Art-a-Whirl: Barrels of fun in Nordeast - KMSP-TV

Art-a-Whirl: Barrels of fun in Nordeast

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The largest open studio tour in the country is in Northeast Minneapolis, and you can drink the art, too.

FOX 9's Iris Perez let the lovely people she encountered at Art-a-Whirl do the explaining. If touring the studios and galleries in Northeast or ‘Nordeast' Minneapolis doesn't tickle your fancy, learning how beer qualifies as art just might do the trick.

"I'm kind of an equal opportunity beer drinker," visitor Amber Westman said. She has a colorful take on artistic mediums.

"The craft beer is the art. It is an art form in itself to take all that craft work to specifying every little detail of it, the hops and the barley and putting it into a magical ‘specialtality' of the beer itself," Westman said.

She was unsure as to just how much of the art she tested on Saturday.

"I've drank the art," she laughed.

Westman's thirst drew her to the 18th annual Art-a-Whirl

Right off of Lowry Avenue, visitors can go from tent to tent, playing beer games, or trying the more than 100 samples of brew available. More than 40 area breweries participate.

"Quite a bit of beer," local Leslie Hardee said between tastes.

"We've been taste testing. It's very sophisticated," companion Olivia Plain added.

"This industry is growing so much and Minnesota is really becoming a hotspot for it," Adit Kalra of 612 Brew, a Northeast brewery, said.

"Look at the sun come now, it's like the kick off to summer," one visitor added.

For those who'd rather peruse, muse and buy, the casket arts building is just one place to visit. Here, four floors of variety await you.

"We get whimsical art, serious art, art that's making a statement or art that's just fun," acrylic painter Nicky Torkzadeh said.

Now, an important quandary: why Nordeast and not northeast?

"That's a really interesting question, I just moved here a year ago," Hardee said.

"You don't have the right to say that yet," Plain returned.

Ii don't have the authority to say, 'Yeah, I'm a Nordeaster.' But after this weekend, I feel like it's my time," Hardee said.

Hardee decided she's officially been initiated.

More than 500 artists present their work at Art-a-Whirl. The festivities ensue Sunday from 12-5 p.m.

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