2013: A Year of Impact!

Here's to everyone who made 2013 such an exceptional year of impact for Art Saint Louis. We thank you from the bottom of our heart for your encouragement and support!

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In case you missed it...

Wednesday the 2nd of October marked the first installment in our Art in the Plaza event series, and it was a wonderful, art-filled afternoon! Other than the throw-back to August temperatures(!), we couldn’t have asked for a better afternoon to spend enjoying local artists creating chalk art and open air paintings.

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Art in the Plaza │ Wednesday, October 16

Art Saint Louis is showcasing the creative talents of St. Louis regional artists throughout the month of October with Art in the Plaza, a new weekly series of live art demonstrations in the Old Post Office Plaza at 8th and Locust Streets in downtown St. Louis. The third installment in the series will feature four gifted artists working in chalk, encaustics and oil painting. Join us on Wednesday, October 16, 2013, from noon to 2:00 p.m. and enjoy these artists at work!
 

R U S S E L L   C O N K L I N   │   theartfuldodgerstl.com
Creative Focus, Wednesday, October 16  -  Chalk Art

"I am an independent artist from New York City living here in St. Louis; going on 13 years and loving it. I wear many hats-I am an Interior Designer, muralist, performance artist, carpenter, theatrical set designer, antique dealer, painter, chalk artist, crafter, and makeup artist. I have worked for many amazing clients and my job just keeps getting better every year. My claim to fame is a painting on the ceiling of the entry foyer of The National Arts Club in Gramercy Park in New York City. I am a creator of visions and when I run out of canvas I am the medium!"

 

P A U L   L A F L A M   │   paulartist.wix.com/paul-laflam-painter
Creative Focus, Wednesday, October 16  -  Oil Painting

"I create large-scale, fluid, one-shot, expressionist paintings. Each painting is started and completed in my mind several times before I even start an actual painting. I then coax the paint, or as of late, I have had to reign in its energy to achieve the piece I had envisioned in my head. With the exception of three paintings, my paintings are completed in one session. I paint large for a couple of reasons; one because it is fun but also because I want to get the viewer’s attention from across the room, maybe even from across the street. I then want to pull them in closer and closer, so that they enjoy the journey. Within each painting there are many small worlds waiting to be discovered.
 

J U L I E   S N I D L E   │   juliesnidle.com
Creative Focus, Wednesday, October 16  -  Encaustic Demonstration

Once a corporate training administrator, Julie spends her time in the studio as a mixed-media artist. With a degree in Elementary Education she has taught art professionally in the classroom, juried artwork for the Mastodon Fair, and continues to teach workshops in the greater St. Louis area and around the U.S. Largely self-taught in a variety of mixed media techniques, Julie has studied encaustics intensively for nearly 10 years including specialized training with R&F Paints. Her art appears in “Printmaking and Mixed Media” by Dorit Elisha and “ A Flavor for Mixed Media” by Mary Beth Shaw. Julie is a member of the Encaustic Art Institute, International Encaustic Artists, Waxcentric, and Art St. Louis. Her work has appeared in juried shows in St. Louis and in private galleries across the country. A native of Minneapolis, Julie resides in Festus, Missouri with her husband, Will.

 

C H E L S E A   S O R O N E N   │  chelseamariecreative.com
Creative Focus, Wednesday, October 16  -  Chalk Art 

"My illustrations are composed mainly of one central train car, with seemingly infinite arrows, body parts, gears, and symbols that work together in an attempt to find the balance between organic elements and harsh machinery. Deemed “Dream Machines”, these trains are powered not by coal, but by people, visions, and big ideas-because isn’t that what truly moves society? I am obsessed with gears, because once assembled together, one cannot move without affecting the others. These illustrations are the result of a meditative practice, where I try to never lift the pen from its initial marks on the page. There is no such thing as a mistake, because every line has intention and meaning. Whether I’m painting a mural, illustrating a dream, or chalking a sidewalk, I fervently believe that all art is interactive. By looking at any art, we immediately become participants in its theatre."


