A few days left to view September’s gallery offerings

Apologies for this last-minute notice, but if you’ve some time there are a few days left to dash to CWE galleries to view current exhibitions before they close.

Artists Luanne Rimel, Nancy Callan, and Mary Borgman’s works will remain on view at Duane Reed Gallery until this Saturday, October 13.

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Rimel’s fascinating Scaffold Curtain 1, original photography printed on repurposed flour-sack cloth. From the website:”…detailed sections of the image are created and layered, collaged and hand stitched onto the cloth…”

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CWEnder Carol Kyser, above left, photographed in front of Nancy Callan’s blown and slumped glass pieces, and right, another hip observer, viewing Callan’s work titled Noodles & Confetti.

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Above, artist Mary Borgman’s mesmerizing charcoal on mylar, Portrait of Chris Rubin: Standing. Among the many galleries where this St. Louis-based artist has exhibited is the National Portrait Gallery in the Smithsonian Institute.

At Philip Slein Gallery, Andrea Belag’s Beachcomber series will close this Saturday as well.

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The New York-based artist is photographed alongside her oil on linen, Beachcomber 1. In an article in Whitehot Magazine, independent curator Paul Laster describes Belag’s process: “Using a variety of paints, tools and actions, she makes paintings that layer color in an energetic yet meditative way.” Read Laster’s Sixteen Questions in its entirety here.

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Belag’s 56 x 70″ oil on linen, Beachcomber #17.

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At Houska Gallery, John Marksbury’s My Life as an Atom:Recent Paintings is the artist’s first exhibition since moving to St. Louis from Boston in 2013.

From Houska Gallery’s website: “Markbury’s colorful paintings explore ideas of time and space, the fantastic and mystical, symbolism, and the tension between objective and subjective experience.”

A closing reception is scheduled on Saturday, October 13,  from 1 to 4 p.m.

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Susan Barrett, above, founder of projects + gallery, clearly has her finger on the pulse of what is current in both the art world and popular culture. To Survive on This Shore: Photographs and Interviews with Transgender and Gender Nonconforming Older Adults by Jess T. Dugan and Vanessa Fabbre, which sadly closes today (sorry!), is a great example.

“This interdisciplinary project is a collaboration between Jess T. Dugan, photographer, and Vanessa Fabbre, social worker and assistant professor at Washington University in St. Louis, whose research focuses on the intersection of LGBTQ issues and aging.”

To Survive on This Shore was released as a book at the end of August.

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Above left: Each of Dugan’s photographs (this is the first time she has photographed older adults in the LGBTQ community) is accompanied by Fabbre’s texts which provide selections of full-length interviews “to enhance the viewer’s connection to each subject’s story.”

Right: It’s as much fun to view the art on the walls at projects + gallery openings as it is to observe the fashion worn by those who stop by.

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The New York Times published a piece on its Lens website by reporter Jake Naughton reviewing the current exhibition, which you can read here: A Visual Record of the Joys, Fears and Hopes of Older Transgender People.

Over on Washington Avenue at Atrium Gallery, artist Caroline Weld’s paintings and John Schwartzkoff’s sculptures will remain on view until November 10.

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Former St. Louisan Caroline Weld, above, who lives on Nantucket, is exhibiting her abstract paintings in her hometown for the first time. The artist is photographed alongside Pebble Pile, acrylic on canvas.

From the website: “Weld paints using natural light from her solarium windows in her (Nantucket) studio and in addition to brushes, uses unconventional tools to create the texture often seen in her work.”

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In addition to Weld’s paintings, Perspective features sculpture by John Schwartzkoff.

Favorite moments from 2018’s BookFest STL

Two weeks ago organizers of BookFest STL— Left Bank Books, Left Bank Books Foundation and the CWE North Community Improvement District —brought a stellar roster of authors to town for this year’s event, the second in what is sure to become a CWE tradition. Some were familiar names from best seller lists or recent reviews in national publications, and one, actress and now author Sally Field, has such name recognition that all 200 VIP tickets to her Friday night talk sold out quickly.

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Sally Field chose BookFest STL as the 2nd stop on her tour for her just published memoir In Pieces. The event drew approximately 800 people to The Chase Hotel’s Khorassan Room Friday evening.

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The energy was palpable as people found their seats  (VIP ticket holders were front and center) for “A conversation with Sally Field” led by local author Kathleen Finneran. When the actress read from her memoir she connected with the audience so intimately, it was as if she was speaking to each one of us individually. Finneran also relayed questions submitted in advance from the audience.

Left Bank Books proprietors Kris Kleindienst welcomed the crowd and her husband Jarek Steele, right, introduced Field and Finneran.

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Several CWE venues were used for author events, including Schlafly Library for children’s, middle-grade and YA authors. Bar Italia hosted a sold-out Wit & Wine with Gary Shteyngart event. And 510 N. Euclid was the site for Memorists with Mettle and Suspense in the City panels. A large tent on McPherson, above, and Dressel’s Pub were also sites for author appearances.

Top photo: Fresh Fierce Fiction authors who appeared under the McPherson Tent were from left: Lucy Jane Bledsoe, Rebecca Makkai, Anne Valente, and Deborah Eisenberg.

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View from the Heartland, a conversation between best-selling authors Sarah Kendzior and Sarah Smarsh, top photo, drew a large crowd to the McPherson Tent.

Kendzior’s book, The View From Flyover Country, and Smarsh’s Heartland are displayed lower right.

