The best of Twin Cities fine arts

Art on the Town, a ten day event showcasing Twin Cities fine arts organizations, came to a close on October 16.

But the event is not quite over.

Today the Twin Cities Fine Arts Organization announced the winners of its first ever TCFAO Awards to recognize particular achievements in the gallery/museum scene.

Here are the results - I've added links in case you're interested in checking out the winning galleries in person:

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Outstanding art gift shop: Textile Center Shop

Outstanding curator: Betty Bright and Jeff Rathermel (MCBA) for Fine and Dirty: Contemporary Letterpress Art

Most memorable: A Reasonable Facsimile at Christensen Center Art Gallery at Augsburg College

Outstanding reception: Grand opening of Anita Sue Kolman Gallery

Outstanding artist talks: Mark Allen of Machine Project (The Soap Factory) for "Conversation with Mark Allen"

Most inspiring (tied):

I Am a Link: Pictorial Rugs by Dorothy Sauber at Textile Center

Convergence at Traffic Zone Gallery

People's choice: Minneapolis Institute of Arts