Monday, December 19, 2011

Portrait drawing will resume January 6

There will be no portrait drawing studio sessions for the remainder of December (December 23 and 30).  Portrait drawing will resume Friday, January 6, at its normal time, 7:00 to 9:30 pm, at the Old Town Studios, 4th floor, ACVR warehouse building, 106 Water Street West, St. Paul, MN.

Life drawing model schedule for December and January

This is the life-drawing model schedule for the remainder of December 2011 and January 2012.

12/21 Brooke (2)

12/28 Mark (1)

1/4 Emma (2)

1/11 Shelby (1)

1/18 Emma (2)

1/25 Jacquie (1)

Saturday, September 24, 2011

There will be life drawing October 5th

There is a change in the life drawing schedule. We will be holding a life drawing session Wednesday, October 5th at its usual time from 7:30 to 9:30 pm.

Derek Davis has a new website

Old Town Artists member Derek Davis has a new website:  Please check it out.

Savoring Summer - Oil

Friday, September 23, 2011

Ron Duffy will have a one-artist show at the Boyton Health Center, University of Minnesota

The Inner Garden, 2010
Acrylic on canvas board

Old Town Artists member Ron Duffy will have a one-artist show at the Boynton Health Center, University of Minnesota, October 3 -- November 18 . The show, Intuitive Painting, Chronic Illness, and Healing,  features original paintings by Ron. The opening reception is October 5, 2011, 5:30 p.m.–7 p.m. Ron will present a brief talk on his work at 5:45 p.m. The Health Center asks that you RSVP if you intend to attend the opening. RSVP to

The show is free and open to the public and is in the Boynton Health Service Third Floor Gallery.  It is open Monday–Friday, 8 a.m.–5 p.m.

Because of road construction Ron provided these directions to the Boynton Health Center.

Directions provided by from Ron Duffy.  If you get lost, blame me!
I am a direction challenged person, offering you directions!

There is significant road construction near the U of M.  To get to Boynton Health Services Building I suggest these directions:

From I-94:  
Take the Huron Blvd. exit. Turn left onto Fulton St. SE.  After about 4 blocks, Fulton St. SE merges and becomes East River Parkway (or Road). Follow East River Parkway for about .2 mile, and look for the East River Road Garage on the right. 

From I-35W:
Take the University Ave. SE exit, and go east.  Follow University Ave. SE to 14th Ave. SE.  Turn right onto 14th Ave. SE.  As soon as you make the turn, 14th Ave. SE becomes East River Parkway (or Road).  Follow East River Parkway for about .8 mile and look for the East River Road Garage on the left.

I’m parked in the East River Road Garage.  Now what?
Find the elevator.  Take the elevator to “Level 1 / Coffman Union / Street Access.  (Inside the elevator select the button that says “Level 1 / Plaza.”)  Step out of the elevator, go out the maroon colored door.  You will see a grassy plaza.  Head across the grassy plaza, going east.  (At the end of the grassy plaza you will be looking at the back of the Boynton Health Services Building, which has a sign and lots of green leaves growing on the back wall.)  The street you are walking along is Delaware St.  Go east on Delaware St. for about a block.  You will come to the intersection of Delaware St. SE and Church St. SE.  Boynton Health Services Building is located at the intersection of Delaware and Church St.  The street level is actually the 3rd floor of the Boynton Health Services building.  Enter the lobby.  The 3rd floor gallery is located just off the lobby, through a door marked “Patient Accounting / Student Health Benefits Office.”  This door is right next to the Information and Referrals desk in the lobby.

About the 3rd Floor Gallery at U of M Boynton Health Services Building
The 3rd Floor Gallery is the wall space of two intersecting hallways that form a “T.”  This hallway gets a lot of traffic from university staff and students.  U of M Boynton Health Services has fabulous art pieces hanging everywhere on the walls of each floor level in the building.  I see this as a wonderful testament to the philosophy of “Art Contributes to Healing.”

Tracie Thompson will be completing a dog portrait at the Bark and Roll event tomorrow

Old Town Artists member Tracie Thompson will be participating in the Bark and Roll event tomorrow, Saturday, September 24, at Mears Park from 10 am to 3 pm.  Tracy will be painting a portrait of Major, a Roseville police dog who was crippled in the line of duty last year. She will also be offering a certificate for a custom animal portrait drawing (similar to the one of Ally, shown below) in the Silent Auction to benefit Home for Life
 More information on the event is on the Bark and Roll event website and from the St. Paul Pioneer Press.

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Newspaper article about Old Town Artists from 1974

Nancy Kinney, a former member of Old Town Artists found this copy of an article about OTA from 1974 and brought it to the studio to share with us during an open portrait studio session two weeks ago.  Thank you, Nancy, for sharing it with us.

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Life drawing model schedule for September through November


9/7 Emma (2 extended poses)

9/14 Amber (1 pose)

9/21 Lisa (2)

9/28 Aaron (1)


10/12 Tracy (2)

10/19 Jil (1)

10/26 Lisa (2)

11/2 Staci (1)

11/9 Chip (2)

11/16 Jil (1)

11/23 Staci (2)

11/30 Jacquie (1)

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Portrait drawing resumes this Friday, September 2.

