A loosely knit cooperative of artists calling themselves 2010 Artblok will host an open house and sale at their studios in the General Mills Research Labs, 2010 E. Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis, on Friday, Nov. 21, and Saturday, Nov. 22.
Many of the artists were longtime tenants in the Chittenden and Eastman building (now C&E Lofts) who were evicted from the University Avenue building after it was sold in 2010.
The open house will include paintings, drawings, pottery, printmaking, metal sculpture, jewelry, textile arts and blown glass.
Built in 1928, “The Labs” complex is an assortment of buildings connected by underground tunnels and what is reputed to be Minneapolis’ first skyway. General Mills built the space and occupied it through the 1970s. It was used for munitions manufacturing during World War II, and “Alvin,” a three-person submarine (among one of its 4,600 dives was the discovery of the Titanic), was likely to have been built in a space affectionately called “The Cell Block,” now home to Foci, Minnesota Center for Glass Arts.
The studios will be open noon -9 p.m. Friday, Nov. 21, and 11 a.m. -7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 22.
Artists participating include glass artists Steve Claypatch and Nicole Fierce; printmakers Mike Elko and Faye Passow; potter Chuck Solberg; painter and sculptor Dan Mackerman; calligraphers Karen Sontag Sattel and Jack Sattel; stained-glass artist Barbara Eckley; jewelers Heinz Brummel and Lily Carlson; leather artist Faye Fisher Ward; fiber artists Linda Nelson Bryan, Melissa Nellis and Georgia Beckman; and painters Larry Rostad, Karlyn Eckman, Mary Rannestad, Kate Renee, Linda Hatfield, Deb LaVoie and Rick Fournier.