walk1Minneapolis’s Walker Art Center is exactly that, a center for art of all kinds and is definitely worth checking our whenever you find yourself in the Twin Cities area.

About the Walker Art Center:

“The Walker Art Center is a catalyst for the creative expression of artists and the active engagement of audiences. Focusing on the visual, performing, and media arts of our time, the Walker takes a global, multidisciplinary, and diverse approach to the creation, presentation, interpretation, collection, and preservation of art. Walker programs examine the questions that shape and inspire us as individuals, cultures, and communities.”

In the meantime, you can kill some time by browsing through the Walker Art Center’s online store – Walker Shop.

The Walker Shop has all sort of cool things – like art museum shops tend to do – and you are bound to find something you didn’t know you needed or the perfect gift for someone special.

Items that caught my eye include…

…this Bicycle Tea Towel (ab0ve right):

“This flour sack tea towel features an original illustration by Sara Selepouchin from Philadelphia, Pa. and is super soft, perfect for drying dishes, cleaning glasses, or just dressing up your fridge.”

walk2…these Urban Cyclist Bowl Set (right):

“Good things come in small packages you say? We couldn’t agree more! The Urban Fresh Eggs Bowl Set is the perfect gift for any cooking enthusiast who prefers things in neat, compact order. These little bowls are perfect for coffee, hot chocolate, or your favorite snack and can be stored easily.”

…and this wooden “Cubebot” (below right) which I have and can spend hours playing with:

walk3“Robot toys are usually made of plastic and require batteries – but not this one! Inspired by the Japanese Shinto Kumi-ki puzzles, the Cubebot is a non-traditional take on the toy robot by joining ancient Japanese traditions with contemporary toy culture. Cubebots’s powerful hardwood frame can hold many poses, and his elastic-band muscles and durable wood limbs make him impervious to breakage. When it’s time for him to rest, he folds into a perfect cube. An enduring classic that will withstand generations of play.”

Seriously, they offer all sorts of really cool products that make perfect gifts – just in time for Christmas!

Visit Minneapolis’s Walker Art Center online here.

Browse the Walker Art Center’s online store here.