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The Arts Live Advisory Board Ron Thomas

Graduated from The Art Institute of Chicago {BFA]; Indiana University [MS]; SIU-E [MFA]. Began the Sculpture and Painting Department at St. Louis Community College @ Meramec and also taught 2D @ 3D Design, Drawing and Figure Drawing and Advanced Special Problems courses. Retired after 40 years. Solo exhibitions at St. Louis Art Museum, Laumeier Sculpture Gallery, The Art Foundry in St Charles and other galleries. Winner of The National Endowment for the Arts for “Excellence in Drawing”. Currently expmenting with oils on wood and traveling with artist-wife Harriet to museums and art galleries through U.S. and Canada. Email:

Bryan Haynes

The commercial work of the artist has graced the pages of national magazines, international advertising campaigns, CD covers, posters, and book covers from Agatha Christie to the cover of “Scarlett” the sequel to “Gone With the Wind”. Since graduating of the Art Center College of Design in 1983 his artwork has been represented by Bernstein & Andriulli in New York, Ron Sweet in San Francisco, and Foster Represents in St. Louis. Recent corporate and institutional commissions include murals and large scale paintings for; The Kauffman Foundation in Kansas City, The Missouri Botanical Garden’s permanent collection, The Westward Expansion Memorial Museum at the Arch, Novus International Inc., and the Danforth Plant Science Center. Additional patrons include Disney, Estee Lauder, Warner Bros., Toblerone –Switzerland, Universal Studios, IBM, Nike, Sony Music Corp., and Anhueser Busch.

Vic Barr

I design and work with the North American and exotic hardwoods of the world. I create contemporary jewelry chests and towers. I hand turn a lot of writing instruments, pens and pencils. I’ve begun to do some contemporary table-top sculptural pieces. I design custom pieces to meet the needs of individual clients. Email:

Sandy Kolde

After retiring from a long professional career in health care I now devote my life to art, which has always been a vital interest of mine. I have taken many classes at the Craft Alliance, as well as workshops at Penland School of Fine Craft and Arrowmont. Contemporary ceramic figurative sculpture is my focus and these sculptures have recently beenshown in exhibits at William Woods University, and the St. Charles Arts Council. I have served on Boards of Directors of several arts organizations and believe strongly that art contributes to the quality of life for all who are interested in either viewing art as a patron or producing art themselves. Email:

Adam Long

Adam Long is a nationally known sculptor in St. Charles, Missouri. Educated in the St. Louis region he has an MFA in Sculpture from Fontbonne University. He has been an art educator for over fifteen years, working in public middle and high schools and the university level. Locally, his work has been featured in articles in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Street Scape Magazine, Suburban Journals Weekend, At Home: St. Louis Magazine, the St. Charles County Post, and LifeScape Magazine and shown on the FOX, CBS, and PBS network affiliates. He has exhibited across the region, including shows at the Arts Incubator of Kansas City, the Schmidt Art Center at Southwestern Illinois College, the Baker Arts Center in Kansas, the Foundry Art Center in St. Charles, the O’Fallon Cultural Arts Center, and the St. Louis Artists’ Guild. His sculptures have received prizes and cash awards in numerous juried exhibitions. His work is in many private, national collections. His work can be viewed at



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Studio Visits Encouraging the public to meet artist, see new work, make purchases and nurture potential new collectors. Increase access for the public to see work and meet artists, Interviews with Contemporary Artists’ working across the United States in a variety of media, painting, Sculpture, ceramics and photography.

Dialog with Us An open forum on contemporary art and culture.

Performing Arts

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Art Organizations

Emerging Artist Zack Smithey

Art Festivals


Gallery Visits Gallery 501 at Art Glass Array, Lisa Becker


Art Focus

Bus Tour – Presented by Greater St. Louis Garry McMichael


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Is made up of artists, persons of knowledge experience and judgment who have an interest in the arts. Ron Thomas, Bryan Haynes, Vic Barr, Adam Long and Sandy Kolde

Cover Carol Carter “Pond” watercolor 50” h x 35” w 2011 5




Above: Cup of Sunshine watercolor 20” h x 40”


