News from the Creative Enterprise Zone
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In This Issue:
  • Art and a Pint at the Dubliner
  • In Search of Creative Community
  • Breweries On Tap in the Creative Enterprize Zone
  • Give & Take at TU Dance
  • Big New Website for Wee House Architects
  • Wayfinding Art Bikes Unveiled 
  • New Space and Discounts at Chaos Art Studio
  • People's Gallery Seeks Spooky Submissions
  • Host a Pop-up Mixer
  • Compiling Classes in the Zone

Art and a Pint at the Dubliner

One of the area’s favorite watering holes is joining the march to support local artists and creative enterprises. The Dubliner Pub on University Avenue has a storied history, rich as a pint of Guinness. At first glance, it doesn’t appear much has changed since Irish immigrant workers from the mid-city industrial zones lined the bar. There’s a healthy collection of John F. Kennedy portraits on the walls. A rack of Catholic prayer candles glow beneath a list of famous Irish authors. The City Pages made no mistake when they awarded the Dubliner “Best Irish Pub” this year.

More recently, the Dubliner Pub has also become an anchor for the Creative Enterprise Zone. Patrons have  likely noticed rotating art exhibits on display, as of late. General Manager Geri Connelly is bringing in the work of a new local artist every month. The work of Kat Corrigan is currently being shown. Her acrylic paintings of animals and space on black gessoed masonite and canvas have garnered her some well deserved local attention. The collection currently on display in the Dubliner is about the relationship between people and their dogs.

The Dubliner is supporting the musical arts, too. The pub has live music six nights a week, now. Both traditional Irish and American music can be heard on any given night. If you’re looking for a soulful rendition of “Danny Boy” to go with your perfectly poured pint, the Dubliner is a good bet. Their line of local and craft brews on tap is extensive.

Connelly is also hosting a monthly B.Y.O.W (Bring Your Own Work) event at the pub. It’s a chance for people working and living in the zone to get together, share their work, share a pint, and learn about the inspiring things happening around them. The events feature local presenters and occur on the third Thursday of every month. The pub also hosts weekly Irish dancing lessons every Wednesday at 7 p.m.

Check out their website for a full calendar of events, music lineups, happy hour specials, and information on local artists on display.

In Search of Creative Community: Former C&E Artists Find a New Home

Access to affordable, flexible workspace is integral to fostering a vibrant creative community. When artists and creators can work, collaborate and commune in close proximity to one another, creativity flourishes. Inspiration begets inspiration and creation feeds on itself. Such space is becoming harder and harder to find in the Twin Cities, though.

Before it was converted to market-rate apartments in 2011, the Chittenden and Eastman building at 2410 University Ave W was a bustling center of creative activity in the Creative Enterprise Zone. Up to 30 artists and entrepreneurs at a time worked in the C&E building. Some rented space there for over 20 years. Several are St. Anthony Park residents.

The group has a strong local following and some are internationally known. When the building was bought and converted to apartments this community of artists were displaced, but not deterred.

Bound by years of co-creation and communal ties, several artists from the group found a new home at the former General Mills testing facility in Minneapolis. Locally known as Artblok, the building now houses a sizeable community of painters, sculptors, potters and other artists. Among them are former C&E artists Linda Crouch, Karlyn Eckman, Linda Hatfield, Dan Mackerman, Mark Ostupchuk, Faye Passow and Chuck Solberg.

The residents of Artblok are now preparing for their third annual open studio event. All are invited to join in the festivities with open studios, sales, demonstrations, refreshments and more. Help support our creative communities and some missed but not forgotten Creative Enterprise Zone originals.

What: Artblock Open Studios
When: Friday November 22 (noon to 9pm) and Saturday November 23 2013 (11:00am to 6pm)
Who: Steven Claypatch, Linda Crouch, Karlyn Eckman, Foci Center for Glass Arts, Nicole Fierce, Rick Fournier, Kathy Frank, Linda Hatfield, Asa Hoyt, Deb Lavoie, Dan Mackerman, Mark Ostupchuk, Roger Junk, Faye Passow, Larry Rostad, Karen and Jack Sontag-Sattel, Chuck Solberg, Morgan Grace Willow and many others.
Where: Artblok (2010 East Hennepin Avenue, Minneapolis), just east of Stinson and East Hennepin in Minneapolis (there is ample off-street parking around the Artblok complex)
Why: Because you value the Twin Cities local artist scene and want to support and foster creative communities and the artist that comprise them.


Breweries on Tap in the Creative Enterprise Zone

With the opening of Bang Brewery this month and the much anticipated opening of Urban Growler, the CEZ seems slated to become the city's newest haven for beer connoisseurs.

Urban Growler Serving Full Line of Beers, Merchandise at Next Open House

Friday, September 27, 5-9pm
Urban Growler Brewery, 2325 Edicott Street

Owners Jill Pavlak and Deb Loch are ever so close to opening their new brewery in the Creative Enterprise Zone. Don’t miss their next  fundraising open house. The more support they get from the community, the sooner they will be serving up creatively delicious craft beers in the neighborhood.

Stop by Friday, September 27, to sample their brews, taste-test food for their pub menu, and get to know the two women behind one of the area’s most exciting new brewing endeavors. Enjoy live music by Roots trio Five Miles from Town and Nick Jordan/Robin Fox.

Urban Growler is sporting a brand new line of merchandise that includes T-shirts, thermals, Castro and trucker caps, pint glasses and more. They will also be offering founding memberships, which will get you a free first pint for life. Everyone who attends will automatically be entered in a raffle for a free membership. You can improve your chances by getting an extra ticket with every merchandise purchase, as well.

Here's a list of beers they'll have on tap: Cowbell Cream Ale, Kentucky Common, Blew by You Blueberry Wheat, Graffiti Rye IPA, Endicott IPA, St. Anthony Stout, Hot Head: Imperial Smoked Chipotle Porter.



