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The Schmidt Art Crawl is back

By Lark Gilmer

Pag Schmidt Artist Lofts – “Where Art Lives” 
What do artists do? They create art. 
What do artists do in a pandemic? They create more art. 
Schmidt Artist Lofts will host the Saint Paul Art Crawl Oct. 15-17. This unique artist community, along with other artists and gig workers, were faced with many challenges with venues closed, events canceled and lifelines suddenly gone. Thankfully, many were given the gift of time and a temporary financial safety net. Time, patronage and talent form a renaissance. This October, the doors will reopen at The Schmidt Artist Lofts to an explosion of unleashed talent featuring two pivotal headliner art exhibitions and the exquisite work of 60 residents and guest artists. 

Headliner Art Exhibitions: Oct. 10–30: 
The Artists of Ugly Daisy Studio
Landmark Gallery 
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When you cross-pollinate a flower, you never know what you’re going to get except that it will be uniquely beautiful. 
This exhibition features the work of three stellar accomplished artists, each with a completely different abstract style. Together, they have collaborated on paintings that are strikingly breathtaking. This show introduces you to both the individual and the collaborative process of artists Petra Johnita Lommen, MaryBeth Garrigan and Rick Pirtle. It is rare and opus work. 
Do not walk, run to see it! 

Welcome to my World 
Atrium Gallery
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At first glance, it may not be what it seems. 
Large-scale elegant photographs adorn the atrium for the first time at the Schmidt. A natural sanctuary that comes to life with this exhibition, it is a perfect venue for large-scale works. The common thread throughout the exhibition is the challenge of perception. The images at first glance may not be what they seem. Curiosity pulls you in to have your beliefs affirmed, your sight questioned and offers (in my own case) a release of gratitude, whether intentional or not. The images—photographic or acrylic—are the work of a passionate and skilled artist Lark Gilmer, deeply rooted in humanity with a profound connection to the land. It is a premier exhibition, an unveiling, a reveal of a gifted artist. 
Featured Artists: Oct. 15 – 17
Over 60 artists will be on view throughout the Brewhouse building featuring show-stopper works by Schmidt residents like DC Ice, Brad Menninga, Stephen Poling, Sara Nogle, Carin Eckstrand, Kelly Ludeking and other invited photographers, painters, printmakers, candle makers, clay artists, textile artists, illustrators, a metalworker and more. Please note, the Bottlehouse will not be open. 
The full list of artists can be found on the Schmidt Artists website: 
Join us at Schmidt Artist Lofts Brewhouse, 900 W. 7th Street, Saint Paul, Schmidt Art Crawl Friday, Oct. 15, 6-10 p.m.; Saturday, Oct. 16, 12-8 p.m.; Sunday, Oct. 17, 12-5p.m.
Tickets are free and can be reserved at 
 Reservations and masks are required for entry. For more information on Schmidt Art Crawl – 

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