One of the best fundraising galas at one of the city’s best galleries, Soo Visual Arts’ Get Lucky has long blended a Lyndale Avenue rocker vibe into the hors d’oeuvres-and-silent-auction scene. It’s a party where skinny jeans mingle with suit coats, and everybody grabs pitchers at the CC Club afterward. This year, though, it’s also a send-off. After 13 years, Soo VAC will decamp in April for a new, spacious Bryant Avenue space. And so this year’s Get Lucky has a prom theme: a semi-formal dance party to launch the gallery crew into the wider world. Expect tasty treats and drinks, as well as auction-art by Chris Larson, Bruce Tapola, Andy DuCett, Tom Hazelmyer and others. (7-11 p.m. Sat. $45-$50. Soo Visual Arts Center, 2638 Lyndale Av. S., Mpls. www.soovac.org) GregoRY J. SCOTT
‘Russian-American Artists in Minnesota’
Soviet-born Katia Andreeva and Konstantin Berkovski both moved to the United States in the 1990s. Both trained at rigorous art schools in Leningrad (now St. Petersburg) and have adapted their skills to the challenges that befall immigrants. Trained as a fashion designer, Andreeva has illustrated books, designed theater sets, painted icons and restored porcelain, all while recording the natural beauty of flowers and foliage in vibrant watercolors. As a painter, draftsman and sculptor, Berkovski has taught art, done commissions and grown organic vegetables for Twin Cities chefs. A new show pairs the work of these transplanted Russians. (Opens 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sat. 1-5 p.m. Sun., 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.-Fri. Ends May 31. $9. Museum of Russian Art, 5500 Stevens Av. S., Mpls. 612-821-9045, www.tmora.org.) Mary Abbe
Gamut Gallery is a funky little space that doubles as a studio for the Slam Academy, an electronic arts “school” specializing in sound design and sonic media. Its current show,“Common Oasis,” is a sweet display of little gouache paintings by Krista Braam and a shrine-like installation of yarn, candles, mirrors and Mason jars by Rachel Andrzejewski. Filled with flowers, trees, dancing sprites and a winsome lamb, Braam’s paintings radiate beguiling innocence. Andrzejewski offers spiritual comfort in the form of prayer flags, little printed symbols (bunnies, roses, carp) and reassuring advice scrawled above impromptu shrines. In a cynical age, their improbable oasis seems at once hapless and so sincerely optimistic that visiting it felt like a benediction. (2-6 p.m. Thu. & Sat. Ends Feb. 21. Free. Gamut Gallery, 1006 Marquette Av., Mpls. 612-293-6497 or www.gamutgallerympls.com.) M.A.