Patrons Pour In for Bang Brewery Opening

Tap Room Hours: Fridays 5-10pm, Saturdays 12-5pm

The uniquely styled grain bin brewery at 2320 Capp Rd was packed full of eager patrons looking for a taste of the area’s newest arrival to the beer scene Friday, Sept. 13. They weren't disappointed. A long time coming, the Bang Brewery tap room was in full swing Originally slated to open in February, 2013, the opening has been a long time coming for owners Sandy and Jay Boss Febbo.

The wait seemed to be worth it. Customers poured in to the tap room, Friday, Sept. 13, as the couple poured pint after pint of their all organic release beer, Neat (head Brewer Jay calls it a very pale ale). It has a crisp, clean flavor, with a subtle hop punch.

People who live or work in the Creative Enterprise Zone now have another fun way to get their hands on some of Bang Brewery's beer for free. They are partnering with the CEZ to help people host pop-up mixers in the zone. See below for details.

 Don't Miss the Next Give & Take at TU Dance

Give & Take is a simple and inspiring way to celebrate creativity & connect with others in our community. Over the course of two years and 20 events, over 1500 people attended Give & Take in Minneapolis and St. Paul. In the process they made new connections, sparked countless ideas and collaborations and helped to reweave the social fabric of their community.
The upcoming Give & Take will take place in and showcase the Creative Enterprise Zone. Located mid-city between St. Paul and Minneapolis, and traditionally home to makers of all kinds, the Creative Enterprise Zone has the goal to be a recognized center of creativity and enterprise, a place where more people make a living by their creative capacities. As all of the presenters will demonstrate, the community that’s in the neighborhood now is dynamic, intriguing, and surprising.
Attend our next Give & Take in the Creative Enterprise Zone on Wednesday, October 30 at TU Dance, 2121 University Ave, St. Paul. Hear from the award-winnning TU Dance, innovative Midwest Floating Islands, and the new Bang Brewery.  Let us know your coming on Facebook

Big New Website for Wee House Architects

One of the Creative Enterprise Zone’s most renowned architectural firms has a neat new website. Alchemy Architects has made a great name for themselves with their creative and energy efficient designs. Perhaps best known for the Wee House project—their modular prefabricated housing system—Alchemy has also designed some very cool structures right here in the Creative Enterprise Zone. The cylindrical grain bin building that now houses Bang Brewery is one of them. Check out more of their work and learn about how they are changing the façade of modern architecture at their shiny new website.

Host a Pop-up Mixer in the Creative Enterprise Zone

In our continued effort to build community and promote collaboration in the Creative Enterprise Zone, we are proud to launch the Pop-up Mixer initiative in conjunction with Bang Brewery. Let us know you are interested in hosting one and we’ll give you a Mixer Certificate, which you can bring to Bang Brewery to receive a free Growler of beer. On the certificate are five questions to juice-up your party. Use it as an opportunity to invite a small group together: collaborators, neighbors, customers or friends—anyone who lives, works and plays in the Creative Enterprise Zone.

In return, we ask you to take a few notes to document your conversation, snap a photo of your group in action and tell us who participated. We’ll post your submission on our website to highlight the creative people in our neighborhood and spark further discussion. Email to set up your mixer today!

Do You Give Classes in the Creative Enterprise Zone?

We are compiling a list of classes going on this fall in the Zone. We know there are tons of fun and exciting creative learning opportunities happening all over the area. We want to share yours. Email with details on your offerings and we will share them far and wide.

Wayfinding Art Bikes Unveiled

Ten Wayfinding Art Bikes were unveiled all around the Creative Enterprise Zone on Sunday, Sept. 8. You can find the bikes positioned at key points around the neighborhood posting transit times by foot and bike to popular destinations. Teams of artists and community members worked hard to bring this project to fruition and were rewarded with some good local press. Check out the article from the Pioneer Press. The bikes will be on display through the end of October and will make another appearance when the snow melts in 2014. 

Call for Spooky Submissions for “Quiet Nightmare” Show at The People’s Gallery

The People’s Gallery is looking for the art of your nightmares. They are currently accepting art of any medium that fits with their horrific theme. Works submitted could depict monsters, creepy things or otherwise contain horror-themed, nightmarish elements. Works could have an aesthetic that is somehow dark, eerie, sinister, shadowy or unsettling. It’ll show if it scares! The deadline for submitting work is 10:00pm, Wednesday, September 25. The nightmare will begin October 16 and last through Halloween. Visit the People’s Gallery website to learn more at

A New Space and Big Fall Discounts at Chaos Art Studio

Chaos Art Studio is settling in to their new storefront space in the Creative Enterprise Zone at 856 Raymond Ave. The studio is in high gear this fall with a bouquet of fun promotions and classes for anyone interested in learning how art can easily be incorporated into their lives. Students and patrons will soon be enjoying a full coffee bar at the studio, too. They plan to offer fresh espresso drinks, coffees, French pastries, sandwiches and salads. The grand opening is planned for later this fall. Stay tuned for details. In the meantime, head over to their website to sign up for the newsletter, check out the new space, and learn about some great discounts and fall classes.

We're Moving on Facebook

We have launched a new Facebook group page for the Creative Enterprise Zone and need your help recruiting members. If you haven't joined yet, now is a great time to do it. While you’re at it, invite five of your neighbors to join, too. It will now be much easier for you to connect directly with others in the Zone.

In addition to getting information out about the extraordinary people, projects and activities going on in the Creative Enterprise Zone, we hope this page will serve as a point of connection and collaboration. This is a group for and of creative entrepreneurs. Use it however will be most beneficial to you and the creative community around you.
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