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Street Paintings by David Cunningham
FRIDAY, JULY 12TH 6-9pm
The Artist Mercantile will present a solo show with works by oil painter David Cunningham. David combines the influences of the “old masters" along with the look of street photography.
Stop by to meet this up-and-coming artist, see his new works and hear music by DJ Larry Englund and friends.
Per David,” As an artist, my goal is to convey an emotion to the viewer with the simplest means. My work is about painting toward an emotion and knowing when to stop working lest the entire structure fall apart. Leaving the paintings in place where the viewer can pick up in their imagination where I left off.”
David’s work is dark in nature with night scenes, silhouettes and Minneapolis landmarks playing a prominent role. His paintings capture moments in time like the street photography he is influenced by. Like the street photography David is influenced by; his paintings capture moments in time. These moments are often quiet moments and spaces in time when no one is around.
There are scenes such as someone catching a train, scenes of smoking, a single trumpet player, someone walking alone on the in the city. The titles to his paintings reflect these images and feelings that David is conveying. Some titles include “Morning” “City Lights” “Noir” and “Out of Time”.
When David was 16 he started attending classes part-time at The Atelier Studio Program of Fine Art, a traditional art school that adheres to a stringent French academic tradition as well as taking classes at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design. After graduating high school David entered a four year apprenticeship at The Atelier.
After completing the program David took up studying landscape painting while living in southern Argentina and became tuned into the 19th century tonalist painters George Inness and James McNeill Whistler. Their atmospheric paintings along with the works of countless other painters, musicians, and writers continue to influence his work.
Jewelry Trunk Show
Wednesday, May 8th 11am-2pm
Feat of Clay
Jewelry & Gifts by Julie and Phil Johnson
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.
Julie is fortunate to have her husband Phil as a business partner. Phil is solely responsible for Feat of Clay’s marketing, finance, and operations; he also handles important artistic assignments such as sanding, buffing, and assembly.
Meet them and see their work here on Wednesday, May 8th!
AMENDMENTS Art Crawl Art Opening
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.
Jeralyn’s work combines influences from domestic textiles, rugs and abstract design. Through the "AMENDMENTS" series, Jeralyn Mohr states she is "mending and healing”. The series is also about disrepair, tension, damage, and separation. Jeralyn achieves this though different techniques. First she maps out a graph on the canvas using graphite which peeks through the acrylic paint. The artist then purposefully damages the canvas by puncturing holes in at specific areas in the graph. Using these holes, the artists threads yarn through them and sews on the surface of the paintings evoking healing and mending. This technique creates interest and texture in the pieces. In some areas of the graph she has sewn metal beads onto the paintings which produce one more layer of dimension.
Through these paintings Jeralyn is mending “disrepair, tension, damage and separation.” This is reflected through the purposeful damaged of the canvas. There is the tension that the yarn creates and separation from one graphed out area to another. It is about changing, fixing, reworking and improving and creating new surfaces to mend.
Jeralyn Victoria Mohr is a local artist, muralist and interior designer. Her "Amendments" series can be viewed at the Artist Mercantile through June 30th.
Art of Romance Soiree Friday, Feb 8th 6-9pm
ART OF ROMANCE SOIREE
Celebrate the Season of Love
On Friday, February 8th from 6-9pm the Artist Mercantile will host the fifth Art of Romance Soiree. This years Soiree will focus on two artists of two different mediums; Jenny Justad a glass blower out of the Minnesota Center for Glass Arts and Lauren Strom a local abstract painter. As usual there will be live music by musican John Lampson, chocolates to sample, refreshments and a chance to meet the artist and see their creations.
Artist Jennifer Justad was first introduced to the art of glass blowing during an art history trip to Venice, Italy. It wasn't until her college career in Wisconsin that she actually had the opportunity to work with the fascinating material. But, it wasn't until she moved back to her home state of Minnesota, and took up mentorships at Foci – Minnesota Center for Glass Arts three years ago, she has expanded her knowledge of glass and sculpture. She now has created a wide ranging portfolio of work focusing on objects ranging from brightly colored cupcakes and ice cream cones to the intricate details of the human heart.
Jennifer writes about the glass hearts, “We all know that our heart beats, but very few are aware of the inner workings of this vital organ. The same can be said of relationships. We are often not privy to the entire inner workings of all human interactions, unaware of their depth and story. The aesthetics and details of the heart held my interest, and the challenge of making such an important part of our anatomy out of glass continues to inspire my work.”
