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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 experimenting 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 3


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Barbie Steps

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Barbie Steps Q. When did you first realize you were an artist? A. I have always enjoyed taking vacation photos, but never had the time to really pursue photography until I left the corporate world. I feel I am still evolving as an artist, exploring my creative expression mainly through photography. Q. Description of your art A. Digital Photography as a medium to see the world Q. Current Medium A. - Photography (Digital SLR and I-Phone) and starting Print - Making (Solar Plates, Screen printing and now exploring Woodblock printing) Q. Previous Medium A. Previous Medium – Camera with Film and Slides Q. Do you have a favorite subject matter? A. Nature and people Q. Have you been influenced by what artist and how? A. There are many photographers in the past that I admire so it is difficult to choose even a few. Even today, I meet people on my travels that influence me. I am continually learning and the technology just keeps changing. Look at what one can do with just an Iphone (or any smart phone) today! I love it.

Q. Studio Space where is it and describe your studio what is it like? A. I photograph wherever I am, whether the world inside or outside my home Q. Do you work in your studio every day? A. Not really, I am involved in so many other activities. Q. What do you do for fun? A. I love to travel and have visited nearly 80 countries in the world as well as most of the USA but love returning to places and exploring more. Much of my time is devoted to the out of doors, but I also enjoy just spending time with my friends and family! Q. What kind of music do you listen to while creating A. None while taking my photos although I love music and often listen to “celtic” CD’s or musicals while I review and edit my work.

Q. What inspires and motivates you? A. The world around me – the more I experience, the more I want to see and do.

Q. Did your family have an influence on your decision to become an artist? A.Family and friends have always been there to cheer me on in my exploration of photography

Q. How has your work changed as you developed as an artist? A. Using my digital photography as a base, I am exploring aspects of print making and being even more creative using my Iphone

Q. Why does the world need art? A.It would be depressing place without it. Art allows us to enjoy life. Photography to me is a visual selection of the pieces of life.

Above: Barbie Steps Right: Young Monk with Firewood - Bhutan


Q. What interests do you have besides photography? A. Many - traveling, hiking, reading, hunting mushrooms, theater, movies, concerts and museums plus just walking in the St Louis zoo (I was a docent there for 9 years) and the Botanical Gardens – I love to be continually learning and also discovering more things to do - St Louis always has so many activities and events.

Sunset in Zimbabwe

Left: Circle of Life - Japanese Macaques (Snow Monkeys) in Japan Above: Surprise - Japanese Macaque (Snow Monkey) in Japan

Barbie Steps—Artist Statement Through the years I’ve considered myself lucky to have had the opportunity to combine photography with my explorations around the world. Spending hours coming face to face with the incredible Snow Monkeys bathing in the hot springs of the Japanese Alps was a breathtaking encounter I’ll never forget. But even a walk in the garden or a hike in the woods is a magical experience through the eye of my camera. I want to share with others some of what I have experienced in the world; the little moments, when captured, that compose life. For many years, I have been a member of the group ‘Sharp Shooters” which unites 10 women artists in St Louis area, as well as being involved in the St Louis Camera Club, PSA, and other local photography activities. I have exhibited locally at the Regional Arts Commission, Art St Louis Gallery, St Louis Artist’s Guild, Chesterfield Arts, Maryville University, The Arts Group of Union Avenue, as well as other local studios and restaurants. Winning First Place in the annual St Louis Post-Dispatch Travel contest as well as being a semi-finalist twice in the International Windland Smith Rice Awards sponsored by Best Photo magazine was very rewarding. The Rocky Mountain School of Photography, which I attended in 2008, has published many of my images in its catalog. Internationally, my prints were chosen personally by hospitals in Tanzania and Bergamo, Italy, for donation by The Foundation for Photo/Art in Hospitals. Birthplace Alton, IL Current Home St Louis MO Price Range of your work Dependent on size and framing , usually from $65 to $350. Please contact me. Gallery Representatives NA Web Site: Email:

Above: Bunny Vase

Left: Young Boy in Market - Bhutan Right: Bone Dry - Death Valley, USA

Above: Bunny Vase Right, clockwise from top left: Carrot Rebellion, Going Over, Rolling Rabbit

