West 7th Visual Arts Show

Neighbors of Saint Paul’s West End neighborhood have banded together to organize the inaugural West End Scene and Be Scene visual arts show.  The exhibit has been created to show off the work of artists with ties to the community surrounding West 7th Street.

Artwork from more than 50 artists of various ages and skill levels will be on display.  The pieces range from drawings to sculptures and everything in between.  The artwork will hang in the Pilney building near the intersection of W. Seventh St. and Randolph Ave. It used to house a grocery store and meat market.

The show is not only to show off the talented works of West 7th artists, but will give them a way to connect with each other.  Exhibit organizer Rachel Gorski says “We can showcase what a vibrant and creative community we have here. I think artists often work under the radar and are holed up in their studio."

The West End is an economically and culturally diverse neighborhood.  Once heavily industrial, the area has been attracting more housing and businesses opportunities.  Plans are in the works for redevelopment of the old Schmidt Brewery, including rental housing specifically for artists.

The artistic vibe is thick here in West 7th.  There are plenty of art galleries and studios.  Neighbors, artists and friends recently formed West End Arts to promote and nourish arts in the neighborhood.

And continuing to build and grow the art community is another goal of the West End Scene and Be Scene visual arts show.  The event will not only express to the community how much art can be found here, but it will be a medium through which even more artists and artistic adventures may spring.

The opening reception of St. Paul’s West End Scene and Be Scene visual arts show is from 6-10 p.m. on Saturday.  The exhibit will also be open from 1-5 p.m. Sunday and 1-5 p.m. Thursdays through Sundays through Aug. 2. 

The Pilney Building is located at 1032 W. 7th St., St. Paul.  This event is free!

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