Thank you to everyone who stopped in during the Art Crawl!
I enjoyed meeting so many new people, some from the neighborhood and some who had traveled from far away and just happened to be in St Paul during the crawl. I hope your feet are recovering from all of the stairs in the old buildings of lowertown, and I’m sure your brains are full from viewing so many studios and Art! The next Art Crawl will be in October.
I drew a name from the sign up for my mailing list, and “Don” from Minneapolis was the winner for “La Belle Crepe” Painting. It will go out in the mail at the end of the week. Maybe I’ll make this a more regular event, drawing out a name from the mailing list for a small art work.
ON the Easel…Cathedral Hill, Acrylic on Canvas 2009
I’ve been working on this painting off and on for a while now. I finally finished it this week, just in time too, with the weather turning warm this week. I’m tired of painting snow for now and will be happy to focus on finishing the large painting I posted earlier this week. The painting above is a view of walking through the alley just off of Selby Ave in St Paul. I painted another painting, with a different view point but similar lighting & colors this past winter. I love the few brick streets and old carriage houses left in this neighborhood. If you want to see this painting in person, it will be making its public debut at the Art Crawl next weekend.
Pool Under the Stars, 2004 Original is Acrylic on Canvas, Prints will be available
The Link Between Wall & Wacouta, 2009 Original is Acrylic on Canvas, Prints will be available
The Fine Art Prints have arrived and are quite beautiful. I worked with Husom & Rose for a limited run of prints, focusing on 2 of my paintings. David Husom is a documentary photographer working in MN, and has worked with numerous artists to create technically accurate reproductions of thier work.
The prints that will be available are, The Link Between Wall and Wacouta & Pool Under the Stars. Both are pictured above. These will be available at the upcoming St Paul Art Crawl.
If you are making your way to lowertown for the St Paul Art Crawl, Saturday the 25th is also the St Paul Farmer’s Market opening day! So bring along your grocery bag to fill. There are so many studios to visit during the weekend that you’ll have to stop for a bite to eat while in the neighborhood. I recommend Tanpopo which is my favorite neighborhood restaurant. There is also Golden’s Deli, Black Dog Cafe, the Bull Dog, & LoTo in Lowertown. A few blocks up you will find Sawatdee & Keys Cafe at the Rosmor Building. Parking downtown is 8-4:30pm meters are 25 cents for 10 minutes. There are also a few parking ramps, and a cheap lot over on Prince Street. If the weather is nice & you are feeling like a walk the art crawl is just a few blocks up from the River Trail, and also close to Bruce Vento Nature Sanctuary (where the past few weekends I’ve seen several Plein Aire Artists out working! I believe lowertown artist, Richard Abraham’s class).
Last of all I’d recommend that if you are coming into St Paul from out of town, the 26th of April is the last day of the Water exhibit at the Science Museum of Minnesota. The Science Museum is only 1/2 a mile down Kellogg Blvd from Lowertown & the Majority of open Studios at the St Paul Art Crawl!
End of the week update, it has been a busy week full of great little suprises. I inherited a beautiful enormous French Easel from a painter who doesn’t want to move it across the country! It is a great addition to my studio and will hold large canvases, it must be at least 8ft tall! A friend brought some beautiful tulips over for my studio, I finished an experiment in sewing with a bag for my sketchbook, & stumbled upon my friend Jay’s photography published in Creative Arts Quarterly.
I am working writing the content for my email newsletter that will begin in April & also for those of you interested in limited edition prints, there will be more information coming soon. I’ve chosen a couple paintings that will be available in a limited quantity as fine art prints. For anyone who would like to be on my email list, I am still planning to give away a small painting during the month of April, I’ll draw the name (out of a hat!) on the Monday after the Art Crawl. Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org to be added to the mailing list!
Last but not least for my end of the week update, thank you to Mary Diedrick Hansen for her Art Crawl Sampler articles in Downtown St Paul Voice. You can pick up a copy of the paper at businesses all around Lowertown. Or click here to view the paper online.
Lowertown artists are spending the cold February days & nights in their studios to work on creations of a variety of media to debut at the Spring St Paul Art Crawl! Here are a few works of art you can see in person during the crawl. Art Crawl dates & details can be found HERE.
This week I’ll be placing the finishing touches on paintings for the St Paul Art Crawl which begins on Friday October 10th. This small little square canvas is 10x10inches, acrylic on Canvas and will be part of the “Energy” Theme Wall at the Lower Town Lofts Artists Coop. The rest of my paintings will be up in the 6th Floor Hallway at the Rossmor. Check out the MAP for directions.
Started the day with a fabulous breakfast at Jay’s Cafe in St Paul MN…and from there went to the Craftstravaganza and from there spent 6 hours observing thinking about and wandering around ART. The MN History Museum… Northern Warehouse… the Tilstner…. ^ the Jax Building… and a bit of the Rossmor…. ended the day with the perfect felting encounter for my artistic partner in crime. We created for several hours on a full belly of Thai Food from Sawadee. Here is a photo from the beginning of the day…at Jay’s Cafe