Above: As Though Tall-18X24-oil on canvasRight: Horse-16x16-oil on masonite



Dominic Finocchio

Q. When did you first realize you were an artist? A. I drew constantly as a child; mostly animals that I liked. I would say probably somewhere around the sixth grade I realized that the only thing I ever wanted to do was draw. During the eighth grade, in our school library, I found a very general book on art history written for young people. I have said to friends that’s when I discovered art with a capital “A”. Since no one in my class had any interest I was able to treat it almost as my own. As I recall, it only reproduced pictures of European pre-modern art and at thirteen years old I assumed that this was how all great art was supposed to look. At that point I wasn’t able to distinguish one period from another and though it certainly was not a scholarly assessment of art history, the impact this initial exposure to world art had on me was immeasurable. Like most people, my life has had twists, turns and missteps but I have always thought of myself as an artist. Q. Description of your art A. I have always worked representationally but have allowed myself a lot of stretch room over the years. In the last eight or so years my work has reflected my deep interest in art history. Years ago I think I lacked the technical skill needed to achieve what I saw in my head. I kept moving on, following my nose and trying different approaches. Years of trial, errors, humbling experiences and frustration have yielded

something closer to what I had hoped to attain years ago. I have indulged my interest in a tonal approach rather than a chromatic one so my color has become somewhat subdued in recent years. Q. Current Medium, Previouse medium A. Oil painting has always been my chosen medium but there have been periods wherein I produced watercolors and graphite drawings not just as studies but as ends in themselves. Q. Do you have a favorite subject matter? A. Though I have done many still life paintings and drawings, the figure has been my primary subject. Sometimes it appears simply as a posed, nude model and sometimes as a character in a narrative. Many of the figures are in outdoor settings giving me an opportunity to work with some landscape ideas and outdoor light. Ultimately, whether in a landscape or interior the setting will serve the needs of the figures. Q. Have you been influenced by what artist and how? A. I’ve been asked this in the past and I find it a very difficult thing to narrow down. Certainly my interest in art history has exposed me to many ideas and approaches. There are painters in whom my interest comes and goes as needed and then there are those who always make up my pantheon. Degas is almost always in the 17

back of my mind but a short list would include Van Dyck, Titian, Eakins, Courbet and Caravaggio. I’ve learned something important from every one of these painters. My long list is really long. The moment I mention names I find myself wanting to say “no, wait, there’s also…” Q. What inspires you and motivates you? A. Beauty, of course, is a very subjective thing and I think what I react or respond to more than anything else is my own sense of what that is. Mostly, it’s something I have seen out there in the world. I may take a photograph or make a sketch to remind me but, figures, settings or places get filed away until I need them. Paintings that I admire also provide a jumping off point. Motivation has never been a problem for me. I neglect any number of things in life because I would rather be in my studio working Q. How has your work changed as you developed as an artist? A. Though the art making process is not just a matter of technical skill, I think an artist should be engaged with their chosen medium to the extent that as one learns more about it, the look and nature of the art produced will reflect that experience. For me, no matter how an artwork reaches out, a large part of the meaning resides simply in how it looks. How it looks is what will be anyone’s first experience with a work of

art. Regardless of the experiences a viewer brings, any other thoughts or feelings follow appearance. I think most of what I’ve learned gets absorbed into a realm over which I have little control. It just becomes a part of me which is likely true of most artists. To give a more specific answer, I think my paintings have become a bit more atmospheric rather than explorations of plasticity. Though it was not a specific intention, it seems to me they look a bit darker than work I did years ago. Q.What interests do you have besides painting? A. Music. I started learning how to play the guitar when I was a teenager and have sung and played with different bands throughout the years. Currently, also for quite some time now, I play with a band called The Love Experts. We perform intermittently and have been working on a recording. Q. Studio Space where is it and describe your studio; what is it like? A. I have always had a home studio; it’s a preference. There are times when I keep a good schedule going and others when everything is fits and starts. Always being near my studio is quite efficient, inviting and something I have come to enjoy. I moved a year ago from a much larger house than my current one. I had two rooms on a second floor; one for storage and office and the other for working.

