Apr
28
7:30 PM19:30

Lowertown Classics

Next concert on Friday, April 28, 8pm. NORA BUSCHMANN. MSCM CLASSICAL GUITAR QUARTET.

Season 2016/17 Come early to reserve a seat and look at art.

Esteemed friends of classical music in obscure spaces:

Come join us for a last hooray! The Lowertown Lofts Artist Cooperative is happy to participate in the Spring Art Crawl this month. (come early to look at art and chat with Lowertownsmen and -women).

A special house concert is held at loft 307 with German guitarist Nora Buschmann - limited seating, please arrive early. The McNallySmith Classical Guitar Quartet will open for this amazing artist. Read more below...

Enjoy the special atmosphere, great company and musical excellence that has made this series a go-to for music lovers in the Twin-Cities! ith complementary wine tasting by our generous friends from Lowertown Revival Wine, Beer and Spirits.

Bring a friend, and keep supporting live music!  Eva Beneke - Artistic Director

 

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Apr
28
to Apr 30

St. Paul Art Crawl

Visit us at the St. Paul Art Crawl!

The crawl poster winner, Lizzie Wortham, lives in and will be showing her work in our building.

History: In 1991, the St. Paul Art Collective (SPAC) decided to coordinate a multiple building, weekend long, open studio event, and the Saint Paul Art Crawl was born. The five buildings that participated in the first Saint Paul Art Crawl were the Jax, 262 Studios,Lowertown Lofts Artist Cooperative, the Tilsner Artists’ Cooperative, and the Northern Warehouse Artists’ Cooperative.  Due in part to the work of the Saint Paul Art Collective, all five buildings still house artist studios and participate in the biannual Art Crawl.

  • Friday 6–10 PM
  • Saturday 12–8 PM
  • Sunday 12–5 PM
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Nov
11
8:00 PM20:00

Lowertown Classics

Friends and music lovers,

Come to Lowertown on Friday, November 11 at 8pm to join us for a night of mixed chamber music by some of the finest local performers. 

Duo Ramirez/Haas (Flute/Violin) will perform works by Bartok, C.P.Bach and Henryk Wieniawski.

Duo Andrea Stern/ Barbara Leibundguth (Harp/ Flute) will perform a set of Celtic music. 

Guitarist Eva Beneke will perform works by Beneke and more.


Enjoy the special atmosphere, great company and musical excellence that has made this series a go-to for music lovers in the Twin-Cities! ith complementary wine tasting by our generous friends from Lowertown Revival Wine, Beer and Spirits.

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Oct
14
to Oct 16

St. Paul Art Crawl

In 1991, the St. Paul Art Collective (SPAC) decided to coordinate a multiple building, weekend long, open studio event, and the Saint Paul Art Crawl was born. The five buildings that participated in the first Saint Paul Art Crawl were the Jax, 262 Studios,Lowertown Lofts Artist Cooperative, the Tilsner Artists’ Cooperative, and the Northern Warehouse Artists’ Cooperative.  Due in part to the work of the Saint Paul Art Collective, all five buildings still house artist studios and participate in the biannual Art Crawl, this year, the 25th anniversary.

  • Friday 6–10 PM
  • Saturday 12–8 PM
  • Sunday 12–5 PM
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May
6
6:30 PM18:30

WARM Spring Pop-Up Art Show

WARM Spring 3

Curated by WARM Board President and LLAC Member Artist Tara L Tieso

Join us for the opening of WARM Spring 3 - The third annual WARM new member pop-up show in the heart of Lowertown at Lowertown Lofts Artist's Cooperative. 

ARTISTS: 

A K Dayton • Renee Granger-Smith • Lisa-Marie Greenly • T. Helmberger • Lori Norman • Patrice O'Hanlon • Pat Owen • Montana Picard • Tracie Thompson • Lou Toleffson • Donna Weispfenning

Make the eclectic painting, drawing, photography, assemblage, linocuts and social commentary of WARM's newest members a stop on your First Friday!

Cover Image "Becoming Invisible" by A K D.

Music by LLAC member, classical guitarist Matt Vinge

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Apr
22
to Apr 24

Spring Art Crawl

In 1991, the St. Paul Art Collective (SPAC) decided to coordinate a multiple building, weekend long, open studio event, and the Saint Paul Art Crawl was born. The five buildings that participated in the first Saint Paul Art Crawl were the Jax, 262 Studios, Lowertown Lofts Artist Cooperative, the Tilsner Artists’ Cooperative, and the Northern Warehouse Artists’ Cooperative.  Due in part to the work of the Saint Paul Art Collective, all five buildings still house artist studios and participate in the biannual Art Crawl, this year, the 25th anniversary.

