July 18th - 7pm Poetry Reading at the Phalen Poetry Park (Free Admission)
Seven poets of The Poetry Constellation, a local collaborative writing group, will be reading a selection of orginal poetry under the oaks and lighted luminaria. If you have a piece you would like to read, please feel free to bring it along to share with us. Come early to enjoy a beautiful summer evening at the Poetry Park, and you are invited to make yourself at home with a picnic, blankets, or lounge chairs. An art drawing will follow the reading.
Parking for the Poetry Park is available at the Phalen Recreation Center, located adjacent to the Poetry Park at 1000 Wheelock Parkway East in Saint Paul.
July 24th and 25th - 2pm Annual High Tea Fundraiser at The Weequah, an historic home on the shores of Lake Phalen ($25/person)
Enjoy a beautiful summer day in Wonderland with a four course Mad Hatter’s high tea on the porch of the Weequah, an historic East Side home with views of Lake Phalen. To RSVP, please send in a check of $25 per person payable to the East Side Arts Council at 977 Payne Avenue, Saint Paul, MN 55130. Please indicate which day you would prefer to attend and the names of those in your party. Your reservation will be confirmed upon receipt of check. Sign up early as space is limited, and call the East Side Arts Council with any questions at (651) 774-5422.
A community arts organization offering accessible, low-cost or free arts programs led by accomplished professional artists, ESAC celebrates the diversity of its neighborhood and builds appreciation of the arts.
All our programs are ADA compliant and can be adapted to suit all participants.
Gita Ghei, pictured here with her Rain Garden Sculpture at the new Beacon Bluff next-generation energy business site, is an accomplished sculptor and multi-faceted visual artist. This Rain Garden piece stands across from Gita's Storm Water Demonstration Installation as new additions to the public art the East Side Arts Council has brought to the site. This project was funded by the National Endowment for the Arts through a Fast Track grant to the East Side Arts Council. In addition to her large-scale installation work, Gita also teaches artist residencies and workshops with ESAC.
The East Side Arts Council Gallery is currently featuring an exhibit of iconic East Side images created by Diane Michele May.
Diane Michele May is an East Side artist whose parents, originally from Northern Minnesota, were a military family and moved all over the country. Her earliest training in art was from Mrs. Kennedy while living in Virginia, and later studied watercolor with Frank Zeller at White Bear Lake High School. She received a Bachelor of Science in Art from Harding University in Searcy, Arkansas and studied under Don Robinson, the head of the Art Department. Back in Minnesota, she took classes at the Atelier School in Minneapolis.
Diane Michele May and her husband and son live in Dayton’s Bluff. Her art showcases the East Side and is done in the mediums of ink and watercolor, acrylic, and oil, with oil being her favorite medium. She has shown art at the State Fair, as well as at coffee shops, and the administrative wing at Metro State.
The East Side Arts Council Gallery is open Monday-Friday from 9am to 5pm.
The mission of the East Side Arts Council is to collaborate with our community and artists to celebrate and experience the arts.
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