St. Paul Art Crawl: what’s what on the East Side

Artist Emily Gray Koehler will be showcasing her woodcut prints at J.A. Geiger Studio during the St. Paul Art Crawl, April 28-30.

The crawl expands its reach east​

The St. Paul Spring Art Crawl is April 28-30 and the East Side’s footprint in the crawl has grown quite a bit since last year. 

There will be six East Side locations for 2017 — last year’s spring crawl only had one. 

Various art galleries, public spaces and cafes will be featuring art on Friday, April 28 from 6 to 10 p.m., Saturday from noon to 8 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 5 p.m.

There has been a movement on the East Side to identify it as an arts neighborhood, with the St. Paul Art Crawl as one way to build that identity. Here is a list of East Side Art Crawl locations and what they have planned for the weekend:


East Side Freedom Library — 1105 Greenbrier St.

Peter Rachleff, co-director of The East Side Freedom Library, said he’s excited to have the library involved in the art crawl for the first time. 

“We have sought out artists whose values — and whose work reflects values — mesh with ours at the East Side Freedom Library,” he said. “These [values] include solidarity, justice, and working towards equity — and using art to build bridges among the diverse communities of the East Side.”

The library will have many artists selling work who have been involved in past programs at the library. Ceramicist and former Freedom Rider Claire O’Connor created ceramic teapots for the March program, “Tempests in Tea Pots,” and will showing some of her work. Ceramicists Angie Renee and Chris Singewald will also have work on display.

Printmaker Leon Wang, known for his “LOVE HOPE RISE” poster, will be at the library as well. 

The Karen women who have met weekly at the library for the past two years to weave together will be demonstrating their weaving techniques during the crawl. They will have cloth, bags and shirts available to purchase.

Muralist Ger Yang, who painted the mural in the library’s stairwell, will be offering paintings and sculptures.

On Friday evening, three artists, Arleta Little, Sayge Carrol and Marc Anderson will have an interactive art exhibit called “Touched.” They will engage visitors by having them look for poetry, handheld clay objects and other items among the shelves at the library.

On Sunday musician Carl Fisk will be creating ambient music that will play throughout the afternoon.


Flat Earth Brewing — 688 Minnehaha Ave. E.

Flat Earth Brewing will have a variety of artists and mediums on display in its taproom. There will be acrylic paintings, screenprints, handmade pottery and some mixed media pieces. 

On Friday, starting at 6 p.m. there will live music. Come back the next day, Saturday for more live music throughout the day.


Indigenous Roots pop-up gallery — 804 Margaret St.

Indigenous Roots was first involved with the St. Paul Art Crawl last fall when it had a pop-up gallery at what will be a new business incubator on East Seventh Street.

On Friday, from 6 to 10 p.m., there will be a dance party. Saturday will feature an art performance, “Shaman Warrior,” by Saymoukda Vongsay. Additional cultural performances will take place during the day. Sunday, from 1 to 5 p.m., is being called “Día de los Niños” and will feature performances by youth artists.

Throughout the weekend various artists will have their work on display at the gallery. 


J.A. Geiger Studio — 1647 Beech St.

Josephine Geiger has been involved in the St. Paul Art Crawl for about 10 years. A stained glass artist and trained architect, her studio is located above her garage, which she designed and built herself. Her garage will be featured in the Minneapolis-St. Paul Home Tour on Sunday, which also runs April 28-30. She will be giving a talk and tour beginning at 11 a.m.

“I like having company,” Geiger laughed, adding she is excited to see more locations across the East Side. “The more the better.”

Besides her stained glass fine art, four other artists will set up shop in Geiger’s studio. Emily Gray Koehler will be showing woodcut prints and Beth Colaizy will have “functional pottery.” Sharon Miller-Thompson, who sells her work under the name Yardly Art, will have ornamental ironwork and yard ornaments. Robyn Beth Priestly will have painted block prints.


Swede Hollow Cafe — 725 East Seventh St.

This is the first year Swede Hollow Cafe will be involved in the St. Paul Art Crawl. The cafe often features a rotation of artists’ work throughout the year. 

Owner Ruth Campbell said the cafe got involved when one of the artists whose work is featured in the cafe, Naomi Tiry Salgado, brought up the idea. 

Campbell said she thinks it’s important to have more of an East Side presence in the crawl and hopes that it gives artists more exposure.

Swede Hollow Cafe will be extending its hours for the art crawl. In addition to normal hours, it will be open from 6 to 10 p.m. on Friday, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturday, and noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday. 

On Saturday at 2 p.m. it will host the “Crazy Paint Challenge,” where eight artists will paint using their non-dominant hand for 30 minutes with just four colors. The paintings will be auctioned off and the proceeds will go to benefit Merrick Community Services. There will also be special food and live music outside.


Village on Rivoli — 681 N. Rivoli St.

Dayton’s Bluff Neighborhood Housing Services will be showcasing artwork by students from City Academy, considered the nation’s first charter school, at the organization’s new housing development, Village on Rivoli. 

The Village on Rivoli development will eventually have about 35 single-family homes and include a community orchard, garden and bike paths. 

For more information about the St. Paul Art Crawl and to find out about locations featured elsewhere in the city go to

Marjorie Otto can be reached at 651-748-7816 or at Follow her on Twitter at @EastSideM_Otto.






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