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St. Paul Art Crawl celebrates this weekend with old favorites, new intrigues

The 2010 Art Crawl poster design winner, "Conny's Creamy Cone," by Claudia Kremer
Claudia Kremer
The 2010 Art Crawl poster design winner, “Conny’s Creamy Cone,” by Claudia Kremer

Art festival season has arrived! This weekend, scads of artist studios, co-ops, and galleries in St. Paul will throw open their doors to welcome thousands of visitors for the 29th annual St. Paul Art Crawl.

As you’d expect, the work you’ll see will run the gamut from textiles to sculpture, ceramics, jewelry, painting, glass art, photography, printmaking and fashion design. Name your pleasure, and I bet you’ll find some artists making it.

The self-guided crawl will take you all over the city’s urban core, through artists’ spaces in Lowertown and downtown St. Paul to stops on Harriet Island and the East Side, as well as Grand,  Raymond and University avenues.

You can browse through a catalog of the more than 350 participating artists here (PDF). 

In addition to the usual visual-arts-and-crafts fare, McNally Smith College of Music this year has teamed up with the St. Paul Art Collective to add an “official soundtrack to the St. Paul Art Crawl.” Dubbed the “SoundCrawl,” it’s billed as a “celebration of Twin Cities music makers” that will consist of 12 solid hours of free performances by a dizzying variety of local musicians – from Beatrix*JAR to McNally Smith’s Laptop Marching Band, indie rockers, DJs and improvisational jazz artists. (Click here for a full performance schedule and line-up of musicians.) 

Also of note: Be on the lookout for Altered Esthetics’ art vending machine in the Northern Warehouse in Lowertown. For a mere $5, this repurposed cigarette-vending machine will cough up small, locally made pieces of original art.

The St. Paul Art Crawl will take place throughout the city today (6 to 10 p.m.) Saturday (noon to 8 p.m.), and Sunday (noon to 5 p.m.) Metro Transit is offering free bus rides between event sites.

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