to Sep 29


FIRST FRIDAY | August 2nd, 2019 from 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm

ARTIST RECEPTION | August 10th, 2019 from 6:00 to 9:00 pm

Trees provide shelter, building materials, shade, food, warmth, a place to sit or nest, a place to climb, play, and more. They have been celebrated, venerated, feared, worshipped, and cut down. Join us for an all media, interactive exhibition that playfully explores all aspects of trees in art, from raw material to inspiration and everything in between.

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to Apr 28


Friday, 4/26:  5 pm - 10 pm
Saturday, 4/27:  9 am - 8 pm (other buildings open at Noon)
Sunday, 4/28:  9 am - 5 pm (other buildings open at Noon)

Make your way to Lowertown, Saint Paul April 26th through the 28th to enjoy a multiple building, weekend long, open studio event. Can’t make it? Lucky for you, AZ Gallery celebrates the Spring Art Crawl all month long!

This years guest artists include:

  • Ian Plant

    World-renowned professional photographer Ian Plant travels the globe seeking out amazing places and subjects in his never-ending quest to capture the beauty of our world with his camera. 

  • Kathy Maves

    Kathy Maves is an earthenware potter using red clay, white slip, underglazes, and a clear gloss glaze to finish. Her marbled mono-prints use ceramic oil-based paint and computer-generated paper cuts as a relief image.

  • Michael Schmidt

    Michael Schimdt’s work explores the colors, forms and textures of the urban landscape through mixed media collage, encaustic and oil painting.

  • Todd Peterson

    Todd Peterson’s art has many facets, where intuition takes over and he coaxes a 
    piece to fruition. With his painterly drawing style he masterfully works out images with humor, sentiment, and pathos.

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to Mar 24



AZ Gallery is proud to once again host this annual exhibit which features the original artwork of St. Paul area high school art students.

The JCI St Paul, formerly the St. Paul Jaycees, a local civic volunteer organization, has been running the Les Farrington Best 100 Art Exhibition since 1957. The Art Exhibition invites Saint Paul area high school art students, grades 9-12, to submit their original artwork for competition. Art pieces are judged by a panel of three jurors from the local art community. Over the last 10 years, the JCI St. Paul have awarded more than $24,000 in scholarships through this project. And, in the 62 year history of the project the Jaycees have awarded tens of thousands of dollars and impacted thousands of students. Money awarded through this project is provided by the St. Paul Jaycees Charitable Foundation.

Each year the Best 100 pieces are publically exhibited in the AZ Gallery. This year the pieces will be on display February 28-March 24. The public event commences with an awards ceremony on the evening of exhibition opening, February 28. Students will be honored for their artwork by receiving award certificates and various cash scholarships (totaling more than $4,000) according to three award categories: Special, Merit and Honorable Mention. This juried exhibition is one of the only non-school sponsored opportunities for students interested in art to compete against their peers. 

EXHIBIT DATES:  2/28/19 - 3/24/19

AWARDS RECEPTION:  Thursday, 2/28/19
    *Doors Open at 6pm, Awards Presentation at 6:30pm

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Fire & Ice Winter Carnival Art Show
to Feb 17

Fire & Ice Winter Carnival Art Show

AZ Gallery, in conjunction with the St Paul Winter Carnival, is excited to host Fire & Ice, the third annual Saint Paul Winter Carnival Art Show.  The juried show featuring artists from throughout Minnesota, will be held at AZ Gallery, 308 Prince St in the Northern Warehouse and is meant to celebrate art and St Paul artists during the nation’s oldest and largest celebration of winter.

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Books and Beer Pop-up Bookstore
1:00 PM13:00

Books and Beer Pop-up Bookstore

Like books? Like beer? Like meeting Minnesotan authors?

How about art? Do you like art?

How about holiday markets with cool stuff from local makers?

Head on down to the Books and Beer Pop-up Bookstore for a special event at the AZ Gallery in Lowertown, St. Paul! Minnesotan authors will have their books for sale. Chat with them over a pint and find your next favorite book, painting, print, carving, sculpture, crafty thing, and more!

Read local. Drink local. And do arty stuff local!

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Call for Art:  3rd Annual Winter Carnival Art Show
to Dec 18

Call for Art: 3rd Annual Winter Carnival Art Show

Fire & Ice 

Third Annual Winter Carnival Art Show

AZ Gallery, in conjunction with the St Paul Winter Carnival, is excited to announce Fire & Ice, the third annual Winter Carnival Art Show.  The show will be held at AZ Gallery, 308 Prince St in the Northern Warehouse and is meant to celebrate art and St Paul artists during the nation’s oldest and largest celebration of winter.


