I’ve been totally caught up in the activity involved in selling art at the St Paul Art Crawl. It’s been exciting, but also frustrating. Early reports say that sales were down in most buildings, probably due to heavy road construction in the Lowertown area and unseasonable, gorgeous weather. I love warmth, high, puffy, cumulus clouds and fall tree colors against deep blue skies, so I’m not going to complain. I would have been oot and aboot myself, given the option.
Those who did spend time inside buildings instead of tripping through leaves were rewarded with a bounty of new art. It must have been a terrific summer for creating, because I saw many artists expand their oeuvres in exciting new directions. Even I tried something new, as you’ll see a little later on.
This is an image from Beth Stoneberg’s work with birch wood and tinted polyurethane. Her pieces are LARGE. As always, the image is off since I’m just using a photograph of her business card to give you a taste of what you will see when you click on her name. She creates dramatic, timeless art that is effective in homes, lofts or corporate offices. Her website shows a few pieces installed, highlighting the abstract patterns of the wood while retaining its natural beauty.
The second thing you should know about Ms Stoneberg is that not only does she create amazing art, she also invests quite a bit of time in co-organizing the Rossmor Building’s participation in the Art Crawl. Many hours that could go into new work gets devoted to filling the building with fine artists. Thank you Beth!
Patrick Clancy is the other organizer of the Rossmor’s offerings for the St Paul Art Crawl. I know he was shooting a wedding on Sunday in addition to everything else going on with his studio and sales this weekend. I don’t know how he found time, but I’m sure glad he did. Can you see from this image that the middle photograph is a tinted black and white? If I was a bride-to-be I’d seriously be considering this man to take the pictures. Check out his website to see more poignant and stunning images of his past work.
Linda Bonine doesn’t have a website, yet. What she does have is unique, striking jewelry that appeals to women of many ages. I know this because I sat across from her delectable display for three days and watched young girls and the more mature get lost in her vintage broaches, necklaces and bracelets. She has leather cuffs with sparkle (you’d have to ask her how that’s accomplished) and bangles heavy with repurposed pieces from your grandmother’s top drawers. She’ll be at the 18th Annual MN Women’s Art Festival at the Midtown YWCA in Minneapolis on Saturday, December 11th. (So will I!)
Roxanne Richards was in the process of selling three pieces to two buyers when I last spoke to her. That’s no mean feat in this economy. But I shouldn’t be surprised because she is so adamant about the quality of her work including the archival paper and UV glass. Ms Richards works in pastel, but mixes it with Isopropyl rubbing alcohol to create a medium that doesn’t flake inside the frame. She’s not only a vibrant artist, she’s a careful craftsperson, paying attention to all aspects of the process. Her work is now selling at Your Art’s Desire Gallery in Minnetonka.
Lauren Strom is the mastermind of a very impressive clothing and arts empire. Okay, I might be exaggerating a tad, but her output is incredible and her business just keeps growing. If you click on her name you’ll be brought to her Etsy shop. Scroll down to see classic images of her birds (most have knees), bicycles and bubbles. (You can buy an original bird watercolour for $20! Or a t-shirt…) You can also go to her Dancing Fork blog which shows her artwork as well as her divine studio in the Casket Arts Building. Twinkly lights, canvases against a brick wall, a fan with a face; it looks like heaven to me.
Here are my latest creations! The churches have thin slices of a cane I created to look like stained glass. If you put a light behind them, you can see the glow, which is pretty entertaining to me. (I don’t get out much.) The houses are recreations of my little home series. You’re looking at No. 19, 20, 29, 38 and 23. I’ll be selling them at Anne and Friend’s holiday ornament store, in Wayzata and at the 18th Annual MN Women’s Art Festival at the Midtown YWCA in Minneapolis on Saturday, December 11th.
So, while the St Paul Art Crawl lived up to the slow part of its name for me, it was still a success for many and well worth seeing. If I get organized, in an upcoming blog I’ll introduce you to some other artists I met. Maybe you’ll be in a position to patronize them? A happy thought.
Until next time…—Chris