  Special thanks to Downtown Now!The Private Client Reserve of U.S. Bank, and U.S. Bancorp Community Development Corporation for their support of Art in the Plaza 

 
Art in the Plaza grapic design by Emily Amberger

Art in the Plaza │ Wednesday, October 2

Throughout the month of October, Art Saint Louis will showcase the creative talents of St. Louis regional artists through Art in the Plaza, a weekly series of live art demonstrations in the Old Post Office Plaza at 8th and Locust Streets in downtown St. Louis. The first installment in the series features five gifted artists working in chalk, watercolor and oil painting. We invite you to join us on Wednesday, October 2, 2013, from noon to 2:00 p.m. and enjoy these fine artists at work!
 

M I C H A E L   A N D E R S O N   │   michaelandersonstudio.com
Creative Focus, Wednesday, October 2  -  Watercolor Painting

Michael Anderson  has been an artist, illustrator & designer for over 35 years. Prior to establishing Michael Anderson Studio in 1983 he was employed as a display designer and a graphic artist. Collaboration with designers, architects and planners to develop their ideas for interior environments and urban design concepts in sketches, drawings and digital illustrations is a specialty.
 

A N G É L I C A   A V E N D A Ñ O   │   angelicarosso.com
Creative Focus, Wenesday, October 2  -  Latin-Inspired Painting

"I am originally from Bogotá – Colombia. I started drawing when I was 10 years old-mostly Manga (Japanese style), but I always added my own personal twist. I love to experiment with different materials and forms; so far, my favorite has been acrylics on canvas. There is nothing better than to have an idea in your mind and then to be able to see it with your own eyes. I love to travel and experience different cultures so my memories and experiences mix with creativity into my paintings. You will always find a mixture of Latin culture in it since I really enjoy adding several colors to my art work."
 

R U S S E L L   C O N K L I N   │   theartfuldodgerstl.com
Creative Focus, Wenesday, October 2  -  Chalk Art

"I am an independent artist from New York City living here in St. Louis; going on 13 years and loving it. I wear many hats-I am an Interior Designer, muralist, performance artist, carpenter, theatrical set designer, antique dealer, painter, chalk artist, crafter, and makeup artist. I have worked for many amazing clients and my job just keeps getting better every year. My claim to fame is a painting on the ceiling of the entry foyer of The National Arts Club in Gramercy Park in New York City. I am a creator of visions and when I run out of canvas I am the medium!" 

 

M U R I E L   E U L I C H   │  murielwatercolor.com
Creative Focus, Wenesday, October 2  -  Chalk Art 

As a trained art therapist, Muriel spent many years working in prisons, community centers, hospitals, and in private practice, and also taught at the college level. In recent years she has renewed her commitment to her own watercolor painting; as she works in her studio each day, she feels gratitude and joy for the chance to explore more deeply the beauty and mystery of the world around her, and the world within. In her watercolors Muriel wants to capture the essence of the human spirit. From rugged cowboys, to indigenous peoples, to mothers and their children, Muriel seeks out the poignant beauty of faces, glances, moods. She has a special love of color, and is fascinated by the tension between colors. Characterized by an intensity of pigment unusual in watercolor, Muriel's work shimmers with vibrancy and vitality.
 

 A M E L I A   F A W C E T T   │   be.net/ameliafawcett
Creative Focus, Wenesday, October 2  -  Chalk Art



  Special thanks to Downtown Now!The Private Client Reserve of U.S. Bank, and U.S. Bancorp Community Development Corporation for their support of Art in the Plaza 

 
Art in the Plaza grapic design by Emily Amberger

Art in the Plaza │ Wednesday, October 9

Throughout the month of October, Art Saint Louis will showcase the creative talents of St. Louis regional artists through Art in the Plaza, a weekly series of live art demonstrations in the Old Post Office Plaza at 8th and Locust Streets in downtown St. Louis. The second installment in the series features four gifted painters, each with their own style and approach to the canvas. Join us on Wednesday, October 9, 2013, from noon to 2:00 p.m. and enjoy these artists at work!
 

