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November 8 - 14, 2013

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by Mary Bufe The Webster-Kirkwood Times is published every Friday by Webster-Kirkwood Times, Inc. The purpose of the Times is to provide a forum for expression of community interests, personalities, culture, events and ideas. Letters and columns do not necessarily reflect the opinions of the publishers. CIRCULATION Circulation is 40,400. Direct home delivery to residents in Kirkwood, Webster Groves, Des Peres, Glendale, Oakland, Rock Hill, Shrewsbury and Warson Woods totals 30,500; store stack distribution in the above communities plus nine additional communities totals 9,900. Circulation audited by Circulation Verification Council, St. Louis, Mo. Publisher . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Dwight Bitikofer Editor-In-Chief . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Don Corrigan General Manager . . . . . . . . . . Mary Chambers Managing Editor . . . . . . . . . . . . . Kevin Murphy Associate Editor . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Marty Harris Online Editor . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Fran Mannino Photographer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Diana Linsley General Assignment Reporter . Jaime Mowers Correspondents..... David Baugher, Steve Birmingham, Linda Briggs-Harty, Robbi Courtaway, Eileen Duggan, Rick Frese, Spencer Gleason, Jennifer Grotpeter, Dennis Hannon, Linda Jarrett, Joe Leicht, Jim Merkel, Mary Shapiro Creative Director . . . . . . . . . . Randy Drilingas Creative Department Susy Bergman, Tam Tin Tang, Amanda Zarecki Display Advertising Sales Polly Brackman, Sheila Buckles, Tom Carter, Terry Cassidy, Marianne Fuhrmann, Cathy Joyner, Dennie O’Dowd, Ann Simon, Jim Slama, Jackie Wagner, Michelle Weintz Accounts Manager . . . . . . . . . .Kim Besterfeldt Classified Ad Coordinator . . Kent Tentschert Classifieds/Circulation . . . . . . . . . . Jan Streib

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What Webster Needs Now So, I was thinking. Missouri has a poet laureate. Wesson Oil had Florence Henderson. As a citizen of Webster Groves, I think it’s time we had someone, too. You know, someone who honors the city’s past. Someone who reminds us why Webster was named Missouri’s 2013 Creative Community of the Year. Someone who can, should the need arise, repair a horse shoe in the Fourth of July parade. Yes, Webster needs a village blacksmith. And I know just the man for the job. His name is Andrew Andrasko. Consider his credentials: 1. He is a blacksmith. 2. He lives in Webster. 3. He totally looks the part. You know the famous poem, right? He’s got “the large and sinewy hands. The muscles of his brawny arms are strong as iron bands.” All we need is a spreading chestnut tree, and he is good to go. 4. Did I mention that he nails the

blacksmith beard? 5. Seriously, he could get a job as an extra on Duck Dynasty. Plus, Andrew works hard – at least six days a week. OK, some of that time is spent fabricating custom items, such as dumpsters for his welding business. But imagine what those dumpsters will be worth someday when his sculptures hit the big-time. And he’s getting there, based on tonnage alone. Which brings me to what, I fear, may be the biggest obstacle to the widespread sale of his art: its weight. I’m going to be honest with you. Art patrons such as myself often judge a piece based largely on our ability to carry it to the car. Also, on where we can display it once we get home. I personally struggled for a year on what to do with a giant African mask my daughter made in high school ceramics. Luckily, I found the perfect spot: the seat of one of my dining room chairs, which has the added advantage of also shielding the stack of art

canvases now stacked tastefully beneath it. This problem with big art is more common than you think. Ever wonder why Michelangelo painted the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel? I’ll give you three-to-one odds his mother’s dining room ceiling was already frescoed. Now you also know why so many of today’s statues are found outside. Which brings me back to Andy, who I would say also specializes in outdoorsized art. You should see it! In fact, if you’ve ever strolled through Lockwood Park behind The College School in Webster, you have. It’s filled with his tree-limb-like handrails, sculptures and other hand-forged items. And it all has an aesthetic quality that you cannot find on storebought art, or even Pinterest. And that quality is this: you can tell people it was forged by the village blacksmith. That is, if only we had one. I rest my case.

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