Above: Impermeable-20x24-oil on canvasLeft: Eight Eyes-30x40-oil on canvas



Q. Why does the world need art? A. The word “need” is rather flexible; while we certainly could physically survive without art I think that even people who would say they know nothing about nor have any interest in art, would miss it. Though I can’t quote him exactly, Fairfield Porter once said the most sacred thing about art is it’s uselessness. Aesthetics have always played a part in even the most utilitarian creations but I like the distinction he’s trying to make. Depending on how far one stretches the definition of art, it could be argued that we need it to help clarify, organize and enlighten our lives. If we confine the conversation to visual art only, I think it would be apparent, as I was trying to indicate earlier, that the first experience will likely be an aesthetic one having to do with appearance only. Whether or not one recognizes that phenomenon, communication is still taking place at a primary level. That stimulation encourages awareness and continually reminds us that we all share in something larger than ourselves. Notwithstanding personal tastes, even experiencing art that stands antithetically to a personal point of view, a connection will be made. Birthplace - Detroit, Michigan Current Home - St. Louis City Price range of work - $800.00 - $5000.00 Web site - E-mail -


Dominic Finocchio —Artist Statement Within a current series of figure paintings I discovered a continuity on which I hadn’t planned. Most of them are fictions insofar as the final image does not reproduce a moment in history, but is instead an image composed from drawings and my reference photographs taken at random with no specific motive regarding pose or setting. I then introduce figures into new settings and explore the possibilities of interaction until I see an image that has an indefinable potential. This part of the process can take weeks to months. An alternate narrative emerges as figures are shown in conjunction with other figures inhabiting a space in which none of them ever existed. My goal has been to not only reference an art historical prototype, but also the technique used by many before me to attain it. The process is both exhilarating and humbling. It is always my hope that viewers will linger and find aspects of these visual statements to be persuasive and purposeful.

Above; A Pretense of Ignorance-16X20-oil on canvas Left; Dominic Finocchio’s studio


Above: Interstice-24x32-oil on canvas Right: A Signal Given-44x54-oil on canvas


I’m adjusting to my new studio which needs some remodeling and new lighting but in the meantime, in spite of the current inconveniences, I’m managing to get things done. I prefer my work area to be orderly so I don’t waste time looking for things. One wall has my oil studies, drawings and reference photos. Because I continue to make changes to the composition and other pictorial elements long after I have actually started the painting, there are usually a lot of studies on the wall which is another reason for trying to keep an orderly environment. I keep a bulletin board on another wall for art related things I need to remember and postcards of paintings I love. Q. What kind of music do you listen to while creating?

Q. What do you do for fun? A. I’m a really big fan of animated films. I love everything from children’s cartoons to award winning adult animation. Whether it’s hand drawn, Claymation or Computer Graphics, I usually watch several hours every weekend for fun.

Q. Do you work in your studio every day? A. Sometimes there are stretches of a disciplined schedule and sometimes, as I indicated earlier, there are periods of fits and starts. Another advantage for me having a home studio is that regardless of the pace I keep, I step in there every single day. I always have preparatory studies or a painting in progress so even on days when I don’t actually paint, I go in and study what I’m doing. I might turn it upside down, look at it with a mirror or simply stare at it for a while. I’m trying to find what I think is working, not working, good or bad about it. Essentially I am reassuring myself when I feel as though something has worked and challenging myself when something needs to change. I consider that part of the working process so I guess, in a manner of speaking, you could say I do work in my studio every day.

Q. Did your family have an influence on your decision to become an artist? A. My parents, especially my mother, were always very encouraging. They gave me my first oil paints when I was in the eighth grade and I would always proudly present whatever it was I was working on to them, expecting approval. Most of the time, that’s what I got. It was also the same year that I got my first two art books for Christmas. A book on Michelangelo and a comprehensive history book, both of which my mother inscribed. I still have and cherish them. Nothing was going to stop me from drawing and painting but the fact that they were proud of my efforts certainly kept me moving along. Whatever that can be called, it certainly had me believing in myself and my progress.

Q. What kind of music do you listen to while creating? A. I almost always work in silence but those times when I have listened to music, it’s classical. Bach and Gabrielli are two favorites of older music and I also enjoy listening to modern composers like Philip Glass and Steve Reich. I have a large collection of classical guitar and lute music as well.