  • Friday 6–10 PM
  • Saturday 12–8 PM
  • Sunday 12–5 PM
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Feb
5
8:00 PM20:00

Lowertown Classics - February 5th

We hope to see you at the next concert on Friday, February 5th. It will be a very special Lowertown Classics, preceeded by the opening of Liz Carlson´s BIRD BITS show from 6-8pm. Come early to secure your seats

See Liz Carlson´s BIRD BITS 2015 - the 365 miniature birds - one per day - that Liz painted last year. Come early and enjoy the opening, save a seat and stay for the concert!

The first concert in 2016 marks the collaboration of the four performers of OboeBass! and Duo Ancora as OboeBassFluteGuitar! For this concert they will perform several pieces as a quartet, and mix and match their instrumental combinations in a variety of genres from baroque to tango to jazz. Carrie Vecchione, oboe, and Rolf Erdahl, double bass created and perform in OboeBass! , the world's only professional oboe/bass duo. Catherine Ramirez is flute professor at St. Olaf College and internationally known soloist and teacher of flute. A native of East Berlin, guitarist and Lowertown Classics founder Eva Beneke performs, records, and teaches around the world in addition to serving on the guitar faculty at McNally Smith College of Music in St. Paul.

*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* by our generous friends from Lowertown Revival Wine, Beer and Spirits. Coffee and pastries generously served by Per.Ke.Lat coffee shop.

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

Eva Beneke - Artistic Director www.lowertownlofts.org  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
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Feb
5
5:00 PM17:00

Bird Bits Gallery Opening - Liz Carlson 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 intrest 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.

ART VIEWING from 6-8pm, light refreshments will be served.

Wait...there's more!

In collaboration with my neighbor and amazing musician, Eva Beneke, we welcome you to the Lowertown Classics Series. Eva created and hosts this special series of classical concerts that take place at the Lowertown Lofts Artists Cooportive. The concerts last approximately 90 minutes with intermission and reception. She has corrdinated with with her fellow musicians to warm up the air with spring sounds. Think birds, spring and sun!

This is sure to be an evening of art and music that warm you through the rest of the season!

I hope you will join us,
Bird Bits Artist,
Liz Carlson

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!

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Jan
14
7:00 PM19:00

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)

RSVP: January 8th, 2016
Kristi Abbott - (612) 991-9023

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Dec
4
8:00 PM20:00

Lowertown Classics

It´s December! The holidays are near, and we will celebrate the 15th Lowertown Classics - with you! Come early to look at art and save your seat on December 4th, 8pm.

MUSIC by BACH, SCARLATTI, SOR, GRANADOS, RODRIGO, GIULIANI and Duo IMPROVISATIONS. As always, the Lowertown Lofts Artist Cooperative has invited exceptional local and international performers.

Nerea Berraondo - mezzo soprano
Catherine Ramirez - flute
Eva BenekeMaja Radovanlija, Alex Lubet - guitar

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 by our generous friends from Revival Wine Beer and Spirits.
Music, Art, Wine and Candy...we´ll celebrate the season together! CDs of the artists for sale - they make great stocking stuffers.
Bring a friend, and see you then!

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Nov
6
8:00 PM20:00

Lowertown Classics

The next Lowertown Classics concert in our building isis on November 6th with
- jazz singer Jennifer Scovell-Parker and Chris Olson, jazz guitar
- Hymnos Vocal Ensemble
- our own Eva Beneke, classical guitar!

Concert starts around 8:15pm, come early to grab a seat. Tell your friends about Lowertown Classics!

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Oct
2
8:00 PM20:00

Lowertown Classics

PAVIA WIND QUINTET - one of the Midwest's most exciting young chamber music ensembles, they will perform works by Nagle, Nielsen and selections of Richard Wagner's Siegfried Idyll. Check them out at http://paviawinds.com/

OLSON/BATES DUO - guitar and bass, extraordinary jazz skills, provided by Twin cities greats Chris Olson (guitar) and Chris Bates (bass), who we´d like to congratulate warmly for recently being awarded a McKnight fellowship!

HILDEBRAND- PETERSON DUO - these two young musicians come to us from the UofM across the river. Flute and guitar - a fine combination featuring works by Giuliani, Beaser and Ibert. With Jay Hildebrand, classical guitar and Hannah Peterson on flute.

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 by our generous friends from Lowertown Revival Wine, Beer and Spirits.