Q. When did you first realize you were an artist? A. I believe I was in Junior High when I realized that I wanted to be an artist. Q. Description of your art? A. My work is contemporary representational painting in watercolor and acrylic. It is large scale with vibrant color. Q. Current Medium? A. Watercolor. Q. Previous Medium? A. Acrylic. Q. Do you have a favorite subject matter? A. Swimmers and tropical imagery. Q. Have you been influenced by what artist and how? A. Eric Fischl - his courageous use of the figure in his painting as well as his gusty psychological message. David Hockney-contemporary pool imagery. John Singer Sargent-mastery of paint. Q. What inspires and motivates you? A. Life around me — inspires me. I love to paint about life, 8

love, and the human condition. I love to paint the overlooked and make it obvious to resonate with the viewer. What motivates me is to share my work and hear feed back. I feel gratification when a piece of art clicks with someone. Q. How has your work changed as you developed as an artist? A. My work is looser and simpler as I develop. The passages of paint and color are richer and deeper. My need to be fussy, realistic, or detailed is gone. I am less descriptive and more interpretive. I am bolder and briefer in my color, statement, paint handling, and concepts. Q. What other interests do you have? A. Biking, power walking, photography, traveling? Q. Studio Space —where is it, describe your studio and what it is like. A. 3156 Shenandoah Avenue, corner of Compton and Shenandoah Avenue, Tower Grove neighborhood. It’s a street level spaace transformed into a studio that can double as an art gallery. There are two walls of windows giving north and west light. The sudio is in a residential South City neighborhood that has a lot of character. I am the “artist-on-the corner”. Above: Carol Carter, Mona Carol watercolor 22” h x 30” w 2012 Right: Vertical Chinese Lanterns watercolor 40” h x 30” w 2011

Left: Magnolia, watercolor 22” h x 30” w 2011 Below: Sweet Magnolia, watercolor 22” h x 30” w 2011 Above: Cups of Sunshine watercolor 20” h x 40” w 2012



Above: Oiled Pelicans, watercolor 15” h x 22” w 2009 Right: Hong Kong Express, watercolor 22” h x 30” w 2012


Q. Do you work in your studio every day? A. Yes Q. What do you do for fun? A. Bike, power walk, movies, travel, antiquing. Q. What kind of music do you listen to while creating instrumental electronica and contemporary jazz. A. NPR Q. Did your family have an influence on your desision to become an artist? A. My mother was an artist and encouraged me. She bought me the ‘real’ art supplies when I was young. She valued my work. I credit her for launching my path into the visulal arts.

Carol Carter —Artist Statement Having grown up in Florida, my strongest visual impression of an environment for human activity is water. In much of my work,water, either literal or suggested, provides the setting for anonymous figures. Because the figures are abstracted, they become generic; their generic nature allows for expansion of the narrative beyond a personal, anecdotal statement to portray a more universal humancondition.

The paintings contain duality: clarity and ambiguity; sanctuary and threat; pleasure and pain. The use of vibrant, saturated colors--beautiful, but confrontational in their intensity--contributes to the tension between these extremes. The large scale of the watercolor and acrylic pieces is also confrontational. The resulting images are seductive, powerful, and strangely disquieting. For me, painting should have an intimacy, mysteriousness, sensuality. At its best, my work also has an edge; something in it that takes a moment, a second look, an effort to comprehend. Birthplace Sumter, South Carolina Current Home St. Louis MO Price Range of your work $500- $10,000 Gallery Representatives J. Pinkney Simmons, Beaufort, SC State of the Arts Gallery, Sarasota, FL Peter Bartlow Gallery, Chicago, IL Web Site: Facebook/Carol Carter Email:



thought visually and loved using my hands creating as a child Cold St. Paul days I sat coloring and gluing, Pages’ yellow glue all over my drawings. Memories of the oils, feather, tools and brushes with colors in father’s shoe manufacturing shops associate with my studio senses today. I ‘got in trouble’ in grade school for drawing in class. Odd fabrics, buttons and hats in high school and university led to designing. Majoring in psychology at Washington University changed to fine art after multi media with Prof.Howard Jones and painting with Professor William Quinn. I’ve continuedstudies in psychology and the fine arts. -Mark making, the fluidity of color and texture are to me metaphors that express the microscopic just as sequences Self portrait pan time as in life. - Oil painting. Drawings with wire on canvas . - Printmaking, some with collage. - Abstract figures and creatures in fantasy settings. - Phillip Guston’s lush paint and icons. Wayne Thiebaud’s palette,excellent compositions. • Travel to zoos, nature, salvage yards for found objects. I love villages for the local cafe, a small museum, a hardware shop and Main Street. I love great cities for anything available. • Drawing and observing informs my mind, associations occur that occur in my work. Hanging works in my home or garden freshens my view. • I set limits in my work. Boundaries create discipline.

