Series of Crows by Carol Strait
Getting ready for Mother's Day
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Moms are special and they deserve the perfect gift that reflects this. Sometimes this is a challenge, so I give you: 30 Days of Gift Ideas for Mom
Every day for the next thirty days including weekends there will be a photo featured of a hand-crafted item made by a talented
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Because each item featured is special and one-of-a-kind like Mom’s are, there is only one to snatch up.
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Here are some words of wisdom from the person who was thoughtful enough to come up with Mother’s Day in 1908. Mother’s day is for…"the person who has done more for you than anyone in the world". - Ann Jarvis
TWO DAYTIME EVENTS FOR THIS VALENTINE'S
Book Signing: TUESDAY, FEB. 10th from 12-2PM
Meet author: Annika Hansen
Jewelry Trunk Show: THURSDAY, FEB. 12th from 12-2PM
Meet jewelry artist: Jenny Levernier
Author Annika Hansen is the pen name of Carol Kusnierek, who, like her heroine Jess, grew up in a small northern community settled by Scandinavian immigrants. Her pseudonym derives from her own middle name, Ann, and her grandmother Jensine’s maiden name, Hansen.
Carol and her husband, Canadian playwright E.M. Baxter, live in
Jewelry Trunk Show
Artist Jenny Levernier says,” Stones seduce me; they literally give me chills just looking at them. Not the clear ones like ruby, diamonds, emeralds; the opaque ones like jaspers, opals, agates, and the less familiar ones including gaspeite, Dalmatian and Chinese writing stone. I love the history shown in the pattern of every stone, the story they tell. My current work focuses on combinations of stones; colors and patterns I feel go well together. More than matching in the traditional sense, I complement and contrast elements creating my vision.”
She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) from the
Get your book signed and then pop in to get some lovely gems for you or a loved one this Valentine’s Day!
Gift wrap available.
Paintings by Carol Strait
“Movement is my passion. I lean towards the abstract with overtures toward impressionism. My approach is to use emotion consciously so the subconscious takes over the stroke and color.” Uptown artist,
DECEMBER 4TH - 6TH
December 4th & 6th 10am-5pm
Who: the Artist Mercantile, Sophist-A-Gifts, Landmark Jewelers (located in the Hamm Bldg) and Landmarket Gift Shop (located in
What: The Holiday Gift Stroll provides the perfect atmosphere for one to come to downtown
Where: Each shop is located within one block of
Why: It’s Fun, it’s Free. This holiday event showcases the unique businesses that downtown have to offer.
How does it Work? Shoppers may pick up a Gift Stroll Postcard at any of the shops before or during the Stroll. Shoppers will receive a sticker on their card from each location; bring it to each of the shops to receive a sticker. No purchase is necessary. When all four stickers have been collected, filled out your card and drop it at your last stop. Completed cards will receive a complimentary pair of tickets to the History Theatre’s monthly performance of “Sample Night Live” and will also be entered into a drawing to win prizes such as; a night stay at the St. Paul Hotel Park Square Theatre tickets and a gift certificate for each shop location.
Hope to see you there!
Jewelry & Hot Cocoa Party!
Friday, November 21st from 12-6pm
Back by Popular Demand! I’m extremely excited to announce that I have Linda Bonine of DeDesigns Jewelry back with her one of a kind accessories. After customers kept telling me how much they enjoyed DeDesigns when Linda and her daughter were here in February, I was determined to get them back.
DeDesigns jewelry is made of vintage jewelry pieces and then re-created into modern day accessories. This well seasoned designer has been creating jewelry for 28 years and she has been selling her jewelry at art shows for 26 years. She graduated from Minneapolis College of Art and Design with a BFA and an emphasis in design.
Her pieces often have rhinestones or Austrian Crystals, some vintage coins, many types of metals are use, flowers, Art Deco work, etc. Linda’s jewelry has a wide range of style; from glamour, elegant, sophisticated to bold and lavish.
And did I mention the Hot Cocoa Bar? Yes, I thought we might need some warming up! I will have a hot cocoa bar with all of the toppings. Fun!
Start You're Saint Paul Art Crawl Here
Art Opening: Friday, Oct. 10th 6-9pm
Art crawl continues... Oct. 11th 12-8pm & Sunday, Oct. 12th 12-5pm
Featuring: Rural landscape paintings in oil by Jamie Solberg.
