Open Art Space is a small art studio in the heart of the Creative Enterprise Zone in St. Paul, MN. Founded in the Fall of 2019, we had to pivot quickly when COVID 19 hit just a few months after the space was acquired. Throughout the pandemic restrictions, a teen art group continued to meet outdoors at various natural sites throughout the twin cities area. We met once a month in all weather! Teen artists are at the core of what Open Art Space does, and the teens are helping to form a future vision for Open Art Space in post-pandemic times.

Laura Pereira has been an art educator for nearly thirty years as a classroom teacher, a museum educator, and an independent contract artist. Working with people of all ages to find meaning through making art has been a focus throughout her career. Currently, she is the Visual Arts Specialist at The Friends School of Minnesota.

Laura is also a practicing artist, working primarily in encaustic and mixed media painting, and a 2013 recipient of an Artist Initiative grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board. See her work at www.laurapereira.com