-Yoga, music, Clarke Kent kitty, Chester, my rescued Chesapeake BayRetriever. Travel, read science, mysteries, comedy balances studio isolation. Friends and family for Missouri Botanical Gardens, parties, music, theatre. - My UCITY detached studio has south facing two patio doors well 14

shaded in my secluded wooded garden. My CD’s chosen, music on, AC or commercial heat and good light with comfortable chairs, I’m set once the tea pot is on. I can work or have guests. All furniture on casters creates flexible work spaces, while 30 feet of white walls allows for hanging finished works or creating. My permanent oil painting station is separate from my drawing space. Models frequently pose on the largest table. • I create, plan, and organize in my studio five days for five or more hours. It is a get away where I work and enjoy my garden, pets and friends. • I love my work, my friends, travel, family, pets and all of #8 . This August I visited friends in Chicago. I may take the train to Ann arbor, MI where I pick up “BLAZE” my fragile 3D piece juried into current show at Univ. of Michigan Gallery. I love making new friends as I work my way around the world. -Birdsong, jazz, grand opera, Blues, 1940’s-70’s bands. -Father’s family were professionals in many forms of handwork, dance and music. I loved his books with fine prints. They no doubt inform my work, especially the drawings. My garden, my music in my studio reflect my Sundays with father at book stores, museums, the free seats at Muny Opera, Grand Opera and movies. Whatever the Sunday, even playing in Forest Park we had dinner out with chocolate ice cream. Creativity is a form of intelligence. Developed it can express feelings while opening the mind to fresh concepts. Creating and seeing art enhances, giving color and light to dark days and bleak times. The arts and culture strengthen and speak for individuals in a society. Think of the ancients, the Greeks, what is left of them other than their arts which teach the beauties of who they were in contrast to the military conquests. People of all ages are strengthened in self trust, in critical judgement by making off the beaten path in a cookie cutter society. A strong cultural arts presence in areas are proven to add economic strength, create jobs, attract foundations and corporate support.


Above: “KluKluxKay, AFTER GUSTON” acrylic on canvas

Claire Hyman—Artist Statement

My early memories are of carving and polishing leather. My father manufactured shoes. The smells of oils, cured leather, thick stained brushes and knives are imprinted into wanting to create. I do not plan most work, I follow it. Working with my drawings, collage and texture leads to a tesions I push. Recent work with charcoal marks, graphite, metal textures metphorically represent cellular order, the beauty of detritus and of mundane often overlooked. B- St. Paul, Minnesota. Current home- University City, Mo Price range of works- $300- $4500. Gallery reps: None at present.

2012 EVENTS: International Conference on Human Dignity and Humiliation Studies, WEAVING SHELTER, print is the Conference poster. Columbia University Library, NY. NY limited prints of this poster by Claire Hyman are available. Group Show: MAN UP, WCA, Univ. of MI. Gallery through August 12, 2012

Metropolitan St. Louis: CONTEMPORARY ART MUSEUM (CAM) City Wide Open Studio Sunday. July 29, 2012 11.00 - 3.30 PM #102 studio on CAM MAP: 739 Harvard Ave, UCity, MO 63130. Solo Show: Ethical Society of St. Louis, St. Louis, MO 9001 Clayton Road, St. Louis, MO 63117 Reception Aug. 05, 2012, 12:00- 2:00 PM Solo Show: KIRKWOOD TRAIN STATION ART GALLERY 110 West Argonne Drive, Reception: Thursday, October 04, 2012 Time: TBA CONTEMPORARY ART MUSEUM, ST. LOUIS, MO Volunteering to lead a sandbox workshop, Nov. 2, 2012 Claire Medol Hyman • Phone-314-727-1175 • Fax-314-727- 2249 19


Sherri Jaudés


Sherri Jaudés

Q. When did you first realize you were an artist A. I have making art as long as I can remember. My dad told me that I was drawing in perspective when I was 6 and I sold my first oil painting when I was 11. I have always been working on something, 2 or 3 dimensional. Q. Description of your art A. Current Medium Metal sculpture . Q. Do you have a Favorite Subject Matter A. I am drawn to exotic plants, such as carnivorous pitcher plants, which I grow. Q. Have you been Influenced by what artist and how? A. Not in particular. Q. What inspires and motivates you? A. Nature is the biggest inspiration, plants and insects. Woods surround our house so there is a lot to observe and to influence my work. Q. How has your work changed as you developed as an artist A. I find myself working larger as I develop new skills, which is something I have always wanted to do. I have gone frommaking small sculptural jewelry to one of my latest pieces, which was 7 1/2 feet tall, that I made with my new business partner, Pak Chittakhone.

