“Emerging Artists Showcase” opens at TechArtista

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Art plays a prominent role at the CWE’s TechArtista Co-Working Environment. There are Edo Rosenblith’s murals on walls, an installation by Screwed Arts Collaborative on architectural elements (both visible in the background above), and a mural by Theresa Moher on the second floor. Every few months there is a new art installation featuring young artists from the St. Louis area.

The latest exhibition, Emerging Artists Showcase, opened on Friday, August 31. Meet curator, architect Cole Hoffarth, above.

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In the exhibition program, Laura Heying, above, TechArtista’s Community & Marketing Director, says of the current exhibition: “We have a talented pool of artists in St. Louis and we want to showcase those a little less known to the masses via our space…”

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Hope Ainsworth is photographed alongside her painting, Pantsland. Ainsworth “strives for visual overload, mostly painting with glue and acrylic, the collaging of materials and layering of mediums is a continuous experiment.”

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Another in Ainsworth’s “pants series,” Pants Party, is shown above. The artist explains: “These are my souvenir photographs of a world just next to ours.”

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Artist Matthew Gray, above, specializes in drawings. Program notes say that “his content often combines fantastical sci-fi imagery with objects from our own daily lives.”

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Gray’s Flavor Country is shown above. He describes his work as looking like “Dinosaur Jr. album covers designed by Salvador Dali.”

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Local artist Rici Hoffarth is shown with Jelani Buchanan.

Nicki's Central West End Guide Art & Architecture Web/Tech  TechArtista Co-Working Environment Rici Hoffarth Matthew Gray Laura Heying Hope Ainsworth Cole Hoffarth Central West End

Hoffarth’s portraiture (examples shown above and on cards below) “illuminate the artist’s belief that every single being in this world contains multitudes and pieces of the divine.”Nicki's Central West End Guide Art & Architecture Web/Tech  TechArtista Co-Working Environment Rici Hoffarth Matthew Gray Laura Heying Hope Ainsworth Cole Hoffarth Central West End

The artists were thrilled by the public’s response to their work on opening night. Nearly one third of their pieces were sold that night.

Emerging Artists Showcase will remain on view at TechArtista, 4818 Washington, until Friday, September 28. Hours are 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Note that there is a coffee bar in the space for early birds.

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