Artist Lauren Strom paints fluffy fat love birds, birds with glasses, bunnies, bicycles and brightly colored abstracts She also enjoys drawing on watercolor paintings with rainbow colored pencils, stamps, and black ink. Lauren draws inspiration from the current colors and textures in fashion and modern design. Helen Frankenthaler inspired her abstract work many, many years ago and there are elements if her method still at play in her work. Artist Linnea Doyle inspires Lauren to push my fat birds into new areas. Lauren has been painting the fat birds since 2007. They were her first adventure away from abstract painting. Since then the birds have developed a distinct personality and she started painting them wearing glasses and such. She often tries to paint the background and the bird in contrasting colors.
As a child she drew and made collages. Lauren didn't start painting until college at Eckerd College in St. Petersburg, FL. She learned to watercolor paint and she had a professor who said the only difference between acrylic and watercolor painting was the amount of water used. Lauren just took get word for it and starting painting in acrylic.
Per Lauren,”My art is meant to make people happy. I choose colors and images that make me happy and I hope to pass the same feeling in to others.”
This is a free event and featured artwork runs through April 5th 2013.
5th Annual Holiday Gift Stroll Nov 29th, 30th & Dec 1
Who: the Artist Mercantile, Sophist-A-Gifts, Landmark Jewelers (located in the Hamm Bldg) and Landmarket Gift Shop (located in Landmark Center) invite you to our 5th Annual Holiday Gift Stroll.
What: The Holiday Gift Stroll provides the perfect atmosphere for one to come to downtown St. Paul, shop for the holidays, grab a bite at one of the local restaurants, and enjoy the lights and beauty that only historic downtown provides.
When: Thursday, November 29th & Friday, November 30th from10am-8pm and Saturday, December 1st from 10am-5p.m.
Where: Each shop is located within one block of Saint Paul’s historic Rice Park and are within easy walking distance from each other. Start your Stroll at the Artist Mercantile 24 West 7th Place, St. Paul, MN 55102
Why: It’s Fun! This Free Holiday event is an effort to introduce these unique businesses to area shoppers.
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, tickets to Ordway’s performance of “Elf “, Park Square Theatre tickets and a gift certificate for each shop location.
Hope to see you there!
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!
Forever Light Reverse Paintings by Daniel Lager
On Friday, October 5th from 6-9pm the Artist Mercantile will host an art opening of Forever Light: Reverse Paintings by Daniel Lager. This solo show will consist of over twenty paintings made in the uncommon and technique of reverse painting. The pieces are created with enamel paint on the back side of clears acrylic glass. Lager’s works are made by brush painting the foreground first and then painting the backgrounds last. The style is modern, sophisticated and saturated in vibrant colors. Opening night will feature the artist, his work and live local music.The show runs through December 31st, 2012.
“Forever Light” is title of a painting by Lager that was commissioned for Fairview Hospital in Red Wing, Minnesota. The image of this piece (see attached) is a single brightly colored tree standing alone with a faint moon above that is surrounded by the dark colors of the landscape. The artist wishes the viewer to see, “that no matter how bad things were there is always the light of hope in the darkest of time.” Each of his painting expresses a personal story; a family member, slice of life or bit of humor.
Lager got his start when he set up his first studio at age twelve. He built his own easel and stool and arranged his bedroom as an art studio space. He pursued his passion by attending Minneapolis College of Art and Design. He has shown his work nationally since 1983 and has won many awards. Lager currently works as a full time artist.
Meet & Greet - Christine McClure Johnson
Thursday, September 20th 11am - 1pm
Christine studied studio art and art history at the University of Colorado. Christine has always been interested in the relationship of color, texture and spatial relationships as they apply to various art mediums. Her jewelry reflects this interest as well. You may have seen her cat or dog pendant necklaces at the Artist Mercantile. She creates unique pieces of jewelry from interesting trinkets, curious beads or brilliant gems.
Besides her love of creating jewelry, she very active in my local community's public school system. Christine provides fund raising leadership for arts programming in elementary schools. Christine was born and raised in St. Paul, Minnesota. She is currently living with my family on the Westside of Los Angeles, California. She spends time in Minnesota each year to visit the rest of her family, relatives and friends.
Artist Meet & Greet - Sheila Bayle
Thursday, September 6th 11am-1pm
From the time Sheila was very small, she loved textiles. She would go to the old “five and dime” stores and spent hours perusing the household items isle. She would buy fabric, embroidery floss, yarn and beads without any idea how she might use them.