More on Jamie: Jamie Lauler Solberg is an oil painter concentrating on moody, weather focused landscapes most recently. She earned a BFA in painting and drawing from the
"My work focuses on the
I love experimenting with technique and process by applying and removing thin veils of color. Working and reworking until I get depth and a certain ambiance that rides the line between realistic, abstract and expressionist."
The Artist Mercantile is excited to present three distinctive and creative artists for our Autumn Accessory Show. Susan Panciera is our guest artist who creates gorgeous jewelry in sterling silver, pearls and semi-precious stones. Textile artist Mary Therese will be featuring her fall line of hand-painted and dyed silk scarves. And our third artist, Roseanne Levi will have her stylish but warm cloche hats. The Silver+Silk+Style show is for two days only: Thursday, September 18th from 11am-2pm and Friday, September 19th 4-8pm. It is free and open to the public. Stop in to get a chance to win a piece of jewelry by Susan Panciera!!!!
Susan Panciera is our guest artist and her jewelry collection is created with swirls and curves of sterling SILVER. Per Susan, “We are all inspired by beauty in nature – here we find endless forms – the line, the circle, any combination of curves. Bubbles, berries, paths (both literally and figuratively), loops, nests, stones and swirls all present themselves in my recent collections, and tie the work I love to do to life itself.” Dress it up or down Susan’s jewelry has flow and is sophisticated.
Our silk artist is Mary Therese. This Bemidji artist uses dyes and Batik to create sophisticated SILK scarves. Mary draws with wax resists (batik) and thickened dyes, sometimes printing with natural objects and carved linoleum blocks to add layers of textures and imagery. Her experience in fabric and design came from working with her mother who was a seamstress constructing costumes and banners.
The lady with all the STYLE is Roseanne Levi; she is an interior designer during the day and creates Avant-garde hats by night. Roseanne started creating hats on her own since she couldn’t find anything in the stores she liked. Because of her background with interior design she knows her fabrics and what types work well with one another. Her hats will add a touch of style to any fall wardrobe.
COLOR + DESIGN
The Artist Mercantile is pleased to present COLOR + DESIGN a two person show about artists using a digital medium to create their unique art of choice. Lisa Rydin Erickson uses her iPad to create lively and imaginative illustrations while Angie Wiseman uses her digital camera to create innovative abstract photography. Side by side you will see how each artist expresses themselves using a strong color and design element.
Lisa is a Saint Paul native who received a B.F.A. from Kansas City Art Institute in painting and printmaking. She has a back ground in painting murals and backdrops and also taught art at the University of Minnesota Landscape Arboretum. In 2011 Lisa started producing digital art while she was commuting to and from work on the bus. Little did she know how much she would enjoy the process and results of these bus rides. Within a year she started quite a considerably large portfolio of work for herself. Lisa Rydin Erickson now sells her prints, cards, and fabric designs in shops around the Twin Cities. She also has illustrated books and made motion animations using this contemporary medium.
After taking just one black and white photography class, Angie Wiseman will be presenting a small sampling of her large body of color photography. She has over 1,000 photographs in her portfolio. Her work will give you the sensation that makes you want to reach inside of them. They will often leave you questioning the subject matter and technique utilized. Angie describes her photography as”inspirational fusion”. Per Angie,” People find my work very mysterious, everyone sees something different; there is beauty in my art. I feel so fortunate to have found my purpose. I hope in some small way my art may inspire you to look deeper within yourself. Enjoy the journey.”
Show ends Septmeber 30th.
This series is created in watercolor, acrylic, ink and pencil on paper with minimal collage elements. There are hand-cut details on a secondary layer of paper that surround the bird images. This detail is to help highlight the demise of each species in most instances. The third layer includes hand-written text that is taken from scientific research and agencies working with bird conservation. Per Mike Carina, "Influenced by scientific studies and reports spotlighting the steady decline of certain bird species, my work celebrates the effort made by species who’ve, so far, beaten the odds. The cause for concern, in most cases is a lack of habitat, pollution and the
careless use of natural resources on our part. My work attempts to take action by creating an archive of these ‘things with wings’ if, for no other reason, than to mark their existence and unique beauty in such toxic and inhospitable environments."
Mike Carina has illustrated for companies such as National Geographic, The Wall Street Journal, City Business, and The Chicago Tribune. He specialized in product design, illustration and fine art. Mike designs home decor products for both national and international companies. He currently owes Carina Creative with his wife which was founded in 2003. His first product launched under our brand was a tin of trout flies which are currently sold here at the Artist Mercantile. Check out his flies and be sure to catch Vanishing Point, it runs through July 5th, 2014.
