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The Buena Suerte Social Club puts on a show

Nicki's Central West End Guide Art & Architecture Events, Sightings  Wesley Forduce Jon Cournoyer John Nunley John Marlow HorsleyArts Glenn Stone Dan Gualdoni Buena Suerte Social Club  As the eleven members of the Buena Suerte Social Club gathered for one of their monthly meetings over drinks and Chinese food  several months ago, the newest member of the group, CWE-based artist Milo Duke, above, had what he called a “Mickey Rooney” moment. When he realized that all the members were artists—and prominent ones at that—Duke said to the group: “With all this talent, we should put on a show!”

His proposal was realized last Saturday, March 7, when about 250 people attended the Buena Suerte Social Club’s opening, Of Gods and Men, at HorsleyArts, 4374 Olive Street.

Duke is photographed with Fermi’s Question,a self-portrait which was a semi-finalist in a 2004 portrait contest at the Smithsonian.

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Photographer Glenn Stone, a Professor of Anthropology & Environmental Studies at Washington University, is shown in front of his photographs taken during his travels around the world.Nicki's Central West End Guide Art & Architecture Events, Sightings  Wesley Forduce Jon Cournoyer John Nunley John Marlow HorsleyArts Glenn Stone Dan Gualdoni Buena Suerte Social Club

Wesley Fordyce, above, one of the founders of Buena Suerte Social Club, is photographed with his sculptures made from Indiana limestone. Meant to recall forgotten civilizations, they include from left: Pet Dog Coco, Empowered Woman, and his favorite piece shown far right and below, Beautiful Woman, “I will share it all with you.”

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CWEnder John Marlow displayed cartoons he creates for family and friend occasions. He told Linda Horsley, the gallery’s proprietor, that he starts his drawings with a “big nose.” Marlow is a founder of the Great Forest Park Balloon Race.

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CWEnder Dan Gualdoni uses brushes, rollers and print-making techniques to create landscapes which are figments of his imagination, above. Gualdoni is known to many St. Louisans as a co-founder of Bar Italia, which opened almost forty years ago in the Hill Building on Maryland Avenue where Starbucks is now located.

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Artist Jon Cournoyer, Head of Design at St. Louis Art Museum, exhibited his silkscreen, ink and collage piece  Birds, top left, and top right and below, mUSIc, oil, encaustic and found objects on wood. Nicki's Central West End Guide Art & Architecture Events, Sightings  Wesley Forduce Jon Cournoyer John Nunley John Marlow HorsleyArts Glenn Stone Dan Gualdoni Buena Suerte Social Club

John Nunley, above, curated Of Gods and Men. He is an honorary member of the Buena Suerte Social Club and is retired from St. Louis Art Museum where he was curator of the Morton May Collection of African and Oceanic Art.

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Other Buena Suerte members whose works were exhibited are Francisco Benavides, Kevin Barks, Joe Chesla, Harry Weber, and Wiktor Szostalo.

Of Gods and Men at HorsleyArts, 4374 Olive Street, will remain on view until April 14. Open by appointment: contact Linda Horsley, (314) 243-3879.

CWE’s Children’s and Pet Parade cancelled due to rain, tonight’s party is still on

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The legendary Halloween street party in the CWE is scheduled for Saturday, October 26.  Here is the line-up of activities:

11 a.m. | Children’s costume parade and party
noon | Trick-or-treating at neighborhood businesses
1 p.m. | Dog parade and costume contest
2 p.m. | Live music and entertainment, featuring Jason Garms and Saint Boogie Brass Band
6 p.m.- midnight | Adults-only street party
8-10 p.m. | Infamous adults-only costume contest

Halloween in the CWE is one of our best neighborhood traditions and something people from throughout St. Louis look forward to every year,” says Kate Haher, executive director of the CWE Business Community Improvement District. “The costumes continue to get more elaborate, the festivities more outrageous — the Central West End is definitely THE place to be this Halloween.”

Registration for the adults-only costume contest begins at 6 p.m. Individuals and groups are encouraged to register for a chance to win as much as $2,500.

The Legendary CWE Halloween party is produced and presented by the CWE Business Community Improvement District, and presented by Budweiser and BON & VIV, with additional support from Johnny Brock’s Dungeon, Washington University Redevelopment Corp., St. Louis Earth Day, Shriners Hospitals for Children, Busey Bank, AT&T, State Farm, and numerous neighborhood restaurants and retailers.

For more information, including a complete schedule of events and costume contest rules, visit www.cwehalloween.com.

 

Michael Drummond’s “Being Played” at World Chess Hall of Fame

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Last evening at the opening of Being Played at World Chess Hall of Fame, designer Michael Drummond, below, commented that his year-long effort to create a narrative about the effects of the fast fashion industry on the environment “almost killed him.”

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In this exhibition Drummond, a veteran of Project Runway Season 8, has connected the issues surrounding climate change with the stresses the fashion industry places on the environment, and arranged them as a chess game. To illustrate the challenges climate change poses, Drummond looked for a famous chess game as inspiration. He found it in Stanley Kubrick’s 1968 sci-fi film 2001: A Space Odyssey when Dr. Frank Poole plays against the supercomputer Hal 9000.

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I have to admit that I was so engrossed in how beautiful Drummond’s creations are that I was not thinking about a chess game at all.

In the handsome exhibition catalog published by WCHOF, Drummond says that “It’s a tricky predicament to simultaneously give yourself over to the glamor and fantasy of fashion and yet be repelled by the industry’s excess and its hold on the public psyche.”

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Drummond used a “variety of fabrics in his creations both natural and man-made including laser-cut synthetics, clothing spun from steel, hand-crafted shoes (see Drummond’s own which I assume are handmade, below), and digitally-printed accessories.”

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Being Played remains on view at World Chess Hall of Fame until March 22, 2020. I suspect you’ll want to return often (as I do) to study Drummond’s craft, it’s quite amazing. Perhaps on one of my visits I’ll figure out the game Being Played as well.

WCHOF, 4652 Maryland Ave., (314) 367-9243, Mon&Tues. 10 to 5, Weds.-Fri. 10 to 9, Sat. 10 to 5, Sun. 12-5.