Betty Shew

Q. When did you first realize you were an artist? A. I worked in the art field as a designer for years... but didn’t think of myself as an “artist.” Filling out a high school reunion form that asked, “What is your profession?” – I wrote down artist. I was the only one in the entire class working in the arts. Q. Description of your art A. I’m fascinated by creating dimensional work through forming cotton fiber or molding the fiber. I find subjects taken from nature or sculpt images from clay and create a mold, then cast the cotton fibers. When thoroughly dry, I remove the paper from the mold and paint the cast paper with acrylics. Q. Current Medium A. Cast cotton fiber and other applications of handmade papermaking. Q. Previous Medium A. I have a degree in Graphic Design... worked in print media and loved creating logos, working with typography and designing brochures. Q. Do you have a favorite subject matter? A. Nature, plants and the human figure. I like art that captures movement. Figures that give the impression of movement or objects that move are one of my latest challenges. Above: Betty Shew Right: Girl with fan, cast paper, acrylic, 8x10x1.5, $225


Q. Have you been influenced by what artist and how? A. I’m influenced by many artists and historical references – the beauty and elegance of Asian Art, illuminated manuscripts, Impressionists, Mary Cassatt, Degas, Van Gogh, Sargent, Abstract Art from the 60s-70s, whimsical art, Calder and folk art. Q. What inspires and motivates you? A. Life all around me, an art exhibition, a trip to the library, the Art Museum, a walk in the garden. Q. How has your work changed as you developed as an artist? A. I hope my work is moving in different directions and evolving. I seem to be driven by an inner desire to explore all I can accomplish with cast fiber, and to discover new ways to achieve the paper construction I envision in my mind. Q. What interests do you have besides? A. I like movies, history and documentaries, baking, swimming and singing. I’d like to travel. Q. Studio Space where is it and describe your studio what is it like? A. I started out with a studio space in the basement, but before an art show, the process of making my art takes over our whole small house.

Above: Clown, cast paper, acrylic, 5x5, $38 Below: Orangutan, cast paper, acrylic, 8x10, $68


Q. Do you work in your studio every day? A. There are many steps in the paper casting process, and not all are accomplished in the studio. In some cases I work directly with plants or flowers, which requires being out in the garden or sculpting the images I want to cast, which can be done outside. Artists often live in their minds – so it’s great to get out. Q. What do you do for fun? A. I really like to spend time with family and friends, go to museums, gallerys or antique shops. I like taking walks in the park with my husband. He’s been creating wonderful paintings. It’s fun when we’re both in a show together. Q.What inspires and motivates you? A. Music adds so much to our lives. Studies show music makes things better... movies, shopping and elevator rides. Being an avid theater lover, I like to listen to musical sound tracks, but also love something soothing, classical, Enya and James Taylor Q. Did your family have an influence on your decision to become an artist’s? A. My parents could never figure out what they did wrong. It always concerned them that all of their children went into the art field. Q. Why does the world need art? A. You mean besides that art enriches our lives, lifts or hearts and makes us feel good? Most of what we know about past civilizations is through their art – it leaves a record of ourselves. It has a powerful economic impact that compares well with many other industries. Art has a way of helping if you’re not feeling well, and it has great power to communicate important messages.

Above: Inside, cast paper, acrylic, 10.5x10.5, $350 Left: Up in the air, cast paper, acrylic,wire, 7x15x1.5, $215

Betty Shew—Artist Statement We all see things differently. My art is a reflection of my life, my experiences and my interests. I am frequently amazed by the creative process and the intense force that can motivate an artist to find an outlet and a way of expression. I have been interested in many forms of art, and when I encountered paper casting more than 20 years ago, I discovered a process that combined all of the things that I love about art. Over the years, my paper sculptures have evolved, with more storytelling, dimension, and layers. My inspiration comes from the history of ancient cultures, my past and attitudes that mirror our contemporary world. I like to leave questions in the viewer’s mind. In art, there can exist the unexplained... with mysteries to be solved. Birthplace: St. Louis, MO Current Home: St. Louis, MO Price Range of your work: $25-$1200 Gallery Representatives: Piece by Peace Gallery, Ephraim, WI 54211 Art exhibitions and art shows: fiber content ii, Framations Gallery, thru Oct. 17, 218 N. Main Street, St. Charles, MO 63301, Fall into Art, Oct. 25, 3 - 9 pm & Oct. 26, 10 am - 4 pm, 1155 S. Rock Hill Rd, Webster Groves, MO 63119, Artists Boutique, Nov. 2 & 3, 10 am - 4 pm, 111 South Geyer Rd., Kirkwood, MO 63122, Web Site: Email: Betty at the opening of Fiber Content ii, a juried exhibit of fiber art at Framations Art Gallery. Her work, Dwelling place, won a third place award. Betty has been working with cast paper and handmade paper for over 20 years.

