It’s hot and muggy out, which means you have every reason to stay indoors – especially, if that indoors  is an art gallery! But if you decide to venture out, an outdoor arts festival awaits you. The point is that there’s plenty to see artwise in the Twin Cities this weekend, so check out our list and enjoy!

Yeah Maybe #19

Yeah Maybe (2528 E 22nd St., Minneapolis, MN 55406)

Opening Saturday, July 22, 6 – 10 p.m.

Conversation with artists/ designers on Sunday, July 23 at 3 p.m.

This is not just another regular art opening. Yeah Maybe has partnered with the nonprofit bike store Cycles for Change, helping them design their new space down the street. For this opening, Yeah Maybe offers an art and music show with an additional afternoon of construction for the bike store. To help out, volunteer at 6 p.m. to build and paint workbenches in the new store at Franklin and 26th. Sign up by clicking here. Catch artwork by Colin Boyd with accompanying music by Itch Princess/ Fight/ I(a / dj GetFreeWifi). Check out the designing work that’s been done by Katrina Matejcik, Alex Harry Chapin, Caitlin Dippo. Morgan Peterson, Robbie Seltzer, and Andy Delany.

Red Hot Art Festival 2017

Stevens Square Park (1801 Stevens Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN 55403)

11 a.m. – 5 pm.

The summer of art festivals is deep underway. The 16th annual Red Hot Arts Festival – no relation to the Red Hot Chili Peppers, btw – hosts more than 100 local artists, 20 bands and performances, and tons of food trucks. For two days straight, it’s art galore!


Public Functionary (1400 12th Ave NE, Minneapolis, MN 55413)

July 20, 21, 22 / 7pm
July 27, 28, 29 / 7pm
$12 General Admission
$8 Students and Elders

This Black conceptual opera is an interpretation of Alberta Williams King, the mother of MLK Jr and the wife of MLK, Sr., who was killed in Ebenezer Baptist Church six years after her son was murdered. Six vocalists and a 12-member ensemble will bring the work to life, following the themes of Black Birth, Black Resilience and Black Joy. “Mother King” is based on poems by Venessa Fuentes, whose work is featured in “A Good Time for the Truth: Race in Minnesota” (Minnesota Historical Society Press, 2016) and with a score by Dameun Strange. The event is already entirely sold out. Good luck finding tickets.

DegeneraTe art show

Opening 7-10 p.m. Fri. Continues noon-4 p.m. Sat.-Sun. and July 29-30, 3-7 p.m. July 27-28.

Red Garage Studio, 3640 Garfield Av. S., Mpls.

Travel back in time, why don’t you, to the 1937 “Degenerate Art” exhibition in Munich, which opened 80 years ago on July 19. Organized by Adolf Ziegler and the Nazi Party, it usurped 650 works of art from German museums that were created by Jews, criticized German people, were abstract or expressionist or portrayed nature in ways other than realism, with the goal of ridiculing the work. Of course, this is now some of the most important art ever made. Now let us return to the present day, where 50 artists have organized a show to focus on such concerns as the environment, racism, native rights, immigration, Islamophobia, police brutality and much more. And although the current political situation may not be funny, some of the work here is satirical, if not proudly degenerate.

Above: Stuart Nielsen, "untitled," 1995, 36 x 28 x 5 inches, mixed media

Summer Group Show

Bockley Gallery (2123 W 21st Street, Minneapolis, 55405)

Opening: Thursday, July 20, 7-9 pm.

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We’re deep in summer, which means there’s no better time for a summer group show! Bockley Gallery presents a collection of work from gallery and invited artists Kim Benson, Andrea Carlson, Stuart Nielsen, Jim Proctor, Lauren Roche, Dietrich Sieling, Elizabeth Simonson and Barbara Kreft, whose work shown in cooperation with CIRCA Gallery.