Life by Design
These Twin Citians all share a love of fine craftmanship.
Photographs by Jake Armour
Built for 2 Twin Cities collectors John Oliva and Nancy Krant have this Tom Oliphant-designed chair at their beach house in Connecticut.
Fine Craft Shopping
The American Craft Show comes to St. Paul’s RiverCentre April 20–22, but you don’t have to wait until then to shop. Here are a few of our favorite gallery stores for high-quality artisan-made goods:
Grand Hand Gallery
This highly regarded St. Paul gallery store specializes in contemporary fine American craft in a variety of media, including clay, metal, wood, fiber, glass, mixed media, and jewelry. Local and regional artists are its specialty. 619 Grand Ave., St. Paul, 651-312-1122, thegrandhand.com
A store like no other in town, Max’s fills the space between fashion and fine jewelry with a curated assortment of well-crafted pieces that are both.
3826 Grand Way, St. Louis Park, 952-922-8364, stylebymax.com
Seasons on St. Croix
Presenting a true “art experience” in a dynamic gallery space, Seasons on St. Croix represents 160 artists—local, regional, and national—whose work ranges from sculpture, metal, fiber, and wood to paintings and photography. 401 Second St., Hudson, Wisconsin, 715-381-2906, seasonsonstcroix.com
Artisan-made jewelry, fashion, ceramics, sculpture, and photography are found here. The front of the shop is filled with functional goods and gifts. In back is a gallery space that plays host to revolving exhibits. 3011 W. 50th St., Mpls., 612-925-2400, gallery360mpls.com —Allison Kaplan
A Nice Price
The American Craft Council show is the largest juried show in the Midwest, which means the overall quality of the work is extremely high. But you don’t need to be a wealthy collector or boutique retailer to enjoy the show. Many devotees of ACC events attend to find that special one-of-a-kind, must-have item—or to swoon over artisan masterpieces they would love to buy, just as soon as their budget expands enough to meet their aspirations. For those on a limited budget, a section of the show is dedicated to works priced less than $100.