One week ago today, I went to an event called Art 4 Shelter with Daisy and Magnolia. (If you're in or near the Twin Cities and want to learn more, check out their website here.) This benefit event is held at an art gallery inside the Chambers Hotel, located at 9th and Hennepin in downtown Minneapolis. All sorts of local artists create, and then donate, 5x7 works which are all sold for $30 with the proceeds benefiting Simpson Housing Services, a local organization that works to end homelessness. Some of the donating artists are quite famous, others less so. All of these little works of art are arranged somewhat randomly in this gallery - they're signed on the back, which is the only way you can tell who the artist is. A friend of Magnolia's had gone in the past, and she'd told us it would be intense.
I don't think the word intense does it justice. This was unlike anything I had ever seen. There were hundreds of people packed into this gallery, which wound up smelling a little less than fresh, especially because it was an unseasonably warm evening. People were doing their best to rush from wall to wall to wall to look at everything available, but the place was so crowded everything just moved like molasses. I picked up this little gem:
While we spent some time browsing, it was too crowded to do too much wandering. Once we'd paid for our treasures, we decided to get a drink. We went to my FAVORITE bar downtown, the Local. It's an Irish pub that I used to hang out at regularly with my friends while I was in grad school - from lunches, to happy hours, to a place to grab a drink before noon when you really need one - this was it! I'd planned to just have a drink like my friends, but when we got there, the food smelled so good... and I was reminded that I'd only had a few moments to inhale some crackers and cheese after work. So, I ordered my FAVORITE thing on the menu: the walleye sandwich! YES!