J E N N I F E R   H A Y E S   │   jenniferhayesstl.com
Creative Focus, Wednesday, October 9  -  Oil Painting

“Passion is what drives my creative work. You see it in the bright, bold colors that dominate both my figurative and abstract paintings. They are a celebration of texture, color and curves--an attempt to capture the allure of the female form and ultimately passion itself. Celebrity Chef Hubert Keller is one of my most famous clients, paintings are in his restaurants in Las Vegas and San Francisco. You can see my work locally at Prime 1000(downtown STL), Exotic Motors (on Manchester), Bar Napoli (Clayton)and 10Denza(CWE).”

 

H E N R Y K   P T A S I E W I C Z   │   ptasiewicz.com
Creative Focus, Wednesday, October 9  -  Painting from a Live Model

"I was an only child with a lot of imagination and was always building things, some just to look at. I made some really fun, elaborately structured, Italian styled aeroplanes, but never flew them because of the time I had invested in them they were more sculptural than practical. I drew my ideas and then began to paint in a realistic way to make real things that I couldn't build. I found success and settled in the fiberglass industry making children's play equipment, which I designed, sculpted, and built. One of the highlights was that I got to design and built a prototype boat for Jerry Dammers of the Specials, founder of the Two Tone label, a thirties gangster car which was a boat, to be used on the canals around Coventry, England, going once again back to the theme of toys, which I paint on a regular basis. I came to America in 1999 and have worked as an artist since, painting corporate and private portraits, painting around the country at plein air events, organizing parties, and making the props for them. I also went back to sculpting - this time of the figure, and overall turned my attention to painting portraiture.”
 

E R I N   M C G R A T H   R I E K E   │   divinemoira.com
Creative Focus, Wednesday, October 9  -  Oil Painting

“Since the early 1990s, my work has involved a visual journey of complex emotions, memories and felt energies. Focusing on my existential philosophy that the process and emotional journey is as important to each work as the final product, I have found myself connecting to my subconscious in a liberating, meditative state each time I approach the canvas. Utilizing my intuitive mind, my body and brush become mere vessels for raw, self-exposure. My work attempts to find the subtle, unspoken understandings of honesty for clarifying insight that inspire small changes for greater purpose.”

 

M E G A N   R I E K E   │  meganriekeart.com
Creative Focus, Wednesday, October 9  -  Oil Painting 

Megan Rieke was born and raised in St. Louis, MO. She graduated from Webster University in 1999 with a B.A. in English/ Creative Writing and a minor in Fine Art. She also has an Associates Degree in Studio Art from St. Louis Community College Meramec. After spending her early 20’s travelling internationally and domestically, working on small cruise ships, volunteering for Americorps, and morphing into a modern day gypsy, she and her husband settled down in Kirkwood, MO to raise their 3 sons and 6 chickens. (After 10 years, however, it is still unclear who is ruling the roost.)

Megan has shown in over 30 gallery exhibitions, participates in many live art events, and has been commissioned for paintings that adorn walls in NYC, Kansas City, and St. Louis. In 2012, she was selected for an Award of Excellence from Art St. Louis and was a semifinalist for RAW in St. Louis. She is slated for a solo exhibition at SOHA Gallery in 2014.

Currently, she is the co-chair of the Urban Beautification Project. The group initially banded together to paint 100 murals on the sides of refuse dumpsters for St. Louis City. The UBP has expanded its platform on how and where to create public works of art. Not only do they believe that anything can become an avenue of creative expression, but moreover, that St. Louis is ready for a little facelift.


  Special thanks to Downtown Now!The Private Client Reserve of U.S. Bank, and U.S. Bancorp Community Development Corporation for their support of Art in the Plaza 

 
Art in the Plaza grapic design by Emily Amberger

 

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