Q. What interests do you have besides A. I love plants and growing a garden. I love having that connection with the earth. My partner and I also like to travel a lot, especially overseas. Q. Studio Space where is it and describe your studio what is it like A. My metalsmithing studio is in the basement of the house and looks out over our lake. I have 3 benches to work at, because I also 22

teach privately, lots of tools and since the space is large, I am able to have separate area’s to do different techniques. I like my studio organized, which allows me to make the best use of my time. My blacksmithing/welding shop, which is smaller, is in the barn. Here, I am able to forge hot metal and do all of the dirty work that you don’t want in your house. Q. Do you work in your studio every day? A. When I am not teaching at Maryville University, yes. I have been teaching Jewelry and Metalsmithing for 17 years, part time, so that gives me the rest of the time for my own work. beauty to replace sometimes chaotic daily life. Q. What do you do for fun? A. Visit with my friends and cook good food. I love to read and hike through the woods and find insects, of course. Q. What kind of music do you listen to while creating A. Frank Sinatra, Diana Krall, Melody Gardot

Q. Did your family have an influence on your decision to become an artist’s? A. My father was a draftsman and my mom, a portrait artist. They didn’t want me to be an artist, but a secretary. Eeeek!!! Q. Why does the world need art? A. Well, it is everywhere around us. Everything we use, wear, drive is all designed by someone, even the ugly stuff. We have always been attracted to possessing objects of beauty and find comfort in them. It is part of our culture and helps define who we are as individuals. I can’t imagine life without it. Previous page: “Fitting In”, $3,000, 7”h x 14”w x 6”d Above: Metalsmithing Studio Below:“Ginger Perspective”, $3,000, 2.25”h x 9”w x 6.25”d Right: “Banker’s Buffet” , $14,000, 22”h x 35”w x 20”d

“Look deep, deep, into nature and then you will understand everything” Albert Einstein I have chosen the image of the insect and its environment to be my container for emotions and expressions. Insects seem to have personalities that express who we are as humans. We are very much like insects, technically complex and made up of many components, yet looking for simple things: food, shelter, security, and continuing of the species. I chose the insect that best fits the emotion or expression that I want to convey in my work.

I am very interested in using various metals and finishes to express each piece. I sometimes use Prisma colored pencils as my patina on the finished work, which allows me to incorporate my love for rendering and achieve a very different look and surface of the work. Birthplace St. Louis, MO Current Home Marthasville, MO Price Range of your work - Jewelry $70 - $3,000 Sculpture $250 - $44,000 Gallery Representatives - None currently, but in the past, Xen Gallery and Gumps. I have a new business partner; Pak Chittakhone and we do work for architectural and design firms. Our company name is Green Finger Studio. Web Site: &

Left: “Fall” , 36 ¾”h x 21 ½”w x 38” d, $10,000 Top left clockwise: “Lady Slipper”, $2,000, 6”h x 6”w x 5”d; “ReNewal”, $ 44,000, 7’10”h x 8’8”w x 5’3”d; “ReNewal”




Zack Smithey

Q. When did you first realize you were an artist A. It was a slow realization early in my life. The realization wasn’t that I had become an artist but that I had always been an artist. My brain had to develop the capability to understand that creating things and manipulating my environment were defining factors in my identity.

Q. Description of your art A. Above all else I consider myself a process artist. You are less likely to be successful if you make art with only the product in mind. If the product doesn’t match your predetermined idea of what the product should be, then it could be seen by you as a failure. If you focus on the process your creative experience will be a success no matter what the product ends up being. . Q. Current Medium A. Everything I do is apart of a series. And I always have many series in the works simultaneously. If you do not work in a series you are not devoting a proper investigation into the subject you studying. A series gives your art room to evolve. You can’t make a creative leap in one or two steps, it takes many. I work in many styles using a variety of techniques and media. It’s hard to describe my work because it is so diverse… from abstract expressionism to photorealism to non-objective and everything in between. Q. Do you have a Favorite Subject Matter A. While my technique and subject matter may be diverse, to look at my body of work there are a few themes that stick out more than others. My most common subjects are portraits, the figure, and

