Part I: Snapshots from Friday night’s gallery openings

It appeared that many art lovers had had their fill of cabin fever, for they were out in droves and in high spirits for last Friday night’s gallery openings in the Central West End.

Nicki's Central West End Guide Art & Architecture Events, Sightings  Zack Smithey Tom Huck Philip Slein Gallery Michael Marshall Jamie Adams Jack Smithey Houska Gallery Fred Nelson Edo Rosenblith Duane Reed Gallery Centro Modern Furnishings Central West End Carolyn Miles Atrium Gallery

At Atrium Gallery Proprietor Carolyn Miles is photographed with gallery assistants, Carol Stern, left and Lisa Simini, right. Doug Salveson’s oil on canvas Garden Wall 180: Bonaire is shown above.

Nicki's Central West End Guide Art & Architecture Events, Sightings  Zack Smithey Tom Huck Philip Slein Gallery Michael Marshall Jamie Adams Jack Smithey Houska Gallery Fred Nelson Edo Rosenblith Duane Reed Gallery Centro Modern Furnishings Central West End Carolyn Miles Atrium Gallery

Artist Fred Nelson, above, with Serenity, pastel on rag paper.

Nicki's Central West End Guide Art & Architecture Events, Sightings  Zack Smithey Tom Huck Philip Slein Gallery Michael Marshall Jamie Adams Jack Smithey Houska Gallery Fred Nelson Edo Rosenblith Duane Reed Gallery Centro Modern Furnishings Central West End Carolyn Miles Atrium Gallery

Also on view at Atrium Gallery, Michael Marshall’s Varigation #27 & #28, monoprints on Rives.

Nicki's Central West End Guide Art & Architecture Events, Sightings  Zack Smithey Tom Huck Philip Slein Gallery Michael Marshall Jamie Adams Jack Smithey Houska Gallery Fred Nelson Edo Rosenblith Duane Reed Gallery Centro Modern Furnishings Central West End Carolyn Miles Atrium Gallery

At Philip Slein Gallery, Philip Slein, right, is photographed with artist Edo Rosenblith (see post here), in front of a painting by Jamie Adams.

Nicki's Central West End Guide Art & Architecture Events, Sightings  Zack Smithey Tom Huck Philip Slein Gallery Michael Marshall Jamie Adams Jack Smithey Houska Gallery Fred Nelson Edo Rosenblith Duane Reed Gallery Centro Modern Furnishings Central West End Carolyn Miles Atrium Gallery

Centro Modern Furnishings Todd Lannom and Brian Clore are shown in front of another of Adams’ paintings. The artist was at the opening but was surrounded by fans so I was not able to get his photograph.

Nicki's Central West End Guide Art & Architecture Events, Sightings  Zack Smithey Tom Huck Philip Slein Gallery Michael Marshall Jamie Adams Jack Smithey Houska Gallery Fred Nelson Edo Rosenblith Duane Reed Gallery Centro Modern Furnishings Central West End Carolyn Miles Atrium Gallery

At Duane Reed Gallery, Tom Huck’s Electric Baloneyland from his New Work series. “Known for his large scale woodcut prints, Puck tackles modern American society with a caustic and satirical approach on values and culture.”

Nicki's Central West End Guide Art & Architecture Events, Sightings  Zack Smithey Tom Huck Philip Slein Gallery Michael Marshall Jamie Adams Jack Smithey Houska Gallery Fred Nelson Edo Rosenblith Duane Reed Gallery Centro Modern Furnishings Central West End Carolyn Miles Atrium Gallery

Huck’s The Transformation of Brandy Baghead, above.

Nicki's Central West End Guide Art & Architecture Events, Sightings  Zack Smithey Tom Huck Philip Slein Gallery Michael Marshall Jamie Adams Jack Smithey Houska Gallery Fred Nelson Edo Rosenblith Duane Reed Gallery Centro Modern Furnishings Central West End Carolyn Miles Atrium Gallery

Live art at Duane Reed Gallery, above.

Nicki's Central West End Guide Art & Architecture Events, Sightings  Zack Smithey Tom Huck Philip Slein Gallery Michael Marshall Jamie Adams Jack Smithey Houska Gallery Fred Nelson Edo Rosenblith Duane Reed Gallery Centro Modern Furnishings Central West End Carolyn Miles Atrium Gallery

Charlie Houska, proprietor of Houska Gallery, above, also had a packed house on Friday evening.Nicki's Central West End Guide Art & Architecture Events, Sightings  Zack Smithey Tom Huck Philip Slein Gallery Michael Marshall Jamie Adams Jack Smithey Houska Gallery Fred Nelson Edo Rosenblith Duane Reed Gallery Centro Modern Furnishings Central West End Carolyn Miles Atrium Gallery

Shown above is artist Zack Smithey with his Blue Vibrations A, B, C, & D, enamel paint on 32″ square wood panels.

