Events

Lowertown Classics - Season 2016/17 - April 8, 2015, 8pm

Friends of great music during an election year,

 

The last concert was a treat for all of our ears and eyes! A firework of pianistic mastery and true artistry paired with live painting by Jamie Kalvestran. While our good friend Clarice Assad has returned to her New York City domicile, she truly made an impact during her two month stay in the Twin Cities. If you are curious what she´s been up to, view this amazing video. It documents her work with girls at a St. Paul Public school in March.

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Clarice Assad (voice and piano) with Chris Olson (guitar). Photo Credit: Patrick Clancy

Jamie Kalvestran  with the finished painting after a 2hr live-painting session. Photo Credit:  Patrick Clancy

Jamie Kalvestran with the finished painting after a 2hr live-painting session. Photo Credit: Patrick Clancy

The musicians of the night   with Lowertown Classics director, guitarist  Eva Beneke   : Oleg Levin, Clarice Assad, Clea Galhano, Chris Olson.  Photo Credit:  Patrick Clancy

The musicians of the night with Lowertown Classics director, guitarist Eva Beneke: Oleg Levin, Clarice Assad, Clea Galhano, Chris Olson.  Photo Credit: Patrick Clancy

For our NEXT CONCERT ON APRIL 8, we are excited to welcome guitarist Andres Prado (Lima/Peru) who will be passing through the Midwest. Andrés Prado studied at the National Conservatory of Music (Lima), The Avellaneda School of Popular Music (Buenos Aires) and Trinity College of Music (London), specializing in Jazz and Latin American Guitar. As a composer his work has been recognized and documented for the national archive in Perú. As a player he has led his own bands in numerous appearances at music festivals in Perú, Argentina and England, on radio and television.
Listen to Andrés Prado HERE.

Celebrating our brand-new piano that night will be Ted Godbout, a young Minneapolis-based musician who has earned degrees in both classical and jazz piano performance. Another big shout out to WELLS PIANOS of St. Paul for their generous loan in support of our little series!

Ted is currently on faculty at Chaska Music Studios and St. John’s University and maintains a busy performing and teaching schedule in the Twin Cities area of Minnesota. He is co-founder of the Nexus Ensemble, a group which mashes Jazz, Hip-Hop, Afro-beat and R&B, and also serves as Director of Music at Shepherd of the Hill Presbyterian Church in Chaska, MN.  Ted appears regularly with many musicians and groups in the Twin Cities, including the Cedar Avenue Big Band, Tim Patrick and his Blue Eyes Band, PaviElle, Lila Ammons, and Alicia Steele.
Listen to Ted here!

Back by popular demand, and turning this night into a rare moment in Lowertown Classics history is Randy Sabien, jazz violinist, composer, and music educator known for his live performances and numerous recordings, many of them on Flying Fish Records and Red House Records. At the age of 21 he founded and chaired the Jazz Strings department at Boston's Berklee College of Music and since 2009 has been the chair of the Strings department of McNally Smith College of Music.

  

Enjoy the special atmosphere, great company and musical excellence that has made this series a go-to for music lovers in the Twin-Cities!


With complementary wine tasting generously served by Revival Wine, Beer and Spirit.

Music, Art, Wine and Candy. CDs of the artists for sale.
Bring a friend, and see you then!


Eva Beneke - Artistic Director
www.evabeneke.com



- donation by the door -
(suggested donation $10)

255 KELLOGG BLVD E
3rd FLOOR ATRIUM
St. PAUL MN 55101
ENTRANCE TO BUILDING VIA BACK ALLEY

Lowertown Lofts Artist Liz Carlson and Bird Bits in the Gallery

A few words from the Artist: 

In 2015 I set out to complete my first one-a-day series of miniature watercolor paintings. AND I did it! 365 paintings! Come join me and see the compltete series displayed together at the Lowertown Lofts Artists Cooportive.

Birds have been a long time theme in my art. I'm happy to have shared my interest in them. I have learned about many new birds and attempted to render their likeness and personalities.

All non-reserved Bird Bits will be available for purchase.

Wait...there's more!

If you weren't able to make it to the opening there's still time and many birds looking to migrate to a new home. The show will be up most of February and a private viewing is an option. Contact me, Liz Carlson at LLACStudio308@gmail.com if you are interested in another viewing or a first viewing. I believe this will be the only time the Bird Bits will be shown together.

Please note the enterence to the Lowertown Lofts Artists Cooportive is in the alley connecting Wall Street and Wacouta Street, 255 Kellogg Blvd East, Saint Paul, Mn 55101
Look for our banners!

Ruth Mordy Friedlander at Seasons on the St Croix Gallery

Lowertown Lofts fabric artist Ruth Mordy Friedlander is now showing her tapestries at Seasons on the St Croix Gallery (401 Second Street, Hudson, WI) through February 29, 2016. Check gallery for hours: seasonsonstcroix.com.

Friedlander cites Ralph Waldo Emerson's simple but elegant insight as her touchstone: the creation of beauty is art. Her tapestries include beautiful original tie-dyed fabrics suggestive of nature images, framed in the delicate style of Japanese scrolls.

Friedlander and her friend Marion Angelica,a potter, are part of this unique show that highlights the relationships between women as artists, and the ways they provide support and inspiration to one another. In addition, the gallery displays work by several gifted local potters, painters, photographers, jewelers, and fabric artists. 

You are invited to an exclusive evening of art and television!

On January 14th, 2016, a premiere screening of the MN 

Original Series featuring collage artist, Kristi Abbott, will be hosted at the Lowertown Lofts Artist Cooperative. Filmed late in 2015 over 3 days, the episode highlights Kristi’s unique artform, her technique and her artistic journey to date. On display will be work filmed during the TV show, as well as new commission pieces for local businesses A=RT (Art Equals Real Transformation) and the Minnesota RollerGirls. 

