Meet Katie – Volunteer Curator

Meet Katie Palmer

Katie is one of our Inclusive Community Currators. 
Katie does an outstanding job, she schedules artists for over 80 opportunities in Andy’s Gallery at Saint Paul Saints Games.

Thank you Katie!

Catherine A. Palmer

Catherine A Palmer BFA, University of Minnesota Minneapolis, MN While I have been at the business of making art for as long as I can remember, my work as a student began in earnest in 1987 when I was awarded a scholarship to the Split Rock Art program. Since then, my study has led me from the precepts of life and figurative drawing to the freedom I have found in theory and an abstract vision. In other words, you need to know the rules to break them. And in the process of doing so, catharsis is found. My starting place is color; color leads me through space to composition. My subject matter can be identified as a conversation with the world I live in, influenced by feminism, personal circumstance and the on-going attempt to create a pure art object, one that exists solely for the experience of the beholder. I have shown my work in Minneapolis since 1997 in Galleries, Community Colleges and Coffee Houses. As a result, my paintings are held in personal collections across the United States and in Norway.

Fox Den Show March 2022 “Dancing Ladies Series”

Instagram: @paintingscatherinepalmer
Facebook: @CatherineAPalmerPainting

I like to volunteer because I am a busy body.. and why the heck not volunteer for different art organizations.

 — Katie
Catherine A Palmer
She/Her or They/Them
Instagram: @paintingscatherinepalmer
Facebook: @CatherineAPalmerPainting

Summer Art Markets – June 12, July 17, July 31, August 14, August 21, and September 18 2022 4-9 PM

Sunday Afternoons at the St. Paul Farmers Market. Join fans as they leave Saints games, neighbors, and friends. Local artists, music, pizza, beer, and ice cream!

Show and Sell Your Art

  • 10×10 space $50
  • Lowertown Artists $40
  • Artists who volunteer $35 (*details at sign up)

(Artists need to supply their own tables, chairs, and display items)

  • Set up at 3 PM
  • *Special event: Jazz Fest 6/25/22 4-10 PM Farmers Market
  • $100
  • $80 for Lowertown Artists
  • $60 for artists who volunteer

“Our mission is to promote diversity and create an environment where all artists are welcome regardless of training and background”

Bakken Museum

Since 1975, The Bakken Museum has been committed to nurturing a passion for science in visitors from around the world. Located on Bde Maka Ska, the museum maintains a world-class artifact collection, dynamic exhibit experiences, and industry-leading education programs – both onsite and across the region.

Big River Pizza

Steve credits his success to following the freshness of seasonal locally grown foods, a proclivity born from family farmers’ market outings and street food festivals.  Big River Pizza is the natural evolution from taking that love of simple, vibrant food and putting it into the pizzas Steve sells at farmers’ markets and outdoor venues throughout beautiful Minnesota and ultimately rooting in Lowertown.  We came out of farmers’ markets, so naturally, we set up our brick and mortar across the street from the best one in the state.

Welcome to Big River Pizza

How the Bill Murray Choice Award Began!

We were working at the new gallery space and anticipating giving a tour to our board member, Mike Veeck. We saw so much already done and so much left to do. Mike was leaving town that day so we hope he’d still have time to stop by but it was getting late. We were getting ready to leave and thought we saw Mike through the glass door. Bill Murray walks in with Mike trailing behind him smiling and laughing, “Hm, I got you!” Mike made introductions and said it’d be really cool if we could give Bill Murray, Mike, his wife, Libby, and one of the construction guys a tour. On the outside, I walked everyone through the space, showing the gallery space, classroom, and gift shop. On the inside, I was hearing Bill give suggestions about lighting and hoped I actually said things out loud and not only in my mind. I was excited to meet him and was surprisingly not star-struck. It meant so much to me to have him feel welcomed and be impressed that I felt the pressure of anxiousness creeping in. The bathrooms were a big deal. The city thought we needed two bathrooms – both accessible. So, I flung the door open and exclaimed, “Check this out! It’s accessible!” Hoping he didn’t think I meant that HE needed a bathroom just then. We all continued to chat and wander through the space. “What do you need?” Bill said all of sudden. Now, let’s remain in this moment … we HAD a wish list, we HAD needs – for sure! But, instead, “Bill, we could really use a ladder,” came out of my mouth. To be fair, there was a new artist installation which was going to be up that needed a really big ladder but still!?! Days later after telling this story more than a few times, a good friend suggested I send Bill Murray a note to thank him for coming by, letting him know that we did, indeed, get a ladder BUT would he be willing to judge the art from our annual Co-Lab project and select an artist pair recipient for a Bill Murray Choice Award for the public exhibit each year? “Yes!” said Bill Murray. So, we didn’t get a ladder; we got more of what we are – a lasting and strong community.”

Excerpts are taken from “The Show Five Year Book” Written by Tina Van Erp

We Made It!

Lowertown: InsideOut When’s the first time we knew we’d “made it”? When the faces of artists, typically left out of the mainstream art scene, were more than life-size plastered on the walls in Lowertown as part of the artist group chosen for Lowertown’s InsideOut project. In the summer of 2015, we walked down the street and around the corners in Lowertown under the watchful, warm, and inviting gaze of Lowertown’s artists, we knew. We’d never realized it before then – that Lowertown is the entity created by the people who live, create, and are in the community inside the multiple city blocks. While Lowertown actually is a fundamental “Lower Town” within the capital city of Saint Paul, Minnesota, its history suggests that the streets and avenues built at a lower elevation and closer to the Mississippi River are only the container/vehicle where Lowertown resides. The inside, the belly, the underbelly, and behind the walls of the literary, industrial, and geology influenced the architecture of the pocket of land cozily sandwiched between skyscrapers, the railway, and multi-layered highways doesn’t only represent Lowertown – it’s actually the other way around. Lowertown is a name, like a family crest, which unifies and encompasses the life and loves of the artists, business owners, and residents who both hold worlds inside their minds and toil to make their visions into art pieces that ultimately become a gift that lives beyond. But, as with all richness, there’s an edge which is difficult to see – the edge which forms slowly over time – created only by the space of the amount of energy it takes to define and defend an artist’s identity as both private and personal and yet public – intriguing and mysterious. It takes more steps for an artist to help you understand, to invite you in, to risk and be vulnerable in case you rush to the definition of who they are, what they do, how they live and sustain – to build the road of relationship and community. With the extra energy, focus, and commitment that remaining in the community takes, the space which would include the others remains unconsciously empty. By seeing so many familiar faces, we realized that The Show Nonprofit – Lowertown artists have a lot of experience in going the extra mile to connect, to be understood, to be in community with others who appreciated them and the art they create. They were not herebecause of their differences but because of their obvious affinity as artists. As we walked through Lowertown, we saw individuals and artists who, with their soulful and personal artist eyes and smiles gazing out over us, welcomed visitors to Lowertown as they walk the streets that day.

An excerpt from “The Five Year Book” Written by Tina Van Erp