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June 7, 2010 // UPDATED 8:30 am - June 7, 2010
By: Sarah McKenzie
Sarah McKenzie
On her blog, “Skyway of Love,” Marsha Trainer declares: “I’ve got the fever for the flavor of the skyway.”

She’s on the hunt for the best art in the skyways.

“It is my mission to make the skyways the place to be — for people who appreciate good art and for creative folks who weren’t aware of all the hidden gems Downtown,” she said. “I’d like to remind all those urban rat racers to take a moment out of their busy schedules and look at the beautiful objects of art that surround them as well as provide out of town visitors with several points of interest near their Downtown hotel rooms.”

One of her most recent posts takes a look at pieces in the Capella Tower, including blown glass pieces by Dale Chihuly and a steel sculpture by John Chamberlain.

She also documents iconic Downtown signage, such as the Murray’s Steakhouse neon sign, and the “Citizen” sculpture in the AT&T building — a bronze sculpture of a worker resting at a bench with a briefcase at his side.

To read more about Trainer’s skyway treks, visit


Stone Arch Festival of the Arts

Art lovers should also take note of the Stone Arch Festival of the Arts set for June 19 & 20.

The riverfront festival, featuring 250 artists booths, will line Main Street Southeast near St. Anthony Main. There are four live music stages, too, with more than 40 musicians lined up to perform.

There will be tons of food vendors as well, serving up a wide mix of snacks — walleye fingers, tacos, cheese curds, mini donuts and much more.

Other highlights include the Art of the Car show and family activities at the Youth Arts Quarter in the Father Hennepin Park near the Stone Arch Bridge.

Festival hours are 10 a.m.–6 p.m. both days.


Salon supports school in Tanzania

The Jungle Red Salon Spa & Gallery, 1362 LaSalle Ave., in the Loring Park neighborhood is hosting a fundraiser June 19 for a secondary school in Tanzania.

The goal is to raise enough money to pay for a year of school for three orphans who lost parents to AIDS at Peace House Secondary School. Eden Prairie-based nonprofit Peace House Africa opened the school in the fall of 2007. In 2005, Tanzania was home to about 2 million children orphaned by AIDS, according to a news release about the event.

“AIDS is such a tragedy that has struck worldwide, but perhaps the most vulnerable group affected by the disease are the children who are left behind with nowhere and no one to turn to,” said Suzanne Erickson, owner of Jungle Red Salon. “Peace House Africa has provided an answer to those children’s prayers, and Jungle Red Salon is honored to be able to help Peace House Africa provide a promise for the future to those children.”

The fundraiser will be 7–11 p.m. There’s a $5 cover.


Northeast Minneapolis tour

The City of Minneapolis has teamed up with for home tours showing properties in neighborhoods recovering from the foreclosure crisis. There’s a Northeast Minneapolis Tour planned for June 13. Neighborhoods featured on the tour include Columbia Park, Waite Park, Marshall Terrace, Audubon Park, Bottineau, Holland, Window Park, Sheridan, Logan Park, Beltrami and Northeast Park.

The tour starts at the Rogue Buddha Gallery, 357 13th Ave. NE., at 11 a.m. It kicks off with an open house where people can pick up tour maps, learn about homebuyer programs and have refreshments. For more information, visit