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Top photo: Alternate Realities: Re-Imagining the Past and the Future featured author Wayétu Moore, left, whose novel She Would be King was favorably reviewed in the New York Times just after Bookfest ended. She’s photographed with authors Bethany Moore and Marcia Douglas.

Bottom photo: Author Sarah Kendzior made a second appearance in a conversation with W. U. grad and best-selling author Michael Isikoff, who co-authored Russian Roulette with journalist David Corn.

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When we ran into 28th Ward Alderman Heather Navarro at the corner of Euclid and McPherson Saturday afternoon she jokingly asked: “What city is this?”  That’s how energetic, engaged, and enthused those who were gathered around author venues or congregated in Left Bank Books appeared to be.

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Top Photo: The Festival Zone included artists such as CWEnder Mike Murphy shown with his wife Marianne.

Bottom photo: Kim Hayes (not photographed) brought her 1965 Air Stream Little Shiny Shop, The Kabine, and her gentle pit bull Meri, above (see earlier post here).

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The Festival Zone also included a musical stage where Farshid Soltanshahi and his band, above, were among the performers.

Bottom photo: World Chess Hall of Fame staffers entertained with an ongoing chess game and other activities for children.

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Photos above: A complete list of artists, shops, and organizations that had booths in the Festival Zone can be found here.

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The 2nd BookFest STL was so successful that organizers started planning 2019’s event just as They Said: Cross-Genre Collaborations, the final event of the day, concluded at Dressel’s Pub. The word is out now among authors and their agents that St. Louis is not flyover country and BookFest STL should definitely be on their schedules.

Urban Grocer Fields Foods to open at CWE’s Lofts@Euclid

Thanks to both Cullinan Properties’ Director of Marketing & Communication Anaise Berry and Lofts@Euclid Property Manager Stephanie Huffman for giving me this fabulous scoop. What fabulous news for the Central West End!

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(Peoria, IL, October 2, 2018) – The Central West End’s Lofts@Euclid will soon welcome urban grocer Fields Foods to its 625 N. Euclid location. Cullinan Properties, which opened its 87-unit loft development in 2016, is pleased to announce that Fields Foods plans to open its doors for business at Lofts@Euclid later this year.

 

Fields Foods will occupy the remaining 8,186 square feet of commercial space on the ground floor of the building. The grocer will join the Medicine Shoppe, also located at Lofts@Euclid. Construction is expected to begin mid-October and the store plans to open this winter.

 

Chris Goodson, owner of Fields Foods, said the expansion into St. Louis’ Central West End is part of Fields Foods’ larger growth plan as a true urban grocer.  “We are excited to be the corner store in a tremendous development like Lofts@Euclid, where residents can literally take the elevator down and shop in their pajamas,” stated Goodson. “We are equally excited to work with many others to crack the ‘Delmar Divide’ and continue our mission of turning food deserts into former food deserts.”

 

“We couldn’t be happier to have Fields Foods occupy this space. Fields Foods will be a great convenience for our tenants, as well as all residents of the Central West End, providing them a unique shopping experience and easy access to fresh, quality, local foods,” stated Christopher M. West, Partner and Chief Executive Officer for Cullinan Properties, Ltd. “Lofts@Euclid and Central West End residents will enjoy the fresh meats, seafood and produce, as well as delicious prepared meals and a wine bar Fields Foods has become known for,” said West.

 

The building that is now home to Lofts@Euclid was built in 1910, and originally served as the headquarters for the Langan & Taylor Company. It served as a furniture warehouse for many years, and has maintained many of the original architectural features.

 

Loft units have soaring 12-foot ceilings and many luxurious amenities including wood floors, granite countertops, large windows and a fitness center. The rooftop features a club lounge, pool table, outdoor firepit, outdoor grilling area, hot tub, sun deck, lounge chairs, a sound system, and lawn sports playing field with a variety of games equipment.

 

“We’re thrilled with the success of Lofts@Euclid and how it has added to the residential apartment offerings of St. Louis’ Central West End.  The addition of Fields Foods to Lofts@Euclid and the Central West End is the icing on the cake and a wonderful complement to the building and the area,” stated West.

 

About Fields Foods

Fields Foods provides fresh and healthy food options at affordable prices through partnerships with local farmers and trusted brands, specializing in products that are pesticide-free, organic, non-GMO, gluten-free, and natural in order to provide healthier, fresher, better tasting choices for customers. They offer a wide selection of foods that are locally grown, sustainable, nutritious and made in large part by small growers and producers. They also carry many traditional options from popular name brands. Fields Foods also offers chef-created prepared meals, wood-grilled pizza, salads, sandwiches and more – as well as a wide assortment of wine and beer, which customers can even enjoy while shopping. Fields Foods has an equal balance of local, organic and traditional brands, so you can get your fresh kale and beef along with your toasted ravs and diet coke, too!  For more information, visit www.fieldsfoods.com.

 

About the Lofts@Euclid

The Lofts@Euclid is a mixed-use, 150,000 square feet building which includes 87 luxury loft apartments, with retail and office space at street level. Located at the northern entrance to St. Louis’ Central West End neighborhood at the intersection of Euclid and Delmar, the historic building has been completely rehabilitated in 2016 to its former place of prominence. For more information, visit www.loftsateuclid.com.

 

About Cullinan Properties. Ltd

Cullinan Properties, Ltd., with offices in Chicago, IL, Peoria, IL and St. Louis, MO, is a multi-disciplined real estate firm that develops, manages and owns mixed-use, retail, multi-family, office and medical properties throughout the United States.  For additional information on Cullinan Properties, Ltd., visit www.cullinanproperties.com.