Wednesday, August 3, 2011
Painter and Graphic Artist Has Work Selected for Exhibit at Art St. Louis
This week, Patch introduces you to Chesterfield Resident Louis Nahlik, a painter and graphic designer whose work of art, “Skyscapes Metrolink,” is currently on display in the "Drift" exhibit at Art St. Louis. Drift—the current juried exhibit at Art St. Louis—examines our movement from East and West, our relationship to nature and the world around us, and how people are affected by time, space and movement. The exhibit is in partnership with Artist's Guild of St. Louis in Clayton, Mo, where artwork on the Drift theme is also being shown. Chesterfieldian Louis Nahlik's triptich, “Skyscapes Metrolink,” explores this theme with his artistic view of power lines suspended above Metrolink train stations. Patch talked to Nahlik about his …
Thursday, May 5, 2011
Chesterfield Arts offered a free sampling of summer classes at Studio Night Live.
Each week, we'll be running snapshots of life in Chesterfield. We'll be at band concerts, story times, plays and other activities around town. This week, we were Chesterfield Arts for their annual open house, Studio Night Live. The Friday evening event allowed children to try their hand at pottery or build spectacular Lego creations. If you know of somewhere we should be next week, let us know in the comments or email editor Rachel Heaton at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Friday, April 29, 2011
Need plans for Friday evening? Check out Chesterfield Arts' Studio Night Live.
Show off your building skills or try your hand at the pottery wheel at a free open house at Chesterfield Arts Friday night. Studio Night Live will showcase the organization’s summer classes for all ages. The lively event will have something for everyone. Those who might be interested in a pottery summer class can take a whirl on the pottery wheel in a spin-off. They’ll aim to build the largest pots they can on the wheel, Chesterfield Arts Associate Director Nicole Dutton said. Kids can also take part in a large painting project. A big canvas will be spread on the floor for them to paint, Dutton said. There will also be a sculpture creation, nicknamed “Ugly Jugly.” Kids can add funny eyeballs, noses, arms and more on a clay jug, Dutton said…
Wednesday, April 13, 2011
The St. Louis Artists' Guild has premiered the annual Young Artists' Showcase. It features work from students at Parkway Central and Parkway West.
The St. Louis Artists' Guild is celebrating its 35th year in a tradition that gives area students the spotlight in the historic building's galleries. The Young Artists' Showcase kicked off at 6 p.m. Friday and used both floors of the venue at 2 Oak Knoll Park for the two-hour opening. High school artists and their parents, along with friends and community members, packed into the galleries to view 160 artistic paintings, prints, photos and sculptures selected from a field of 333. "I love it," Gallery Director Gina Alvarez said. "They're amazing. They're interesting. They can do a lot of things professional artists have forgotten about because they don't know any better ... A lot of the credit should go to the teachers." The opening …
Wednesday, April 6, 2011
Ellie Ecker, an eighth-grade student at Parkway West Middle School, focuses on anatomy and structural detail in much of her art.
An eye for detail and a fascination with anatomy is evident in Ellie Ecker’s art. Detailed pen and ink sketches of animals showcase her artistic style and her rich talent. “Ellie has a natural talent for art,” said her mother, Robin Ragsdale, who is also an artist. “Her work includes a number of mediums including pen and ink, and digital manipulation using Photoshop.” As a youngster, she attended art shows with her mother. Her interest in art was piqued as she watched other artists and often sketched her mother’s jewelry creations. She has also taken private lessons to further her talent. “Ellie is a master artist and a great student,” said Linda Lelonek, principal at Parkway West Middle School, where Ellie is in eighth grade. Ellie is …
Monday, April 4, 2011
The high school art competition was presented by the office of Congressman Todd Akin and curated by Chesterfield Arts.
An area high school student's drawing of everyday life has won her a trip to Washington, D.C. Kelly Gruber, a junior at Parkway North High School, won first place in the 2011 Congressional Art Competition with a colored pencil drawing titled "Working Life," of objects from her desk—algebra homework, a knitting project, calendar and more. Congressman Todd Akin visited Chesterfield Arts Saturday morning to announce the winners of the competition, which 22 local high school students entered. All students were from schools in Akin's 2nd Congressional District. Annie Spiller and Nicole Dutton of Chesterfield Arts judged the competition, selecting first, second and third place winners. Akin attended the reception Saturday morning to meet the …
Monday, March 21, 2011
Chesterfield Arts' latest exhibit features mixed media pieces by artist Eric Nichols, who never creates with a plan in mind.
For Eric Nichols, art is all about the process. His mixed media pieces, which layer two-dimensional images and objects into three-dimensional compositions, involve a lot of spontaneity and improvisation. "I really don't ever know what exactly I'm going to make," Nichols said. "It all begins with either some spray paint or some acrylic, or even just something on the floor that I spilled something on and looked interesting." Nichols's work is the newest exhibit at Chesterfield Arts called "Transitions." The theme of the show deals with the transition from two-dimensional to three-dimensional, and the layering of different media and processes. The pieces in the show are colorful and abstract, some with a sort of stencil look using found …
Monday, February 21, 2011
What started as a way to refinish furniture has grown into a gallery and studio space in Chesterfield Mall.
Some of the world's greatest inventions and discoveries have come from mistakes. Post-it notes came from a glue that didn't work very well, and Play-Doh was once wallpaper cleaner. For Rose Wilde—whose hobby was refinishing old furniture—the aha moment came when she became tired of the refinishing products she was using and started combining materials to make her own. That's when she created Wood Icing, a textural faux finish for furniture, cabinetry and other surfaces that can be used to create raised designs. “It was a happy accident,” Wilde said. Wilde and her daughter, artist Heather Haymart, run Wood Icing Studio/Gallery in Artropolis, a group of six shops owned by and featuring local artists and craftsmen at Chesterfield Mall. Wilde …
Monday, January 31, 2011
Step into the imagination of artist and author Sharon Hayes. She provides fine art for the grown-ups and angel toys and stories for the youngsters.
At first glance, the two halves of Sharon Hayes's art shop look very different. One side of Hayes Fine Arts is an art gallery, lined with brightly colored geometric faces sipping cocktails and coffee. The other half, dubbed Angel Heaven, is a toy store featuring plush angel dolls that Hayes designed herself. Her signature style—large almond-shaped eyes and a playful sense of humor—ties the two sides together. The store is part of Artropolis, a group of seven shops owned by and featuring local artists and craftsmen at Chesterfield Mall. Before it opened in November 2010, plans called for the store to be exclusively Angel Heaven. The toy line includes dolls, a CD of lullabies and an interactive website. There’s also a book about Curlee Cool…
Monday, January 17, 2011
Foot traffic is starting to pick up at Artropolis, a group of seven shops owned by and featuring local artists and craftsmen in the mall.
If you walk through Chesterfield Mall's high-ceilinged corridors, you will pass window after window of well-dressed mannequins and bright signs proclaiming special sales. In some ways, it's just like any mall. Keep walking until you reach the Sears wing, though, and you will find something a little different. Here, the window displays are just as bright and eye-catching, but filled with paintings instead of outfits. Instead of catching wafts of designer perfumes, you may smell fresh paint or hear someone practicing a monologue. This is Artropolis. Artropolis began about a year and a half ago, when the mall had a few vacant storefronts in the same wing. In the spirit of Crestwood Court's ArtSpace, which was just taking off at the time, mall…