Monday, February 25, 2013
The Soo Visual Arts Center's store in the former Yeti Records space will be a home for special projects.
The corner of Nicollet Ave and 35th Street just got a new store—after a fashion. Once an pop-up holiday art shop for the 2012 Christmas season, the Soo Visual Arts Center's SooLOCAL is set to become a permanent fixture on the corner, according to the center's director, Carolyn Payne. "It's a storefront on a very busy street, with a lot of foot traffic. It's very good fit for SooVAC," Payne explained, using the Whittier-based gallery's acronym. "It's nice to see it be a gallery again" following a stint as a record store, she added. Payne said retail won't be a big part of SooLOCAL, although the popular holiday pop-up shop may well return next holiday season. "We book shows (in the main gallery) a year and a half out," she explained, …
Tuesday, February 12, 2013
City officials offering updates on Nicollet Ave streetcar project.
Wednesday, January 30, 2013
Open houses planned to showcase project's advances.
The Nicollet-Central Corridor transit study advances apace. On Wednesday, City of Minneapolis officials released a map showing proposed routes and a list of stops for a streetcar or "enhanced bus" line through the core of the city. Tellingly, the line is broken by a big green box indicating the site of the current KMart Lake Street store, with a note saying the route from 28th Street to Lake Street is still up for debate. City officials are hoping to find a way to re-open the stretch of Nicollet Ave that once ran right through the store. Mayor RT Rybak has said the KMart project likely won't attract the necessary private capital until a new Bus Rapid Transit station is built at the intersection of Interstate 35W and Lake Street. See …
Monday, November 5, 2012
The Soo Visual Arts Center comes to SW Minneapolis for the holidays.
Uptown's Soo Visual Arts Center—better known as SooVAC—is opening a pop-up shop and art gallery on the corner of 35th Street and Nicollet Avenue. The temporary store will take the space in between Pat's Tap and Honeycomb Salon left vacant by Yeti Records' departure for a more mobile existence. The shop will feature work by dozens of local artists from Nov. 17 through Dec. 24, according to Executive Director Carolyn Payne. Its doors will be open to the public Thursday and Friday from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., and on Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Payne said that the shop will feature a mix of products. "We do have a lot of 2D art, priced and sized to “gift,” but also quite a bit of jewelry and accessories that will be great gifts as …