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Jessica Kopecky primes one portion of a wall before adding color to it on Sept. 28, 2019. This is the fourth outdoor mural the Wisconsin native will complete.
Eric Schmid | St. Louis Public Radio

BELLEVILLE — Paint-splashed walls of four downtown buildings are bringing the first elements of a mural project in the city closer to fruition.

Over the next few weeks, artists from around the country will arrive in Belleville and complete large and colorful paintings around the community.

“It’s taking Belleville from a bedroom community, sleepy suburb and making it its own destination,” said Emily Smith, a Belleville Mural Project committee member. 

A 2016 New Haven, Connecticut, exhibition is seen in this file photo. It's called “As in the Light of Marielle” and involves the work of artists Faring Purth and Raven Fox and is similar to what they plan to show in St. Louis Friday night.
Provided | Faring Purth and Raven Fox

St. Louis drivers going north on Jefferson Avenue who pass Cherokee Street can’t miss the 100-foot long mural of a nearly-naked crouching woman, called “Prime.” On Friday night, it will be more visible than ever.

“Prime” will be lit up with different colors and adorned with projected photos, as part of a pop-up exhibition at 3401 South Jefferson Ave. called “The Other Girls.”

10-27-2016: This detail from Edo Rosenblith's mural, "Supper Club," in the Techartista co-working building. shows the artist within his work.
Nancy Fowler | St. Louis Public Radio

You can almost hear the silverware clatter, the glasses clink and the generations clash as Thanksgiving approaches.

St. Louis artist Edo Rosenblith aims to capture the conviviality and chaos of the family dinner table — during holidays or not — in wall-sized mural, “Supper Club.” The 10-by-24 piece towers over work tables at the TechArtista co-working space in the Central West End (see image of full mural, below).

This untitled piece by a local street artist known as Stun is expercted to go for between $400 and $600.
Link Auction Galleries

Street art is hanging out in high places this week in St. Louis. Not just around the top stories of abandoned buildings but in a space known for fine art: an auction house. 

Link Auction Galleries in the Central West End is offering the work of local creatives, along with pieces by nationally known street artists including Banksy and Mr. Brainwash. 

Mike Wattle’s “Student – Veteran – Identity" arrives on campus.
Dale SInger | St. Louis Public Radio

The Student Veterans Center at the University of Missouri-St. Louis is designed to help ease the transition from the military to campus and eventually to life in the greater community.

Now, the center has a new mural to help show the way.

Darion Taylor, 15, helps paint a cafeteria mural at Confluence Academy's South City campus. Volunteers gathered to paint base coats for artist Cbabi Bayoc's design, which promotes healthy food.
Carolina Hidalgo | St. Louis Public Radio

St. Louis artist Cbabi Bayoc is known for painting fathers. But in a new project, he’s painting food.

Vegetables and fruits star in his mural going up in the kindergarten-through-second-grade lunchroom at Confluence Academy-South City, 4235 South Compton Ave.

Artists and students gather before new Old North mural of Jesse Owens
Willis Ryder Arnold | St. Louis Public Radio

The arts education organization Raw Canvas debuts a new mural of Olympic legend and track star Jesse Owens debuts this week in the Old North St. Louis neighborhood. For 17-year-old Arieona Burse, completing the project was emotional.

Dragon mural in progress in the Grove
Provided by the artist

Fifteen years ago, the area of St. Louis now known as The Grove was a place many people avoided.

“It was ‘Roll up your window and drive really fast,’” muralist Grace McCammond remembered.

The mural takes shape on the Cotton Belt building.
Nancy Fowler | St. Louis Public Radio

An abandoned building with broken windows may seem nothing more than an ugly blemish. But to a mural artist, it’s a beautiful opportunity, a waiting canvas.

Two St. Louis muralists are nearing completion of the first phase of their project to transform the vacant Cotton Belt Freight Depot into a kind of welcome sign for commuters heading into St. Louis on the new Stan Musial Veterans Memorial Bridge.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Oct. 17, 2013 - The wall near the intersection of 15th Street and Washington Avenue is like countless other walls in St. Louis: a bit grimy, overlooking a little-used space, and adorned with a faded advertisement from a dim past.

It’s the kind of wall, in other words, that most St. Louisans regularly pass without a second thought.

R.J. Hartbeck, left, and Chelsea Ritter-Soronen are the driving force behind STL Mural Project.
Jim Santel | St. Louis Beacon intern | 2013

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon: The wall near the intersection of 15th Street and Washington Avenue is like countless other walls in St. Louis: a bit grimy, overlooking a little-used space, and adorned with a faded advertisement from a dim past.

It’s the kind of wall, in other words, that most St. Louisans regularly pass without a second thought.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Sept. 27, 2012 - If the new Mississippi River bridge were to open today, drivers would see a Missouri side defined by the long concrete face of flood wall and the hulking, rusted remains of old factories. But if a few St. Louisans have their way, a mural stretching across all 750 feet of the Cotton Belt Freight Depot facade will serve as a more vibrant welcome sign when the bridge actually opens in 2014.

Sarah Linquist's story is entwined with her Christmas book

Dec 15, 2011

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Dec. 15, 2011 - This is a tale of two stories or perhaps a story with two tales? One is glorious and charming and mysterious and available at Left Bank Books or online for $40. The other is courageous and compelling and creative and ends both tragically and somehow optimistically at the same time.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon: Louisiana, Mo., is a picturesque river town on the Mississippi about 70 miles north of St. Louis, up Highway 79. Just south of Hannibal and north of Clarksville, Louisiana may lack the cachet of an icon like Mark Twain or a lock and dam that makes for prime eagle watching.

But Louisiana has something of its own -- wall murals, more murals than any other place in the state.

Review: 'Screwed Again' at RAC

Aug 25, 2010

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Aug. 25, 2010 - For "Screwed Again," a reprise of sorts of 2008's "Screwed In" at the Gallery of the Regional Arts Commission, nine local artists spent days painting a mural that occupies three walls of the enormous main gallery.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, March 3, 2010 - "Flight … An American Triumph," the mural memorializing the history of aviation and displayed at Lambert St. Louis Airport for almost 30 years has been tranferred to Saint Louis University.

Lambert officials announced Wednesday that the 142-foot mural -- begun by artist Siegfried Reinhardt in 1980 and displayed in the lower part of the main terminal for 27 years -- has been donated to the university by the Reinhardt Mural Foundation.

Veiling of airport mural raises questions

Jul 1, 2009

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, July 1, 2009 - Frequent fliers who pass through Lambert International Airport this month may feel as though an old friend is missing.

The airport has recently placed what public relations manager Jeff Lea calls "a protective covering" over Siegfried Reinhardt's "Aviation ... An American Triumph" mural. The covering will remain in place through the remainder of the year, as the airport plans to use the space to exhibit other works of art.