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
A solo exhibition of new works by DeAnne L. Parks
Exhibit Dates: July 6th thru July 30th
1st Friday/Opening Reception: Friday . July 7th . 5pm-9pm
Art Crawl Exhibit Dates:
March 30 thru April 30
1st Friday Reception/Art Crawl Exhibit Kick-off: April 7th from 5-9pm
Saint Paul Art Crawl Dates:
April 28th thru 30th
Art Crawl Hours at AZ Gallery:
Friday, 4/28: 5pm-10pm
Saturday, 4/29: 9am-8pm (all other buildings open at Noon)
Sunday, 4/30: 9am-5pm (all other buildings open at Noon)
The Saint Paul Art Crawl includes more than 300 artists throughout the Lowertown Artists' District who open their studios to the public for an entire weekend.
AZ GALLERY is located in the heart of Lowertown. Whether you start or end your "crawl" at AZ, you will find yourself surrounded by unique & original art created by one of our member Artists or the various guest Artists who join us during Art Crawl.
AZ Members will be joined by:
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 60 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 March 2-26. The public event commences with an awards ceremony on the evening of exhibition opening, March 2. 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: 3/2/17 - 3/26/17
AWARDS RECEPTION: Thursday, 3/2/17
*Doors Open at 6pm, Awards Presentation at 6:30pm
Fire & Ice
1st Annual Winter Carnival Art Show
The St Paul Art Collective, in conjunction with the St Paul Winter Carnival, is excited to announce Fire & Ice, the first 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. We are hoping this will become a new tradition for the Winter Carnival.
Exhibit Dates: January 12 thru February 19
Please direct your questions via e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org
November 25 thru January 8th
Featuring handmade gifts by local Artists for every age and budget.
Jewelry . Ceramics . Photography . Cards . Leather Goods
Glass . Textiles . Ornaments . and MORE!!!
Please join us for these special shopping events:
Small Business Saturday
Saturday, November 26th, 9am-6pm
Lowertown First Friday
Friday, December 2nd, 5-10pm
Lowertown Holiday Bazaar
Saturday, December 3rd, 9am-6pm
AZ GALLERY is looking for Artists to participate in their Holiday Gift Show.
11.24.16 thru 01.08.17
The show will feature a curated collection of gift-oriented items produced by local artists and artisans. The gallery will expand its usual art offerings to include home and bath/beauty products, fiber/knitted/sewn items, toys and children’s clothing, pottery, jewelry, accessories, glass, cards, ornaments, and smaller functional art. Patrons can expect to find a wide selection of affordably priced gifts, with the majority ranging between $10-$75.
A special feature will be our ornament wall: a full gallery wall of one-of-a-kind ornaments by member and guest artists, ranging in style from subdued and traditional to edgy and modern.
The Holiday Gift Show provides a unique shopping opportunity in the historic Lowertown neighborhood and has been an annual event since 2012.
Location: Established in 1997, the AZ Gallery is a cooperative of local artists. AZ Gallery is located at 308 Prince Street in the historic Northern Warehouse building in the heart of Lowertown Saint Paul.
Eligibility: Any local artist is eligible to apply. We’re looking for most of the items listed above. We are especially looking for unique ornaments to feature on our ornament wall! Generally speaking, we are not looking for 2D wall art, matted prints, drawing, or photography at this time.
Entry Fee: N/A
Commission Fee: 40% on all sales
· We are offering space for commission on sales (see above). Size and placement of your space is at the discretion of the Gallery. We will do our best to accommodate your preferences.
· A limited amount of platform space will be available, please inquire if interested. Most artists will be asked to provide a table/freestanding display, roughly no larger than 6ft x 6ft. Ornaments may be hung on the group Ornament Wall.
· All items must be for sale and your display must remain at the gallery throughout the duration of the show.
· AZ Gallery members will staff the Holiday Gift Show during all hours of operation. We will process sales and send you a check during the month of January 2017. We accept cash, checks and all major credit cards.
· You do not need to be present at the gallery but we encourage you to stop by as your schedule permits to interact with our customers and present your products to them. We highly encourage you to attend our Small Business Saturday Shopping Event/Reception, which will be held Saturday, November 25, 2016 from 9am – 6pm.
· Artists must submit photos for consideration.
· We will provide publicity, electronic versions of exhibition invitations and mailings for artists to distribute, and will hold an opening event/reception.
· We do not provide insurance coverage for work on display.
· Applications are due by Sunday Nov 6, 2016 at 12:00 Noon.
· Please fill out on-line form below and hit "submit" for entry.
· Images: we will want to see a representation of your work. Please either provide your website or submit via separate e-mail to email@example.com
· Entries are due by Sunday Nov 6, 2016 at 12:00 Noon.
· Selected artists will be notified by Sunday, November 13, 2016
· Drop off dates are Sunday, November 20, 2016 from Noon-3pm, and Monday, November 21, 2016 and Tuesday, November 22, 2016 by appointment.
· Work MUST be complete and ready for display at the time of submission and accompanied with a spreadsheet listing the artist’s name, title, medium and price. All work must be priced with Artists name on price tag.
· A signed AZ artist’s agreement must accompany each submission. A copy of the artist’s agreement will be sent to each accepted Artist.
· The show will run from November 24, 2016 through January 8, 2017 during regular business hours for AZ Gallery: Thur & Fri 5-8pm, Sat & Sun 9am-3pm.
· A Shopping Event/Artist Meet & Greet will be held from 9am to 6pm on Saturday, Nov 25, 2016 for Small Business Saturday.
· To coincide with events held nearby for Lowertown First Fridays, we’ll have another reception for the Gift Show and AZ Gift Shop artists on Friday, December 2, 2016 from 5-9pm.
· Pick up will be Sunday, January 8, 2017 from 2pm-6pm.
Any questions can be directed to Beth Stoneberg and/or DC Ice at firstname.lastname@example.org
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
*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. http://www.mnartists.org/barbaraevan
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.
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.
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: email@example.com or 651-235-9614
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
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.
308 Prince Street, Suite 130
Northern Warehouse Building
Saint Paul, MN 55101
Thur & Fri 5-8
Sat & Sun 9-3
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
"Roger Nielsen: Art + Life in Lowertown"
Saturday, July 11, 2015
(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
Thursdays & Fridays, 5:00pm-8:00pm
Saturdays & Sundays, 9:00am-3:00pm
Please join Amy R. Clark at the AZ Gallery, Friday May 1st, 6 pm - 9pm for an opening party celebrating her work from the children's alphabet book, In the Garden of Delight! Acrylic and oil pastels of flora and fauna will be on display and for sale. Copies of the book will also be available.