Attend artist receptions, view youth poetry reading and live acts, throw a pot and make velvet flowers
Carleton Artist Lofts, 2285 University Ave., will have 20+ artists selling their work, including Joshua W. Murray and this piece titled “Sympathetic to the Aesthetic : Gotcha Journalism.” Mediums include ceramics and pottery, handmade jewelry, journals and stationary, upcycled and vintage clothes and goods, paintings, illustrations, and photography. Visitors can also look forward to healing massages, music and other performances. The Carleton Artist Lofts are a grouping of three former warehouses adapted for reuse as affordable artist live/work space.
By TESHA M. CHRISTENSEN
Get out after a long winter and meet local artists during the St. Paul Art Crawl Apr. 25, 26 and 27.
Mary Jo Schmith of Front Avenue Pottery designed this marker at Front Ave. and Chatsworth. Try your hands at the potter’s wheel any time during the crawl. Make a clay birdhouse or set of appetizer plates on Saturday from 12-8pm. Work with well known, regionally exhibiting milliner Patti Berg and manipulate fabric into simple shapes such as velvet flowers on Sunday at noon. Meet the nine participating artists during a reception on Friday from 6-10pm.
Five buildings in the Midtown area will be part of a city-wide event that features hundreds of artists and thousands of visitors: Carleton Place Lofts (2285 University Ave. W.), Bindery Building (708 Vandalia), Hancock Recreation Center/Canvas Teen Art Program (1610 Hubbard Ave.), Front Avenue Pottery (895 Front Ave.) and Midway Pottery and Studios (1708 University Ave.).
“We’ve chosen to be part of the Art Crawl because we value our work and we value our community,” stated Jeff Dahlin, owner of E & L Bindery, who will be one of at least four artists showcasing their work at that location. “Participation in this event promotes our artists’ talents while spotlighting the varied culture of our area. It’s a good opportunity to share our creativity and a drink with friends—old and new!”
At Front Avenue Pottery you can try your hands at the potter’s wheel any time during the crawl. Make a clay birdhouse or set of appetizer plates on Saturday from 12-8pm. Work with well-known, regionally exhibiting milliner Patti Berg and manipulate fabric into simple shapes such as velvet flowers on Sunday at noon. Meet the nine participating artists during a reception on Friday from 6-10pm, including locals Mary Jo Schmith, Jason Trebs and Jim Gindorff.
“The St. Paul Art Coalition creates a fabulous opportunity for us all to share expenses, such as marketing and media, and to also share the excitement of an entire city on exhibit!” observed Schmith, owner of Front Avenue Pottery & Tile Co.
She enjoys finding out that there are so many interesting, thoughtful, and talented working artists in St. Paul. “Every year there’s new work,” Schmith pointed out. On top of that, it is fun meeting new patrons, revelling in the support of friends and neighbors, and finding out St. Paul is genuinely interested in its artists.
Twenty-four artists will be displaying work during The Canvas Teen Art Show at the Hancock Recreation Center. Their mediums include: photography, painting, sculpture, poetry, pastels, pen and ink, and singing. “We are a teen art program and think it’s important youth have the opportunity to publicly display their creative accomplishments,” explained The Canvas Program Coordinator Megan Mueller.
Over 24 teen artists will be showcasing their work at The Canvas this year. “We are a teen art program and think it’s important youth have the opportunity to publicly display their creative accomplishments,” said Program Coordinator Megan Mueller. “Participating in the Art Crawl the last four years and curating a Teen Art Show has been a great way to give youth a space to do just that.”
The Canvas teen art program uses the arts to develop talent, build community, and improve the lives of youth. The Canvas serves youth grades 7-12, providing events, workshops, and studio space.
“I hear from student artist it’s exciting to have their work on display, and they always enjoy the artist lanyards they receive for being part of the show,” said Mueller. Don’t miss the artist reception at 4pm on Saturday that includes prose and live acts.
Art Crawl show hours are Friday 6–10pm, Saturday 12–8pm, and Sunday 12–5pm. Find out more at www.stpaulartcrawl.org.
(708 Vandalia St.)
Open Fri. evening and Sat.
- Jeff Dahlin: Bookbinding, elbindery.com
- Theresa Angelo: Book Arts
- Carol Strait: Animal Paintings
- Mark Puariea: Photography, markpuarieaphotography.com
The Canvas Teen
Hancock Recreation Center
(1610 W. Hubbard)
Canvas Teen Art Program develops talent, builds community to improve life for youth. The Youth Art Show is April 26, 5pm; artwork, prose, and live acts.
