SAINT PAUL, Minn. (October 4, 2018) – More than 20 talented local artists will showcase their work at Union Depot in Lowertown during the Fall Saint Paul Art Crawl, October 12-14. This is the 27th year of the Saint Paul Art Crawl, which has been the St. Paul Art Collective’s cornerstone event since 1991. The event will feature more than 400 artists and live entertainment in venues across the city. The first collective art exhibit in Saint Paul’s Lowertown was organized by the founding artists of the St. Paul Art Collective, and was held at Union Depot in 1977.
A variety of visual artists will be featured at Union Depot during the three-day event on Friday, October 12 from 6-10 p.m.; Saturday, October 13 from noon to 8 p.m.; and Sunday, October 14 from noon to 5 p.m. The art mediums represented at Union Depot during the event include photography, painting, mixed-media, jewelry, textiles and more. A few of the featured artists who will exhibit at Union Depot are Aneta Janouskova of AnJartica (bead crochet jewelry), Romy Anderson of QuiltoRomy (handmade quilts) and Ben Greilanger of Then In Now Photography. Below are brief bios of each artist.
Aneta Janouskova of AnJartica: Janouskova, a native of the Czech Republic, learned crochet, knitting, macramé, sewing and embroidery at a young age. She later attended art school before changing her focus to foreign language and translation and graduating with a Master’s Degree in Middle Eastern Studies. She moved to Saint Paul in 2016 and returned to her early love of arts and crafts, launching AnJartica, a collection of bead crochet jewelry created with metallic colors in elegant, bold designs.
Romy Anderson of QuiltoRomy: Anderson has been quilting for four decades. Each of her quilts is hand-quilted rather than machine-quilted. Her work includes quilts and quilted wall hangings, created with vibrant fabrics in prints ranging from holiday and seasonal motifs to florals, animals, food, geometrics and many more. The pieces combine vibrant whimsy with time-honored craftsmanship, making each quilt an heirloom that will be treasured for a long time to come.
Ben Greilanger of Then In Now Photography: While volunteering at Flat Earth Brewery in the historic Hamm’s Brewery in East Saint Paul, Greilanger began to wonder what the brewery looked like in its prime. He combed the Minnesota Historical Society Archives to research photos and came up with a treasure trove of historical images of the city which inspired his “Then In Now” photography project. He finds photos dating from the 1880s to the 1950s, takes them to the location shown in each image, aligns the lines and features of the building with those in the photo, then captures an image of the historic photo in its present surroundings. His work spans many areas of Saint Paul from downtown to surrounding communities.
The Saint Paul Art Crawl and exhibits at Union Depot are free and open to the public. The exhibits will be displayed in the Head House. For more information about the Fall Saint Paul Art Crawl and to download free Metro Transit passes, please visit www.saintpaulartcrawl.org. Visitors for the Saint Paul Art Crawl events are also encouraged to explore the public art installations within Union Depot and to enjoy a meal or beverage at Union Depot Bar & Grill or The Java Express coffee shop, both located on the first level at Union Depot.