Melancholy A-Listing

I've always been elated to be included in a City Pages A-listed event. This is different; this is hard. Tonight, though, we celebrate! Come on out with me. I'm gonna drink and dance and celebrate 4 incredible years.
Here's an old piece, from one of my very first shows with the gallery.

Gallery Closing Party

Four years into its run as one of the greatest little art galleries and mentoring studios in town, Outsiders and Others is closing its doors tonight. Founded by Yuri Arajs and Beth Parkhill, this cool and historical spot on Park Avenue was known during its short life for birthing, fostering, and otherwise housing some 400 self-taught artists, including Venus DeMars, Grant Hart, Amy Rice, news anchor Robyne Robinson, and Keegan Wenkman. The art itself was as varied a collection as any you'll find: crop art, rock art, teeny-tiny art, youth art, religious art, tattoo art, and, during the holidays, art that was naughty and nice. Patrons loved the eclectic mix of paintings and sculptures because it was as affordable as it was accessible. But mostly the gallery was known for its social responsibility: Arajs and Parkhill designed exhibitions to heighten awareness about homelessness, mental health, and youth issues. Their most notable show happened outside of the Park Avenue space, when the gallery installed "Homeless Awareness" at the Mall of America in 2005. Tonight, expect remembrances of that show and all the others, plus drinks and dancing. Free. 7:00 p.m. —Molly Priesmeyer
Outsiders and Others
1010 Park Ave S, Mpls.

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