Minnesota Street Market is a cooperatively-owned store that sells local food and local art in the former Loso’s Store in downtown St. Joseph, MN. Open to the public; membership is appreciated but not required.
Minnesota Street Market is your hub for local food, art, and education for sustainable living and fostering community connections between land, people, and institutions.
Please contact us if you are interested in joining as a member, contributing to help with start-up costs, or volunteering at the store.
The Minnesota Street Market is looking for a General Manager. If you are passionate about locally grown and sustainable food, check out the job description. For more information or to send a resume and cover letter. Contact Judy Purman at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Current Art Exhibit, July 1 – October 31, 2015
Barry Opatz. Photography.
He grew up in Little Falls, served in Viet Nam, where he was introduced to 35mm cameras. His boyhood friend Randy Jarvis called about a great photographic opportunity in Spooner, Wisconsin — an old rail yard at different stages of disrepair. Opatz says that “sparked our imaginations for limitless photo opportunities.” The result was a “magical abstract wonderland” that you can see at the Minnesota Street Market gallery. Barry has served as vice president of marketing for Marco since 1987, an experienced technology marketing executive currently focusing on social media and digital marketing.
Chris Gustafson. Welded Steel Sculpture.
He grew up in a log cabin on a Minnesota lake, surrounded by coniferous trees. He was home schooled by his artist mother until the third grade. He watched his handy-man father build and fix just about everything from their home to any and every vehicle. He was a Legos geek and has been welding since he was eleven years old. After graduating from Bemidji High School, he studied mechanical engineering and art at the University of Minnesota, Duluth. After leaving school he traveled, studied food systems via organic farming and community garden volunteer experience. He currently lives in Saint Cloud, producing works of art using industrial scrap metal.
Jeff Lee. Paintings.
Jeff has done keyboards, harmonica and vocals with “The Receders” and other local bands, including a Bruce Springsteen tribute show last year at Pioneer Place. As a young man, he enjoyed watercolor painting, but became, he says, “distracted” in a good way with “touring, raising a family and working a ‘real’ job.” Now that he’s an empty nester, he has picked up his brush and paint again!
Katie Ballantine. Ceramics.
A resident of Collegeville Township, Katie Ballantine is a locally grown, self-taught design consultant and visual artist: “I grew up with my hands in the dirt: playing, planting, building. Lying on my back studying the trees, the interplay of light, and color, and texture. Every path I have walked in my life has been informed by a reverence for the ground I walk on.” Clay as a medium is relatively new to her: “But the work is the same. Translating feeling into form, relating substance to space. I am drawn to the honesty, the groundedness of clay.”