Carleton Place Lofts
(2285 University Ave. – Bldg. A, B & C)
- A102 Mickey Jurewicz: Handmade bead and ceramic jewelry; firstname.lastname@example.org, 612-759-2996
- A307 PaperThick Ink: Stationery, Art Prints, Handmade Goods; email@example.com, paperthickink.com
- B101 Junk Love: Repurposed | Vintage | Antique | Unique, firstname.lastname@example.org, junk-love.com
- B412 Violent Iris: Photography, Journals, Cards, Illustration; email@example.com, 651-434-9434, violentiris.com
- C155 The Studio Project: Handmade Journals, Monsters, and Pottery; firstname.lastname@example.org, thestudioproject.org
- C158 Celestienne Jewelry: hand-crafted artisan jewelry; email@example.com, 612-594-2479
- C159 Reiki Laughter: Stress Reduction, Healing, and Relaxation; firstname.lastname@example.org, reikilaughter.com
- C160 Earth Angel Jewelry: Earthy, eclectic jewelry; email@example.com, etsy.angelteske.com
- C160 Erik Pearson: Figurative, expressionistic paintings; erik@ erikpearsonart.com, erikpearsonart.com
- C351 Matthew Krousey Ceramics: Functional stoneware and porcelain; mkrouseyceramics @gmail.com, 320-232-9135, mkrouseyceramics.com
- C460 Jessica Potts: Contemporary leather cuff bracelets; firstname.lastname@example.org, 651-726-4096
- C462 Malia’s Fabulous Closet: Vintage. Upcycle. Handmade.
- 113 Jessica Hansen: Paintings, Zines, Art-Books; Jessica.m. email@example.com, jessica-hansen-art.tumblr.com
- 201 Ricardo Bennett: Photography; firstname.lastname@example.org, 915 996-5470, ricardobennett .zenfolio.com
- 302 Emblom Studios: Cigar Box Guitars | TC Acrylics; email@example.com, 612-275-5691, emblomstudios.com
- 404 Owen McBride Platt: drawing, painting, fiber; firstname.lastname@example.org, 651-795-8048, owenmcbrideplatt.net
- 562 Aunt Lottie’s Voodoo: Handmade art dolls and jewelry; Auntlottiesvoodoo@gmail.com,facebook.com/AuntLottie
Front Avenue Pottery owner Mary Jo Schmith creates playfully decorative stoneware dinnerware, serving ware and tile. She is hosting eight other artists at her studio. “We are a clayworks so most of the focus is on fine quality functional ceramics,” said Schmith. “Silver, fiber and photography also represented.”
Front Avenue Pottery
(895 Front Ave.)
Make the pot of your dreams at this hands-on art event and sale. Artist reception Friday from 6-10pm. Find event details at Front Avenue Pottery’s facebook page.
- Mary Jo Schmith: (Como resident and owner of Front Avenue Pottery) playfully decorative stoneware dinnerware, serving ware and tile; FrontAvenuePotteryandTile.com
- Jason Trebs: (South Como resident) clay artist with beautiful function, strong forms & quality, beautifully textured or unexpectedly smooth mat glazes
- Susan Warner: functional and beautifully decorated porcelain pottery including sculptural purses, irons and shoes.
- Bell & Frank Barr: ceramic artists who are regionally famous for their creative and whimsical Fairie es
- Steve Wicklund: functional porcelain finished with luscious, creamy
- Luci Haas: (clay artist & current Front Ave. Pottery studio Assistant) functional stoneware and atmospheric firings such as wood and soda
- Jim Gindorff: photograph artist living in Como Park whose camera endlessly records our region’s changing natural world
- Jenny Levernier: Exquisitely crafted silver & stone jewelry
- Patti Berg: milliner who combines old & new techniques to craft heirloom quality & classic head ware.
Midway Pottery & Studios
(1708 University Ave.)
A show of functional and sculptural ceramic pieces, as well as paintings and jewelry. Their work is intended to warm and enhance your everyday life.
- Randal Anderson: clay, roguepotters.com
- Jenn Brandel: clay, roguepotters.com
- Elizabeth & John Clay: painting, riverhousearts.net
- Gary Crawford: clay, midwaypottery.wordpress.com
- Sheryl Grassie: clay, fireonthegreenway.com
- Mark Johnson: clay roguepotters.com
- George Moore: clay, facebook .com/GeorgeMoore.pots
- Fred Yerich: clay, roguepotters.com