Portrait drawing resumes for the 2011-2012 season this Friday, September 2, from 7:00 to 9:30 pm. Cost is still $5.00.  Doors to the ACVR warehouse will be open from 6:30 to 7:00 pm.  If you come late, call 651-278-5128 and we will come downstairs to let you in.

The schedule for portrait drawing from September through December is in an earlier post.

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

New painting by Thomas Winterstein

Still Life
Oil Painting on Canvas Board
August 2011, 10 x 8 inches

Used with permission of artist, Thomas Winterstein

Sunday, August 21, 2011

OTA artist Tracie Thompson will be showing at the Fine Line Music Cafe

OTA artist Tracie Thompson will be showing at the Fine Line Music Cafe Thursday August 25 from 8 PM to close as part of a RAW event. From the RAW website,  "RAW events are multi-faceted artistic showcases. Each event features a film screening, musical performance, fashion show, art gallery, performance art and a featured hairstylist and makeup artist. These artists are all local, hand-picked talent who have been chosen to feature at RAW." Tickets are $10 and may be purchased from the RAW website.

Friday, August 19, 2011

Old Town Artists welcomes Heather Johnson as its newest member

Old Town Artists welcomes Heather Johnson as its newest member.  She is an artist, videographer, and author. You can view her work at her website, and at You can read her musings on Twitter.

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Life Drawing and Portrait Drawing Schedule: September-December

Month Date Day Life Drawing Portrait Drawing
2 Friday
7 Wednesday
9 Friday
14 Wednesday
16 Friday
21 Wednesday
23 Friday
28 Wednesday
30 Friday
5 Wednesday
7 Friday
12 Wednesday
14 Friday
19 Wednesday
21 Friday
26 Wednesday
28 Friday
2 Wednesday
4 Friday
9 Wednesday
11 Friday
16 Wednesday
18 Friday
23 Wednesday
25 Friday
2 Friday
7 Wednesday
9 Friday
14 Wednesday
16 Friday
21 Wednesday
23 Friday
28 Wednesday
30 Friday

Monday, August 8, 2011

Renee Vevea has a new blog

OTA member Renee Vevea has started a new blog, ReneeVeveaArt. It  showcases her new paintings and general musings on the art of painting, inspiration and creativity.

Sunday, August 7, 2011

Jurying the State Fair Art Show

If you have ever wondered what it is like to jury the State Fair Art Show, Douglas Beasley, who juryed the photographs for the 2009 show, describes what it was like for him to chose 107 photographs for exhibition from over 1,100 photographs entered into the show. He selected the photographs and awarded ribbons in one day.

Tom Winterstein, an Old Town Artists member, was an assistant to the oil painting judge about 10 years ago when over 600 paintings were entered into the show. He estimates that the judge spent 5 seconds or less evaluating a painting during the first round of jurying. If the judge said yes or maybe, the painting was put into the next round of jurying. If the judge said no, the painting was not accepted into the art show. Even at only 5 seconds per painting it took about an hour for the first round of jurying. This process was repeated two or three times. During each successive round of jurying, the judge took more time evaluating a painting. Finally, the paintings were laid side by side on the floor. The judge then walked among the paintings, comparing them, to make the final 10 or 20 rejections. After this the judge had to award the ribbons to the paintings. Tom says it was a very long day.

The entries and accepted works in each category for this year's show (2011) are shown below. Between 16- 22 percent of the works entered in each category were accepted for the art show.
1. Oil/acrylic/mixed media55697
2. Sculpture14925
3. Watercolor/gouache/casein/tempera16629
4. Drawings/pastel17830
5. Prints5412
6. Ceramics/glass11222
7. Textiles/fibers7315
8. Photography796125

Old Town Artist Tracie Thompson profiled in Star-Tribune

Old Town Artist Tracie Thompson was profiled in the Sunday, August 7, Star-Tribune Lifestyle section. The article describes Tracie's work as a mural artist who helps homeowners correct design problems in their rooms with the murals she paints.

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Life Drawing Models for July and August

7/6 Lucinda (1 extended pose)

7/13 Staci (2 poses)

7/20 Mark (1)

7/27 Liz (2)

8/3 Katherine J. (1)

8/10 Mark (2)

8/17 Monica (1)

8/24 Lisa (2)

8/31 Jacquie (1)

Monday, July 4, 2011

Schedule for Life Drawing--Summer 2011

Life drawing will continue through the summer at its normal day and time: Wednesday, 7:30-9:30 pm. Cost is $8.

Door to the warehouse will be manned from 7:00 to 7:30 pm. Call 651-278-5128 if you arrive after 7:30, someone will come downstairs to let you in. 

Click on the Open Drawing Sessions tab at the top of the blog for more information on the life drawing sessions. 

Friday, July 1, 2011

Magic with Toned Paper--A new drawing class at Old Town Artists

Want to learn to do this? It is so much easier than you'd think!

