The summer is deep underway, with many art fairs coming and going. August is on the way and the weather is gorgeous, and this weekend there are a handful of great art openings happening in the Twin Cities. Here’s what we’re curious about this weekend.

FLOW Northside Arts Crawl

Thursday, July 27 from 6-10 p.m.

Friday, July 28 from 3-10 p.m.

Saturday, July 29 from 11 a.m. – 9 p.m.

West Broadway and surrounding location; see this map for all of the locations:

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Three days of art take over North Minneapolis, with everything from ballet and graffiti to fine artworks. The celebrations kick off on Thursday with a block party on Plymouth Ave. On Friday, catch all the opening receptions and preview parties, along with the debut of the Eastern Gateway Public Art Installation, which includes JUXTA’s unveiling of light and projection designs for this new installation under the railroad bridge over West Broadway. Saturday highlights include artist Melodee Strong doing a live painting of her mural on the façade of Clipper Cuts (2064 W Broadway) from 11 a.m. – 5p.m., which will add to the permanent public art sites already in this neighborhood, like the façades of Juxtaposition Arts and Dimensions in Hair.

To get a detailed list of the events, just print this out and carry it around with you, or squint at it on your phone while you roam:

Free bus passes offered for all of the weekend events.

Mari Mathlin: “Loaded”

Hair and Nails Gallery (2222 ½ E 35th Street, Minneapolis, MN 55407)

Opening reception, Thursday, July 27 from 6- 8:30 p.m.

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Iceland-based Finnish artist Mari Mathlin travels to Minneapolis to install “Loaded,” and also give an artist talk. Her work is process-led, and takes shape through the materials she uses. In other words, if you want to find out what the work is you will have to go to the exhibition.

Mari’s visit is hosted by new Minneapolis art residency The Future, which describes itself as a “project and event space, artist market, Aquarian lab, artist residency, library, workshop and studio located in the Witch district of South Minneapolis.”

Derek Ernster: “Man After My Own Boot”

The White Page (3400 Cedar Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55407)

Opening reception: Friday, July 28 from 7-10 p.m.

Artist Derek Ernster uses photography, sculpture and video to scramble the ordinary and fictitious.An interdisciplinary artist, Ernster is at the University of Chicago working on his MFA. He earned his BFA from the Minneapolis College of Art and Design.

Kristen Sanders: “Soft Origin”

Sadie Halie Projects (3653 25th Ave. South, Minneapolis, MN 55406)

Saturday, July 29 7-10 p.m.

Kristen Sanders’ paintings often times portray pink-tinted nude women in nature-infused landscapes. “Imagine, 1,600,000 years ago, a prehistoric character points,” writes Sanders abouther work in New American Paintings. “There, in the moistened soil, the hominid Homo habilis draws a line, inscribing the first mark.” In fact, this scenery is at the core of her work, which she describes as meditating on “this scene as the unknowable origin of image making.” Her forthcoming exhibition at Sadie Halie may be soft and pink and glittery.

Three exhibitions opening

Soo Visual Arts Center

2909 Bryant Av. S., Mpls. 612-871-2263 or

Saturday, July 29th from 5-9 p.m.

Soo Visual Arts Center has not one but three thematically dissonant exhibitions opening Saturday, because, you know, variety is the spice of life. Christine Rebhuhn makes wordplay literal, transforming it into the sculptural. “Ekphrastic 2.0: A Collaborative Storytelling Experiment” brings together 38 artists drawing on walls in the Surrealists’ exquisite-corpse style. Liza Sylvestre’s multimedia exhibition “Interference” takes viewers through the artist’s experience of being deaf — in the medical sense of the term, but not culturally — which limits her ability to follow conversations in a hearing world. All three exhibitions run through Aug. 26.