908 W. 46th St., Minneapolis
Though the gallery exhibits in all mediums, its best known for classic photography, including works by famous photographers Robert Mapplethorpe and Annie Leibovitz. Bold abstract paintings and works by homegrown talents like Alec Soth are also featured.
2018 Lyndale Ave. S., Minneapolis
Much of the art at the David Petersen Gallery is highly conceptual, though that doesn’t mean it doesn’t belong in a home or office. Some of the sculptural pieces require highly specialized spaces to be displayed to their full effect. Other works, such as Wisconsin artist Kristopher Benedict’s oil paintings, hang easy.
1500 Jackson St. NE, Minneapolis
Open to the public each Saturday, the Northrup King Building is the place for those who don’t know exactly what they want. Dozens of artists open their doors, showing off work that ranges from mosaic and pottery to silk screens and photographs. There is also an antique shop, all in one central location.
3730 Chicago Ave. S., Minneapolis
Covet is a clean, small consignment shop in south Minneapolis, though it’s not nearly as small as it seems from the outside. The shop specializes in repurposing mid-century modern furnishings, though it also features art by a rotating selection of up-and-coming local artists.It’s not difficult to find beautiful paintings and photographs at a steal.
957 7th St W, St Paul
The Bearded Mermaid has something for everyone—even if that something is a taxidermy giraffe head—though it may not be worth everyone’s time to embark on the outlandish safari. It’s not difficult to spend an hour sifting through piles of muddled antiques, prints, paintings, collectibles, and clothing, but there are true gems to be found.
2202 Ford Pkwy, St. Paul
Frameworks is a frame shop, but it displays curated works by a variety of local artists, both up-and-coming and established. The show in January will feature Minnesotan outdoors painters, but changes about every month. Recent shows have focused on artists, and the neighborhoods of the cities.
Ridgedale Center, 12625 Wayzata Blvd., Minnetonka
MSP Airport (concourse G), 4300 Glumack Dr., St. Paul
More than just a knick-knack and gift store, Uptown MN sells prints by local artists, including favorites Adam Turman and Mark Rivard. The quirky retailer also features merchandise from local companies and apparel designers, and pint glasses sporting Turman’s Minnesota-themed work.
1400 12th Ave. NE, Minneapolis
Public Functionary is a high-minded art space with a high-concept. It provides emerging artists with the opportunity to explore the possibilities of a gallery space, and it aims to produce museum-quality exhibits. Since its 2012 opening, the space has hosted a diverse selection of artists, including MCAD students and San Francisco-based artist Aaron De La Cruz.
1400 Van Buren St. NE, Minneapolis
Rosalux is the longest running collective art gallery in the state, comprised of 20 internationally known artists. The art ranges from the playful, striking colors of Terrence Payne to the austere graphite drawings of Valerie Jenkins. The photographs, mosaics, and pen and inks are contemporary works which conjure an array of emotions.