sound. My largest series is the “Materialization of Sound”, a study of synesthesia and those who see colors when they hear sound. It is a subjective look at what the vibrations of sound could look like if you could see them. Imagine looking at a still pond. Then throw a rock into the center of it. Now imagine that those ripples vibrating outward from the epicenter are vivid colors. The vibrating colors in this series represent different sounds. Hear the sounds with your eyes. Q. Have you been Influenced by what artist and how? A. I have experienced so many artists both from the past and the present. Not only am I influenced by other artists by I am influenced by nature, science, math, literature, philosophy, dreams… anything and everything that I have experienced in my life up to this point has culminated to create the person that I am today. It’s like chaos theory. There are so many factors involved that it’s impossible to point to one and say that was the defining factor. Q. What inspires and motivates you? A. Inspiration and motivation is for those who want to create but don’t know what they are doing or where to begin. I create everyday; it’s just what I do and how I live. Being alive is enough motivation for me to create. When one ends so will the other. Q. How has your work changed as you developed as an artist A. My work has become more than just pretty pictures. Although I still consider the aesthetics of my work, the main focus is on the greater meaning. What am I studying? What am I trying to achieve? Has this ever been done before?

Above: Zack Smithey in studio


Above right clockwise: Mark Twain, “Iconic Images” series, 48” x 60”, Acrylic, India ink and polyurethane on wood; God Fearing, 32” x 40”, Ink on mat board; Travis Barker 48” x 60” Super saturated acrylic on wood; Portrait of Clarence Darrow,9” x 12”, Etching.


Q. What interests do you have besides art A. Achieving the most out of life. I try not to stand still. I try not to fall into habits. Make every experience feel new. My time here is limited and there’s so much to do. Q. Studio Space where is it and describe your studio what is it like A. I have a 6000 sq. ft. studio in Maryland Heights near Page and Lindbergh. It is a place where creative minds come to work, exchange ideas and collaborate. I have thousands of pieces there. It is a place where time doesn’t exist. The only thing that matters when I’m at the studio is the “now”. Q. Do you work in your studio every day? Q. What do you do for fun? A. I make art and have an unquenchable thirst for knowledge. Those things and my wife, family, dogs and friends are the most important things to me. Engaging in any activity that involves any of these things is what I do for fun. Q. What kind of music do you listen to while creating A. Again, the spectrum is too broad to be specific, but I can say that modern country and pop music aren’t on the list. Q. Did your family have an influence on your decision to become an artist’s? 28

A. My grandma and mom are artists. They both supported me and nurtured my skills. Q. Why does the world need art? A. Nearly everything that you touch, see or hear was crafted, created, designed by some sort of artist. Cultural evolution would not be possible without artists. A. My father was a draftsman and my mom, a portrait artist. They didn’t want me to be an artist, but a secretary. Eeeek!!!

Birthplace – St. Charles Current Home – St. Charles Price Range of your work - $100 to $5000 Gallery Representatives – I have shown in many galleries but am not contractually represented by any currently. Web Site: - an organization I started to raise money for charities while putting artists to work. Email: Above left: John Dillinger, “Iconic Images” series, 48” x 60”, Super saturated acrylic on wood Above right: Self Portrait, 48” x 60”, Enamel on masonite.

Saint Louis University Museum of Art

3663 Lindell Blvd. St. Louis, Mo 63108 “Urban Wanderers” features works by artists inspired by the hopeful recovery stories of stray rescue’s abused and neglected companion animals. August 3 – September 16 “I have never seen the gallery so crowded!” stated Mary Marshall, marketing coordinator for the University museums and galleries. “At times, our guests were actually standing in-line to view the artwork. Urban Wanderers is a fundraising art exhibition that truly touches hearts ... not to mention, paws and tails.” Actually, we shattered all previous attendance records! Nearly 1,600 people attended the opening reception! Event. The event will be held on Friday, Aug. 17 from 5:30 - 8 p.m.


taking full advantage of the “wet on wet” technique favored by many watercolorists. She uses textures and collage materials in a layering process. This is for her a visual art diary and often incorporates into her paintings handmade paper, strings, found objects, or scraps of memorabilia that have personal meaning.

Contemporary Art Museum City-Wide Open Studio 7th Annual On July 28 & 29, 2012 a weeklong event connecting the public to over 150 artists’ studios across the city, creating a unique opportunity to promote dialogue about art-making in St Louis.

Marianist Gallery 1256 Maryhurst Drive, Kirkwood, Mo 63122 314.965.0877 The Marianist Galleries specializes in exhibiting contemporary works of art. It stands among remnant evergreens of what was once woods and farmland in Kirkwood, Missouri. The orginal farmhouse is now a modern twentieth century center of contemporary art by Brother Mel Meyer, founder and current director of the Galleries.

