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A-Mill During Art-A-Whirl and Doors Open Minneapolis present: A-Mill Behind Closed Doors

For the first time in its history, the Pillsbury A-Mill, 315 SE Main Street, will open its hidden museum to the public for Art-A-Whirl + Doors Open Minneapolis, while resident and guest artists display and sell their work at A-Mill durning Art-A-Whirl 2019. A-Mill is the only venue that will open their doors for both Art-A-Whirl and Doors Open!

Come see what’s behind A-Mill’s doors during Art-A-Whirl + Doors Open Minneapolis May 17 (5pm-10pm), May 18 (12pm-8pm), and May 19 (12pm-5pm). Admission is free.

The Pillsbury A-Mill is honored to have been chosen for Minneapolis’s inaugural event, “Doors Open Minneapolis” - a “weekend-long event that allows the public free, behind-the-scenes access to buildings in the City of Minneapolis that are architecturally, culturally, or socially significant.” In addition to showcasing an exclusive view down the tunnels beneath A-Mill, Mill City Museum will provide graphics throughout the building showing the Pillsbury A-Mill’s historical timeline.

In the Gallery on -1, visitors will be dazzled by a unique show from 3 local artists entitled “Eidolon.” In the photography studio on -2, our sponsor Wooden Hill Brewing Company has created an interactive community art project. Aptly named “Crafting Community”, guests will be able to paint a pop-up mural drawn by local artists.

Explaining how Wooden Hill Brewing, a local brewery in Edina, chose to be involved in A-Mill during Art-A-Whirl + Doors Open, owner Sean Ewen explains, "My brother and I started Wooden Hill Brewing Company to share the joy of craft beer with others. And going beyond beer, we created the non-alcohol beverage, Steeped, so that everyone can experience the joy of drinking a locally crafted, small batch beverage. It's really about crafting community, which is why we host rotating art displays in our taproom and regularly host give back events. A-Mill during Art-A-Whirl + Doors Open is the perfect fit because we can promote local artists and locally made beverages at the same time. Our friends at Stray Dog NE will also be onsite providing speciality sausages, sandwiches, and snacks that pair perfectly with our beer."

From the caves down below to the specular rooftop views up above, there is truly something for everyone to enjoy. To further entice visitors to explore the building and shop for art from over 50 resident and guest artists, there will be an interactive scavenger hunt with prizes using a mobile app!

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