As is the case with all NCECA conferences there are so many great exhibitions to see. With shows both in and outside the host city it is always difficult to decide what where to go. When it comes to NCECA in Minneapolis consider heading to the suburbs to check out an exhibition. There are a number of excellent show venues nestled in the vibrant burbs that are sure to inspire.

One trip that is well worth your time is a drive out west to Wayzata and Minnetonka. Approximately a twenty-five minute drive from the convention center The Minnetonka Center for the Arts will host two shows in their spacious gallery. Renovated in 2002, this nonprofit serves their creative community in a spacious, architecturally attractive building situated near the coast of beautiful Lake Minnetonka. As well Bob Bowman, their Exhibits Director and Retail Manager, has curated a showcase of sculptural and functional ceramics on view in a unique and unexpected venue.

What to see?
The first show is curated by Peter Held, the exhibition Lost & Found will highlight a selection of work by Chris Gustin and Don Reitz. The show will also include “Lost Works”, five posthumous collaborations between the artists.

Exhibitions on view March 11–April 4
Reception: Thursday, March 28, 6:00–9:30pm
Exhibitions on view March 11–April 4
Lost & Found: Reitz + Gustin Collaborations


If that is not enough to entice you to take a scenic lakeside drive, within the same space you will also be able to take in the show Warren MacKenzie + John Reeve: Kindred Spirits, curated by LaiSun Keane, Lucy Lacoste and Nora Vaillant. Highlighting two legendary proponents of the Mingei aesthetic, this exhibit features works by lifelong friends Warren MacKenzie and John Reeve.

Exhibitions on view March 11–April 4
Reception: Thursday, March 28, 6:00–9:30pm
Exhibitions on view March 11–April 4
Warren MacKenzie + John Reeve: Kindred Spirits


Finally, merging retail therapy and an art experiences, Minnetonka Center for the Arts has also curated a self guided tour of Minnesota ceramic artists’ work in the Ridgedale Mall. Yes, in the mall! Visitors to the show Clay. Here. Now. can grab a map at the entrance and lead themselves through a tour of work by 30 artists.

On view March 15–April 19
Ridgedale Center


Where to eat?
If you are hungry, Wayzata is a growing upscale foodie hotbed. There are many options sure to fit your budget and food preferences. Here are a few options to get you started:

Bellecour – Incredible bakery, named for Place Bellecour, the bustling town center in Lyon, France and attached to a full service restaurant, their pastries, soups and sandwiches are sure to please.

Baja Haus – A california inspired oasis with and endless summer beach vibe this joint is perfect for the taco-loving, tequila and mezcal aficionado.

Wayzata Brew Works – felling thirsty? This brewery has great brews and views of Lake Minnetonka from both the interior and outdoor patio.

Birch’s on the Lake – From private dining, supper club, to bar this brewery meets supper club has a menu and many options sure to suit your eating and drinking needs.

Crisp & Green – With a selection of signature salads, bowls, and smoothies, this budget friendly health conscious option is a great way to catch a bite out west.