1977 Minneapolis Yellow Pages Phone Book Cover

1977 phone book cover featuring “Rainy Evening on Hennepin Avenue” by Robert Koehler, which is part of the permanent collection of the Minneapolis Instiute of Arts.

Emigrating from Germany to America as a child, Robert Koehler lived in Milwaukee before returning to Germany and taking up his artistic training at the Munich Art Academy. In 1873, at the invitation of Douglas Volk (whose work appears in this gallery), Koehler moved to Minnesota to become the director of the Minneapolis School of Art - now the Minneapolis College of Art and Design.With its loose brushwork and soft, misty definitions of form, Rainy Evening on Hennepin Avenue demonstrates Koehler’s familiarity with French Impressionism and the art of James Abbott McNeill Whistler, whom Koehler had met in Europe some years before. Prominent in the picture are the artist’s wife, Marie, and their son, Edwin, along with the family dog. The building in the background is the Minneapolis Central Library (since demolished), which stood at 10th Street and Hennepin Avenue from 1881 until 1961. The site is now a parking lot.

image via my collection, additional information by Minneapolis Institute of Arts


Who isn’t happy for more news about great Twin Cities beers? And now, a new contender is edging closer to launch of the first brewery and taproom worthy of the classic area code — 612Brew Minneapolis.

On this auspicious date, 6.12.12, 612Brew announces that it has signed a lease at the corner of Central and Broadway in Northeast Minneapolis. The brewery plans to open its taproom and have growlers available by late fall; and be liquor-store-ready within a year.

612Brew will launch with two beers: “SIX,” a sessionable American pale ale; and “Rated R,” a spicy and hoppy Rye IPA. The label will also introduce a summer seasonal beer, a tribute to Gilligan’s Island: the “Mary Ann” — a German-style lager featuring (wait for it) freshly grated ginger. There will be taproom and growler-only beers, such as “Zero Hour,” an American black ale, available to patrons who visit the brewery.

612Brew will be located at 945 Broadway St., the anchor tenant in the historic building The Broadway. This landmark building — recently purchased by Peter Remes, who restored the Van Buren building in Northeast and the Icehouse building in South Minneapolis — features exposed brick and timber along with polished concrete floors, an outdoor patio and a rain garden, creating a perfect atmosphere for the brewery. The Broadway, represented by Mark Krogh of Java Properties, is currently undergoing a full restoration.

via 612Brew

Oh my, they have this on a t-shirt at 612 Clothing. Daddy want.