24th Annual ArtCar + ArtBike Parade

Bde Unma/Lake Harriet

Sat. July 21 at 5 p.m. to lineup at the Rose Garden (4124 Roseway Rd., Mpls) with a 6 p.m. start time

It’s been 24 years, and the art cars keep coming to this annual parade. Art car owners are folks who are willing to cover their car or bike with wild, artsy designs should do so and then join the parade. All  dashing, colorful shapes and cartoons and whatever you want are welcome. Step on the gas or just the bike pedal and go. Afterwards, just hang out at the lake or get some ice cream. It’s summer!


Sky, Land, Water

Groveland Gallery (25 Groveland Terrace, Minneapolis)

Opening reception: Sat., July 21 from 2-5 p.m.

Gallery hours: Tues. – Sat. 12-5 p.m.

The gallery explores three elements that are central to both landscape painting and Minnesota. The exhibition’s 17 artists are also grouped by these elements. Gary Bowling, Andy Evansen, Tom Maakestad, Carl Oltvedt and Andrew Wykes represent sky. The land section goes to Richard Abraham, Fred Anderson, Scott Lloyd Anderson, Carl Bertzke, Joshua Cunningham, Stuart Loughridge and Larry Weld. Painters Anne Decoster, Jean Gumpper, Michael Kaeken, Clara Ueland and Bob Upton go to the water. Where’s the fire element though? That is what I’m wondering. Exhibition ends Sept. 1.


Witch District Stitch: Dance and Design at HAIR + NAILS

HAIR + NAILS Contemporary Art Gallery (2222 ½ E. 35th St., Mpls)

Sat., July 21 from 7:30-11 p.m.

Performances begin at 8:30 p.m.


Just when you thought South Minneapolis couldn’t get any artsier, this new fashion show is swooping in. Models will walk the runway in the gallery’s backyard, donning new wearable designs by LA artist/musician Rachel Blomgren. Ryan Fontain’s hair paintings are on view – they are part of a  screenprint collaboration with Minneapolis artist Drew Peterson. Rebecca Spangenthal’s designs under the name Island Queen Satan’s Flower will be on display in the H&N sculpture garden. Dancer Laurie Van Wieren, a 2018 McKnight Choreography Fellow, performs an improvised solo. Amal Roberts takes his solo dance to the H+N basement gallery. HIJACK performs on their 25th anniversary. And Ryan Fontain’s paintings from the show “The Confounding Variable” are on the walls.


“Game On Tilt” by Gerry Bibby

Midway Contemporary Art (527 Second Ave. SE, Mpls) 

Sat., July 21 from 6-8 p.m.

Gallery hours: Wed.-Sat. 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Berlin-based Australian artist Gerry Bibby works in performance, sculpture, print and writing. Showing internationally, Bibby’s conceptual work varies but he is interest in “literary spaces that surround frontier imaginations,” according to one source. This show presents his new work. Exhibition ends Aug. 25.

Above: Joe Geshick, sketch for "The Feeling of the Spirit" (2000). Ink and graphite on paper, 9"x14", courtesy Geshick Family Collection


 Niiyo-wiij-anishinaabeg (Four Friends)

Duluth Art Institute (506 W Michigan Ave., Duluth, MN)

Closing reception: Tues., July 24 from 6-8 p.m.

Hours: Open daily from 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. 

Friends and artists Carl Gawboy, George Morrison and Joe Geschick reflect on art and celebrate Anishinaabe life in this group exhibition. The title of this exhibition roughly translates into “four friends,” leaving space for the fourth person, which is you, the viewer. The exhibition is curated by Jason Pearson. Closing reception on July 24 from 6-8 p.m. includes a pipe ceremony, feast, speakers and presentation of gifts.