VISUAL ARTS | Studio@795 opens its doors in St. Paul

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“Outdoor art fairs are too hard on my collages,” said Giesla Hoelscher, known as Inkblots. “So Karl and I collaborated to open up an art gallery and photo studio.”

St. Anthony Park/Midway artists Karl Johnson and Giesla Hoelscher opened their gallery, Studio @795, in November of last year at 795 Raymond Avenue.

Hoelscher is a digital collage artist using her camera and scanning computer images to create a seamless blend of history and memories of favorite places, often incorporating vintage ads.

Johnson, from Scape Photography, said, “I have a passion for landscapes. I especially like sunsets or water scenes.  Otherwise I do weddings, graduations, and portraits.” His studio is housed in the back of the gallery.

“We have 22 historical building in our surrounding area,” said Hoelscher. She offers historical walking tours of the south St. Anthony and west Midway areas. According to Hoelscher, this is St. Paul’s largest industrial district area and the architecture reflects everything from railroad era to trucking industry.

New hours are starting July 29, 2011: open Monday to Thursday by appointment and 11-3 on Friday and Saturday. Call 612-817-8087 or visit studioat795.com. “We have asked Midway artists if they would like to do a once a month special weekend event in our gallery,” said Hoelscher. “Their summers are too busy so we will try again this fall.”

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