When you attend an event involving De Andrea Nichols, be prepared to meet your match. Not your romantic soulmate, although that could happen. More likely, your partner in community engagement.
Nichols, 26, is a community arts organizer, designer and social worker who’s the Education and Outreach Coordinator at the Contemporary Art Museum. When she’s not working at CAM, she’s entrenched in one of the many projects of her own nonprofit, Catalysts by Design. Sometimes the twain does meet.
The concept is as simple as a paint-by-the-numbers project: Fifty CSA “shares” are up for grabs at $300 apiece. Each share-buyer receives nine original works — one from each artist — at three “pick-up” events this September, October and November. Every artist walks away with $1,000 and wider exposure.
Gallery owners have moved two doors down and across one street to 2607/09 14th St. in Old North St. Louis. The gallery, run by William Burton and Robert Ketchens, will retain its name. They plan a grand re-opening in July.
Stan Chisholm’s whole working-in-Styrofoam thing started with a need to keep moving.
Wood is heavy. Styrofoam is light. It can be broken into pieces and easily transported in a suitcase or even a backpack, especially important during his car-less time at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Its unconventionality also infuses a bit of dark comedy into Chisholm’s work.
“It’s kind of a parody,” Chisholm, 27, said. “I don’t know anyone who uses foam like me.”