The University Avenue Project

Duluth-born Wing Young Huie rarely meets a face he doesn't love to photograph. Kids, teens, oldsters, cowboys, dudes, librarians, collectors, teachers, even angels, as seen above. For the past several years he has roamed University Avenue in St. Paul, a six-mile strip of teeming humanity, taking portraits and snaps of pretty much everyone he encounters. He did the same with Lake Street in Minneapolis a few years ago and plans to treat the University photos just as he did the earlier pictures. Starting Saturday hundreds of the photos will be displayed in restaurants, banks, groceries and other shops along University. He'll post a mural on the Gordon Parks High School at 1212 W. University Av., and his book about the project will appear in Twin Cities bookstores. A celebration of the extraordinary lives and experiences to be found on the avenue, the project will grow and evolve over the next six months. Celebrate the place, the people and Huie, a Minnesota marvel. Saturday night he will project the entire show -- more than 450 images -- with a soundtrack by Twin Cities musicians.

  • Mary Abbe


The first exhibition from brand-new gallery Tarnish&Gold is both ambitious and provocative. The gallery is pulling a bold move by taking on a major Minnesota-owned corporation -- General Mills -- in response to its support of the palm oil industry. The contest and exhibition sponsored by the nonprofit Rainforest Action Network (RAN) asks artists to riff on the company with clever takes on General Mills' marketing and brand images (think Pillsbury, Hamburger Helper, Better Crocker and Cheerios). The winning entry will be used in a billboard or public installation sponsored by RAN. Public voting takes place Saturday evening, with live music from Kill the Vultures, Bouncer Fighter and Phantom Tails. Free opening reception 7 p.m.-midnight Sat. 5/1. More event details.

  • Jahna Peloquin