Saint Paul, MN, April 16, 2012 --(PR.com
)-- Josephine A. Geiger, who has won numerous media awards for the Saint Paul Art Crawl, has invited three other artists to "Crawl Off the Map" and into her Eastside studio this spring. In addition to her own art glass, there’s Beth Colaizy of Rustic Road Studio, a stoneware potter; Brenda Brousseau of Luna C. Bede, a beadwork & jewelry artist; and Tracie Thompson, a painter and mixed media artist whose animal portraits sell to national and international clients.
Geiger was recently featured on TPT’s MN Original, and has become nationally known for her strikingly creative stained glass pieces. Trained in architecture, she finds the underlying structures of the landscape and translates those into leaded glass windows -- pulling together a wide range of surprising colors and textures into an elegant, cohesive whole. She and Brenda Brousseau took two of the ten coveted Media Awards for this spring's Art Crawl, and it's easy to see why. Brousseau has won multiple grants and awards, and two of her intricate beadwork headdresses are currently being shown in an international bead exhibit.
Beth Colaizy of Rustic Road Studio, a stoneware potter, will have her nature-inspired designs on hand, including not just stoneware but her unusual, stoneware-style blue and white porcelain pieces. Thompson will exhibit oil paintings and her increasingly popular series of three-dimensional art made of salvaged materials that she reconstructs, paints, and transforms into visual folktales.
Even with the vibrant arts communities in the Twin Cities, it is surprising to find such an established art studio tucked into an eastside Saint Paul neighborhood. Over the last few years, J.A. Geiger Studio has become a hot destination for the Art Crawl, where a few hundred people converge over the weekend to find some exceptional artwork. Geiger, however, is not content to rest on her laurels.
New for this spring's Art Crawl is the Demonstration Tent. Brenda Brousseau will demonstrate some of the techniques she uses in her one-of-a-kind jewelry: peyote stitching, bead embroidery and crochet, and even how she incorporates motherboards and USB cords into her work. She will be working on a new head-dress for an upcoming exhibit “Women and Water” at the Phipps Center. Thompson, meanwhile, will be creating fun ten-minute animal portrait sketches. Bring her a photo and she’ll draw your dog, cat, horse, (gerbil, bird, lizard, or whatever you’ve got) for just $10 each. And even if you don’t have a pet, there are goldfish in the studio pond you can ‘borrow’.
What: Saint Paul Art Crawl- Crawl off the Map
Where: J.A. Geiger Studio, 1647 Beech Street, Saint Paul, MN 55106. Full information, dates, and map are at www.jageigerstudio.com
Dates: Friday, April 27, 6 - 10 pm; Saturday, April 28, 12 – 8 pm; Sunday, April 29, 12 – 5 pm.
Hi-resolution photos available upon request.