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Bakers for Black Lives Benefit at The Vino Gallery Sunday

Word spread across social media like hotcakes last Friday after a group of St. Louis-based bakers announced they were planning an old-fashioned bake sale to benefit ArchCity Defenders. Campaign Zero, and STL Mutual Aid.

The bakers, Tai Davis (Alchemy Bakery), Meaghan Coultrain (Formerly of Niche Food Group), Simone Faure (La Patisserie Chouquette, the link is to an entertaining Sauce Magazine interview), Sharon Harter (Bellwether and Polite Society), Hannah Kerne (formerly of Vicia), and Shimon Otsuka (Nathaniel Reid), named the fundraiser Bakers for Black Lives and enlisted Alex Head, proprietor of The Vino Gallery, to host the event on the patio at 4601 McPherson.

Nicki's Central West End Guide Art & Architecture Food and Drink  The Vino Gallery Tai Davis Simone Faure Shimon Otsuka Sharon Harter Meaghan Coultrain Hannah Kerne Bakers for Black Lives Alex Head

The event began at 10 a.m. By 10:20 a line stretched from The Vino Gallery to the former Llyweyln’s Pub.

Nicki's Central West End Guide Art & Architecture Food and Drink  The Vino Gallery Tai Davis Simone Faure Shimon Otsuka Sharon Harter Meaghan Coultrain Hannah Kerne Bakers for Black Lives Alex Head

Examining these photographs as I post them, I realize how quickly I’ve adjusted to the latest version of normal. People wearing face masks standing 6′ apart alongside boarded-up galleries and shops.

Nicki's Central West End Guide Art & Architecture Food and Drink  The Vino Gallery Tai Davis Simone Faure Shimon Otsuka Sharon Harter Meaghan Coultrain Hannah Kerne Bakers for Black Lives Alex Head

Cheers erupted from the crowd when a fire truck from the neighborhood’s Engine House 28 traveled east on McPherson.

Nicki's Central West End Guide Art & Architecture Food and Drink  The Vino Gallery Tai Davis Simone Faure Shimon Otsuka Sharon Harter Meaghan Coultrain Hannah Kerne Bakers for Black Lives Alex Head

This was the scene inside The Vino Gallery as organizers arranged baked goods to bring out to the patio for sale. The CWE’s The Cup donated cupcakes and Insomnia Cookies participated as well.

Nicki's Central West End Guide Art & Architecture Food and Drink  The Vino Gallery Tai Davis Simone Faure Shimon Otsuka Sharon Harter Meaghan Coultrain Hannah Kerne Bakers for Black Lives Alex Head

The event was scheduled to last until 2 p.m. but by noon all the pastries were gone, and because shoppers were invited to pay what they wished Bakers for Black Lives raised $12,000 in 2 hours!Nicki's Central West End Guide Art & Architecture Food and Drink  The Vino Gallery Tai Davis Simone Faure Shimon Otsuka Sharon Harter Meaghan Coultrain Hannah Kerne Bakers for Black Lives Alex Head

People continued donating long after the pastries were gone. I’ve copied part of organizer Hannah Kerne’s post on Facebook describing how the morning went. For more information, and how you can still donate, here is the link to Bakers for Black Lives Facebook page.

Within 2 hours, we raised more than $12,000 for ArchCity Defenders, Inc., STL Mutual Aid, among other racial justice organizations. I wish Facebook allowed us to bold that number. Before we opened at 10am, people had donated $1,000. By 10:30am, we were at $5,000 and had to cut off curbside pickup because our 1,500 inventory of baked goods was running out and the line was more than 2 blocks long. 1 hour into the event at 11am, we had raised $7,000. By 11:15am, we had to tell people they may not get baked goods but encouraged everyone to still donate. By 11:30am, we ran out of baked goods and were at $8,000, but people wanted to stay in line to donate for the cake raffle. By noon, people were still stopping by to donate and donating online. We soon realized that we had raised more than $12,000.

Reminder that this event was supposed to go until 2pm, and dozens of people continued to donate to get us to this number. Hundreds of people respectfully wore masks and socially distanced the entire time and joined in chants and applause as we ran down the sidewalk to announce the new donations numbers.

St. Louis showed the f*ck up today, and it’s clear there is a hunger to do more to ensure that tomorrow, and every day after that #BlackLivesMatter, and that the anti-racism work goes so far beyond a bake sale and its roots live far deeper than police brutality.

Also, we started this because food is our love language, and it turns out, it’s everyone’s love language.

We have already received messages from chefs and bakers around the country wanting to have similar events, and we plan to have future events, (hopefully around Juneteenth!), so please follow us on Bakers for Black Lives and on Instagram at @Bakers4BlackLives.

48th Annual CWEA Home & Garden Tour goes virtual in 2020

Nicki's Central West End Guide Art & Architecture Events, Sightings  The Cagle Law Firm Rhonda V. Jones Central West End Association 48th Annual Home & Garden Tour 100 Above The Park

Since in-person house tours are not in the cards in this spring of the pandemic, the Central West End Association has cleverly arranged to bring the 48th Annual Home & Garden Tour directly to you. 

For many former CWEnders who live in other parts of the country, those curious about what’s behind the facades of the neighborhood’s beautiful historic homes, or friends who have made the house tour a yearly tradition, you’ll now be able to view the homes online.