Open to artists in all mediums.  Entries must be original work.


The title of the show is Fire & Ice.  You may interpret that in whatever way you want.  Literally it represents the forces of winter battling the promises of spring.  Perhaps works that concentrate on the colors or emotions of fire and ice. Or pieces that represent calmness or struggle.  And of course, works celebrating winter, the Winter Carnival itself or the City of St Paul.  Must be suitable for all ages.


The show will run January 10 through February 17.    The actual Winter Carnival runs January 24 through February 3, 2019.

Entry Procedure

Submit an entry form and images of the works you are entering to by midnight, Monday, December 17, 2018. 

Files of your images should be labeled in the following format using your 2 or 3 letter initials and the name of your entry:

Initials_Name 1,   Initials_Name 2,  Initials_Name 3

Entry Fees

$15 for the first piece and $10 for each additional piece. Up to three pieces may be submitted. Entry fees are non-refundable even if the work is not accepted in the show.

You may print off the entry form and mail it to AZ Gallery, 308 Prince St, Suite 130, St Paul, MN 55101 with a check for your entry fee. Or during gallery hours you can come in and drop off the form and pay your entry fee with a credit card.  (Th & Fri 5-8, Sat & Sun 9-3) You will still need to submit your images via email to


A panel of judges will jury the entries.  We anticipate accepting 100 images for the show, depending on size.  The show will utilize the complete AZ Gallery. Notifications sent the week of December 25.

Delivering & Picking Up your work

Deliver: Sunday, January 6, 12 pm - 5 pm or Monday, January 7, 4 pm - 8 pm

Pickup: Sunday, February 17, 12 pm - 5 pm or Monday, February 18, 4 pm - 7 pm


• Works on paper must be framed and protected under glass or plexiglass.

• Paintings should be framed. Gallery wrapped canvases are allowed if neatly done.

• All work must be within 48” x 48”.

• 2D work must have wire for hanging. No sawtooth hangers

• AZ Gallery cannot be responsible for loss or damage to artwork.


The show will be featured as part of Lowertown First Friday on Friday, February 1. A party is also planned before the Vulcan Victory Torchlight Parade, starting around 2 on Saturday, Feb 2, 2019.  The torchlight parade itself begins in Mears Park at 5:30 pm. 


Sold work must remain on display for the duration of the show.  AZ Gallery retains a 30% commission on sales (20% for AZ Gallery members). Sales tax will be collected and paid by AZ Gallery.



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AZ Holiday Gift Show
to Jan 6

AZ Holiday Gift Show

November 23rd thru January 6th

Featuring handmade gifts by local Artists for every age and budget.
Ornaments . Bath & Body . Home Goods . Toys . Leather Wares
Glass . Textiles . Ceramics . Photography . Cards . and so much MORE!!!

Please join us for our special shopping events:

Small Business Saturday
Saturday, November 24th, 9am-6pm

 1st Friday
Friday, December 7th, 5pm-9pm

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to Nov 18



Exhibit Dates: 11.1.18 thru 11.18.18

Opening Reception: Friday, 11.2.18 from 6-9pm
*Enjoy the earthy, hyper-realistic paintings and poetry by Jessica Turtle, paired with learning objects from the Chicago Field Museum and an assortment of curious natural treasures. Enjoy local craft beer provided by Dual Citizen Brewing Company, tasty bites, and live music. This event is in partnership with the Natural Heritage Project.

Jessica Turtle uses artwork as a means to improve the world as best she knows how. In 2016, she created the Natural Heritage Project, an ever-growing group of artists, nationwide, enlisted to create a visual response to data on the locations and status of rare species, natural communities, and natural features throughout each state. If this interests you, learn more:

Much thought goes into Jessica’s work, as a curator, painter and poet, resulting in an over-arching narrative on symbiotic relationships between humankind and the natural world. She is increasingly aware of how all things are connected, interdependent, and purposefully designed. She enjoys using her obsession with bones, birds, their feathers and nests, moss of any kind, and bugs to create unique teaching moments. Jessica has curated six unique exhibitions over the past two years and looks forward to a full 2019/2020 line- up of local exhibitions in a similar vein popping up all over the Twin Cities.

