If you're looking to adorn a bare wall or an empty niche, you'll find artwork aplenty at Art-A-Whirl, the nation's largest open-studio tour, next weekend in northeast Minneapolis.
The annual event invites the public into more than 50 art-filled locations, including artists' studios, galleries, homes, storefronts and businesses.
Hours are 5-10 p.m. May 18, noon-8 p.m. May 19 and noon-5 p.m. May 20. For more information or to download a map, visit www.nemaa.org..Floral centerpiece workshop
If you're hosting a graduation or summer soiree, why not make your own centerpiece? Bachman's floral designer Diane Enge, a three-time finalist for Minnesota Designer of the Year, will lead a workshop on easy summer centerpieces, 2-4 p.m. Saturday.
Register at www.bachmans.com. The cost is $40. The class will be held in the Design Room, Bachman's, 6010 Lyndale Av. S., Mpls.Landscape workshops
What's on your outdoor to-do list this spring? Gertens is offering two free workshops for homeowners. A spring lawn-care workshop will provide expert answers on seeding, fertilizing, dandelion prevention and general maintenance, in a Q&A format. This workshop will be offered at 10 a.m. on Saturday and again on May 26.
A how-to workshop on landscaping with natural stone also will be offered at 10 a.m. Saturday. Demonstrations will cover how to create an outdoor retreat, including flagstone patios, walkways and stone walls. Participants will learn how to plan a project, prepare the base material and get started on installation.
Gertens is at 5500 Blaine Av., Inver Grove Heights.Spring design event
Sprucing up for spring? Decori Designs, an Edina home-decor boutique and interior design studio, is offering a free spring design event from 1-4 p.m. Wednesday. Visitors can meet designers, get ideas for refreshing porches, patios and other outdoor living spaces, enjoy a picnic lunch and save 20 percent on planting containers. Decori Designs is at 3924 W. 50th St., Edina.Bathroom design
Is a bath or kitchen makeover on your wish list? Kohler is celebrating the grand opening of its first Kohler Signature Store in Edina with a daylong consumer event next Saturday. A presentation on the latest shower trends is scheduled for 10 a.m., followed by speed-design bathroom makeovers, offering 10-minute consultations with industry experts from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. (To book an appointment, call 952-922-2825).
Other events include an appearance by model Cheryl Tiegs, 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., cooking demonstrations by Cooks of Crocus Hill, noon-2 p.m., and a program on creating a personalized tile design, 2 p.m.
Between presentations, check out the latest kitchen and bath technology, including the VibrAcoustic bath, a state-of-the-art tub experience that integrates music, water vibration and light, all controlled via mobile device. The Kohler Signature Store is at 7101 France Av. S., Edina.