Artist Reception Friday, April 25th 6-9pm
Paintings by Ta-coumba T. Aiken
Paintings by Ta-coumba T. Aiken
Ta–coumba is a Twin Cities artist, arts administrator, educator and community activist who focuses on public art and collaborative projects. His “rhythm paintings” on paper and canvas are loose and lively. He has participated in the creation of over 300 murals and public art sculptures with themes ranging from local history to the artist's own style of rhythmic pattern and spirit writing. The artist has served on the boards of the Minneapolis Arts Commission, the African American Cultural Arts Center, Forecast Public Arts, and the St. Paul Arts Collective and has acted as an advisor on the arts for both the City of St. Paul and the City of Minneapolis. He has been the recipient of awards including a Pollock–Krasner Foundation Fellowship and a Bush Foundation Visual Arts Fellowship. His works can be found in public and private collections including those of the Walker Art Center, General Mills, Herbie Hancock, Taj Mahal, and Maya Angelou. His work will be up until May 3rd.
Cant' make it on Friday? Stop in on Sat. from 1-3pm or
Sun. from 12-2pm to see work by artists from Legacy Endeavors.
A Pre-Valentine Event
This year the Artist Mercantile pre-Valentine Day soiree includes a jewelry trunk show. Friday, February 7th from 11am-1pm starts off the two day event with a lunchtime jewelry trunk show and luscious chocolate truffles for sampling. Saturday, February 8th from 7-9pm will highlight two different collage artists working in different mediums, as well as the second day of the jewelry trunk show, chocolate truffle samples, delectable wine and live music by Taylor Hamilton. Open up your senses and come celebrate the season of love.
On Friday, stop in on your lunch hour and try on something sparkly. DeDesigns will be here with their vintage inspired jewelry collection. DeDesigns are a mother and daughter jewelry making team who are “Transforming grandma’s jewelry into a work of art.” Their pieces are made of materials such as gold filigree, silver, crystals and rhinestones. DeDesigns jewelry will only be here for a limited time, so catch it while you can.
Saturday evening will feature collage artist Sarah Wash. Her work is in the neoclassical style and she uses organic lines, femininity, and natural/pastoral themes, done in acrylic paint, pencil, watercolor and mod podge.
Our other talented collage artist is Christy Johnson, whose work features shadow boxes with gilded frames, and includes such things as album covers, digital designs, and fabric. Her work is very dimensional and has titles that remind one of a relationship such as "I Choose You”. Wall art will be shown through March 8th, 2014.
DECEMBER 5TH - 7TH
Holiday Gift Stroll – Thursday & Friday December 5th & 6th 10am-8pm, and Saturday, December 7th 10am-5pm
This show is a part of the new series of art openings and events at the Artist Mercantile. The focus of the gallery is to promote the work of Minnesota artists. Original pieces come in many forms such as ceramics, glass, paintings, jewelry and wood working.
Who: Artist Jessie Schreier
What: Art Opening – Wolf versus Man
Exploring the Relationship Between Man and Beast
Where: Artist Mercantile
When: Fri. Oct. 4th 6-9pm
Also open Sat. Oct. 5th 12-8pm & Sun. Oct 6th 12-5pm
About the Artist
Jessie is presenting a view of the now-hunted gray wolf through her paintings. This series of work reflects the beauty and mystic nature of this wild creature. Jessie's paintings are made with oil on canvas; her style is loose and has a gestural quality. The hope of her work is to evoke empathy for the gray wolf and a change to the current law.
Jessie Schreier studied Painting and Art History at the College of Visual Arts in St. Paul. This body of work was inspired by a trip to the Wolf Rehabilitation Center in Ely, MN. Visiting the Center evoked a strong sense of respect and appreciation for wolves. Made from oil paint on canvas, these paintings are vivid representations of this amazing creature.
Jessie has exhibited work at various galleries throughout the Twin Cities, including the Walker Art Center. Jessie has also participated in many art fairs including the Uptown Art Fair and Art in Bayfront Park in Duluth. She currently lives and works in St. Paul.
More on the St. Paul Art Crawl http://www.stpaulartcrawl.org/
JEWELRY TRUNK SHOW
Julie has made polymer clay her full-time occupation for twelve years. She established her business, Feat of Clay, in 2002. Her first year of working with polymer clay was essentially experimental and self-taught. She quickly learned to appreciate the complexities and challenges of the medium because of the limitless possibilities those challenges created. Julie continues to discover herself through personal exploration and experimentation, research, active membership in local and international polymer clay guilds, and by taking classes from recognized masters in the medium. The amazing versatility of the material allows Julie to create her own colors, develop her own shapes, and utilize a vast array of design techniques. Julie’s flair for design combined with her love of color is executed in one-of-a-kind works of art. While she primarily creates jewelry, she also specializes in collectible kaleidoscopes and sculptural items.