Left: Balance, cast paper, acrylic, copper, 4x14x2, $185 Right: Dwelling place, cast paper, acrylic, metal, wood, 11x14x3, $925



Kim Carr Q. When did you first realize you were an artist? A. That one is still hard for me as I see myself as Kim the farmer who takes a lot of pictures. Photography is just a part of me, it makes sense. Q. Description of your art. A. My main focus is on natural light photography. Initially my photography focused on the animals and surroundings of my farm but it has grown to a much wider circle now. My goal is to capture everyday life, simple, true moments in time. Q Do you have a Favorite Subject Matter? A. I have always liked the photography of Annie Leibovitz but the biggest influence was probably my High School art teacher, Mrs. Martin. In High School I wanted to become a farmer and she encouraged me to do so instead of pushing me towards the arts. By not forcing me to pursue a career I was unsure about she allowed me to follow my own path which in time came back around to the arts. Q. Have you been influenced by what artist and how? A. I have always liked the photography of Annie Leibovitz but the biggest influence was probably my High School art teacher, Mrs. Martin. In High School I wanted to become a farmer and she encouraged me to do so instead of pushing me towards the arts. By not forcing me to pursue a career I was unsure about she

allowed me to follow my own path which in time came back around to the arts. Q. What inspires and motivates you? A. Happiness and contentment are my biggest motivators. I love the independence of being my own boss. As with most artists I’m probably my own worst critic. I always look to do better, to reach new goals… it brings personal satisfaction that can’t really be measured. I feed Sophia Smiling off of people’s laughter, when my photography brings a smile it gives me validation and personal satisfaction. There’s a lot to be said for doing something you love. Q. How has your work changed as you developed as an artist? A. It has caused me to look deeper at my subject matter and to not just take a picture but to tell a story through my photos. I want folks to be able to connect with my images. Q. What interests do you have besides A. Writing…I love to write and hope to put out a children’s book soon using my photography. Q. Studio Space where is it and describe your studio what is it like A. My studio is the great outdoors with my office at home. There’s hardly a day that goes by that I’m not shooting pictures around the farm. When I’m out and about I try to take advantage of wherever I am by photographing my surroundings. 31

Q. Do you work in your studio every day? A. I shoot most every day. Currently I’m spending a lot of time learning QuickBooks, vamping up my website, building connections and taking workshops to help grow my business. Q. What do you do for fun? A. Kayaking. I don’t get to travel far from the farm very often but a couple years ago I was able to float the Boundary Waters for seven days. It was primitive, beautiful, challenging and I loved every second of it. I look forward to doing another trip like that someday. Q. What kind of music do you listen to while creating? A. While doing office work I generally have the TV on for background noise. In the car I enjoy oldies. Q. Did your family have an influence on your decision to become an artists. A. My mom initially thought I should major in art but was supportive of my perusing a degree in Animal Science. She has been


most influential in allowing me to follow my dreams even though it took me awhile to find my way back to art. Q. Why does the world need art? A. Because it brings happiness not only to the viewer but most importantly to the artists. I think artists need to create, it’s something within them. Without art the balance of life would be out of whack. Without art humanity would fail to exist. Birthplace – Fort Bragg, North Carolina – Dad was in Air Force – Returned to Missouri at 2 months of age. Current Home: Rural Montgomery County – 20 acre farm Gallery Representative: Framations in St. Charles, Kunstlerhaus/ Hermann, Special exhibits at Soulard Art Market/St. Louis, Columbia Art League/Columbia Price Range of work: Prices range from $2.50 for note cards up to $500+ for larger canvas Website:

Left: Unbridled Youth, Above clockwise from top left: Gunsmith, Max, Dreams Do COme True



Quilt National ‘13 Quilt National 2013, the international juried competition for new, innovative quilt art will open on Friday, Sept. 20 with a reception from 6 to 8 p.m. The St. Louis presentation of Quilt National serves as a fundraiser for Safe Connections, the largest locally founded nonprofit working to end domestic violence and sexual assault. Quilt National was organized in 1979 to showcase artists who pushed the boundaries of traditional quilting into a new form of expression now known as the “art quilt.” This biennial show has grown through the years, reflecting the general public’s growing interest. This year the show includes art from exhibitors representing 27 states and seven countries. From the 851 original submissions, only 85 were selected for Quilt National 2013. The selected artists expand the boundaries of traditional quilt making, utilizing the newest materials and technologies. A single, standout St. Louis artist, Luanne Rimel, has a piece featured in the show. Missouri artist Pam RuBert of Springfield also has a piece featured. 34

