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CWE gallery news/ mid-October’s openings

In mid-October there were back-to-back gallery openings on McPherson. On October 17, Susan Barrett opened Barrett Barrera Projects at 4739 McPherson, the former location of Arlene Lilie, and auction house Selkirk. I’ll be posting more about the space and the exhibition, Saint-Louis to St. Louis: the City on the River meets River City, along with news about Barrett’s other new gallery and event space later this week.

In other CWE gallery news Carolyn Miles is moving Atrium Gallery, which has been at 4814 Washington for the past 6 years, to the Dorchester, 665 S. Skinker. (William Shearburn’s gallery is located in the same building.) The inaugural exhibition in the new space, featuring work by New York artist Leslie Dill, opens Friday, November 8, 6 to 8 p.m.

On Friday, October 18 there were openings at Duane Reed Gallery and Houska Gallery. Photographs follow:Nicki's Central West End Guide Art & Architecture Shop News  Stephen Young Lee Paula Haniszewski Lindsay Pichaske Julie Malone Houska Gallery Duane Reed Gallery Alessandro Gallo

Top photo: At Duane Reed Gallery ceramicist Stephen Young Lee is photographed alongside his porcelain, cobalt inlay, glaze, custom decal work icon 2019, depicting Bruce Lee.  Bottom photo from left: Lee’s Blood Moon Jar and Yellow Asian Baluster Vases.

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Artist Lindsay Pichaske is photographed alongside her stoneware, porcelain, mason stains & hair sculpture Souvenir 2019. See close-up of her stunning work below.

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Nicki's Central West End Guide Art & Architecture Shop News  Stephen Young Lee Paula Haniszewski Lindsay Pichaske Julie Malone Houska Gallery Duane Reed Gallery Alessandro Gallo

Pichaske’s  low-fire ceramic, feathers, flocking, paint & steel, The Missing Grew Large Between Us, above.

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Also showing at Duane Reed Gallery is ceramicist Alessandro Gallo’s stoneware, left, and right, Gallo’s 22″x 10″x 10″ You’ll Never Walk Alone.

The current exhibition closes November 30.

Duane Reed Gallery, 4729 McPherson, (314) 361-4100.

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At Houska Gallery artist Paula Haniszewski is photographed alongside her oil on canvas painting, Meh. Haniszewski is the art department chair at Southwestern Illinois College in Belleville, Illinois.

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In Houska’s upstairs gallery, artist Julie Malone has titled her latest work, Atmospheric Abstractions, which includes an oil on panel abstract landscape, Freedom. Malone’s paintings and Haniszewski’s Living Proof will remain on view until November 30.

Houska Gallery, 4728 McPherson, (314) 496-1377.

Mother Nature spoils this year’s CWE Halloween Festivities

If you’re an event planner a weather day such as last Saturday’s could cause you to reconsider your profession. For the first time in memory a steady, cold rain put the kibash on both the kids’ and pet Halloween parades. After that regrettable but necessary decision, sponsors and organizers were in constant contact throughout the day about what to do about Saturday night’s adult costume contest extravaganza. It was touch-and-go right up until 7 p.m. (the costume contest was due to start at 8), as they wondered if the drizzle would stop in time to safely plug in the lights and sound system so the show could go on.

But that wasn’t to be and CWE North CID’s Kate Haher & Erica Lembo, as well as the event’s producers Dennis Gorg and Frances Thompson decided that the party would go on, just not onstage. They invited attendees to come to the CWE and party in the bars and restaurants. Judges then roamed among the crowd and awarded those with the best costumes prize money or CWE Bucks.  It wasn’t the same as we have come to expect of this great event, but it made the best of a challenging situation and those who came out seemed to have a good time anyway.

Here are a few photographs from the evening:

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Nicki's Central West End Guide Art & Architecture  Kate Haher Frances Thompson Erica Lembo Dennis Gorg CWEScene

Nicki's Central West End Guide Art & Architecture  Kate Haher Frances Thompson Erica Lembo Dennis Gorg CWEScene

Nicki's Central West End Guide Art & Architecture  Kate Haher Frances Thompson Erica Lembo Dennis Gorg CWEScene

Nicki's Central West End Guide Art & Architecture  Kate Haher Frances Thompson Erica Lembo Dennis Gorg CWEScene

Nicki's Central West End Guide Art & Architecture  Kate Haher Frances Thompson Erica Lembo Dennis Gorg CWEScene

Nicki's Central West End Guide Art & Architecture  Kate Haher Frances Thompson Erica Lembo Dennis Gorg CWEScene

Nicki's Central West End Guide Art & Architecture  Kate Haher Frances Thompson Erica Lembo Dennis Gorg CWEScene

Thanks to Kate Haher and Erica Lembo of the CWE North CID, Maryland Plaza’s Frances Thompson, Dennis Gorg, and everyone else who spent the last few months planning this year’s event. This is one for the record books, and hopefully the last time rain spoils the parade.

More photos can be found on CWEScene’s Instagram page.

The Magic House, MADE for Kids & Cornerstone seeking middle school students for advisory board

Here’s an exciting opportunity for middle schoolers who live in the West End and Visitation Park neighborhoods. The Magic House, MADE for Kids and Cornerstone, a not-for-profit that renovates houses and leases them at affordable rates in the West End neighborhood, is seeking students ages 11 to 13 to help envision the future of their neighborhoods.

The students on the Youth Advisory Board will learn principles of urban design and share their ideas on possible community improvements with the community in mid-November.  Details follow:

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Lisa Potts, chair of Park Place Housing & Economic Development, emailed that this opportunity may be extended to youth in other neighborhoods in the future.

Contact kayla@magichouse.org for more information.

The Magic House, MADE for Kids, 5127 Delmar.