Inside the artist studio at the St. Paul Art Crawl

See where art is made and where artists live, and grab some prime food along the way.

Artist Caprice Glaser’s public art resides in a children’s park near Jax Building.

Artist Caprice Glaser’s public art resides in a children’s park near Jax Building. PHOTO COURTESY CAPRICE GLASER (on it’s way…)

by John Sand

âÄúSt. Paul Art CrawlâÄù WHERE: St. Paul TICKETS: Free Tackling an entire city of artists in a weekend seems a daunting task. With over 30 buildings of art studios and even more separate galleries open to the public, it’s nearly impossible to see everything in the annual St. Paul Art Crawl. Nonetheless, a high artist count proves that the city has a healthy cultural pulse. Sculptress and poster competition winner Caprice Glaser is among the hundreds of artists who will exhibit their art over the weekend. She’s been stocking up work since the crawl was located only in the clustered neighborhood of Lowertown , which she still considers to be the best neighborhood around. Her sculpture art is shown publicly around the city, including in the park next to Jax Building , where her studio is located. âÄúI think three-dimensionally more completely,âÄù she said. âÄúI have the opportunity to use all the materials on Earth. It’s everything all wrapped up in one world.âÄù She suggests committing to just a few buildings instead of trying to see everything. Scope them out in advance by checking the artist and building list on the Art Crawl website and really take time sorting through studios. Make the annual trip each year to revisit your favorite artists and explore a few new buildings. The art crawl is joined by a mix of local music and has just added a soundtrack of local musicians to the festivities, aptly dubbed SoundCrawl. This project features everything from the McNally Smith Laptop Marching Band âÄúLaptopiaâÄù to various video artists. Art galleries aren’t the only hot spots at the crawl; local bars will also be participating in the festivities. Broadway’s Black Dog Coffee and Wine Bar ‘s patio is open for business, and they’ll be churning out quesadillas faster than amphetamine-enhanced Chipotle servers. Friday night, they’ll host a concert featuring Beatrix*JAR , a local circuit-bending band known for taking apart electronics as a means of producing music. All events are free and open to anyone who’d like to spy on the creative types for a weekend. âÄúYou can be messier in the studio,âÄù said Glaser. âÄúMy space gets totally destroyed, and it’s interesting to see the different spaces artists work in.âÄù Artinerary No. 1 The first stop on the list is Lowertown Lofts on Mears Park . WeâÄôd suggest checking out fashion and art custom-designed by Nouka Yang and video artist and muralist Jesikah Ruehle . For light refreshments and a bowl of chilled noodle soup, stop at Tampopo Noodle Shop. Next is the commercial studio loft Jax Building, which features artist studios separate from their homes. Poster-competition winning sculptress Caprice Glaser, surrealist T. Young (aka Tracy Olson) and prolific abstract artist Ray Becoskie all inhabit Jax. Before dinner, swoop down to J.A. Geiger Studio , which houses stained-glass and chandelier art. We suggest the Bulldog Lowertown for truffled chicken nuggets, or hang around until late-night happy hour. Artinerary No. 2 Begin with lunch at Black Dog Coffee and Wine Bar for quesadillas and chilled white wine. Art is best enjoyed with a little afternoon buzz. Continue your day at Northern Warehouse, home to the hat artist Angie Sandifer and black and white etcher Jeffrey Morrison. MorrisonâÄôs series of women âÄúLes FemmesâÄù is a must-see this art crawl. Swing a little further north to Rossmor for a glimpse of the highly textured paintings of Michael Ray Bruce and whimsical photographs by Scott Demeranville . Finish your day off with meatloaf dinner from Keys Café and late-night happy hour at Camp Bar .