McPherson Arts & Design District welcomes projects+gallery

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Though McPherson Avenue isn't officially designated the CWE's "Arts & Design District," it should be. With the opening of Susan Barrett and Dorte Probstein's stellar projects+gallery, 4733 McPherson Avenue, above, there's even more reason to keep your focus on happenings in the 47-4800 block of McPherson.

Cherry blossoms flanked the entry, above, and red hearts led the way, below, to projects+gallery, devoted to fashion and art.

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projects+gallery founder Susan Barrett, above right, and

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partner Dorte Probstein (blonde hair, black dress), above right, were ecstatic with the reception for their new gallery Friday night.

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Artist Hideki Seo and his wife, above, traveled from Paris to install the exhibition and to bask in the excitement of the evening. Nicki's Central West End Guide Art & Architecture Events, Sightings Shop News  Susan Barrett Robert Zunga projects+gallery Philip Slein Houska Gallery Hideki Seo Duane Reed Dorte Probstein David Row Alicia LaChance Akio Takamori

The three-dimensional art, shipped in containers, arrived in pieces which were then reassembled over a couple of days. Nicki's Central West End Guide Art & Architecture Events, Sightings Shop News  Susan Barrett Robert Zunga projects+gallery Philip Slein Houska Gallery Hideki Seo Duane Reed Dorte Probstein David Row Alicia LaChance Akio Takamori

Details of two sculptures are shown above and below.

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The back of Heart Paris 2014, above.

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Philip Slein Gallery, above, joined in the celebration with an exhibition of new work by NY painter David Row. An example of Row's "Deep Focus," is shown on wall below.

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Philip Slein, above, is also exhibiting work by St. Louis-based painter Robert Zungu, not photographed.

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And next door, Duane Reed Gallery is featuring ceramics, above, by Akio Takamori, a professor of art at the University of Washington. CWE-based clothing designer Kristen Kempton, above, is shown standing next to the ceramics, which gives an idea of the scale of the artist's work.

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Proprietor Duane Reed, is photographed above, second from left.

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The current exhibition at Houska Gallery, 4728 McPherson, features paintings by St. Louisan Alicia LaChance.

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Examples of LaChance's paintings are shown above. Nicki's Central West End Guide Art & Architecture Events, Sightings Shop News  Susan Barrett Robert Zunga projects+gallery Philip Slein Houska Gallery Hideki Seo Duane Reed Dorte Probstein David Row Alicia LaChance Akio Takamori

And, in conclusion, a view from the sidewalk, above and below.

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