Upside Down Dog, sketch from life in black and white on brown paper, by Tracie Thompson
For years Tracie Thompson, a member of Old Town Artists, has been drawing with this technique, using black and white (and various earth colors) on tan paper. It's a drawing method that dates back at least to the Renaissance, when artists commonly used tan, grey, blue, and even pink paper, drew on that in charcoal or other dark media, and then put the highlights in with chalk or white paint.

The class will run Tuesday evenings in the Old Town Artists studio from 6:30 to 8:30 pm, July 19 to August 30. Tuition is $120, materials fee is $20.

For more information or to sign up for the class go to the full course description on Tracie's blog.

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

New painting by Thomas Winterstein

Drapery and pomegranate
14 by 14 inches, oil on canvas
Copyright Thomas Winterstein, 2011
Used by permission of the artist.

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

This Friday is last portrait session for the summer

This Friday will be the last portrait session for the summer. Portrait sessions will return the first Friday in September, September 2.

Doors will be open from 6:00 to 7:00 pm. The session will run from 7:00 to 9:30 pm. As usual there will be popcorn and conversation afterwards. For more information on the portrait session please go to the Open Drawing Sessions page (llink is at the top of this blog).

Lost and Found

The following items were left in the Old Town Artists' studio at least a month ago. They will be on the table behind the door to the studio until the end of the summer. In addition, a box of pencils was left on a TV tray last week. It will also be on the table.

1. Hooded jacket.
2. Hooded sweatshirt with a white paint stain
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3. Watercolor palette

Thursday, June 16, 2011

New painting by Thomas Winterstein

Alvin Hanson's Farm
10 by 20 inches, oil on canvas
Copyright Thomas Winterstein, 2011
Used by permission of the artist

Image used with permission of Thomas Winterstein.

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Only two portrait drawing sessions left for this summer

There will be two more portrait drawing sessions this summer: June 17 and June 24. There will be no portrait drawing during July and August.

Portrait drawing will resume Friday, September 2.

For more information on the portrait drawing sessions see the Open Drawing Sessions page (link is at the top of this blog).

Saturday, May 28, 2011

Life drawing schedule--summer 2011

Life-drawing open studio will meet every Wednesday this summer through the end of August.

Portrait drawing schedule--summer 2011

Portrait-drawing open studio will be held every Friday in June. It will not be held in July or August. It will resume its regular schedule after Labor Day on Friday, September 9th.

Date Meeting (yes/no)

June 3 Yes
June 10 Yes
June 17 Yes
June 24 Yes

Month of July No
Month of August No

Friday, May 13, 2011

New painting by Betty Livingston

Cock of the Walk

oil on canvas, 16 by 20 inches
Copyright Betty Livingston, 2011
Used by permission of the artist

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Figure drawing schedule for May

5/4 Jil (2 extended poses)

5/11 Lucinda (1 pose)

5/18 Lisa (2)

5/25 Crystal (1)

Kitten painting by Tracie Thompson

Six Chartreux

oil on canvas, 20 x 36 inches
Copyright Tracie Thompson, 2011
Used by permission of the artist

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Come see member's art during the St. Paul Art Crawl

Please come visit us during the Spring 2011 Art Crawl, April 29-May 1. Members from Old Town Artists will be displaying and selling their art.

Crawl hours are Friday, April 29, 6:00 to 10:00 pm; Saturday, April 30, noon until 8:00 pm; and Sunday, May 1, noon until 5 pm.

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Open Drawing Schedule April and May 2011

Life Drawing Date (Wednesdays)

Portrait Drawing Date (Fridays)


April 6 (2 poses)

April 08

April 13 (1 pose)

April 15

April 20 (2 poses)

April 22

April 27

No Drawing because of the Art Crawl

April 29

May 4 (1 pose)

May 06

May 11 (2 poses)

May 13

May 18 (1 pose)

May 20

May 25 (2 poses)

May 27

Figure Model Schedule for April

April 6, Sylvia (2 poses)
April 13, Dana (1 pose)
April 20, Emma (2 poses)

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Life Drawing is Cancelled Tonight, Wednesday March 23

Because of the snowstorm and the poor road conditions life drawing is cancelled tonight, March 23.

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Life drawing is now eight dollars starting in March

The Wednesday open life drawing sessions have not been breaking even because of low attendance. As a result, the cooperative is reluctantly raising the fee for life drawing from seven dollars to eight dollars starting March 2.

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Life drawing schedule January through March

1/5 Sylvia (1 pose)

1/12 Mark (2)

1/19 Crystal (1)

1/19 Emma (2)

2/2 Mark (1)

2/9 Chere (2)

2/16 Crystal (1)

2/23 Staci (2)

3/2 Vi (1)

3/9 Chere (2)

3/16 Dana (1)

3/23 Emma (2)

3/30 Tracy (1)

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

New painting by Tracie Thompson

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Wharehouse Angel #5 by Tracie Thompson
Oil and wax on canvas
30 by 40 inches