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Self-contained gallery crawl makes 'Art Attack' great browsing event

I welcome just about any excuse to browse through the many studios and small galleries of the Northrup King Building, but this weekend in particular, thanks to “Art Attack,” it's a prime time to stop by.

With more than 200 participating artists — working in fiber art, sculpture, photography, prints, painting and drawing, jewelry, ceramics and glass — this annual gallery and studio crawl offers a vast and eclectic assortment of artwork.

In addition to the individual studio and gallery spaces, you'll find a juried show of work by Minnesota women ceramic artists on the third floor; among the artists with work on view, I'm especially eager to see Mary Roettger's intricately spiraled, three-dimensional plays on natural patterns and forms.

And here's something else, strange enough to merit particular mention: Apparently, Minneapolis jewelry artist Heinz Brummel has taken up an intriguing sideline in recent years — yurts. After years of research into the traditional art and craft of building such things, the artist is showing the fruits of his newfound labors: two hand-built, traditional Mongolian yurts will be installed in the Northrup King Building's outdoor green-space.

“Art Attack” visitors will find refreshments by the quirky Magic Bus Cafe, occasional live music and demonstrations by various artists throughout the building, working at their crafts throughout the weekend.

I appreciate the manageability of “Art Attack”: It's a large enough art crawl to pleasantly fill an entire afternoon, but since the events, galleries and studios are nicely contained in one location, the art-seeing opportunities are ample without being overwhelming.

"Art Attack," the annual gallery and studio crawl in Northeast Minneapolis' Northrup King Building, takes place all weekend long: 5 to 10 p.m. today, noon to 8 p.m. Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday.

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