FRIDAY, APRIL 26TH 6-9PM
AMENDMENTS an acyrlic textural painting series by artist Jeralyn Victoria Mohr.
On Friday, April 26th from 6-9pm the Artist Mercantile will kick off the St. Paul Art Crawl by hosting a an opening reception for local artist Jeralyn Victoria Mohr's "AMENDMENTS" series. Opening night will feature the artist, her work and live jazz fusion guitar music by David Ziffer from 7-8pm.
The Artist Mercantile will be open for the Saint Paul Art Crawl.
The Artist Mercantile will be open for the Saint Paul Art Crawl.
Extended hours are Friday, Oct. 12th 6-9pm and Saturday, Oct 13th 12-8pm.
Start your Art Crawl here!
Thursday, September 20th 11am - 1pm
Thursday, August 16 th 11am-1pm
Thursday, August 2nd 11am-1pm
Thursday, July 19th 11am-1pm
Thursday, July 5th from 11am-1pm
“Making things more complicated, one broken saw blade at a time.”
With innumerable influences, from cephalopods to industrial debris and munitions, Brittany makes things, because she has always made things. As a youngster, she was drawn to doing things with her hands. Jewelery seemed mysterious, which led her to wonder, “How people could possibly do that with simple, manual tools?”. When she discovered there were also hammers and fire involved, it sealed the deal.
Having once been told that the human eye and brain can see a wiggle in a line to .03″ Brittany took it as a challenge. She uses a standard jeweler’s saw to cut all the twirly lines by hand. Her work is not fueled by electricity, but, much like Popeye, by spinach and beer. She also deploys the classic “hit it with a hammer” technique on her wrought pieces, which balances well with the meticulous work of cutting those curlicues.
Having taken Community College courses in jewelry through high school, Brittany went to the School for American Crafts at the Rochester Institute of Technology, graduating with honors in 2002. She then went on to set up an increasingly complicated shop (which now includes a small personal jungle). She has always worked as an independent jeweler with her own studio, developing her unique style through the time-honored method of trial and error.
Thursday, June7th from 11am-1pm
“Art makes me happy and I think it should make you happy too.”
The Artist Mercantile will be Open for the Spring Art Crawl. April 27th -29th Hours: Fri 6-10PM, Sat 12-8pm, Sun 12-3pm. Stop in to see the work of featuring new artist Lynn Bloomquist Lynn works in collage using techniques such as: paper cutting and layering and often includes findings such as dried leaves and flowers. The Artist Mercantile will also be featuring botanicals by watercolorist by Sandra Muzzy. Sandra is a fill time artist and teacher. Per Sandra” Watercolor is the perfect medium to capture the transient nature of my subjects. It can be spontaneous, high energy and capricious. It is always delicate and responsive. It allows me to vent, to express, to emote... To start all over again."
On Friday, February 10th from 4-8pm the Artist Mercantile will host the Art of Romance Soiree. At this free event be prepared to have your senses completely engaged. We will feature live music, tasty chocolates, refreshments, eclectic gift choices and a new exhibition of artist Becky Kehrwald's Heart series. ***The Heart painting series featured at the soiree was created by Minneapolis painter Becky Kehrwald. These paintings are infused with expression, rich color fields, and intentional mark-making. Becky uses a process of play and discovery, working intuitively layer by layer. There is a freedom and joy that comes as various heart imagery unfolds within these abstract acrylic works. Becky continues to seek beauty within the imperfection of the painting process. (Image shown is Mini Blue Heart) SHOW RUNS 2/3-2/24. ***Local musician Sam Hall will be performing live acoustic guitar and vocals for this event. His music style is soft, even guitar and gentle vocals with a singer-songwriter style. Some of his songs are When Running Doesnt Do to Sarah, I Know. The aesthetic of Halls work covers new beginnings, friendships, and chasing the dream. HE WILL BE PERFORMING FROM 6:30-8pm. ***The Artist Mercantile offers a wide variety of Minnesota made art and gifts perfect for Valentines. Some customer favorites include one of a kind jewelry, wooden jewelry boxes, wine and martini glasses, ceramic vases, bath soaps, lip balm and cards. So come celebrate the season of love with us. It will be a night to remember.