Marian SteenMemories and Dreams was featured at Saint Louis University Museum of art through August 12

Regional Arts Commission…City Wide Open studio

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Steen’s paintings deal with large washes of watercolor, pouring and dripping the paint,

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hat a way to spend the weekend; riding a big red charter bus through the Ozarks with forty-four art-loving friends as we discovered “World Class American Art” in the heart of the Ozarks. Few on the trip had ever been to Watercolor USA or experienced the new Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art. But ask anyone now, and they would tell you they couldn’t have had any more fun if they had traveled to east or west coast. The Greater St Louis Art Association charter bus left St Louis early Saturday morning, stopping briefly in St. James to pick up a few bottles of wine and in Rolla to pick up four additional art lovers. We arrived in Springfield, Missouri early afternoon to view Watercolor USA 2012 (www.springfieldmo. gov/art/watercolorusa.html), the Annual National Watercolor Exhibition sponsored by the Springfield Art Museum. The quality and variety of the show was exceptional. One of the works on exhibit, The Last Hurrah, was painted by fellow GSLAA member Bob McClelland. One of our travelers, Fraser Leonard, showed us his large abstract painting, Naked Function (95X80), hanging in the auditorium as part of the Springfield Art Museum’s permanent collection. It wasn’t long before our group was comparing notes, discussing the varied techniques and point-


ing out their favorites to each other. By the time we returned to the bus we were all in agreement, Watercolor USA was an exceptional high quality national exhibit well worth seeing. Sunday we headed to Bentonville, Arkansas to spend the day at the new Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art ( Crystal Bridges is America’s newest museum, opening its doors just last year in November. Founded by Alice Walton, the daughter of Wal-Mart founder Sam Walton, the museum is already considered “in the top half dozen of America’s art museums.” A recent review stated the museum’s “quality and its range and depth already place it among one of the very best.” But you have to see it with your own eyes to fully appreciate what a phenomenal American treasure Crystal Bridges is. When we arrived at the complex, we first discovered an architectural masterpiece of glass, concrete and copper that has been fully integrated into a small Ozark spring creek valley. The complex of buildings literally sit over the stream and anytime you look out the windows you have a view of woods, rocks, and water with great American sculptures strategically placed along a series of wandering trails. We began our tour of Crystal Bridges a tour of a special exhibit: The Hudson River School: Nature and the American Vision. Forty-five magnificent

Hudson River School paintings from the collection of the New York Historical Society were on exhibit. Talk about name dropping – Frederic Church, Thomas Cole, Ashur B.Durand, John Kensett, Martin Heade, Thomas Hotchkiss, George Inness just to name a few. To see these great paintings on display on the middle of America is a sight to behold. After two hours in this exhibit I was sure I was the last to leave, until I spotted GSLAA President Vic Barr studying Wood for Winter by George Henry Durrie. Near the exit I came across fellow traveler and artist, Andrea Vadner, quietly sketching from the collection. (The Hudson River School exhibit will be on display through September 3, 2012) From there we had lunch in the museum’s restaurant and then spent the next four hours viewing the permanent collection. This is a collection of American Art, from the earliest colonial settlers through the twentieth century. Featuring more than 400 works by American masters and highlighting the full scope of American art and history, this historic collection has been assembled to showcase the artistic traditions of American art. Six hours of viewing great American masterpieces was more than my brain could absorb. Fortunately for me, the grounds of the museum cover over 120 acres and I was able to slip outside and walk some

of the wonderful landscaped trails, study the sculptures and linger by the clear Ozark stream. After touring Crystal Bridges Museum we took a short ride to Eureka Springs, Arkansas, where we spent the evening. The following morning we hopped on trolleys and spent the morning exploring America’s Victorian Village ( This historic “artists town”, built on the side of a mountain, became a famous vacation town in the early 1900’s. People from all over the world came here to rejuvenate themselves in it’s famous baths and spas. We didn’t rejuvenate ourselves in any spas but, we did wander Spring Street in small groups, visiting dozens of art galleries, and quaint shops in this historic town. As the day heated up we were drawn to the ice cream shop before getting on the trolleys to take us to our big red bus for the trip home. Would we do it again? You bet we would. How can you beat spending a weekend viewing great art, experiencing the Ozarks, and sharing it with like-minded friends. In fact, we are making plans to go back to Crystal Bridges next spring, possibly mid-April, to see the special Norman Rockwell exhibit. So mark your calendar, and we’ll keep you informed once the details have been finalized. Check our website www.gslaa. org for announcements for the spring trip. 31

