Inside Out Lowertown

 

Inside-Out-Lowertown-Colleen-McGuireIn the Lowertown art district of Saint Paul, Minn., a new outdoor exhibit is on display, and involves much of the community that calls Lowertown home. Inside Out Lowertown features artists and culture makers who live and/or work in the neighborhood. Lowertown touts having the largest concentration of artist live/work studios in the United States, so it is only fitting that the project has sprinkled over 175 photographs of the artists outside, on their warehouse studio spaces.

Artist in residence

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This artist chose to sketch in the Jardin des Tuileries, just outside the Louvre in Paris. But what was he looking at? A family playing amongst the statues? A beautiful woman sunning herself in the morning light? I will always wonder what was on the other side of his sketch board.

Kerrygold

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Tomorrow husband has a wine and cheese opening to officially debut photographs from his Highway 61 journey in the fall. I might have gone a little overboard on the cheese selection, but I never allow guests to go hungry. One of the cheeses that we’ll serve both in block form and in a fromage fort is Kerrygold, a sharp aged cheddar from Ireland. My mother introduced me to Kerrygold when I was a child. Her grandfather introduced it to her, and the love of this cheese has been passed down through the generations.

This is day 346 of Photo 365.

Highway 61: Minneapolis to Memphis is open Friday, December 13 at Never Mind Gallery in Saint Paul.

The up and comer

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One of my favorite up and coming artists is Adetomiwa Gbadebo, a young painter originally from Abeokuta, Nigeria who now calls Saint Paul home. His passionate inspiration comes from art, love, justice, peace and all things that man can do to rise above.

In this series Adetomiwa chose to use black as his predominate color because to him, black is beautiful, and he hoped that by using it, people would no longer be afraid of what the color can signify in American society.

This is day 337 of Photo 365.

Twin Waves

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Ray King, a Taiwanese-based artist, recently installed “Twin Waves” in the main entrance of the Saint Paul Union Depot. King, who exhibits his light sculptures internationally, is one of several artists that are now on display at Union Depot in Lowertown. Through a $1.25 million art grant program established by the Ramsey County Regional Railroad Authority, work is slowly being purchased to adorn the chambers and halls of the train depot. I particularly like this exhibit.

This is day 296 of Photo 365.

Installation

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AZ Gallery, in the Northern Warehouse in downtown Saint Paul, was caught taking down an exhibit and preparing for the third annual Lowertown Art Show, which opens this weekend. Work by over 50 artists will be on display through November 24.

This is day 295 of Photo 365.