The sights and sounds of the St. Paul Fall Art Crawl come to the East Side

The East Side has four stops on this year’s St. Paul Fall Art Crawl, which is Oct. 13, 14 and 15.

Kate Pearce’s paintings, such as the one picture above, will be featured at J.A. Geiger Studio during the St. Paul Fall Art Crawl.

The St. Paul Fall Art Crawl is Oct. 13, 14 and 15, and if you’re looking to stay local, the East Side will have quite a few stops. At all the locations below, the crawl runs 6-10 p.m. on Friday, 12-8 p.m. on Saturday and 12-5 p.m. Sunday.


East Side Freedom Library

The East Side Freedom Library, located at 1105 Greenbrier St., will feature a variety of art mediums during the crawl. Some of the highlights include pottery from Claire O’Connor, the only woman who was among the Minnesota Freedom Riders. 

In 1961, the Freedom Riders were civil rights activists who traveled throughout the southern United States on interstate buses to challenge the segregation of public buses in the region. She was later involved in the Freedom Summer of 1964 where civil rights activists traveled throughout the South to help African-Americans register to vote. She has taught at the Highland Folk School for a number of years.

The Karen Weaving Circle, a group of 10 to 20 women, will also be at the library demonstrating its weaving craft. The Karen are an ethnic group from Burma who faced persecution from the Burmese military and eventually fled to the U.S. in the 1990s. St. Paul is home to the largest Karen population in the U.S.


Indigenous Roots Cultural Arts Center

The Indigenous Roots Cultural Arts Center, located at 788 East Seventh St., will be kicking off its first year in the St. Paul Art Crawl by opening a new exhibit called “Salon Mexico.” The exhibit will include nine Mexican artists from the cities of Celaya, Guadalajara, Guanajuato, Oaxaca, Querétaro, San Miguel de Allende and Tultepec, and will be open through Nov. 10. 

The exhibit will include a variety of visual art, including multimedia, realist and abstract art. All art featured will be available for purchase.

Mary Anne Quiroz, the cultural arts director for the center, said the exhibit was organized to “shed light and combat negative stereotypes” about people from Mexico and of Mexican descent.

Following the earthquake that struck central Mexico in September, five percent of the proceeds from art sales will be donated to organizations helping those affected.

In addition to the art exhibit, Indigenous Roots will feature a variety of performances and performing artists during the art crawl, as well as activities related to the upcoming Dia de los Muertos.


Flat Earth Brewing

Flat Earth Brewing, located at 688 Minnehaha Ave. E., will feature a couple of artists in its taproom, including comic, print and poster artist DWITT. There will also be pottery created by Peter Jadoonath and industrial art by Henry Walton.


J.A. Geiger Studio

Josephine Geiger has been involved in the St. Paul Art Crawl for some 10 years. A stained glass artist and trained architect, her studio, which she designed and built herself, is located above her garage, at 1647 Beech St.

In addition to Geiger’s stained glass art, painters Kate Pearce and Robyn Beth Priestley will also have their work on display, along with jewelry by Marti Johnson. 

For a full listing of artists featured on the East Side and around the city, and to download a Metro Transit pass for free rides during the art crawl, go to


Marjorie Otto can be reached at 651-748-7816 or at Follow her on Twitter at @EastSideM_Otto


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