Focus Areas: Contemporary-

well executed art by local artists in a variety of media. I tend to focus on 2 to 3 person exhibits so an artists can show an expansive body of work. There is usually one 2D artist, and one or two 3D artist. Classes/Workshops: Art groups and organizations lease space occasionally to hold their workshops in the gallery and our lower level glass studio offers a wide range of classes in glass. What inspired your interest in art? I’ve admired handmade work for a long time. Even when I was in school, my friends were buying CD’s and I was buying artwork for my walls and stashing it in my closet when I ran out of room. What is the first piece of art you purchased for yourself? If you could be reborn as a famous artist, who would it be? Are you an artist yourself? Yes, I operate a glass studio in the lower level of the building that the gallery is in. The gallery is actually my old studio. Upstairs always lent itself to a “gallery” feel, the building is barn shaped so it is one huge room with very tall ceilings, lots of natural light, and hardwood floor. It took us two years to renovate the space to get it in shape and I’m happy with the look and feel of the space. Why does the world need art? Well, since the beginning of time, art has spanned cultures. It gives us perspective to life and defines human identity. Art reminds us of the richness of the world we live in. If money were no object, which artist’s work would you buy? Many pieces from many different types of artists and emerging artists. Next, since money is no object, I would buy a big house and hang it all there. Then I would walk around and think of the artist and their story (because I like art that has a story) and generally feel happy and good about it.

What kind of art do you focus on? Mostly work that has a look and feel that fits in with the gallery. I like work to have an energy to it. I personally like edgy, contemporary art. No matter what media it is, I have to feel it is well executed. I remember walking into a vanity gallery many years ago and seeing this glasswork that was glued together with glue seeping out and pieces falling off of it. Granted, I’m a bit harsher in critiquing the medium I work in and we all start somewhere, but there has to be some sense of pride in putting forth good work to the public. How would an aspiring artist get your attention for representation in your gallery? They can send an email to the gallery with their contact info, resume, as well as pictures of their work that would be representative of what they would like to exhibit. I don’t like just an e-mail saying “hey, my work is on my website, take a look.” I’ll definitely search around their website if I like what I see in the initial e-mail. The galleries e-mail is We’re filling our 2013 schedule now. What the art scene in Columbia really needs? I don’t know what the art scene in Columbia really needs but for St. Charles I wish our Main Street was more art and less imports. To me it’s disappointing that we have this historic district full of cool old stores with history and then they are filled with stuff from China. I wish that when small business focus on “Buy Local” programs that they look at their own inventory to see if they themselves are “buying local”. What’s your greatest challenge? The wearing of many hats. Finding the balance of operating the gallery, running the studio, and creating my own work can be challenging. I wouldn’t change it for a thing though, I absolutely love what I’m doing.

Mission Statement


September – October, 2012 September 7-9, 2012

The Saint Louis Art Fair Clayton, Missouri 314.863.0278 • September 8 & 9, 2012 Saturday and Sunday 10am-5pm Cedarhurst Craft Fair Mt Vernon Illinois • 618.242.1236

September 12-October 27, 2012

Made in Missouri featuring The Best of Missouri Hands Artist exhibit at Silver Dollar Citysponsored by Silver Dollar City and Best of Missouri Hands

September 21,22,23, 2012 Friday 5-10, Saturday 10-10, Sunday 11-5 Plaza Art Fair Country Club Plaza 80th Annual Kansas City, Missouri 64112 For more information:

October 6 & 7, 2012 Saturday 9-5 Sunday 10-5

Historic Shaw Art Fair St. Louis, Missouri For more information: 314.771.3101

September 14-16, 2012

Mosaics Missouri Festival for the Arts 18 th Annual 230 North Main St. Charles, Missouri 63301 636.946.3433