Sheila’s mother disapproved of her “fritting away” with the beads, etc. But, despite this Sheila branched out to beading, wet felting and even paper arts before too long. Sheila was influences by her grandmother who was a knitter. After graduating from college though, she went to work full time and just sort of forgot about the arts.
Eleven years later, there was resurgence in beading and Sheila got hooked again. Sheila learned beading techniques, created her own designs, and then taught beading classes. In 1992, she made her mom necklace from seed beads. Her mother loved it, and they both laughed long and hard about her disapproval over Sheila’s obsession with beads and yarn as a youngster. After that, Sheila’s mother wore all of her gifts with great pride, and was her best salesperson ever.
Sheila is an award-winning jewelry designer who weaves jewelry and small sculptures from modern and antique glass beads, base and precious metal beads, gemstones, fresh water pearls, and seed beads. Though there can be as many as 750 seed beads in just one square inch of single-needle bead weaving, the process of weaving intricate structures using tiny pieces of glass is meditative, rewarding – and just plain fun.
Artist Meet & Greet -Theresa Angelo
Thursday, August 16 th 11am-1pm
Theresa Angelo gives a nod to God through the pairing of creativity and fine craftsmanship by creating custom and one-of-a-kind books. For Christmas in 2002 Theresa purchased an e-book for her husband, and realized it would make a much finer gift by having it printed and bound. After three or four times trying to create a solid functioning book, she purchased a couple of "how-to's" on book binding to help her along. In 2010 at the MN Center for the Book Arts Theresa found a mentor and now has studio space in a bindery. She earned a fine arts degree in the early 80s, pre-Mac. Theresa makes her living as a graphic artist. Per Theresa "I've always loved to sew; now I sew books."
Artist Meet & Greet - Chris Gray
Thursday, August 2nd 11am-1pm
Glass blower Chris Gray was born in Marshalltown, Iowa in 1984. His interest in glass sparked after watching some live glass blowing about fifteen years ago. Chris tried the art of glass blowing for the first time in 2003 has been learning ever since. Chris moved to Minnesota in 2005 and started taking classes at Anoka Ramsey Community College where he received his Associate in Fine Arts and is in pursuit of his BFA. Chris combines the art of fused and blown glass to create a colorful tie-dyed series of vases and sculptures. He also has pieces that are sand blasted for a more opaque look and sometimes includes metal in his work. His work won first place in blown glass and fused glass at the Minnesota State Fair in 2009 and first place in fused glass in 2010.
Artist Meet & Greet - Gloria Acker
Thursday, July 19th 11am-1pm
Gloria has been a bead addict since 1998. Over the years, she has developed her skills and found interest in designing, stringing, bead weaving, lampworking and wire working. Gloria is especially good at taking vintage pieces and making them into new and exciting works of jewelry.
Glory Beads! is the name is her jewelry line. The name of her line is her attempt to describe her shock (as well as that of her family and friends) at finding out that she had a creative side. Gloria is more than happy to design to your specifications -- to fit your style, occasion or budget.
Artist Meet and Greet - Brittany Foster
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.
Artist Meet & Greet - Pam McConville
Thursday, June 21st from 11am-1pm
Pam took her first stained glass class in 1998 as a way to reduce stress and find balance in her life from working as an elementary teacher in Minneapolis. It soon became a passion. In 2001 an opportunity arose where she could teach half time and work part time at a stained glass store. Four years later she left teaching to devote her energies solely on creating stained glass art. Besides working with glass in the more traditional ways building windows and lamps, she also does mosaics and fused glass.
Artist Meet & Greet - Lauren Strom
Thursday, June7th from 11am-1pm
“Art makes me happy and I think it should make you happy too.”
Lauren is a Minnesota born artist with a BA from Eckerd College in St. Petersburg, FL. She paints with acrylics and watercolors on canvas and paper in sizes ranging from 2x2 inches to 6x6 feet. She likes to dabble with drawings, stamps, ink, charcoal, colored pencils, and so on. I also enjoy sewing recycled sweaters into leg warmers, wrist warmers, hats, mittens, and scarves. In the Fall of 2011 she created a line of little monsters that are sold here. They are sewn from new and recycled materials and made for cuddling.
Per Lauren, “I hope you find enough joy in my art to carry you to your next adventure.”
Spring Art Crawl
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."
Art of Romance Soiree
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.
4th Annual Holiday Gift Stroll
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).
Meet & Greet with Jeff Hansen
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."***
Meet & Greet with Jada Schumacher
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
Hamm Building 1st Annual SUMMER STROLL
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.
Meet & Greet with Megan Moore
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.
Meet & Greet with Christy Johnson
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 ****
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