275 4th St E
St Paul, MN 55101
In a rapidly-changing Lowertown, the future is uncertain for the community of artist-pioneers in the neighborhood. To many people in the Twin Cities, Lowertown is known as the location of the Saints stadium and Union Depot station, the home to a panoply of bars and restaurants, and a visually-impressive neighborhood where history seeps from every brick.
To those who live here, Lowertown is people. The neighborhood is home to an amazing community of creative people, a sometimes choppy/sometimes calm sea of inspiration and collaboration, and a constant source of energy, wonder, and surprise.
THE COMMUNITY TABLE exhibit, running at Golden’s Lowertown (275 E, 4th St., St. Paul, MN 55101 • (651) 224-8888 • goldenslowertown.com) from December 1st, 2016 inwards brings together the work of 11 well-known Lowertown artists who fondly remember the kinder, gentler days before the chaos brought by the development gold rush, when we hung out around large wooden tables, made art, swapped tips and techniques, shared local news and stories, and shared meals and a few brews.
Featured artists include Ta-coumba Aiken, Ken Avidor, Roberta Avidor, Chad Hambright, Deborah Huke, Lisa Mathieson, Michael McColl, Shelley Rohlf, Kenneth Patrick Schweiger, Ella Martel Thomson, and Rachel Whacker.
Come take a seat at THE COMMUNITY TABLE this December and January.
Opening Celebration: Friday, December 2nd, 6-8pm. Meet the artists. Music from The Wibesmen 8-10pm. No cover. Full bar and kitchen.
About the Artists
TA–COUMBA AIKEN is a Twin Cities artist, arts administrator, educator, and community activist who focuses on public art and collaborative projects. His “rhythm paintings” on paper and canvas are loose and lively. He has participated in the creation of over 300 murals and public art sculptures, with themes ranging from local history to the artist’s own style of rhythmic pattern and spirit writing. His works can be found in public and private collections, including those of the Walker Art Center, General Mills, Herbie Hancock, Taj Mahal, and Maya Angelou. www.Ta-coumbaAiken.com
Artist KEN AVIDOR lives and works in a loft in the Union Depot with his wife, Roberta Avidor. Their art celebrates the city of Saint Paul. They are avid bicyclists and urban sketchers. If you see Ken and Roberta sitting in their folding chairs on the streets of Saint Paul sketching, please stop and say hello. www.AvidorStudios.com
ROBERTA AVIDOR writes, “I live and work in Lowertown. My watercolors are done on-site, to capture people and places around Saint Paul. I am also part of Lowertown Underground Artists (basement area of the Northern Warehouse building), where I have my studio for creating oils on canvas.” www.AvidorStudios.com
CHAD HAMBRIGHT is a Saint Paul–based artist who works in many different media. After graduating from the University of Iowa with an intermedia arts degree, he moved to the Twin Cities to further develop his artistic talents and is a current member of the Northern Warehouse Artists Co-op in the Lowertown arts district. facebook.com/rockwellallnight
DEBORAH HUKE is a Lowertown luthier who builds guitars and ukuleles, and specializes in the restoration of vintage instruments. facebook.com/HukeGuitars
LISA MATHIESON is a multimedia artist living in Lowertown. She obtained her BA in art from Bethel University. She works primarily in glass, porcelain, and pen and ink. “I was fortunate to have been born into a family that valued the arts. As a young adult, I received a classical training in music. With this, came the rigorous demands for daily practice, and the fierce, utterly consuming need for self control during performances; I credit these qualities for having fine tuned me, they tempered me into the artist that I’ve become. In my 20’s, I traded my horn for a paintbrush. I received a degree in Fine Arts from Bethel University in 1988. In the following years I studied studio lighting—darkroom techniques at MCAD. I took graduate courses in poetry at the University of Minnesota.” www.lisacmathieson.com.
MICHAEL MCCOLL graduated from the Minneapolis College of Art and Design and has worked as a designer for the last 20 years. He designed exhibits for the Minnesota Historical Society, and for numerous trade show companies. He has also illustrated numerous books and has participated in the Lowertown Art Crawl for many of the past 18 years. mccolldesigns.com
SHELLEY ROHLF believes our hearts, and possibly our souls, speak to each other through the art we make. Along with painting and drawing, she loves living in Lowertown with her family and friends and exploring the Mississippi River on her bike. Find her at www.shelleyrohlf.com.
KENNETH PATRICK SCHWEIGER (b. 1983) grew up in Saint Paul, Minnesota, and attended DePaul University in Chicago, Illinois. After graduation, he spent time living and working in Tokyo before moving back to Minneapolis. There, he completed five years of rigorous training in the prestigious Atelier Studio Program of Fine Art founded by Richard Lack. Kenneth’s work can be found in private collections in the Twin Cities, Chicago, Boston, New York, and Tokyo. www.kennethschweiger.com
ELLA MARTEL THOMSON is a visual artist working in both textiles and fine arts. She was raised in the artist cooperatives of Lowertown, St. Paul Minnesota historic warehouse district. Growing up highly involved in this community of art professionals contributed to her broad range of creative experience. She hopes to have a future in addressing modern environmental and social issues through art and design. www.ellamartelthomson.com
RACHEL WACKER (a.k.a. DOLAN CYR) graduated with honors from the University of Notre Dame in 1999 with a B. A. in studio art and a concentration in philosophy and literature. While at the university, she participated in the St. Mary’s Rome Program and received a Kellogg Institute Grant to study “The Maasai Tribe and the Color Red” in Kenya. Following graduation, Rachel spent a year volunteering on the Turtle Mountains Indian Reservation in North Dakota. Rachel now resides in the Lowertown Arts District where she is a full time artist, community art event designer, and emerging curator. She is an active member of the Lowertown First Fridays Committee and the resident curator for 262 Studios’ public galleries. Since 2009, Rachel has collaborated with over two hundred artists, musicians, poets, small businesses and neighborhood organizations to create roughly 70 community art events. Rachel began signing her art as Dolan Cyr in 2009 to make a public distinction between her role as a visual artist and her role as an art advocate and organizer. She chose the name in honor of her great grandmothers, Anna Dolan and Victoria Cyr. “I can’t seem to escape my deep –and perhaps quixotic -desire to understand and reconcile the tension between the physical and the metaphysical. It has fueled both my intellectual life and my art life for as long as I can remember. My artwork is the record of my attempt to make sense of this polarity. Each piece is an experiment aimed at alchemically transforming a private experience into a physical object that communicates something of the metaphysical to the viewer. The private experiences at the core of each piece is as likely to be anchored in an emotion as in a philosophical query or an effort to make sense of the days’ news. I work strictly from my imagination without referencing photographs, or models.” dolancyrart.com