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May 12, 2003 // UPDATED 10:50 am - April 30, 2007
By: Rosalux Gallery comes to Open Book
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Open Book, 1011 Washington Ave. S., recently announced the arrival of their newest tenant: Rosalux Gallery. To celebrate their new space and reveal their newest exhibit, \"paper,\" an auction and opening reception will be held Thursday, May 15, 7-10 p.m.

Rosalux Gallery formed in Northeast in February 2002 and operates as a collective nonprofit. Its goal is to provide commercial exhibition space for its 24 Minnesota artists. Since artists\' dues cover gallery expenses, the artists receive the full amount of sales.

Open Book is also home to The Loft Literary Center, Milkweed Editions, Minnesota Center for Book Arts and The Coffee Gallery.

- sue rich

Local preservation projects recognized

Several Downtown projects will be presented with Heritage Preservation Awards Thursday, May 15, at International Market Square. The Minneapolis Heritage Preservation Commission and the Minneapolis Chapter of the American Institute of Architects Minnesota give the awards to projects, individuals and organizations that \"celebrate and enhance Minneapolis\' historic character.\"

Local winners include: the Fire Barn and Annex in Village Shops at St. Anthony Falls (1st Avenue Northeast and 2nd Street Northeast), Pantages Theater (708 Hennepin Ave.), Washburn Lofts (700 S. 2nd St.), the porch of the William H. Lee Residence (625 S. 9th St.), Stone Arch Lofts (600 S. 2nd St.) and Heritage Landing (5th Avenue North and 1st Street North).

- sue rich

Park in a garden

Monday, May 12, through Friday, May 16, the top level of the Marshall Field\'s parking ramp will be transformed into a rooftop garden. The garden will be open 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. and was designed by garden designer Sean Conway to provide a lunchtime respite for Downtown workers while promoting his gardening products.

In addition to the greenery, there will be live music and, Wednesday-Friday at noon, gardening seminars by Bachman\'s staff and Conway. On Friday, 1:30-3:30 p.m., ramptop garden display containers and plants will be up for sale.

The ramp can be entered through the auditorium located on the eighth floor of Marshall Field\'s, 700 Nicollet Mall.

- sue rich

First precinct hosts tour

The 1st Police Precinct, 19 N. 4th St., is hosting an open house Friday, May 16, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Visitors will be able to get a tour of the renovated precinct building, meet the bomb squad, get safety tips from the SAFE teams and pet the police horses. Refreshments will be provided.

- Robyn Repya

Mini-Downtown mainstays on display

Architectural models of the new Central Library, Block E, the Downtown LRT stations and the Guthrie Theater will be among 30 displays this week in the Building Community Exhibit.

The exhibit opens Monday, May 12, in the Northstar Center, 608 2nd Ave. S. Exhibit hours are: Monday, May 12, 11 a.m.-5:30 p.m.; Tuesday-Thursday, May 13-15, 8 a.m.-5:30 p.m.; and Friday, May 16, 8 a.m.-2 p.m.

Other local projects on display include a \"Walking Times Map\" developed by Peter Bruce (featured in \"Walk This Way,\" March 24, Skyway News) that measures the time it takes to walk to and from the exhibit location, the Northstar Court and the three LRT stations, and a six-foot-long aerial photo of Hennepin Avenue Theatre District from 10th Street South to Washington Avenue.

- sue rich

Downtown library groundbreaking May 20

Although the piledrivers have dug deep into the earth, a groundbreaking ceremony for the new Central Library will be held Tuesday, May 20, 3:30 p.m. at the library site, on the corner of 4th Street South and Nicollet Mall. All are invited to attend.

The ceremony will include speeches by Mayor R.T. Rybak and library board president Laura Waterman Wittstock, architect Cesar Pelli and library director Kit Hadley. The South High School pop singers will provide music for the event. Wang Ping, a local writer, will also share her original prose, written especially for the groundbreaking ceremony.

-Ellen Nigon

Fairmont Hotel resists development

When it opened in 1908, the Fairmont Hotel at 9th and Hennepin was a middle-class hotel that later became home for Downtown\'s poor. In 2001, in an unusual feel-good story, those poor ended up in better and cheaper housing so that new owner Tim Rooney could turn the Fairmont into a boutique hotel.

Today, the Fairmont remains vacant. A hotel remains a possibility, but Rooney emphasizes that he does not know exactly what the Fairmont will be. \"We\'re still working forward,\" he said.

In March, Rooney thought he\'d be able to announce plans for the Fairmont in April. Now, in the month of May, Rooney said, \"We\'re looking at summertime.\"

- Ellen Nigon