Music, Art, Wine and Candy ...let´s celebrate!
Bring a friend, and see you then!

Eva Beneke - Artistic Director
www.evabeneke.com
www.lowertownlofts.org

FREE WINE AND CANDY
- donation by the door -
(suggested donation $10)
255 KELLOGG BLVD E
3rd FLOOR ATRIUM
St. PAUL MN 55101
ENTRANCE TO BUILDING VIA BACK ALLEY

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2015 New Member  Pop-up Show
May
1
1:00 PM13:00

2015 New Member Pop-up Show

Kristi Abbott • Mary Alterman • Carolina Borja • Laura Burlis • Naomi Hart • Krista Johnson • Shelly Losee • Dianne Merten • Alexandra Norwick 

Reception
May 1 • 6:30-8pm

WATCH FOR MORE EVENTS 

THROUGHOUT THE MONTH OF MAY!

www.thewarm.org

Women’s Art Resources Minnesota (WARM) - Where women artists connect, learn  and thrive. 

WARM was started over 40 years ago as a feminist arts collective, and quickly became known nationally for its artists, the social commentary of their work, their vision, and their commitment to the power of women’s art. 

Today WARM carries on this legacy by promoting women’s art in all its forms, supporting women’s rights, and building a strong presence and a powerful, prosperous future for women artists everywhere. 

Join WARM - Let your art make a difference.

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Apr
24
to Apr 26

St. Paul Art Crawl

April 24, 25 & 26

  • Friday 6–10 PM
  • Saturday 12–8 PM
  • Sunday 12–5 PM

Visit our building during the Art Crawl and see the work of our amazing artists! Many studios will be open and the atrium will be full of our recent work.

Recognized for its tremendous success, the Saint Paul Art Crawl attracts over 25,000 people to Lowertown over a three day period and has become a model arts event that is emulated in cities across the country.  The weekend includes a number of special arts events for the whole family, as well as musical performances and special offerings at local bars and restaurants. Metro Transit is again providing free rides on both buses and the light rail both Saturday and Sunday of the weekend. Passes will be available from the St. Paul Art Crawl's website. www.stpaulartcrawl.org

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Apr
3
8:00 PM20:00

Lowertown Classics No. 11

Friends of classical music in obscure spaces, please join us for the next Lowertown Classics:

GUITAR TOTAL!

The artists of the night are: 

Guitar Duo Mediterranean Breeze (Milena Petkovic and Branko Barnic)
Roland Dyens - Comme des Grands Carlo Domeniconi - Circus Music 
Vojislav Ivanovic - Balkan Express

Improvised music with Maja Radovanlija - guitar, Phil Fried - double bass and Adam Patterson - percussion

Eva Beneke, solo guitar - Cinq Preludes by H. Villa- Lobos
 and Maja Radovanlija & Eva Beneke guitar duo.

 Two Russian pieces by Konstantin Vassiliev.

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, coffee and pastries by our generous friends from Lowertown businesses Perkelat and Revival Wine, Beer and Spirits! 

Feel free to ring a friend and join us for a great nigh out in Lowertown!

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Mar
6
8:00 PM20:00

Lowertown Classics No. 10 - SPECIAL EDITION

Enjoy the special atmosphere, great company and musical excellence that has made this series a go-to for music lovers in the twin cities! For the 10th show, we have some special surprises for you in store....one of which is wine tasting, coffee and pastries by our generous friends from Lowertown businesses Perkelat and Revival Wine, Beer and Spirits! The rest you'll have to find out in person. 

Bring a friend and join us for a great night in Lowertown!

Musicians of the night:
Venezuelan cellist Tulio Rondón plays a Suite by Bach.

Duo OboeBass! - back by popular demand, the world´s only oboe/bass duo performs music by Goplerud, Mann, Julie Johnson and Eric Hansen.
with Carrie Vecchione - oboe, and Rolf Erdahl on bass.

Choro Borealis - this exciting trio will warm your hearts with Choro-music from Brazil!

Robert Everest on 7-string guitar, cavaquinho (a steel-string cousin of the ukulele), and occasionally vocals and percussion; Pat O'Keefe on Bb Clarinet, bass clarinet, and percussion; and Tim O'Keefe on mandolin, cavaquinho, and percussion. The magic of the group is in the playful rotation of instruments. For one number Tim and Pat take turns on the melody and solos while Robert plays bass-lines on the low strings. On the next tune Robert might play the cavaquinho and sing in fluent Portuguese while Tim plays percussion and Pat covers the lower range on bass clarinet. All three also compose and arrange music in their repertoire, which includes many Choro favorites easily recognized by any Brazilian or Brazilian music connoisseur. One thing that makes this trio so engaging is the far-reaching musical endeavors and broad palettte of all three members, each with a unique musical background.