Nicki's Central West End Guide Art & Architecture Events, Sightings  Zack Smithey Tom Huck Philip Slein Gallery Michael Marshall Jamie Adams Jack Smithey Houska Gallery Fred Nelson Edo Rosenblith Duane Reed Gallery Centro Modern Furnishings Central West End Carolyn Miles Atrium Gallery

Smithey’s Lincoln Vibrations, 48″ x 48″ enamel paint on wood panel.

Part II: Snapshots from Amongst Friends at projects+gallery.

Rush Bowls: From Boulder to the CWE

Nicki's Central West End Guide Food and Drink Shop News Uncategorized  Rush Bowls Kim and Ken Moroney Central West End Boulder

Look for Rush Bowls, a Boulder-based healthy fast-food franchise, to join the neighborhood restaurant scene in late March.  St. Louisans Kim and Ken Moroney have leased a 900 s.f. space at 227 N. Euclid, see below, next to the recently opened Steel Wheels, for what Kim described as a delicious fruit-based meal in a bowl—fresh fruit blended with all-natural ingredients and topped with organic granola and a drizzle of honey.

Kim, an RN at BJC, and Ken, a software engineer, had been searching for a business to call their own, and Rush Bowls seemed the perfect fit. The couple chose to locate the 1st St. Louis Rush Bowls in the CWE—”another perfect fit,” according to Kim, “since the neighborhood is a vibrant, active community perfectly situated next to Forest Park, close to BJC, and near both S.L.U and W.U.”

Nicki's Central West End Guide Food and Drink Shop News Uncategorized  Rush Bowls Kim and Ken Moroney Central West End Boulder

1st photo and all photos below courtesy of Rush Bowls

Rush Bowls, a thick blend of up to 5 servings of fruits and vegetables, nutrients, up to 40 grams of protein and juice or milk, is the brainchild of Andrew Pudalov, a former derivatives trader who left Wall Street after 9/11 and moved his family to Boulder.  Looking for a change in lifestyle, he created a 200-to 400-calorie meal-in-a-bowl that can be eaten for breakfast, lunch, dinner, or any time of day.

Currently, there are 3 Rush Bowls locations in operation (Boulder, Denver and Nashville). Forty-four additional Rush Bowls are in the works, of which 20 are scheduled to open by year’s end.

Nicki's Central West End Guide Food and Drink Shop News Uncategorized  Rush Bowls Kim and Ken Moroney Central West End Boulder

On a recent conference call with Kim Moroney, Rush Bowls’ Chief Marketing Officer Mark Kranjcec, and Abbey Horner, Marketing Manager, I asked if Rush Bowls could be considered dessert (look at that photograph above!). I learned that Rush Bowls are intended as a healthy meal substitute, not dessert.  “At our existing locations,” Kranjcec said, “our busiest hours of the day are from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m.”

That explained why CWE RushBowls will close early. Hours of operation will be Monday thru Friday, 6:30 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Saturday & Sunday, 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Nicki's Central West End Guide Food and Drink Shop News Uncategorized  Rush Bowls Kim and Ken Moroney Central West End Boulder

Rush Bowls menu features a selection of “Enlightened Bowls” (Chai’s Mystique & a Power Bowl, etc.), “Acai Bowls” (the Beach Bowl is the signature bowl), and “Comfort Bowls” (Chocolate-covered strawberries, etc.).

Nicki's Central West End Guide Food and Drink Shop News Uncategorized  Rush Bowls Kim and Ken Moroney Central West End Boulder   The photo above of the Rush Bowls in Nashville, about the same size as the CWE location, will give you a good idea of what the interior of the new shop will look like.

Another healthy twist to Rush Bowls’ philosophy is giving back to the community. In time, and based on customers’ suggestions, Kim Moroney said the CWE store will support a local charity as well.

I expect Rush Bowls will be a popular spot. It definitely sounds compatible with the new mix of CWE residents, as well as those who have been around for a while.

Rush Bowls, 227 N. Euclid, opens March 26. For more information: info@stlrushbowls.com