SooVAC pop-up shop will remain open

LYNDALE — What started out as a pop-up shop will remain a bit longer on Nicollet: SooLOCAL, an experimental outlet for the nonprofit SooVAC gallery, will stay through the end of the year at 3506 Nicollet Ave. S., which is the former Yeti Records space.

SooVAC initially came to the street last summer to contribute its carnival sideshow to the Pat’s Tap block party.

“It did bring in a totally different audience for us,” said Executive Director Carolyn Payne. “We’re looking at that as a more experimental, collaborative space. We can be more spontaneous.”

Payne said she will reevaluate the location at the end of the year.

“We’re trying it out to see how it goes,” she said.

New shows include a partnership with Free Arts Minnesota and Wing Young Huie to display photography by 75 youth. The opening reception was Feb. 28.

Another upcoming show will commemorate the one-year anniversary this spring of Artists in Storefronts, a project to populate empty Nicollet Avenue windows with artwork. More than 50 artists will participate.