AZ Gallery
308 Prince Street, Saint Paul, MN 55101 651.224.3757

Thursday & Friday, 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm Saturday & Sundays, 9:00 am – 3:00 pm

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to Sep 2


Come celebrate in August with AZ Member & Painter, Lorraine Omley.  

Exhibit Dates:  8.2.18 thru 9.2.18

Opening Party:  Friday, 8.3.18 from 6-9pm
*Enjoy the music of St. Paul Civic Symphony Cellists from 6-8pm

Also visit with artist:
-8/2 from 5-8pm
-8/4 from 12-3pm
-8/5 from 9am-3pm


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2 Artists - 1 Show
to Jul 29

2 Artists - 1 Show

Featuring AZ Artists Amy R. Clark and Laura Toth.  View many oil and acrylic paintings of local scenes and beyond; with a special selection of beer-themed art.  

EXHIBIT DATES:  5/31/18 thru 7/29/18

Taproom Appreciation Day:  Friday, 7/6/18, 5-9pm
*Show your support for your favorite taproom by wearing their attire.  1st 30 visitors with taproom attire will receive a free print.  

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Fire & Ice
to Feb 18

Fire & Ice

Winter Carnival Art Show

Join us at AZ Gallery as we celebrate winter and the Saint Paul Winter Carnival with the second annual Fire & Ice Winter Carnival Art Show. Depicting the beauty of winter and the promise of spring through the themes of fire and ice, the show is organized by the St Paul Art Collective and hosted by the AZ Gallery in Saint Paul's vibrant Lowertown community.  Works include paintings, mobiles, photography, collage, jewelry and sculpture.

Featuring over 100 works of art from local Minnesota based artists, the show runs January 11 through February 18.  There will be a special artists reception on Friday, January 26 from 5 to 9 pm.  Free refreshments and a chance to meet the artists, as well as John Kocon, the designer of this year’s Winter Carnival buttons.  He will answer your questions about the button designs and sign autographs.

Hope to see everyone there!

AZ Gallery, 308 Prince Street, St Paul, MN 55101.  Gallery hours are Thursday and Friday, 5 to 8 pm and Saturday and Sunday, 9 am to 3 pm.

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to Oct 1


AZ Gallery is celebrating its 20th Anniversary in 2017.

In honor and celebration of those who have come before, AZ proudly presents the AZ Gallery 20 YEARS Art Show; featuring the work of past and present members.

Exhibit Dates:  August 31 thru October 1
Celebration & First Friday Reception:  Friday, September 1, 5-9pm

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to Aug 27

Fiber & Clay

AZ Gallery presents FIBER & CLAY.

Exhibit Dates:  8/3 thru 8/27
Reception:  Friday, 8/4 from 5-9pm

Featured Artists:
-Barbara Harmon
-Brenna Busse
-Deborah Foutch
-Grace Pass
-Judith Jopp
-Karen Searle
-Karin Kraemer
-Kate Christopher
-Kate Vinson
-Krissy Catt
-Susan Feigenbaum
-Teri Power

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to Nov 20

6th Annual Lowertown Art Show

A "MUST SEE" Exhibit!!!

The LOWERTOWN ART SHOW brings together sixty "Lowertown" artists to recognize and celebrate their contribution to making downtown Saint Paul a unique artists community. 

Featuring work by:  Barbara Even & Tom McGregor.

Exhibit Dates:  October 20 thru November 20, 2016

Reception & Awards:  Saturday, October 22, 6-10pm
*Live Music
*Food and Cash Bar

Barbara has a BA in Fine Arts from the U of M. She has had a long time studio presence in Lowertown. Barbara is one of the many artists displaced by the sale of the Jax building and is one of the originating members of the Lowertown Underground Artists, located in the Northern Warehouse building. Barbara has been very active as a volunteer for Lowertown First Fridays and other art based events happening in downtown Saint Paul.

Tom has had studio space in Lowertown for thirty years, and is active as a volunteer to help the art crawls and other Lowertown events be successes.

Tom McGregor Artist’s Statement
Painting on location (en plein air) combines my passion for being outdoors with my love of painting. The beauty of our natural and man-made world—the woods, the streams, the structures placed upon it—never cease to fascinate me. I’m satisfied with a painting if it transports me to a particular place and time, and at the same time, looks like paint on canvas.