Starting June 1 through July 12, the CWEA will release a tour of a different house and garden in the neighborhood.  Each tour will “air” for one week only and can be viewed on the CWEA’s Facebook & Instagram pages. To stay updated, subscribe to the Central West End Association’s Facebook and Instagram pages.

In lieu of tickets, donations are welcome (this is the neighborhood association’s major fundraiser) and can be made during the course of this virtual event.

In addition, the CWEA is seeking additional homes  as there is the possibility the tours can be extended to the end of June. If you’d like to put your home or garden on the tour please visit www.thecwe.org/home-garden-tour.  There you can download information on how to produce and submit your house tour video to the CWEA. Videos are being accepted now thru June 30, 2020.
This event is sponsored by 100 Above The Park,  The Cagle Law Firm and Rhonda Jones, Your Dream Home Realtor.

Nicki's Central West End Guide Art & Architecture Events, Sightings  The Cagle Law Firm Rhonda V. Jones Central West End Association 48th Annual Home & Garden Tour 100 Above The Park

Nicki's Central West End Guide Art & Architecture Events, Sightings  The Cagle Law Firm Rhonda V. Jones Central West End Association 48th Annual Home & Garden Tour 100 Above The Park

Become a CWE Virtual Home & Garden Tour sponsor starting at just $100! 

The CWE’s Gateway Academy of Classical Art offering 6-week online course

The Central West End is home to many artists, art galleries and a classical art academy that opened at 4814 Washington Avenue in the Fall of 2018. In adapting to Covid-19 related  stay-at-home orders, several neighborhood galleries—Duane Reed, Houska and Walker-Cunningham Fine Art (which CWEnder Sarah Cunningham operates from her home) have transitioned to virtual tours of current exhibitions.

In a similar quandary, The Gateway Academy of Classical Art (GACA) has been offering online instruction to its current students. In an effort to expand their reach, they’ve just announced a 6-week online class: The Art of Storytelling: An Introduction to Narrative Painting, that will begin May 11.

For some background on how GACA came to be, here is information gathered from the website: The Gateway Academy of Classical Art began as a group of seven artists seeking out teachers to train in traditional drawing and painting skills. After studying with Florence Academy graduate and oil painter William Neukomm, they realized that St. Louis needed an atelier based school, so they decided to start one. The new studio is taught by their newest partner and artist, B.J. Parker, from the Texas Atelier of Fine Art. The Gateway Academy of Classical Art allows for continuous atelier training and for more nationally-known fine artists to come to St. Louis and teach workshops in representational art topics. Now known as GACA, the studio hosts open-studio figure drawing events, and continues to offer classical atelier studies, and arranges workshops featuring the finest guest artists from St. Louis and around the world.

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Co-founding Director, Artist & Instructor B.J. Parker is photographed with Co-founders, Ingrid Oertli and Sarah Blumenfeld. An introduction to other GACA members Elodee Tuley, Carolyn Karacek, and Social Media Director Martha Iler can be found here.

This is the information about the class that was released earlier this week:

Nicki's Central West End Guide Art & Architecture Education  Walker-Cunningham Fine Art Victor Wang Teresa Oxaca Stephen Assael St. Louis Art Supply Houska Gallery Gateway Academy of Classical Art Duane Reed Gallery BJ Parker

Nicki's Central West End Guide Art & Architecture Education  Walker-Cunningham Fine Art Victor Wang Teresa Oxaca Stephen Assael St. Louis Art Supply Houska Gallery Gateway Academy of Classical Art Duane Reed Gallery BJ Parker

B. J. Parker has advised that artists of all skill levels are welcome to enroll in the class. For a link to the curriculum, and to art supplies required, click the syllabus here.  (For supplies: The CWE’s St. Louis Art Supply is operating online.)

Nicki's Central West End Guide Art & Architecture Education  Walker-Cunningham Fine Art Victor Wang Teresa Oxaca Stephen Assael St. Louis Art Supply Houska Gallery Gateway Academy of Classical Art Duane Reed Gallery BJ Parker

B. J. Parker, above, shown painting in his studio, which is adjacent to the atelier where students gather for instruction.Nicki's Central West End Guide Art & Architecture Education  Walker-Cunningham Fine Art Victor Wang Teresa Oxaca Stephen Assael St. Louis Art Supply Houska Gallery Gateway Academy of Classical Art Duane Reed Gallery BJ Parker

Sarah Blumenfeld shown during a class at GACA.

Nicki's Central West End Guide Art & Architecture Education  Walker-Cunningham Fine Art Victor Wang Teresa Oxaca Stephen Assael St. Louis Art Supply Houska Gallery Gateway Academy of Classical Art Duane Reed Gallery BJ Parker

photo courtesy of Elodee Tuley

Last year Victor Wang, center above and below left, professor of Art at St. Louis’ Fontbonne University, conducted a sold-out workshop. When the stay-at- home order is lifted GACA will once again schedule a robust roster of sought-after artists from around the country to conduct workshops in the studio.

Other artists who have taught at GACA are  Stephen Assael middle photo, on the faculty at the School of Visual Arts in NYC, and below right, Washington, DC-based Teresa Oxaca.

photos courtesy of Elodee Tuley

For questions, email gacastudio.info@gmail.com  To enroll in The Art of Storytelling: An Introduction to Narrative Painting (full class fee $60, audited class $30), here is the link.

Gateway Academy of Classical Art, 4814 Washington Ave., Suite 322.