MISSOURI Galleries & Museums

Cape Girardeau

Gallery 501 at Art Glass Array

Kansas City

501 N. Kingshighway, St. Charles, 63301 Edward Bernard Gallery

Museum at Corinthian Hall

107 West Drive, Cape Girardeau,

3218 Gladstone Blvd., Kansas

Missouri 63703 Tel 573.332.7733

City Mo 64123

St. Louis

816.483.8300 Art St. Louis 955 Washington Ave. St. L.

Mozaic Art Studio


Mo 63101 Tel 314.241.4810

#5 North Main, Cape Girardeau, Missouri Tel 573.339.9510

Kirksville Arts Association

117 S. Franklin Street, Kirksville,

Art Trends Gallery

Missouri 63501 660.665.0500

703 Long Road Crossing Drive,

Chesterfield, Mo 63101


Tel 636.536.3266


souri 65201 Tel 573.443.2131


Atrium Gallery

Exposure Artists’ Gallery

4728 McPherson Avenue,

110 Main Street, Parkville,

St. Louis, Mo 63108

PS Gallery

Mo 64152 816.746.6300

Tel 314.367.1076

1025 E. Walnut, Columbia,

Saint Joseph

Bonsack Gallery at

Columbia Art League 207 S. 9th St., Columbia, Mis-

Mo 65201 Tel 573.442.4831 Email:

John Burroughs School


The Albrecht-Kemper

755 South Price Road,

Museum of Art

St. Louis Mo 63124 Tel 34.993.4040

Hannibal Arts Council

2818 Grderick Avenue,

105 S. Main Street, Hannibal,

Saint Joseph, Missouri 64506

Mo 63401 573.221.6545

Tel 816.233.7003

Bruno David Gallery

3721 Washington Blvd., St. Louis, Mo 63108 Tel 314.531.3030

Saint Charles

Mo 63401 573.221.2275

Foundry Art Centre


520 North Main Center St.

524 Trinity Ave. St. Louis, Mo 63130

Charles 63301 636.255.0270

Hannibal Alliance Art Gallery 112 N Main St., Hannibal,

Kansas City Chesterfield Arts

Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art

Framations Art Gallery

444 Chesterfield Center Chesterfield,

4525 Oak Street, Kansas City,

218 N. Main Street ,

Mo 63017 Tel 636.242.1236

Mo 64111

St. Charles, 63301

816.751.1278 34

MISSOURI Galleries & Museums

Contemporary Art Museum

May Gallery

3750 Washington Ave.,

Webster University, Severdrup Building

St. Louis, Mo 63108

8300 Big Bend Blvd. Webster Groves

Daum Museum

Tel 314.535.4660

Mo 63199 Tel 314.246.7673

3201 West 16th Street, Sedalia,

Mo 65301 Tel 660 530.5888

Sedallia Componere Gallery

Mildred Lane Kemper

6509 Delmar Blvd. St. Louis,

Art Museum Washington University

Art Impressions

Mo 63130 Tel 314.721.1181

One Brooking Drive, St. Louis, Mo

Gallery and Framing

63130 Tel 314.935.4523

412 S. Ohio, Sedalia, Mo 65301

Craft Alliance - Delmar

Laumeier Sculpture Park

Liberty Center Association for the Arts

6640 Delmar Blvd.

312580 Rott Road, St. Louis

111 W 5th Street, Sedalia, Mo 65301

University City, Mo

Mo 63127 314.615.5278


63103 314.535.7528


Springfield Mocra Craft Alliance- Grand Center

3700 West Pine Mall Blvd. St.

Springfield Art Museum

501 North Grand Blvd.

Louis Mo 63103 314.997.7170

1111 East Brookside Drive Spring-

63103 314.535.7528

field, Mo 65807 417.837.5700 Pulitzer Foundation for the Arts

Duane Reed Gallery

3716 Washington Blvd. St. Louis, Mo

4729 McPherson Ave. St. Louis

63108 314.754.1850

Mo 63108 314.361.4100

Regional Arts Commission St. Louis Art Museum

Gateway Gallery

One Fine Arts Drive, St. Louis 63110

21 North Bemiston, Clayton, Mo 63105 Tel 314.

Saint Louis Artist Guild

Oak Knoll Park, Clayton 63105 314.727.6266

Greenberg Van Doren Gallery 3540 Washington Avenue St. Louis

Saint Louis


University Museum of Art 3663 Lindell Boulevard,

St. Louis Mercantile

St. Louis, Mo 63108 314.977.2666

Thomas Jefferson Library Building, One University Blvd. St. Louis, Mo 63121 314.561.7240


The Arts Live - Fall 2012  

"The Arts Live" is the pre-eminent showcase for the arts to be an important part of the local, regional and national art scene. The Arts Liv...

The Arts Live - Fall 2012  

"The Arts Live" is the pre-eminent showcase for the arts to be an important part of the local, regional and national art scene. The Arts Liv...