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Halloween in the CWE 2018: The Family Parade Part I

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The weather couldn’t have been prettier Saturday morning when neighborhood families and visitors from all over the St. Louis area gathered at The McPherson’s parking lot for the annual CWE Halloween parade. Led by Shriners’ parade cars and Cinderella in a horse-drawn carriage, they paraded down Euclid to the Main Stage at Maryland Plaza where they participated in some dance moves, and then dispersed to trick or treat at neighborhood shops.

Hats off to all of you who support businesses in the Central West End North Community Improvement District. That includes shops, restaurants, Straub’s, The Chase Hotel—all the businesses north of Lindell from Kingshighway east to Euclid along Maryland Plaza and McPherson, and north to Washington. The extra 1% sales tax you pay on purchases in this area, whether it’s a coffee, card, candle, book, or meal, is reinvested in the community via the CWE North Community Improvement District. The funds are used for beautification, street cleaning, security patrols, and numerous events throughout the year, such as Saturday’s Halloween celebration.

As I observed the many families, pet owners, and the hundreds of people who joined the festivities at Saturday night’s adult costume contest, I felt so proud to be part of a neighborhood that is able to open its arms and share its good fortune with anyone who wants to participate. I don’t think I am alone when I acknowledge that a day spent talking to each other about extremely clever costumes, adorable kids, dolled-up pets, and watching strangers dancing together in the streets, restored my faith in the commonalities among us.

Additional thanks to those who organized the events including Kate Haher, Erica Lembo, Frances Thompson, Dennis Gorg, and many more.

Nicki's Central West End Guide Books, Dance, Music, Theater For Children  St. Louis Shriner's Hospital for Children MO Kate Haher Halloween Parade Frances Thompson Dennis Gorg CWE North CID Central West End

Nicki's Central West End Guide Books, Dance, Music, Theater For Children  St. Louis Shriner's Hospital for Children MO Kate Haher Halloween Parade Frances Thompson Dennis Gorg CWE North CID Central West End

Nicki's Central West End Guide Books, Dance, Music, Theater For Children  St. Louis Shriner's Hospital for Children MO Kate Haher Halloween Parade Frances Thompson Dennis Gorg CWE North CID Central West End

Nicki's Central West End Guide Books, Dance, Music, Theater For Children  St. Louis Shriner's Hospital for Children MO Kate Haher Halloween Parade Frances Thompson Dennis Gorg CWE North CID Central West End

Nicki's Central West End Guide Books, Dance, Music, Theater For Children  St. Louis Shriner's Hospital for Children MO Kate Haher Halloween Parade Frances Thompson Dennis Gorg CWE North CID Central West End

Nicki's Central West End Guide Books, Dance, Music, Theater For Children  St. Louis Shriner's Hospital for Children MO Kate Haher Halloween Parade Frances Thompson Dennis Gorg CWE North CID Central West End

Nicki's Central West End Guide Books, Dance, Music, Theater For Children  St. Louis Shriner's Hospital for Children MO Kate Haher Halloween Parade Frances Thompson Dennis Gorg CWE North CID Central West End

Nicki's Central West End Guide Books, Dance, Music, Theater For Children  St. Louis Shriner's Hospital for Children MO Kate Haher Halloween Parade Frances Thompson Dennis Gorg CWE North CID Central West End

Nicki's Central West End Guide Books, Dance, Music, Theater For Children  St. Louis Shriner's Hospital for Children MO Kate Haher Halloween Parade Frances Thompson Dennis Gorg CWE North CID Central West End

Nicki's Central West End Guide Books, Dance, Music, Theater For Children  St. Louis Shriner's Hospital for Children MO Kate Haher Halloween Parade Frances Thompson Dennis Gorg CWE North CID Central West End

Nicki's Central West End Guide Books, Dance, Music, Theater For Children  St. Louis Shriner's Hospital for Children MO Kate Haher Halloween Parade Frances Thompson Dennis Gorg CWE North CID Central West End

 

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.