Please join us for wine and cheese and help us celebrate this exciting event.

When: Thursday, January 14th, 2016

 7:00 - 9:00pm

 Screening to take place at 7:30

Where: 3rd Floor Atrium

 Lowertown Lofts Artist Cooperative

 255 Kellogg Blvd East

 St. Paul MN 55101

 (Entrance through back alley between Wall & Wacouta Streets)

 Kristi Abbott - (612) 991-9023

Joe Krumpelmann's Stained Glass will be featured at "Lowertown Classics" Nov. 6th


The next Lowertown Classics is near, and we´re preparing for a night of exceptional music - by Bach, Rodrigo and Jazz standards as well as originals by Jennifer Parker. 
Chansons by 16th Century French composers, polyphonic folk music from the Balkans and the Republic of Georgia. 
And drinking songs from Britain.

WITH:
Jennifer Scovell- Parker - vocals
Hymnos Vocal Ensemble
Eva Beneke - classical guitar
Christopher N. Olson - jazz guitar

The Lowertown Lofts Artist Cooperative is proud to welcome these amazing local and international performers, we are also happy to have Lowertown Lofts Artist Joe Krumpelmann's stained glass pieces featured on that night. 


Enjoy the special atmosphere, great company and musical excellence that has made this series a go-to for music lovers in the Twin-Cities!

© Joseph Krumpelmann

© Joseph Krumpelmann

© Joseph Krumpelmann

© Joseph Krumpelmann

© Joseph Krumpelmann

© Joseph Krumpelmann

Lowertown's Day of the Dead Celebration

Music, dance and Art. Featured artists include Ta-coumba T. Aiken, Chad Hambright, Orion Dante, Dolan Cyr, Pieter Sibal, Emily Bell and Staci Sathre

What: Dia De Los Muertos - Lowertown

When: 5-10 p.m. Sunday

Where: Bedlam Lowertown, 213 Fourth St. E., St. Paul

Info: or 651-209-0597

Cost: Free, $5 suggested donation

Aiken's contribution is a colorful 10-foot by 5-foot painting, "All in All."  

Aiken's contribution is a colorful 10-foot by 5-foot painting, "All in All."  

For more information go to this Pioneer Press article.

Fall into Winter Art Show and Reception

Burning orange, bright red, yellow flame
Slowly cooling to soft blue and stark white.
Thick paint, words, photographs, wax, oil, wood…
Time slows, thoughts deepen, creativity warms.
7 artists evoke the experience of falling into winter
Through their work in a cozy café,
Come join us for a night of music and art.

Opening night: November 6th from 6 -9PM
(During Lowertown’s First Fridays)
Exhibition dates: November 3rd- November 30th, 2015
At the Black Dog Café in Lowertown, St. Paul.
www.blackdogstpaul.com

Artists:  Lowertown Lofts Co-op Members Shelly Losee and Tara Tieso!
Plus, Laura Burlis, Gary Hoover, Catherine Palmer, Holly Tappen  and
Elaine Walsh

Mark your calendar! You don't want to miss, " Intricate Simplicities of the Spirit" by Ta-coumba Aiken

Ta-coumba Tyrone Aiken  Ta-coumba is an internationally recognized artist, arts administrator, public speaker and community activist. Aiken focuses on public art and collaborative projects.   Aiken is a recipient of numerous awards and honors including but not limited to the 2015 Knight Arts Challenge Winner with Walker West Music Academy, 2011 Sally Irvine Ordway Award, a Pollack-Krasner Foundation Fellowship and a Bush Foundation Visual Arts Fellowship. His works can be found in the collections of the Walker Art Center, Bush Foundation, RBC Dain Rauscher, General Mills, Herbie Hancock, Saint Paul Union Depot, and Maya Angelou  Ta-coumba Aiken once again is exploring and expressing his "Visual Voice". He is used for community engagement and social activism. Aiken lends his talents to draw people's attention to the big issues in, inequities in homelessness, health, education, race and gender. He also believes in love for his fellow human being and all living things most importantly our planet.   This exhibition titled " Intricate Simplicities of the Spirit" is Mr Aiken's description of his art and his life. When ask what is his style of art, he says   " Superlative Realism " and smiles. " I created my art to heal the hearts of people and their communities by evoking a positive spirit."  For more information go to:  tacoumbaaiken.com , 

Ta-coumba Tyrone Aiken

Ta-coumba is an internationally recognized artist, arts administrator, public speaker and community activist. Aiken focuses on public art and collaborative projects. 

Aiken is a recipient of numerous awards and honors including but not limited to the 2015 Knight Arts Challenge Winner with Walker West Music Academy, 2011 Sally Irvine Ordway Award, a Pollack-Krasner Foundation Fellowship and a Bush Foundation Visual Arts Fellowship. His works can be found in the collections of the Walker Art Center, Bush Foundation, RBC Dain Rauscher, General Mills, Herbie Hancock, Saint Paul Union Depot, and Maya Angelou

Ta-coumba Aiken once again is exploring and expressing his "Visual Voice". He is used for community engagement and social activism. Aiken lends his talents to draw people's attention to the big issues in, inequities in homelessness, health, education, race and gender. He also believes in love for his fellow human being and all living things most importantly our planet. 

This exhibition titled " Intricate Simplicities of the Spirit" is Mr Aiken's description of his art and his life. When ask what is his style of art, he says 

" Superlative Realism " and smiles. " I created my art to heal the hearts of people and their communities by evoking a positive spirit."

For more information go to: tacoumbaaiken.com