Fall Art Crawl 2013

Hard do believe, but it’s already time for the Fall Saint Paul Art Crawl! Learn more details about Art Crawl locations and events at the Art Crawl’s website and Facebook page.

Houses and OrangesThe Art Crawl runs:

  • Friday October 4: 6-10 PM
  • Saturday October 5: Noon – 8 PM
  • Sunday October 6: Noon – 5 PM

Along with the other amazing artists in my cooperative, I’m hosting two fabulous guest artists:

We’ll have drawings, paintings, and mixed media work that is fun, serious, and silly — sometimes all at the same time! Also plenty of affordable greeting card art to choose from.

Uncovered MiddleMy building is providing music, demos, and art opportunities for kids and families.

On Saturday and Sunday, our parking lot will turn into an oasis of food trucks, space to sit, rest, and eat. Enjoy a Raku pottery demonstration, a sidewalk chalk art area for the young and young at heart, and live music.

Moveing SpheresCome visit us at:

Asta Art — Studio 502
Lowertown Lofts
Artist Cooperative

255 Kellogg Boulevard East
Alley entrance
between Wall and Wacouta
1/2 block south of the Farmers Market

Credit Card Logos

OFFICIAL ART CRAWL MAPS, PARKING, ETC: http://www.stpaulartcrawl.org/


My First Gallery Show!

Untitled, mixed media on panel, 12"x12"

Some of my dear friends are hosting and curating a new artist-run gallery — The People’s Gallery — in Saint Paul, and they invited me to contribute to their Grand Opening Show!

The gallery has sixteen pieces of my work — mostly paintings. Some were still wet when they were carried out! Several other fabulous artists are also participating, so expect to enjoy a wonderful variety of work.

The reception is TODAY — 3:00 to 9:30 PM.

Friday, August 9, 2013
The People’s Gallery
2496 University Ave. W.
Saint Paul, Minnesota 55114
3:00 to 9:30 PM 

Parking options are listed here.

Check their website in a few days for gallery hours after today.

I’ll be there starting at 3:00 PM. It would be great to see you.

Stop by if you can!


Summer Art Camps!

Carla Sonheim’s Online Summer Art Camps are always the highlight of my summer.

Art Camps start TODAY and run for three fabulous weeks — two per week. You can sign up for as many as you want. I’m taking four – woo hoo!

This week it’s:  Blobimal Artist Books — a one-week drawing, painting, and mixed-media intensive where we create beautiful books full of imaginary creatures; and Digital Photography: Riding Bareback With Steve Sonheim — learning to go way beyond snapshots with my digital camera.

Things I like best about Carla’s classes and camps:

  • They’re great for anyone who wants creative play or new techniques with imagination — artists, non-artists, and families.
  • Meeting new friends from all over the world in Flickr and Facebook communities (it’s optional, but I love it!).
  • The prices are incredible – $45 for one, discounts when you sign up for more.
  • Each enrollment covers the whole household. Great for families!
  • Campers retain access to class materials indefinitely (videos, emails, handouts, exercises, everything)! I don’t need to finish — or even start — the class until I have time. I can retake it any time I want to!

SO much affordable fun! I’d sure like to see you there. Give it a look!

Blobimalblogbug  Barebackblogbug

Thanks for the Great Art Crawl!

We had a wonderful time, met amazing people, and shared our art with hundreds of new and old friends. Margaret  taught dozens of demos. Dad sold his first painting (and then a few more — very exciting). Thanks to all of you who stopped by!

Richard, Margaret, and Serena

Richard (my dad), Margaret (my sister), and Serena (that would be me) at the Fall 2012 St. Paul Art Crawl.

It’s St. Paul Art Crawl Weekend — Yes, Already!

You are cordially invited to visit me at the
20th Anniversary Saint Paul Art Crawl!
October 12, 13, & 14, 2012

  • Friday 6–10 PM
  • Saturday 12–8 PM
  • Sunday 12–5 PM

Zentangle by Serena

Be prepared for:

  • Imaginary Images
  • Creative Creatures
  • Inspired Illustration & Painting
  • A Bit of Wearable Art – Silks and Cottons
  • Zentangles and ZIS (Zentangle Inspired Shoes)

Serena Mira Asta (me)
Richard Conner (my 81-year-old Dad)
Margaret Conner Messer (my ever-young sister)

Dad and Margaret are showing their work for the first time, and it is my honor to present them and their playful spirits, in person and caught on the page.

I’ll have new work too: creatures, paintings, and drawings. Also a few pieces of wearable art, both silk and cotton, and wall hangings.Coral Pointy Round Thing

I’m still at the:
Lowertown Lofts Artists Cooperative
Studio 502 (NEW STUDIO — 5th floor!)
255 Kellogg Boulevard East • Alley entrance – 1/2 block south of the Farmers Market on Wall St.

Come for the interesting, fun, and beautiful art!
Come for the demos and opportunities to draw!
Or just come for the hard candy.

I look forward to seeing you!

PS: I can now accept credit card sales!Credit Card Logos

OFFICIAL ART CRAWL MAPS & PARKING, ETC: http://www.stpaulartcrawl.org/


Carla Sonheim’s Newest Book Available!

Imaginary Animals Blog TourMy favorite online teacher, Carla Sonheim, is releasing her newest book this week! (I’ve had mine preordered on Amazon for weeks, so this is very exciting).

Carla is planning a two-week long Blog Celebration… the first day is this coming Sunday, September 23, 2012. Be sure to check it out for chances to win a copy of the book, some original animal artwork, animal-related tutorials and assignments, and more! (Carla always fun with stuff like this.)




Turns out that moving a website from one host to another one is a LOT of work. And it causes stuff to, you know, break. Like all of you who had followed me before have been dropped because of the move (I’m so sorry — I didn’t know that could happen).

I finally got a “Follow” and “Subscribe” feature installed so you can resubscribe if you’d like! Let me know what you think  — of those features or any other part of the deal.

Still working on the store page and on the best way to display my visual and literary work.  Bear with me. Feels like I’m wearing roller skates and techie learning curves are steep! More anon.

I’m on the Cover!

Well, my ART is on the cover. It feels ridiculously exciting, and I’m very grateful. Haute Dish is the arts and literary magazine of Metro State University in St. Paul, MN. The title of the piece is, “Got Something to Say?” which is appropriate for that publication.

Lots of good articles and art inside as well. Enjoy!

Artist Studio Now Available!

Studio 308 Living Room

Studio 308 Living Room – windows face the Mississippi River.

APPLICATION DEADLINE: June 30th. See the LLC website for FAQ, applications, or to contact LLC for more info!


Ever want to live in an artist-owned, permanently affordable artist’s community? Now’s your chance. My beautiful studio in the Lowertown Lofts Cooperative is now available (I’m moving to a different unit in the building).

Check out the flier:  Studio 308 Flier at Lowertown Lofts Cooperative

Virtual tour (fabulous) at:  Studio 308 Virtual Tour

For an application or more information, check out the LLC website:  lowertownlofts.org

Spring Art Crawl Success!

A huge thank you to everyone who stopped by the St. Paul Art Crawl last weekend. Our building alone had nearly 1600 visitors. It was a crazy, wonderful blast.

Yellow Creature

Yellow Creature