Favorite moments from 2018’s BookFest STL

Two weeks ago organizers of BookFest STL— Left Bank Books, Left Bank Books Foundation and the CWE North Community Improvement District —brought a stellar roster of authors to town for this year’s event, the second in what is sure to become a CWE tradition. Some were familiar names from best seller lists or recent reviews in national publications, and one, actress and now author Sally Field, has such name recognition that all 200 VIP tickets to her Friday night talk sold out quickly.

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Sally Field chose BookFest STL as the 2nd stop on her tour for her just published memoir In Pieces. The event drew approximately 800 people to The Chase Hotel’s Khorassan Room Friday evening.

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The energy was palpable as people found their seats  (VIP ticket holders were front and center) for “A conversation with Sally Field” led by local author Kathleen Finneran. When the actress read from her memoir she connected with the audience so intimately, it was as if she was speaking to each one of us individually. Finneran also relayed questions submitted in advance from the audience.

Left Bank Books proprietors Kris Kleindienst welcomed the crowd and her husband Jarek Steele, right, introduced Field and Finneran.

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Several CWE venues were used for author events, including Schlafly Library for children’s, middle-grade and YA authors. Bar Italia hosted a sold-out Wit & Wine with Gary Shteyngart event. And 510 N. Euclid was the site for Memorists with Mettle and Suspense in the City panels. A large tent on McPherson, above, and Dressel’s Pub were also sites for author appearances.

Top photo: Fresh Fierce Fiction authors who appeared under the McPherson Tent were from left: Lucy Jane Bledsoe, Rebecca Makkai, Anne Valente, and Deborah Eisenberg.

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View from the Heartland, a conversation between best-selling authors Sarah Kendzior and Sarah Smarsh, top photo, drew a large crowd to the McPherson Tent.

Kendzior’s book, The View From Flyover Country, and Smarsh’s Heartland are displayed lower right.

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Top photo: Alternate Realities: Re-Imagining the Past and the Future featured author Wayétu Moore, left, whose novel She Would be King was favorably reviewed in the New York Times just after Bookfest ended. She’s photographed with authors Bethany Moore and Marcia Douglas.

Bottom photo: Author Sarah Kendzior made a second appearance in a conversation with W. U. grad and best-selling author Michael Isikoff, who co-authored Russian Roulette with journalist David Corn.

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When we ran into 28th Ward Alderman Heather Navarro at the corner of Euclid and McPherson Saturday afternoon she jokingly asked: “What city is this?”  That’s how energetic, engaged, and enthused those who were gathered around author venues or congregated in Left Bank Books appeared to be.

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Top Photo: The Festival Zone included artists such as CWEnder Mike Murphy shown with his wife Marianne.

Bottom photo: Kim Hayes (not photographed) brought her 1965 Air Stream Little Shiny Shop, The Kabine, and her gentle pit bull Meri, above (see earlier post here).

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The Festival Zone also included a musical stage where Farshid Soltanshahi and his band, above, were among the performers.

Bottom photo: World Chess Hall of Fame staffers entertained with an ongoing chess game and other activities for children.

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Photos above: A complete list of artists, shops, and organizations that had booths in the Festival Zone can be found here.

Nicki's Central West End Guide Art & Architecture Books, Dance, Music, Theater Events, Sightings  The Kabine Sarah Smarsh Sarah Kendzior Sally Field Michael Isikoff Left Bank Books Farshed CWE Scene BookfestSTL 28th Ward Alderman Heather Navarro    Many thanks to Left Bank Books, Left Bank Books Foundation and the CWE North Community Improvement District, for the months of planning and hard work, and to the many sponsors shown on the banner above whose support helped make the event possible.

The 2nd BookFest STL was so successful that organizers started planning 2019’s event just as They Said: Cross-Genre Collaborations, the final event of the day, concluded at Dressel’s Pub. The word is out now among authors and their agents that St. Louis is not flyover country and BookFest STL should definitely be on their schedules.