East Side Art Gallery

On display May-september: Tamina Muhammad

On Display September-January Stephan Kistler

Our summer visiting hours are 9am-3pm. 

In addition to our current exhibit, we offer a beautiful selection of handmade greeting cards, jewelry, sculpture, handbags, artwork, pottery, and fiber art from our MN Maker community. Artists include: Marilyn Meyer, Tom Nelson, Juan Parker, Susan Turnock, Marie Olofsdotter, Erik Riese, Heartifactory by Stacie Brown Forbes, Anne Spooner, Kim Hanks, Kitty Anderson, Mem Lloyd, Lois Tschida, Rolund Taylor-Enroth, Shakun Maheshwari, Diane Michele and more!

 

Tamina Muhammad

Tamina Muhammad is an illustration artist and face painter who studied illustration at Pratt Institute in Manhattan, N.Y. She was born in East Orange New Jersey and has been in the Twin Cities with her family for 3 years. Tamina has been drawing since childhood and is inspired by the world around her. Her work is a reflection of her multi-cultural heritage. She draws influence from motherhood, her native ancestry, as well as her time in the Southwest. She works with watercolor, acrylic, Prism markers, colored pencil, ink paints, handmade Moroccan inks, and saffron. 

Our gallery is located at 977 Payne Ave, St. Paul, MN 55130.

Call us at 651.774.5422 if you have any questions!

 


TRANSITIONS: 

Payne Avenue, Portrait of a Community

Photographs by Stephan Kistler

 

Join us for an Opening Reception September 6th from 5-7:30p.m.

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The setting is Payne Avenue in St. Paul, a neighborhood that had once been a thriving commercial center and community within a larger city, and still retains that sense of ‘Main Street’ in a smaller town. Immigrants from Sweden and Italy had established the neighborhood. Today, a rich mix of ethnic groups, and more recent immigrants, favor Payne Avenue as their home, work place, and commerce destination. The Avenue has endured a number of economic setbacks due to major plant closings nearby and, on the surface, shows many signs of its challenges. However, there is also a distinct sense of energy bringing about change and revival. It was that promise of imminent transformation that motivated St. Paul photographer Stephan Kistler to go out with his camera, starting out in the middle of this past winter, to probe a bit deeper.

Stephan's movement along Payne Avenue stirred up a broad range of individuals who were open to sharing a bit of their story – and a fleeting glimpse into their minds and hearts. Stories of individuals who are seeing their traditional trade swept up by modern times and trends; up-and-coming entrepreneurs who are establishing new businesses and creating new opportunities; employees who are working in jobs old and new; patrons of the many dining, shopping, service and entertainment opportunities; residents and visitors who are walking out on the avenue; community leaders who are committed to enable and create more prosperity; and young people imagining a better future, and pushing for change.

The faces and scenes assemble into a portrait of a community, providing unique insights into the social fabric of the Payne Avenue neighborhood. The many transitions are written into the photographs and their stories of its people, businesses and buildings. The contemporary images are straight up, honest and probing, with a caring and compassionate intention: to inspire viewers to become agents and enablers of positive transitions. 

Join us for an opening reception in the gallery

Thursday, September 6th from 5-7:30p.m. 

977 Payne Avenue
St. Paul, MN 55130
651-774-5422
 
There will be light refreshments, snacks, and good conversation. Meet the artist, fellow business owners, neighbors, and experience our vibrant community. In addition to the main exhibit at East Side Arts Council, there will be smaller collections of photographs featured in a number of businesses up and down Payne Avenue. We encourage you to take a walking tour of the work and experience all that Payne Avenue has to offer, including the award winning businesses Caydence Records and Coffee, our neighbor Tongue in Cheek, and Morelli's Market. Be sure to also check out East Side gems Cook, Brunson's Pub, East Side Pizzeria, Bymore Tacqueria, Eastside Thai, and the newly opened Cookie Cart!

 About the Artist:  Stephan F. Kistler is a photographer who lives in St. Paul. His goal in photography is to create a visceral, personal point of view that helps others see their surroundings, neighbors, and themselves in a new and enriched way – and, where possible, challenges the viewer to gain a fresh perspective on key issues and challenges that our society and environment faces. He currently focuses on street and environmental portraits of individuals and communities in urban settings, looking to tell stories about these people and their neighborhoods that might go untold or forgotten without the unique connection and moment that a camera lens can create and capture.  Stephan has had a life-long interest in the visual arts, especially photography and architecture. He was an avid photographer during his teen and college years in his native Switzerland but pursued a career in science and engineering that pushed his creative endeavors in other directions, and left only limited amounts of time for serious artistic aspirations. Stephan recently retired from 3M, where he last served as a Technical Director, managing a research laboratory focused on innovation and new product incubation. He is still working as a consultant and mentor to innovators and entrepreneurs but he now has the freedom to reinvigorate his passion for photography.  Stephan does not have any formal education in photography or the arts. However, in recent years, he was able to draw guidance, insights and challenges for a new trajectory of learning and discovery from a number of outstanding and most generous photographers who are conducting workshops at the Santa Fe School of Photography, the Minneapolis Photo Center, and Madeline Island School of the Arts.

About the Artist:

Stephan F. Kistler is a photographer who lives in St. Paul. His goal in photography is to create a visceral, personal point of view that helps others see their surroundings, neighbors, and themselves in a new and enriched way – and, where possible, challenges the viewer to gain a fresh perspective on key issues and challenges that our society and environment faces. He currently focuses on street and environmental portraits of individuals and communities in urban settings, looking to tell stories about these people and their neighborhoods that might go untold or forgotten without the unique connection and moment that a camera lens can create and capture.

Stephan has had a life-long interest in the visual arts, especially photography and architecture. He was an avid photographer during his teen and college years in his native Switzerland but pursued a career in science and engineering that pushed his creative endeavors in other directions, and left only limited amounts of time for serious artistic aspirations. Stephan recently retired from 3M, where he last served as a Technical Director, managing a research laboratory focused on innovation and new product incubation. He is still working as a consultant and mentor to innovators and entrepreneurs but he now has the freedom to reinvigorate his passion for photography.

Stephan does not have any formal education in photography or the arts. However, in recent years, he was able to draw guidance, insights and challenges for a new trajectory of learning and discovery from a number of outstanding and most generous photographers who are conducting workshops at the Santa Fe School of Photography, the Minneapolis Photo Center, and Madeline Island School of the Arts.