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to Sep 18

Project Art for Nature

Project Art for Nature
Tributaries of Earth and Water

An Exhibition Celebrating Our National Parks  

AZ Gallery Exhibit Dates:  August 4th - August 28th
Opening Reception:  Friday, August 5th, 5-9pm

In Tributaries of Earth and Water, we celebrate the landscape, wildlife and
waterways encompassed by our local National Parks with exhibits throughout the
communities within the MNRRA as part of the National Park Services "Find Your
Park"  initiative. As individual artists, we are each tributaries, contributing artworks
to our exhibits, creating a greater whole. As a group we hope to be a tributary to
the natural beauty of our region.

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to Jul 31

The Invisible People

The Invisible People
Chronic Homelessness in Saint Paul

Photographic Exploration of Life Without the Stability of Shelter
by Chris LaFontaine

Chronic homelessness in Saint Paul is the focus of this exhibition by Saint Paul photographer and AZ Gallery member Chris LaFontaine. He suggests that homelessness is often used as a pejorative, seen as a reflection of character rather than a state of being. His intention for this show is to bring visibility to local, chronically homeless people and their environments tohumanize this often disparaged aspect of our population.

LaFontaine's view is that we live in a time of sweeping global transformation with many issues calling for deeper examination and true structural change, and that greater awareness may finally be opening around homelessness, bringing clarity to a large social imbalance that deserves greater scrutiny. He adds, "as a photographer, I am grateful to the people who allowed me to photograph them in the course of their daily lives. As a human I question how much longer this form of existence can remain acceptable to society".

"The Invisible People, Chronic Homelessness in Saint Paul" will be on display at AZ Gallery during the month of July. Opening reception is Friday, July 1st from 6-9pm. AZ Gallery is located at 308 Prince St. in the Lowertown area of Saint Paul. Regular gallery hours are Thursday and Friday from 5-8pm, Saturday and Sunday from 9am-3pm.

For additional information: or 651-235-9614



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to Feb 21

FLORA: Botanical Art at AZ Gallery

Exhibit Dates:  January 21, 2016 through February 21, 2016
Artists' Reception:  Friday, February 5, 2016, 6-9pm
Gallery Hours:  Thur-Fri from 5-8pm, Sat-Sun from 9am-3pm

This exhibit celebrates the diversity of flowers, plants, trees, cacti, leaves, ferns, orchids, seeds, pods, roots, wood & bark that we are so fortunate to experience.  We invite you to escape from winter and surround yourself in the beauty of all things FLORA.

AZ Members are thrilled to be joined by the following guest Artists:

  • Kristi Abbott
  • Stephen Capiz
  • Derek Theodore Davis
  • Jean Everson
  • Kathy Finken
  • Joan Grzywinski
  • Ceceile Hartleib
  • Brian Hartz
  • Jim Henley
  • Charles Hezsely
  • Sheila Kargel
  • Cheryl LeClair-Sommer
  • Susan Lewis
  • Suzi McArdle
  • Tom McGregor
  • Mary Ann O'Malley
  • Tony Rau
  • Linda Snouffer
  • Cynthia Starkweather-Nelson
  • John Terwilliger
  • Paul Winger
  • Melinda Wolff
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Saint Paul Almanac - Celebrating 10 Years
to Sep 27

Saint Paul Almanac - Celebrating 10 Years

Book Release Party
September 10, 2015

The Saint Paul Almanac will celebrate its first decade of annual publications in its yearly book release party on Thursday, September 10, at the Black Dog Coffee and Wine Bar and AZ Gallery starting at 7 p.m. The new edition, Saint Paul Almanac: A Ten-Year Retrospective, celebrates the previous nine issues of the yearly book using selected pieces that highlight the flavor of the Almanac and the flavor of Saint Paul.

As they do each second Thursday in September, Almanac lovers will pack the Black Dog and the adjacent AZ Gallery for the Almanac publication party. This year’s bash will feature background beats provided by one of the Twin Cities’ best DJs, Kool AKiEM and readings from Almanac authors Donte Collins, Maivboon Vang, Sharon Day, Patsy Kahmann, Tim Nolan and Wendy Brown-Báez.

The night’s emcee will be writer, playwright, teacher and performer Saymoukda Duangphouxay Vongsay. The Medicinal Jazz Band will provide musical entertainment at the Black Dog Cafe, and the jazz ensemble of Nathan Hanson, Davu Seru and Doan Brian Roessler will play at AZ Gallery.

