Tuesday, October 25, 2011
Candy and crafts will be ongoing in the Sears wing Fri-Mon., for families.
Art and candy merge for Halloween weekend fun at Artropolis in the Chesterfield Mall, for families. There is eye candy for all and REAL candy for the kids, according to the Artropolis website. The hosts are artists from a collection of the Mall's handmade arts shops in the Sears wing of the mall. Artists promise to provide a variety of creative events for families, beginning Friday (since Halloween is a Monday this year): Fri., Oct. 28 6-9pm Wood Icing Studio Gallery: A Taste of Sophistication; Art, Wine and Chocolate Reception 6-9pm Mind Works: A Display of Excellence exhibit opening Sat., Oct. 29 10am-9pm St. Louis Teachers Recycle Center: Art Spooktacular project in our Studio. Also, collecting donations of art supplies for school …
Monday, February 28, 2011
With twenty resident artists, MindWorks Gallery in Artropolis plans to expand to short-term gallery shows.
Owner Robert Cornman calls the twenty local artists who call MindWorks Gallery home one big happy family. The gallery is a focused on fine art, and features local artists who work with paint, fabric, glass, metal, blowtorches and everything in between. They range in experience, too—from the 19-year-old Rachel Brown who is studying art at Missouri State University, to Loren Corell, who had his own gallery in Omaha for 30 years. The gallery is part of Artropolis, a group of six shops owned by and featuring local artists and craftsmen at Chesterfield Mall. Each of the artists uses the space somewhat differently. For some, such as Cornman, who regularly take their work to shows, MindWorks serves as a sort of home base—somewhere to point …
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, February 14, 2011
The artisans of Fusion specialize in recycled glass, wine corks, paint and soap—anything is fair game here, as long as it is made by hand.
Although some are business analysts or firefighters by day, and others focus on their art full time, the local artists and artisans of Fusion share a passion for the handmade. Together, their efforts have created a co-op in Chesterfield Mall that is filled with truly unique creations. The original seven members of Fusion met through Etsy, an online marketplace and community for anything handmade. In March 2009, they banded together to open a shop in Crestwood Court's ArtSpace, called Show-Me Handmade. They did all right in their ten-month stint there, but the mall was slowly dying around them. When Dan Tierney of the Regional Arts Commission asked if they'd like to join Artopolis, a group of six shops owned by and featuring local artists …
Thursday, February 10, 2011
Marquette's choir hosted a "Night to Shine" prom fashion show to raise money. Fusion, an artists' collective in Chesterfield Mall, offered a day to make homemade Valentine's gifts.
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 at Marquette High School's prom fashion show, put on by Marquette choirs. We also headed to Fusion in Chesterfield Mall for a craft event. Kids and families could pick several projects to make as homemade Valentine's gifts. If you know of somewhere we should be next week, let us know in the comments or e-mail editor Rachel Heaton at firstname.lastname@example.org
Monday, February 7, 2011
The professional theater company brings drama and music to Chesterfield.
When their first production opened to local acclaim, veteran actress Kim Furlow and her husband, Andy Knef, knew they needed a permanent home for their new theater company, Dramatic License Productions. The production, Doubt, A Parable, was nominated for five Kevin Kline awards, which recognize outstanding achievevement in professional theatre in the greater St. Louis area. It was staged in downtown St. Louis, but Furlow had plans beyond the city. She contacted Chesterfield Arts, which put them in touch with Dan Tierney, deputy director of the Regional Arts Commission. Tierney was instrumental in creating Artropolis, a group of seven shops owned by and featuring local artists and craftsmen at Chesterfield Mall. “We saw a niche for a …
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 24, 2011
St. Louis Teachers' Recycling Center gives reusable materials donated by industries to teachers. Students can use them on art projects in as many ways as they can imagine.
St. Louis Teachers' Recycling Center was born out of a need. The center provides teachers and their students with project supplies in the form of materials donated by industrial companies. Now it has locations in Artropolis—a group of seven shops owned by and featuring local artists and craftsmen at Chesterfield Mall—and ArtSpace at Crestwood Court, a similar collection of artistic outlets. In 1992, however, it didn't have any of that. All it had was founder Susan Blandford's garage. Blandford, a teacher struggling with the limits of her classroom supplies, attended a workshop in Boston on incorporating reuseable resources as teaching tools for educators. She also visited the Boston Children's Museum, which featured an exhibit of recycled …
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…