Don't miss the 4th Annual Holiday Gift Stroll Thursday, Dec 1st and Friday, Dec 2nd from 10am-8pm, and Saturday Dec 3rd from 10am-5pm. Artist Mercantile, Sophist-A-Gifts, Landmark Jewelers (all located within the Hamm Building) and Landmarket Gift Shop (located inside Landmark Center) will host this fun annual event which coincides with Landmark Center's 33rd Annual Holiday Bazaar. Shoppers may pick up a Gift Stroll Postcard at any of the shops before or during the Stroll. Shoppers will receive a sticker on their card from each location. Completed cards will be entered into a drawing for great prizes! Prizes include a family four pack to Cinderella at the Ordway, passes to Park Sqaure Theatre, a holiday tir from Heimies Haberdashery, etc. Winners need not be present. No purchase is necessary to win. **This Year: Collect stickers from all participating shops and receive 2 free tickets to Sample Night Live (a $40 value).
THURSDAY, AUGUST 11TH 11AM-1PM *** Exploring the outdoors and capturing the beauty of nature on film is his absolute passion. He tries to maintain what constantly escapes us in a timeless moment. Searching for those indisputable moments when Nature speaks to us of change, natural rhythms, opposites, and secrets. Always exploring his impressions of the world and seeking out the fragile and delicate harmonies that surround him. To achieve this is not easy. Immersing himself in the unique elements of nature takes a lot of time and effort. Much of which, is spent traveling to regional State Parks and Nature Reserves in and around the Minnesota area. Currently he is expanding to new horizons across North America. From the Great Lakes and beyond, elusive and fleeting, glorious and spectacular, nature astounds us all in many different ways. So with his trusty camera and tripod he treks on in high hopes to inspire us all. Quote: "As long as I can influence just one person to help discover an appreciation for nature through a photo that I have taken, I will have accomplished something truly beautiful."***
THURSDAY, AUGUST 4TH from 11AM-1PM. **Jada Schumacher creates crisp paper goods like Lunchbox Notes and Bedside Manners. Her home accessories are full of sweet wit and bold color for her label, Design Orange. She creates colorful lines of modern cards and home accessories, and she designs custom items for client needs. Jada believes in lives filled with quirky honesty, glamorous sass, and wacky sweetness. Design Orange is located just steps away from Artist Mercantile in downtown Saint Paul, Minnesota. July 27, 2011
WEDNESDAY, JULY 27th from 12-3PM the retailers of the Historic Hamm Building will host the first annual Summer Stroll. Each retailer will have something special to offer on this day. Some offerings include: sidewalk specials, complimentary ring cleaning and inspection, paint your own ceramics, refreshments, not to mention the 1/2 Off Sale on selected items at Heimies Haberdashery. Participating retailers include: ARTIST MERCANTILE; local art and gifts. HEIMIES HABERDASHERY; mens clothing and accessories. LANDMARK JEWELERS; fine and estate jewelry. SOPHIST A GIFTS; whimsical gifts and womens accessories. ** This event is for three hours only so dont miss the sales, the opportunity to shop local and support your community. Stop in on your lunch hour or make it a part of your daytrip to downtown St. Paul.
THURSDAY, JULY 21ST FROM 11AM-1PM Megan studied Illustration at the Savannah College of Art and Design. She moved to Minneapolis in 2002. She is a member of Studiopolis, a nine-artist studio in the Northrup King Building. She shows her work in local galleries, shops and art fairs. Megan does freelance illustration and graphic design work in addition to personal and commissioned paintings. Her work is painting primarily with acrylics and oils. She creates illustrative images with strong line work and a sense of balance and calm. Art Nouveau and the Arts and Crafts Movement influence her style.
THURSDAY, JULY 14TH 11AM-1PM A little about Christy: Per Christy, I've always been artsy. When I was a kid, my drawings--along with those of my twin sister--completely covered my parents' refrigerator. Christy received a degree in mass communications with an emphasis in photojournalism. She worked as a writer/editor for several years. She then realized that she needed a creative outlet again so she went full-time with her graphic design business. Christy owns redshoes26 design, and she has never been happier or felt more creative. She designs with my computer and with my hands, creating greeting cards, mixed-media shadowbox collages, digital collages, illustrations, and pastel and colored-pencil drawings. ***OTHER DATES: July 21st Megan Moore painting, illustration Aug 4th Jada Schumacher paper, home goods Aug 11th Jeff Hansen photos, painting Upcoming: Aug 18th ****