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Feb
6
8:00 PM20:00

Lowertown Classics #9

Enjoy the special atmosphere, great company and musical excellence. 
The line up for this night promises to be truly spectacular: 

MARIA JETTE (soprano) & DAN CHOUINARD (accordion and piano)

With the successful combination of wine, candy and a promise of YOUR company, we were able to lure these two phenomenal artists to Lowertown! They will perform a witty, entertaining and musically compelling selection of songs and arias by Bach, Puccini, Kern, Wodehouse and more. 

Maria and Dan are bringing their latest CD "The Siren's Song" that has been featured on "A Prairie Home Companion". DON'T MISS THEM!

Also on the program: "Letters from composers" - a song cycle for voice and guitar (Maria Jette with guitarist Eva Beneke) by the brillant DOMINICK ARGENTO, Minnesota based composer, Pulitzer-price winner and early founder of the Minnesota Opera. If you haven't heard these songs, you should come and be ready for a true treat of musical poetry and lyricism.

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Jan
16
8:00 PM20:00

Lowertown Classics No. 8

Why not go out, sit in the warm, listen to some stellar live classical music and have a glass of wine - all for $5 or so? 

The artists featured this month are of true local yet international colors:

Ladyslipper Ensemble
Egyptian American mezzo-soprano Sahar Hassan 
Chris Brown, Bass - who is a long-standing member of the beloved Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra
Chris Kachian, guitarist and professor at the University of St. Thomas

"A triumph of energy and creativity!"

Clarinet player Pat O´Keefe, a twin cities favorite, who will bring his newest solo CD "Contents may differ" and play Schubert´s beloved Arpeggione Sonata with guitarist Eva Beneke, who will also play some solo works she brought back from her december tour to Germany.

ART ON THE WALLS: by Gina Dambrowski, visual artist 

Program for Jan. 16, 2015

Sonata in A minor (Arpeggione), D.821  by F. Schubert
I. Allegro moderato
II. Adagio - Allegretto

with Pat O´Keefe - clarinet and Eva Beneke - guitar

Asturias (Leyenda)     by Isaac Albeniz
Eva Beneke -  guitar
  
Works by Gershwin, Poulenc and spirituals 
Ladyslipper Ensemble - voice, guitar and bass.

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Nov
14
8:00 PM20:00

​LOWERTOWN CLASSICS NO. 7

A musical extravaganza of classical, baroque and SWING music! Tell your friends, and join us for a special night out on the town here in Lowertown St. Paul. On the program: the world's ONLY OBOE/BASS DUODuo Ancora (flute /guitar) and RANDY SABIEN's SWING Quartett NOUVEA GROOVEAU, featuring McNallySmith talents and bassist Gary Raynor, who you have heard week after week on 'A Prairie Home Companion'!

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Oct
3
8:00 PM20:00

Lowertown Classics #6

Dear Ladies and Gentlemen, dear friends of classical music in unusual space...

Please allow me invite you to the next LOWERTOWN CLASSICS concert on Oct. 3, at 8pm - in the historic Lowertown St. Paul district.

If you haven't heard about this unique classical concert series in an Lowertown Artist loft yet, please let DESSA give you a quick introduction!

On October 3, we were able to invite two dear friends and truly exceptional, internationally renowned performers: 

Rene Izquierdo - guitar and Clea Galhano - recorder

They will present a program of duo and solo music - we all are in for a treat of excellent musicianship and virtuosity.

Please invite your colleagues and friends and spread the word! 

Lowertown Classics depends on audience donations, and we are very honored to have these two visit us in Saint Paul and play an exclusive concert.

I would love to see you and your friends there! Please forward this email to anyone who might be interested.

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Sep
11
7:00 PM19:00

To the Nines

Cami Applequist and Tara Tieso have pieces in the Re:Booked Art Exhibit at AZ Gallery.

The September 11 opening is part of the To the Nines Book Launch Celebration for the 2015 Saint Paul Almanac at AZ Gallery, Black Dog Coffee & Wine Bar, and Clouds in Water Zen Center, at 308 Prince Street in Saint Paul. There will also be author readings, live music and an exhibit of art from the 2015 edition of the Almanac.  www.saintpaulalmanac.org 

Thurs., Sept. 11, 2014 -- 7 p.m. at 308 Prince Street -- Saint Paul, MN 

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