Saint Paul Art Crawl

We have to give Lowertown St. Paul a high-five for the changes the area has made over the years. Instead of abandoned spaces there are excellent brew pubs; rather than empty streets during off business hours there are happy crowds walking through parks, to concerts, and to theaters. This weekend, the area will be even more bustling thanks to the Saint Paul Art Crawl, where over 350 artists will showcase their work at open studios, gallery shows, and makeshift venues. While most events will be in the downtown and Lowertown regions, art happenings will also occur at Harriet Island, on the East Side, in the University and Raymond area, and up Grand Avenue. One of the galleries scheduled that caught our eye is the Art Vending Machine, a converted cigarette dispenser in the Northern Warehouse Building (308 Prince St.) where art collectors on a budget can purchase local, small-scale pieces for $5 (proceeds benefit the crawl, in addition to Altered Esthetics). There's also SoundCrawl, a 12-hour local-music marathon, beginning at 6:30 p.m. Friday that doesn't stop until dawn on Saturday. Those with limited transportation options should take note: Metro Transit will be offering free bus rides between event sites. For a complete list of events and locations, visit or call 651.292.4373. (Painting by Claudia Stack)
Fri., April 23, 6-10 p.m.; Sat., April 24, 12-8 p.m.; Sun., April 25, 12-5 p.m., 2010

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