East Side Art Gallery
Gallery 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, Erik Riese, Heartifactory by Stacie Brown Forbes, Anne Spooner, Kim Hanks, Kitty Anderson, Mem Lloyd, Rolund Taylor-Enroth, Shakun Maheshwari, Diane Michele May, Chelsea Schroeder, and more!
Our gallery is located at 977 Payne Ave, St. Paul, MN 55130.
Call us at 651.774.5422 if you have any questions!
On display through January:
Payne Avenue, Portrait of a Community
Photographs by Stephan Kistler
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.