Quilt National 2013 opened in May at the Dairy Barn Arts Center in Athens, OH, where the exhibition was juried by internationally recognized art quilters. The Saint Louis University Museum of Art is the only location outside of Ohio where the full-scale exhibition can be seen. At the exhibition’s conclusion, Quilt National will be divided into smaller exhibits for a two-year tour. NOTE: Quilt National will be at SLUMA instead of its traditional location at The Foundry Art Centre in St. Charles in the hopes of being more easily accessible for visitors. Admission is now free during regular museum hours. About Safe Connections: Founded in 1976, Safe Connections works to end domestic violence and sexual assault while helping survivors reclaim their lives. Safe Connections provides no-cost individual and group mental health therapy to women and teens, a crisis hotline for the entire St. Louis community and education to students in middle school through college region-wide. For more information, please visit

October 5 & 6, 2013

HHistoric Shaw Art Fair Historic Shaw Art Fair Saturday 9-5 Sunday 10-5 St. Louis, Missouri For more information: 314.771.3101

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October 25 & 26, 2013 Fall into Art

Hawken House 1155 S. Rock Hill Road Webster Grove 63119 Info call 314.651.2229

November 9 & 10, 2013 ARTstravaganza presented by Best of Missouri Hands at Saint Louis Artist Guild, Two Oak Knoll, Clayton, Missouri 63105


Victor Wang

Odon Wagner Contemporary Gallery Toronto, Canada October 17, 2013

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in The United States. Wang is currently continuing his tenure as professor at Fontbonne University and enjoys working with young students. “Teaching informs my painting, “ he says, “and my painting informs my teaching.”

The vibrant, thickly applied paint and energetic, hyperactive brushwork found in Victor Wang’s paintings are immediately engaging and fascinating to the viewers of his large-scale oil paintings. His timeless female figures coax, taunt, and intrigue while a dense narrative of joy and pain unfolds in his brilliantly layered, narrative works. Utilizing elements of collage on his canvases not only express the artist’s Chinese heritage, but also create a multi-layered background for the depiction of the beauty of Western women. Victor Wang’s haunting and bold canvases have become the visual equivalent of “East Meets West.” In addition to the collage work and beautiful women that inhabit the majority of Victor Wang’s works are the ever-present sunflowers. “When I was growing up in China with Mao Zedong as the ruler,” he says, “Mao always likened himself as “The Sun” and the people of China were the sunflowers that always turned in the direction of the sun. I use sunflowers,” he continues “as a constant reminder of where I came from and where I am going.” Victor Wang is a graduate of the Lu Xun Academy of Fine Arts, one of the most prestigious art institutes in China. At Fontbonne University in Missouri, he earned an MFA degree in 1990. Upon graduation, Wang was hired as a professor in their Fine Art department and decided to continue his life 36

After graduation in 1983, he was asked back to Lu Xun to teach in the oil painting department and to pass on his knowledge to the next generation of painters in China. In 1987, Wang was sent as a visiting scholar to study at the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign. Having experienced life in “the Western world,” he decided to continue his studies Victor’s large-scale oils spotlight the female form as a vehicle for self-expression; he wants to convey his concern for what he refers to as the “universal drama: exhilaration, dreams, desires, expectations, ambitions, and frustrations”. Interwoven into the background of his paintings are smaller images of traditional Chinese paintings, thus fusing his heritage with the modern world. Victor Wang’s fresh and personal vision is quickly establishing him as one of the most exciting realist painters in the country.

