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Arts on the Move
6:38 am
Fri December 26, 2014

8 Things That Changed This Year In The St. Louis Arts Scene

Two looks of Raja
Credit Provided by the Pulitzer Foundation for the Arts

As our city rocked from the upheavals of 2014, a series of quieter changes was taking place in the St. Louis art world.

Several arts organizations debuted, others expanded and a few folded. Some relocated and others featured uncharacteristic fare to appeal to wider audiences. Here’s a look at eight of this year’s evolutions in the local arts scene.

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Art in the Family
12:03 pm
Fri December 5, 2014

East St. Louis Grandmother Hands Down Legacy Of Art And Activism

Eugenia Alexander, left, and Edna Patterson-Petty
Credit Nancy Fowler | St. Louis Public Radio

Grandmas are moms with lots of frosting, the saying goes. And in the case of East St. Louis’ Edna Patterson-Petty and her granddaughter Eugenia Alexander, the frosting is artistically done.

Patterson-Petty is a fiber artist and art therapist. Alexander grew up enamored by her grandmother’s work, which includes an art quilt made for President Barack Obama’s 2009 inauguration.

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Roadside Art
6:34 pm
Tue December 2, 2014

I-70 Billboard Art Will Spotlight Black Women And Message Wars

A Moment's Pleasure by Mickalene Thomas
Credit Provided by the 1-70 Sign Show

Mickalene Thomas is an artist who examines what it means to be a black woman. So what does her work suggest when juxtaposed with an ad for a strip club? How about when it’s displayed just off West Florissant Avenue, a few miles down the road from Ferguson?

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Plywood Art
7:39 am
Thu November 27, 2014

On South Grand, Artists Are Making The Best Of A Bad Situation

Credit Rebecca Smith | St. Louis Public Radio

While the protests in the South Grand Business District have not been as destructive as in Ferguson, businesses have had windows broken and plywood is the current holiday look. But much of the plywood is festive. We offer a selection:

At FedEx

At Urban

  At the Post Office

At Great Clips

  At Cafe Natasha

At Rooster

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The Art of Board Games
9:51 pm
Thu November 20, 2014

But For Accident, STL Artist Would Have Wielded Hockey Stick Not Paintbrush

Circa 1959, Ice Hockey, 2008, 34.5x18x2 inches, oil, enamel on steel
Credit Provided by Tim Liddy

Fontbonne professor Tim Liddy is one of 102 artists displayed in a national exhibition at the Crystal Bridges museum in Bentonville, Ark. But Liddy was never going to be an artist. Looking forward to a career on the ice, he was planning to play games, not paint them.

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Wearable Message Art
10:33 pm
Thu November 13, 2014

St. Louis Artist Uses Fiber Masks And Plastic Garbage Bags To Talk About Body Image

'I'm Pretty'
Credit Provided by Reese Gallery

The work of emerging fiber artist Grace Kubilius walks the walk while talking the talk. The conversation is about women and body image.

Like many young women, and all women, really, Kubilius has struggled with questions of appearance and what it means to be a woman.

“How do you sort of resolve that with what’s expected or what you think is expected of you?” Kubilius said.

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Connecting Artists and Collectors
10:09 pm
Wed November 12, 2014

St. Louis Program Selling Shares Of Artists’ Work Pays Off

Katherine Miller and examples of the art done for CSA
Credit Photo of Miller by Jeganaath Giri; of artwork provided by CSA

In her last year at SEMO, printmaking major Katherine Miller of St. Louis knows she needs to think about the business of art even as she plans for grad school.

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Gallery Opening
10:40 pm
Thu November 6, 2014

Life Hasn't Always Been A Circus For New Funhouse Gallery Artist Theresa Disney

Theresa Disney with some of her work
Credit The Funhouse Gallery

When Theresa Disney’s two sons came home from school, they never knew what they might find. To their artist mom, everything’s a canvas, even the furniture.

“The kids would be like, ‘Why are our couches crunchy?’’ Disney said. “And I’d answer, ‘Because I painted them.’”

Now the boys are grown. Disney’s collection of paintings and sculpture is larger, too. Much of it was forged through adversity: the end of a bad marriage, a house fire, two bouts of cancer and spinal meningitis. But this new chapter of her life is all about having fun.

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Cityscape
4:29 pm
Fri October 31, 2014

Conference Draws Attention To Female Artists

Alice Guy-Blaché
Credit Courtesy of Cinema St. Louis

As women strive to gain equal ground in the workplace, they’re also working to establish the same ground in the arts. The Women in the Arts Conference at the University of Missouri–St. Louis will feature lectures, demonstrations, papers, performances and workshops from 27 speakers on Nov. 6-8.

“Everyone thinks the playing field is level,” said Barbara Harbach, a composer and director of the Women in the Arts Conference. “It’s not quite as level as you might think.”

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Art After Ferguson
2:27 pm
Fri October 24, 2014

African-American Art: It’s Not Just For February Anymore, In St. Louis

Kehinde Wiley, detail, ‘After Titian's Penitent Mary Magdalene,’ oil wash on paper, 90 x 60 inches, Courtesy of Susan and David Sherman
Credit Provided by Philip Slein Gallery

Black-owned galleries display African-American art all year long. Many others tend bring out such work only during February, Black History Month. But that’s changing.

Recent shows bucking the trend include an exhibit opening Friday at the Philip Slein Gallery in the Central West End. African-American-themed work from private St. Louis homes comprises “Other Ways, Other Times: Influences of African-American Tradition from St. Louis Collections.”

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