Chandler Branch's Blog

With Gratitude

ASL volunteers going above and beyond, painting the gallery for three days in the dark with only a few work lamps and daylight shining through our front windows! Photos by Robin Hirsch.ASL volunteers going above and beyond, painting the gallery for three days in the dark with only a few work lamps and daylight shining through our front windows! Photos by Robin Hirsch.

Over the last several months, we have rounded an important corner in the life of Art Saint Louis, thanks to the support of many people in our community. Our move to the Park Pacific building downtown is nearing completion this week as we put finishing touches on plumbing and electrical work and await inspections.

Our organization has never been more indebted to the kindness of our members, volunteers and donors than we are at this moment. Since January, over $76,500 has been committed to this project, a figure nearly equal to 40% of our entire annual budget.


Equally significant is the amount of sweat equity poured in on top of the financial support. Volunteers helped move boxes, wrap pedestals, paint walls, clean floors, move furniture in and out of storage, and many other important but otherwise menial tasks. The long list of volunteers from the last two weeks alone represents but a slice of those who stepped up to help with this project: Greg Barth, Scott Beaty, Anne Branch, Robert Boettcher, Lon Brauer, Jim Burwinkel, Matthew Csernansky, Stephen DaLay, Daniel Fishback, Carol Fleming, Sheri Goldsmith, Sarah Harford, Greg Kluempers, Paul LaFlam, Rosemary Melton, Dawson Morgan, Frank O'Brien, Manda Remmen, Christopher Ruess, Mark Steinhoff, Michelle Streiff, Joe Vogl, and Rebecka Wyrde.


My thanks go out to you all, and to the many folks cheering it all on through Kickstarter, membership renewals and direct contributions this year. Seriously, I thank you from the bottom of my heart. Nothing has been more rewarding about this project than the sense of community you all continue to bring to it.

ASL volunteers & staff painting the new gallery. Photos by Robin Hirsch.ASL volunteers & staff painting the new gallery. Photos by Robin Hirsch.
Robin, Emily and I are so excited to share our new location with you--and so are our café partners at Mississippi Mud Coffee Roasters! We already feel a kind of gravitational pull to this new space. Without a doubt, it's a place people will want to visit and revisit, a place they'll want to hang out. That's great news for our artists and for our mission in general.

We look forward to posting news soon on our gallery/café hours, upcoming events, and how our Kickstarter backers can start cashing in on those delicious rewards.

Stay tuned, and thanks again!

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