The Art of Bryan Haynes Subscribe | What is RSS Date: April 18, 2013 Contact: Ann Honious, 314-655-1614 The first and second levels of the Old Courthouse Rotunda will be enlivened with approximately 30 canvas prints depicting Native Americans, early settlers, explorers, local lore, and Missouri landscapes, painted in the New Regionalist style. In addition, the crooks and hollows, bends and curves of the Missouri landscape will be seen in the form of the preliminary drawings and sketches for

each of the works of art, showing the development of each piece from conceptual thumbnail sketch to completed painting. Artist Bryan Haynes, a native St. Louisan, attended the Art Center College of Design in California. After beginning a freelance commercial art career he returned to his native state of Missouri, where he developed and honed a style which is evocative not only of the state’s history but also of its great artists. Haynes presents narratives of the land and people from a perspective both rooted in history and sculpted in current design. Jefferson National Expansion Memorial worked with Haynes previously on a painting that is located at the Gateway Arch Ticket Center. TREES/WATER/SKY-A Walk Through Missouri-The Art of Bryan Haynes will be on display from May 23, 2013 through October 20, 2013 in the Old Courthouse, 11 North Fourth Street, and is free and open to the public. The Gateway Arch and the Old Courthouse are part of Jefferson National Expansion Memorial, located on the riverfront in downtown St. Louis. The Old Courthouse is open daily from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., with the exception of Thanksgiving, Christmas Day and New Year’s Day. Admission is FREE of charge. For additional information, call 314/655-1700 or visit

Joseph Orr

1) I will be participating for the first time in The Art Fair at Queeny Park Labor Day Weekend hosted by the Greater St. Louis Art Association. Please come and see lots of brand new sculptures that are in my studio still being completed this very minute!

Brother Mel

Friday, August 30, 2013 6-9pm Saturday, August 31, 2013 10am-6pm Sunday, September 1, 2013 11am-4pm

“Creekside Legends” is a recent work proving that I still find water,creeks, rivers and lakes as they appear in the landscape a favored painting subject. The same local creekside changes seasonally and with every ‘dry spell’ or downpour. This and other paintings were recently delivered to the Kodner Gallery on Clayton Road there in St. Louis. Rita and I just returned from a trip to Colorado where we camped at Gore Creek for several days. Itwas great to sit and sketch right by the stream. That material is not only great study, but inspiration for a multitude of future studio work. Back in the studio, I am presently painting new work for my other gallery representations. The fall season is shaping up to be a busy one with a trip to San Antonio, TX to deliver new work to the Greenhouse Gallery of Fine Art and finalizing dates and images for a major solo exhibit at my gallery connection in South Carolina for 2014. It’s a project I’m excited about and anxious to get to work on. Joseph Orr

Adam Long Greetings,

Four fabulous upcoming art things.....

2) Fontbonne University Alumni Exhibition August 23rd - September 20th, 2013. Opening Reception Friday, September 13th 5:30-8pm. I will have several pieces in this exhibit...kind of a “greatest hits” from the past few years. 3) More University exhibitions?!?...Indeed. Maryville University Faculty Exhibition September 4th - September 27th, 2013. Opening reception Friday, September 27th, 2013 7pm. A few amazing new works installed in this one. 4) Drawing Class at the Missouri Artists on Main Gallery in historic downtown St. Charles. This class is for beginners and those with experience. Those seeking to learn the basics will learn all the skills, tips and tricks necessary to see clearly and accurately draw from life (still-life) in this 4 week, eight hour course. For those with the basics already mastered you can continue developing your abilities with lots of guided practice. Reply to this e-mail to sign up or for more information. A $25 deposit is requested to hold your place. Minimum 3, Maximum 10 students. Tuesday evenings 6-8pm. September 3rd - 24th, 2013. $100 for new students. $75 for returning students. I hope to see you at one of these events! Adam Long

We are enjoying Bro Mels’ new creations the Marianist Art Gallery and the fact that he continues to come to the gallery everyday. Marionis Gallery 1256 Maryhurst Drive, Kirkwood, Mo 63132 Ph: 314-965-0877 •

Ron Thomas

The only medium that I had not tryed at AIC and IU was ceramics. My first two office mates at Meramec were ceramicists Sue Eisler and Bob Allen. They were willing to show me how to use a kick-wheel and electric wheel. I put painting aside for five years. I built a gas kiln from book diagrams, purchased a pottery wheel and produced many pieces but eventually returned to drawing and painting. When I retired after 40 years of teaching I continued to paint,travel, and collect ceramics. My ceramic books sparked my desire to return to clay. After 12 semesters of studio experience with Jim Ibur I am seriously hooked again. The current body of work consists of drawing , using oxides, and oils on slabs of clay . The finished product is glazed as if they were paintings.


