The Soo Visual Arts Center helps students “Get Lucky”

Uptown’s quirkiest art gallery gives Twin Cities citizens a chance to begin an art collection while supporting the machinery that makes local art possible.

The event’s Get Lucky Drawing offers the chance to win “Mind Over Matters” by Jennifer Davis
PHOTO COURTESY JENNIFER DAVIS, THE SOO VISUAL ARTS CENTER

The event’s Get Lucky Drawing offers the chance to win “Mind Over Matters” by Jennifer Davis PHOTO COURTESY JENNIFER DAVIS, THE SOO VISUAL ARTS CENTER

John Sand

Get Lucky WHERE: Soo Visual Arts Center, 2640 Lyndale Ave. S. WHEN: Saturday, Jan. 23, 7 p.m. TICKETS: $25 Advance Are you starting to sense that youâÄôre outgrowing the Audrey Hepburn and Simpsons posters you bought during freshman orientation? Luckily, you live in a city where curators make it easy for you to pepper your walls with original art without having to hang with too many stuffy bourgeoisie in order to find it. On Saturday, the Soo Visual Arts CenterâÄôs annual silent art auction âÄúGet LuckyâÄù will provide the perfect opportunity for Twin Cities citizens to delve into the world of modern, quirky, anthropomorphized caricature art. âÄúGet LuckyâÄù is held at the SooVAC each year in order to raise awareness of local artists and spin some cash flow in the direction of the non-profit art world. This year, the small Uptown gallery has drawn works from 37 local artists to be bid on during a silent auction. Artists were chosen who have been displayed in the SooVAC in previous exhibits or who are scheduled for exhibition in the future, said Alison Hiltner, the SooVACâÄôs gallery manager and co-curator for this yearâÄôs charity auction. The SooVACâÄôs goal is to keep the Minneapolis art community going strong, despite the dips that art prices are experiencing due to localsâÄô recent lack of disposable income. âÄúGet LuckyâÄù does the leg work for those who donâÄôt have the time to search through gallery after gallery in search of the perfect painting of a tree stump for an earthy bathroom or a portrait of vintage headphones in a sea of tadpoles for a tiny kitchen. The available pieces span from Minneapolis art darling Greg GosselâÄôs colorful layered screen printing, complete with torn-in-half sale signs and distressed damsels from 1970s romantic comic books to Kit LaneâÄôs felted plushie, reminiscent of a mixture between vintage Super Mario mushrooms and cute but mutant-like neopets. Attendees can also try their luck and enter a drawing for a whimsical illustration by local artist Jennifer Davis. The piece, entitled âÄúMind Over Matters,âÄù draws from stylized minimalism, where pastel animals are foremost and flowers sprout from just about any place possible. With so many different types of art available, the toughest decision will be to decide which piece of art will support the feng shui of those bare living room walls.