2 dear friends, 2 suggestions for getting out the vote

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Taking a cue from a storefront in the 4200 block of Delmar, and from two dear friends, Mary Engelbreit and Charlotte Lyons, who are encouraging people to vote in their signature artsy way, I want to reinforce their important message by sharing their suggestions with you.

Charlotte Lyons, one of my oldest friends from earlier days in the neighborhood, posted a diy VOTE pin on Instagram and Facebook.

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“Last night I made a patch”, she posted. “Don’t let what you can’t do get in front of what you CAN do. Vote in November! I’m going to wear it everyday and everywhere. Make one and pin it onto your coat or shirt or handbag.”

If embroidery is not one of your many talents,  simply pen the message on a piece of fabric and wear it proudly.

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Charlotte, who now lives in Vermont, hosts popular craft weekends there. Visit her blog to learn more.

And from artist Mary Engelbreit:

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Mary, another longtime friend, created a VOTE poster she is offering as a free download on the ME website.  Look for a VOTE tote bag, $26, on the website too.

Thanks to both Charlotte and Mary for their inspiration. There’s power in this simple message: VOTE on November 6!

P.S. – Here’s a post on a craft weekend Mary and Charlotte hosted in the Central West End in June of 2017.

CWEnder Sarah Cunningham hosts an art exhibit at home

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Sarah Cunningham, proprietor of Walker-Cunningham Fine Art, a private art consultancy and brokerage firm, recently introduced artist Emmet Duggan’s newest work, Birdhouse Summit, to friends, neighbors, and art enthusiasts at a reception in her CWE home. Cunningham and the artist (above) have been friends since they met years ago in Boston.

The Cunningham family moved from Boston to St. Louis in 2015, when David Cunningham joined the  faculty at W.U. as one of the inaugural hires in the re-formed Sociology Department. Sarah, who has been an art dealer for 19 years (she got her start on Newbury Street in Boston’s historic Back Bay neighborhood), quickly became active in the community, joining the boards of the Central West End Association and the Westminster Place Street Association. She also volunteers at New City School.

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Examples of Duggan’s whimsical surrealist paintings include a 24 x 44″ painting, Cody, above, and 32 x 24″ Wake, below. More photographs of Duggan’s Birdhouse Summit paintings can be found on the website.

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Duggan, who now lives, paints, and teaches in Dierks, Arkansas, took a circuitous route to get there having lived previously in Boston, Philadelphia and Brooklyn. You’ll be charmed, as I was, by Duggan’s description of how Birdhouse Summit came to be (see artist statement here) :

…”These paintings are what I imagined at a time in my life when I needed to be rescued, and now that I thrive again they are a welcomed companion.”  Duggan also mentions another welcomed companion in his statement, the delightful Brandy Lynn, who was at the CWE opening but declined to be photographed.

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Some of the guests who stopped by for the opening, above.Nicki's Central West End Guide Art & Architecture  Walker-Cunningham Fine Art Sarah Cunningham Emmet Duggan David Cunningham Birdhouse Summit Alfred Walker

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Photo courtesy of Walker-Cunningham website

While in Boston Sarah Cunningham became the owner of Walker-Cunningham Fine Art when her mentor of 8 years, Alfred Walker (above), retired. Walker continues his association as a consultant. In a 2012 interview on The Everygirl website Cunningham talks about a day in the life of a gallery owner, and how she balances work and family life, which she continues to do now that she’s based in the Central West End.

When asked if it was difficult to move Walker-Cunningham to St. Louis, Cunningham replied. “It was exciting and challenging at the same time. I’m building relationships here and beginning to establish myself professionally. I continue to work with my East Coast clients, which include private collectors, museums and other institutions, traveling east a couple of times a year, or keeping in touch remotely.”

Those clients include two East Coast libraries with major art collections, and corporations who are acquiring art for their collections. She also works with people who are new to collecting, interior designers, and she has worked with set designers sourcing paintings for major motion pictures. Her Boston gallery was the source for paintings seen in Mona Lisa Smiles and Bride Wars.

For a complete list of Walker-Cunningham’s services, visit the website.

And for more information or to view Emmet Duggan’s art, which remains on view until this Friday, October 19, contact Sarah Cunningham: wcfineart@gmail.com or (617) 448-1428.

Cunningham’s plans for the future include the possibility of another exhibition at home next spring.

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.