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


Missouri Artists on Main 321 S. Main Street

Mozaic Art Studio


St. Charles, Mo 63301 636.724.1260

#5 North Main, Cape Girardeau, Missouri Tel 573.339.9510

Kirksville Arts Association

117 S. Franklin Street, Kirksville,

St. Louis

Missouri 63501 660.665.0500


Art St. Louis 123 Pine Street

Columbia Art League


St. Louis, Mo 63103 Tel 314.241.4810

207 S. 9th St., Columbia, Missouri 65201 Tel 573.443.2131


Exposure Artists’ Gallery

110 Main Street, Parkville,

Art Trends Gallery

PS Gallery

Mo 64152 816.746.6300

703 Long Road Crossing Drive,

1025 E. Walnut, Columbia,

Chesterfield, Mo 63101 Tel 636.536.3266

Mo 65201 Tel 573.442.4831 Email:

Saint Joseph


The Albrecht-Kemper

St. Louis Atrium Gallery

Museum of Art

4814 Washington Ave,

Hannibal Arts Council

2818 Grderick Avenue,

St. Louis, Mo 63108 • Tel 314.367.1076

105 S. Main Street, Hannibal,

Saint Joseph, Missouri 64506

Mo 63401 573.221.6545

Tel 816.233.7003

Bonsack Gallery at John Burroughs School

Hannibal Alliance Art Gallery

Saint Charles

St. Louis Mo 63124 Tel 34.993.4040

112 N Main St., Hannibal, Mo 63401 573.221.2275

Foundry Art Centre

520 North Main Center St.

Kansas City

755 South Price Road,

Charles 63301 636.255.0270

Bruno David Gallery

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

Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art

Framations Art Gallery

4525 Oak Street, Kansas City,

218 N. Main Street ,

Mo 64111

St. Charles, 63301 636.724.8313


524 Trinity Ave. St. Louis, Mo 63130

816.751.1278 38

MISSOURI Galleries & Museums

Chesterfield Arts

St. Louis Mercantile

Regional Arts Commission

444 Chesterfield Center Chesterfield,

Thomas Jefferson Library Building,

Mo 63017 Tel 636.242.1236

One University Blvd. St. Louis, Mo


63121 314.561.7240

314. 863.6811

6128 Delmar Blvd, University City

Contemporary Art Museum 3750 Washington Ave.,

Maryville Morton

Saint Louis University

St. Louis, Mo 63108

May Gallery

Museum of Art

Tel 314.535.4660

650 Maryville Library Drive, Creve

3663 Lindell, St. Louis Mo 63108

Coeur Mo 63141 314,529.9381


6509 Delmar Blvd. St. Louis,

May Gallery

Saint Louis Art Museum

Mo 63130 Tel 314.721.1181

Webster University, Severdrup Building

One Fine Arts Drive, Forest Park, St.

8300 Big Bend Blvd. Webster Groves

Louis Mo. 63110 314.721.0072

Mo 63199 Tel 314.246.7673

Componere Gallery

Craft Alliance - Delmar

6640 Delmar Blvd.


University City, Mo

Mildred Lane Kemper

63103 314.535.7528

Art Museum Washington University

One Brooking Drive, St. Louis, Mo

Daum Museum

63130 Tel 314.935.4523

3201 West 16th Street, Sedalia,

Craft Alliance- Grand Center

Mo 65301 Tel 660 530.5888

501 North Grand Blvd.

Laumeier Sculpture Park

63103 314.535.7528

312580 Rott Road, St. Louis

Mo 63127 314.615.5278

Art Impressions

Gallery and Framing

Duane Reed Gallery

412 S. Ohio, Sedalia, Mo 65301

4729 McPherson Ave. St. Louis



Mo 63108 314.361.4100

3700 West Pine Mall Blvd. St.

Liberty Center Association for the Arts

Louis Mo 63103 314.997.7170

111 W 5th Street, Sedalia, Mo 65301


21 North Bemiston, Clay-

Pulitzer Foundation for the Arts


ton, Mo 63105 Tel 314.

3716 Washington Blvd. St. Louis, Mo

63108 314.754.1850

Gateway Gallery

Springfield Art Museum 1111 East Brookside Drive Spring-

Greenberg Van Doren Gallery

Saint Louis Artist Guild

field, Mo 65807 417.837.5700

3540 Washington Avenue St. Louis

Two Oak Knoll, Clayton, Mo 63105





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