Special Feature: The JAX Wake

May 11, 2016 | News

(Photo: Glen Jones)

(Photo: Glen Jones)

Press release

Death Announcement

THE JAX, 39, of Lowertown Saint Paul passed away on April 30, 2016 after being fatally purchased for redevelopment.

With great sadness, the St. Paul art community mourns the passing of a beloved art space that played an integral role in the Lowertown art scene for 39 years.

Located at 253 E 4th Street in the historic warehouse that once housed Michaud Wholesale Grocers and The Jane Garrott Candy Company, The Jax provided affordable studios to artists and micro-businesses from 1977 until her passing.

The Jax is survived by her former residents including hundreds of working artists, Ballet Minnesota, Books for Africa, Sendero Flamenco, Songs of Hope, Practical Goods, The Lowertown Bike Shop, and The Show Gallery.

JAX-funeral-card-frontA memorial funeral procession is planned for 7pm, Friday, May 6 beginning at the Union Depot steps, 214 E 4th Street in St. Paul. Following the procession there will be a celebration in honor of the JAX artists at Golden’s Deli 275 e 4th street, 8pm to close. Mourning costume or black attire is encouraged.


Video: The JAX Wake, a #Lowertown gentrification memorial

The videos below were livestreamed from the event.

Part 1

Part 2

Words: Three Lowertown artists remember the JAX Art building

JAX Photos

“JAX at Last, or Lowertown Gentrification.” Pinhole camera shot of the JAX Building by Tom Miller. A four-panel series commemorating the loss of the JAX artists in Lowertown hangs in the windows, created by Lowertown artist Rachel Whacker.

“I will be out of town for the wake, but I offer my sentiments on this memorial image”

Lowertown photographer Chris LaFontaine

Chris LaFontaine began experimenting with traditional photography and darkroom techniques in high school during the 1960’s, eventually continuing his exploration while earning a BS degree in Photographic Engineering Technology from Saint Cloud State University. For 20 years Chris was in the photofinishing business as owner of Shutterbug, a small chain of stores based in Saint Paul, Minnesota. He is also a former member of the Lowertown Lofts Artists Cooperative, and enjoys being part of the vibrant art community of the Saint Paul area.

ArtMonkey editions inspired by the JAX gentrification

ArtMonkey is a semi-regular comic by @flyingmonkeyair. Find other editions here on Facebook.

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