The event will also include a silent auction, the ever-popular Storymobile and, as always, CAKE!

An exhibit of art from local artists featured in the 2016 Almanac will be on display at AZ Gallery and the Black Dog Café from September 3 through September 27.

AZ Gallery
308 Prince Street, Suite 130
Northern Warehouse Building
Saint Paul, MN  55101

Gallery Hours:
Thur & Fri 5-8
Sat & Sun 9-3


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Roger Nielsen: Art + Life in Lowertown
to Jul 26

Roger Nielsen: Art + Life in Lowertown

Please join co-hosts Mayor Chris Coleman, Former Mayors George Latimer and Jim Scheibel; John Mannillo, Weiming Lu, Janet Hawn, Sue Davis, Vicki Gee Treft, Marla Gamble, Kristin Makholm, Joe Spenser and Bill Englund
for the
Opening Reception:

"Roger Nielsen:  Art + Life in Lowertown"
Saturday, July 11, 2015

AZ Gallery
(Northern Warehouse Building)
308 Prince Street, Suite 130, St. Paul, MN  55101

With special thanks to these sponsors:
Tom Dunn Photography, Dave Ziffer (Guitarist), Lowertown Wine and Spirits, Golden's Deli, Summit Brewery, St. Paul Saints, Master Framers, Black Dog Cafe


AZ Gallery is pleased to announce our upcoming exhibition Roger Nielsen: Art + Life in Lowertown.  The exhibition opening the night of Saturday, July 11 honors and celebrates Nielsen as an artist and his critical role in the transformation of Lowertown, Saint Paul, from a languishing warehouse district into the nationally recognized cultural community that it is today.  Both an artist and an entrepreneur, Nielsen bought the historic warehouse building at 262 E. 4th Street in 1975 and developed the upper floors into studio-living space and opened his acclaimed business, Master Framers, on the first floor.

“This show is as much a recognition of Lowertown as it is about my works of art,” comments Nielsen. “It is all sort of one and the same thing.”

Art + Life in Lowertown will feature more than 100 of Nielsen’s paintings, prints and drawings spanning his artistic practice of seventy years. Born in Minneapolis in 1940, Nielsen labels his earliest paintings and drawings, made at age five, as “refrigerator art” as the exuberant expressions adorned his dear grandmother’s refrigerator. Work from his teenage years and later from his days as a college student in Chicago and Minneapolis will also be on view. The remainder of Nielsen’s work will cover the years from 1960 to the present.

As the expansive Art + Life in Lowertown show attests, Nielsen is a versatile artist who has worked almost exclusively in a representational, figurative style. In addition to the figurative emphasis defining his work, Nielsen’s broad oeuvre is tied together by a strong narrative sense. Each work seems to tell a story. His medium of choice is oil on panel or canvas, and these expressive, small to mid-scale works are joined by pencil and ink on paper drawings, and a small selection of etchings.  Few subjects have eluded Nielsen’s curious eye. Lyrical northern Minnesota landscapes, urban scenes in the style of the Ash Can School artists, robust portraits of blues artists, friends and family, delicately rendered nude drawings and paintings, and intentional copies of works by highly celebrated artists such as Cezanne are all included.

Nielsen was born in Minneapolis on March 23, 1940. Nielsen began making art at age three, and never stopped.  He graduated from the now demolished West High School at the corner of Hennepin Avenue and 28th Street in 1958. He attended the prestigious School of the Art Institute in Chicago, before returning to the Twin Cities where he later studied at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design, and the University of Minnesota.  He has been in the framing business since 1959, first in Minneapolis and then in the Rossmor Building in Saint Paul, before buying 262 Studios in 1975, where he lived and raised his children.  A true believer in the potential of languishing Lowertown, Nielsen served on the board of the Lowertown Redevelopment Board for thirty years, and served two terms on the board of the Saint Paul Art Collective. Semi-retired, Nielsen still maintains a small apartment in the 262 Building but now spends the majority of his days with his wife, Victoria Gee-Treft, living and working at his rural home and studio in Sarona, Wisconsin, near Spooner.

The AZ Gallery welcomes you to the opening and to the show. We are located in the Northern Warehouse Building in the heart of Lowertown, St. Paul.

308 Prince Street, St. Paul, MN 55101


Gallery Hours: 
Thursdays & Fridays, 5:00pm-8:00pm
Saturdays & Sundays, 9:00am-3:00pm

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