Love is in the (cold) air

Come celebrate the season of love! The Artist Mercantile in St. Paul is throwing a pre-Valentine’s Day event in February. The Jewelry Trunk Show and Soirée takes place on Friday and Saturday, Feb. 7–8.

trunk show at artist mercantile

On Friday from 11am–1pm, take in a lunchtime jewelry trunk show, and while you’re there enjoy samples of fabulous chocolate truffles. The mother-daughter team of DeDesigns Jewelry will show their vintage-inspired collection, which is made from materials such as gold filigree, silver, crystals, and rhinestones.

On Saturday from 7–9pm, you can again find the jewelry of DeDesigns and chocolate, plus you can sample some wine. The evening will also highlight my mixed-media shadowboxes, as well as the work of Sarah Wash, who works in acrylic, pencil, watercolor, and Mod Podge. Both my and Sarah’s collage work will be up at Artist Mercantile through March 8.

Spread the word and come share the love!


Friday, Feb. 7, 11am–1pm
Saturday, Feb. 8, 7–9pm
The mixed-media work of Christy Johnson and Sarah Wash will be on display through March 8.

Artist Mercantile
24 West Seventh Place
St. Paul, MN 55102
The Artist Mercantile offers a wide variety of Minnesota-made art and gifts that are perfect for any occasion.


This weekend : Saint Paul Art Crawl

This Friday, Saturday, and Sunday (April 26-28), stained glass artist Josephine A. Geiger of J.A. Geiger Studio welcomes beadwork jewelry artist Brenda Brousseau, painter and collage artist Tracie Thompson, and me, mixed-media artist and illustrator Christy Johnson, to her studio for the spring Saint Paul Art Crawl.

Clockwise from upper left: Brenda Brousseau, J.A. Geiger Studio, Christy Johnson, Tracie Thompson

Clockwise from upper left: Brenda Brousseau, Josephine A. Geiger, Christy Johnson, Tracie Thompson

We’re asking visitors to “crawl off the map” to see our work, as J.A. Geiger Studio is located on the city’s East Side and not Lowertown, the neighborhood where most of the open studios can be found. We’re making sure it will be worth the short trip to visit us!

Both Josie and Brenda have each won two Saint Paul Art Crawl Media Awards in past years, and all four of us will be showing new, never-seen-before pieces. Tracie will be doing her on-the-spot pet portraits again, so bring photos of your furry friends!

J.A. Geiger Studio
1647 Beech St.
St. Paul, MN 55106

Hours for the Saint Paul Art Crawl:
• Friday, April 26, from 5-10 p.m.
• Saturday, April 27, from noon-8 p.m.
• Sunday, April 28, from noon-5 p.m.

Last chance : Paper Hat solo show

Still haven’t gotten your booty to Paper Hat to see my solo show, Through the Glass: a collection of mixed-media shadowboxes? You’re in luck…but not for long. The show runs through next Tuesday, Aug. 14. So get on over there and check out my brand-new pieces.

is it time by redshoes26 design

Is It Time? by Christy Johnson of redshoes26 design

While there, just *try* to not buy something from one of the great artists who are represented in the shop. Everything is so damn cute, you’ll be coveting things in no time. You will find among the items my Minnesota Icons, greeting cards, and postcards.

And if you’re so inclined, take home one of my shadowboxes. Each one tells a personal story, and I hope you interpret them in your own way and make the stories your own.

Let me know if you get to Paper Hat (it’s in south Minneapolis), and pass along your feedback on the show. I’d love to hear your thoughts.