking for more than an open casket building open studio? Stop by this other building in Northeast Minneapolis. There isn’t as much entertainment and booze, but there are snacks provided by Mojo Coffee Gallery.


Art Attack

Northrup King Building (1500 Jackson St. NE, Mpls, 55413)

Friday, November 3, 5-10 p.m.
Saturday, November 4, 12 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Sunday, November 5, 12 p.m – 5 p.m.

It is a weekend of open studio art! Find 300 visual artists, music, food and free parking at art attack, a name that’s perhaps the most appropriate of all three open studio events. Or maybe all these open studio events are just a way to stay warm . . . 

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