ART GALLERIES & STUDIOS
The Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul are home to a vibrant visual arts community spread throughout both downtowns and into their surrounding districts. Here are our top art gallery picks for the sister cities, along with a few special nods to hot spots in the ‘burbs.
Crawl into the tree house of your childhood dreams at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum. The summer exhibit includes 12 unconventional tree houses built by local artists, architects and hobbyists.
Art Resources Gallery has one of the largest and most unique collections of original artwork available in the Twin Cities. With showrooms in International Market Square and the Galleria.
Housed on the ground floor in the Northern Warehouse in Lowertown of St. Paul, AZ Gallery is an artists’ cooperative, owned and run by its members.
Tucked into a quiet residential corner of Minneapolis’ Kenwood district, the glass front of Todd Bockley Gallery provides a snapshot of the folk and native art found within.
Groundbreaking sculpture and visual art exhibits, live music and a variety of events headline Gallery 13. Its blue neon sign and industrial-chic vibe gives it a uniquely hip status in downtown Minneapolis.
With its main location in St. Paul and an “annex” in the Napa Valley Museum in Yountville, Calif., the Grand Hand Gallery specializes in fine American craft and fine art by artists from across the U.S., with a particular focus on artists from Minnesota.
From 1965 to 1988, Camelot Castle was the place to see and be seen. Quail, chicken croquette, Chateaubriand, and its unparalleled duck flamed and carved table-side drew famous visitors and loyal locals alike.
The stark, crisp white walls at Midway Contemporary Art have served as the backdrop to some of the most challenging modern art of the past decade.
If you want to get your fill of about 20 Minnesotan artists at one spot, stop into the Rosalux Gallery…if you can find it. Only open on weekends, the gallery itself is accessed through a rather unassuming door at the side of the Van Buren Building.
The building housing the local-favorite Soap Factory dates back to 1882, but it became a gallery in the 1980s. Over the near century, it has managed to maintain its bygone aura with exposed brick walls and factory-infused metal girders.
The community Soo Visual Arts Center, or “SooVac” as locals call it, resides in Minneapolis’ residential Lowry Hill East neighborhood. A care-free, laid back vibe is to be had in its outdoor library.