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A few months into serving as the Executive Director, I continue to be amaze that I have been afforded this opportunity. As we prepare to expand our vision and artistic opportunities in 2016, I am reminded of something an artist mentor shared with me. Paraphrasing his words, he said that we make art as an expression of our soul, of who we are, as people and as artists. Not everyone is going to appreciate it or like it or get it. Do it anyway. Do it because it matters.
My question to our artists and art supporters, what matters to you? What is your motivation in creating, contributing to, or supporting the St.Louis artistic community? I am naive enough to believe that art is more than just pretty pictures. It the means by which we discover our humanity, our connection to one another and the world around us. Art is how we push the balance to the good just a wee bit, a reference to a quote by the medieval Jewish philosopher, Maimonides.
I am convinced that MySLART.org matters because our artists and our art supporters matter. All of you matter to us. Please know how invaluable your support of our organization has been. Without the encouragement and contributions of so many wonderful artists and art supporters, MySLART.org would not exist. On behalf of all of us at MySLART.org (our board of directors, our staff, and volunteers), we would like to wish all of you a Happy Thanksgiving!
And so… if we are to start, I feel we should start at the beginning. March 2013, it was my third time showing my art, at a Craig Downs production entitled “Night Gallery.” Craig was kind enough to take me under his wing, and to let me help him install the art. I was eager to learn anything he had to share with me. Even though I had been selling my artwork to individual collectors for five years, I had just started showing my work publicly. At the time, I had no idea who Jenny Churchill was, or the doors she would open in my life. She told me about a monthly art show she ran, called “My St Louis Art" or "MySLArt", and so I thought I would give it a try. Months later, in August of 2013, I arrived on the Wednesday night prior to the opening reception, to help install my art at The Old Orchard Gallery in Webster Groves. There were people everywhere, and I loved the electricity in the room. It was then that I wanted to be a PART of MySLArt. I met Nick Dunne, and again, had no idea who he was, or what an amazing person he is. I became a volunteer in January 2013, and started showing up to help with art installations and shows, to do what I could behind the scenes to help things run smoothly. I felt that this space was where I could find a community, where I could put my energy to good use, helping other artists like me get their work OUT into the world.
This coming January, it will be two years that I have been volunteering with MySLArt. I truly enjoy the nights of art installations. Orchestrating all the art pieces, helping them to come together like a three dimensional puzzle on our walls of the gallery. Last month was my first time curating for MySLArt, and I’m so excited to see the way things are…Continue
October 23rd through December 12th
Friday, October 23rd from 5-8 p.m.
(ST. LOUIS) – Duane Reed Gallery is pleased to present the sculptural works of John Garrett. This exhibition opens Friday, October 23rd, with a reception that evening from 5 - 8 pm, and will be on display through December 12th.
John Garrett was raised in southern New Mexico, influenced by Native American arts and crafts. His intrigue with the tools, systems and materials involved in weaving and other textile constructions were nurtured and developed through courses with Neda Al-Hilali and Marion Stewart. Garrett has been working with the application of textile technologies and imagery to various materials for the past thirty-five years. He has exhibited nationally and internationally in hundreds of exhibitions. Currently a full time studio artist in Las Cruces, New Mexico, he taught for many years at colleges and universities in California, including Scripps College and UCLA. He now teaches workshops nationwide on creativity and the use of textile methods to create sculpture. The National Endowment for the Arts awarded Mr. Garrett fellowships in 1983 and 1995. In 2010, he was elected a Fellow of the American Craft Council College of Fellows in recognition of his outstanding artistic achievement and leadership in the field. Garrett’s work is an engrossing exploration in tactile intricacies through repetition of form, while simultaneously providing the viewer with a myriad of textures and colors to explore.
Gallery Hours: Tuesday through…Continue
Posted by Duane Reed Gallery on September 23, 2015 at 4:35pm
The Luminary offers a limited number of subsidized studios for rent on a rolling basis. The studios will include access to specialized equipment, including a woodshop, photo/video studio and media lab; periodic studio visits by curators, galleries and critics; dedicated storage space for art and materials; and open studio events that will provide exposure to patrons, curators and collectors.
Artists will have access to the broad range of activities under the umbrella of The Luminary, finding community and connections within one of the most creative environments in the city. Accepted artists additionally benefit from significant exposure and a peer-driven creative community in proximity to The Luminary’s many other exciting programs including national and international artists and curators participating in the Residency Program, studio visits, Open Studio tours and more.
Each climate controlled, work-only studio rents for $1/sqft.
Studio rental includes:
- 24/7 access
- all utilities and wireless internet
- additional 200sqft of nearby storage space
- additional shared workspace
- access to specialized equipment
- Open Studio events
- periodically arranged studio visits by critics, curators and gallerists…
Posted by Jenny Churchill on August 28, 2015 at 11:06am
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