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Josie Lewis
April, 2018

Artist Statement

I make process videos of watercolor painting on Instagram and Facebook. You can see them at @josielewisart. I used to make paintings with a video as a bonus, now I make videos with paintings as a bonus. After a while, the paintings add up! Besides the videos, the impetus to make the paintings is the addictive, slow, methodical rhythm that acts as a meditative force. If you’re on Instagram, tag my paintings #josielewis!


Josie Lewis is an artist working in Minnesota. Her current work spans many artistic media, including sculpture, painting, mixed media, and film.  She has MFA from the University of Minnesota.  She has exhibited widely in the U.S. and has artwork in the public collections of Target Corporation, General Mills, Austin Texas School District, The St Paul Regional Rail Authority, University of Minnesota and Minneapolis Public Schools.  Lewis has a robust social media following of 200K + in Instagram,  Facebook, and YouTube as @josielewisart. In 2017, Lewis’ process videos had more than 100 million views. She has written a book on color to be published by Rockport books in 2018. Her studio is in the Northrup King Building in NE Minneapolis where she hosts exhibitions and workshops. She lives in the Twin Cities with her husband and 5 year old daughter.


All works watercolor on paper. Prints will be available soon at Framed, original paintings are $200 each

We Connect Makers, Growers & Community

To Our Customers—

As we move toward the new year, we are re-affirming our vision of Kopplin’s as a connection point for makers, growers, and community. This is demonstrated in three significant commitments:

• to organic (as well as local, ethical and sustainable) products, including all certified organic Midwest dairy

• to our employees, including livable wages since January 1, 2015 and paid time off for all staff beginning January 1, 2017

• to clarity and transparency for our customers, including an honest menu that accurately reflects our prices, which already include sales tax and gratuity

We continue to choose our products as a form of support for suppliers we believe in. We continue to offer a welcoming space to all customers and to honor the employees who shape that space for all of us.

As with all businesses, we periodically assess the price of our goods based on market factors. At Kopplin’s, we also use this assessment point as an opportunity to revisit our values and their impact on all aspects of the shop. When St. Paul passed an “Earned Sick and Safe Time” ordinance in September 2016, it became clear to us that we wanted to provide this option for our workers at the earliest opportunity, rather than waiting for our mandated implementation date in 2018. We believe that employees deserve the stability of knowing that illness or critical safety issues will not impact their ability to earn a wage.

The increase in price you see reflected on our new menu allows us to continue providing high-quality local, organic, and sustainable products. It also allows us to lay the groundwork for paid time off in 2017. Coming after two years of successful tip-free higher wages, we feel like this is a clear and positive next step to take action on our values.

As always, we thank you for joining us at the table.

Andrew & Amanda Kopplin, Owners