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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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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.

Snapshots from September’s gallery openings on McPherson

There’s still time to stop by the McPherson galleries to check out the latest exhibits which debuted September 13th.  Also, projects+gallery, 4733 McPherson, has an opening tonight, September 27, for Tom Friedman’s Eternal Return.

At Duane Reed Gallery 3 fiber artists are exhibiting their work which coincides with this year’s Innovations in Textiles 2019 event, mentioned in the previous post.Nicki's Central West End Guide Art & Architecture Shop News  Sun Smith-Foret Rebecca Hutchinson Philip Slein Gallery Houska Gallery Ethan Meyer Duane Reed Gallery

One of those artist’s, Ethan Meyer, above, has covered every possible square inch of wall (and air space too) with a riot of colorful textiles he calls Solar Temple, a fantasy-land of fiber art.

Meyer, who says he’s color-deficient (i.e. color-blind), drew in pen and pencil in high school. He was intimidated by color until his freshman year in college when he discovered that he could use his intuition and find success with paint. He graduated from Webster University in 2013 where he majored in Studio Art studying photography, printmaking, painting, drawing, 3D & graphic design, as well as conceptual art. Meyer says this well-rounded arts education has benefitted him greatly in his evolution as an artist.

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Meyer grew up in a rural environment where his interests included studying spider webs, swinging from vines, foraging for morels, and picking wildflowers. These experiences became the foundation for crude sculptures he would build with yarns and threads from his mother’s sewing kit, and wood scraps from his father’s tool room. Years later, you can see those influences in Solar Temple.

It took a year to construct the installation. Meyer said he created the work without a blueprint, but as he worked on the project, he found his vision. “I trust my gut…to me, art is more about chasing an elusive goal than executing a fully fleshed-out plan,” he added.Nicki's Central West End Guide Art & Architecture Shop News  Sun Smith-Foret Rebecca Hutchinson Philip Slein Gallery Houska Gallery Ethan Meyer Duane Reed Gallery

The skills manifested in Solar Temple include sewing, braiding, weaving, needlework, knotting, crocheting, and beading. “The therapeutic energy of working with fiber serves as a nice counterbalance to how cerebral painting is for me. They require different energy, which happens to be complementary.”

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In Rebecca Hutchinson’s artist statement for her clever Navigating Borders, examples above and below, she said she “builds sculptural works made from clay and recycled materials, like old clothing and industrial surplus.” A close-up of her work is shown below.

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Sun Smith-Foret’s, above, New Work in Amuletic Sculpture occupies the back room at Duane Reed Gallery.Her knotted work, above and below, is a “recent acquisition in my skill set and came from direct observation of the work of Jane Sauer, a former studio mate and decades–long friend and colleague.”Nicki's Central West End Guide Art & Architecture Shop News  Sun Smith-Foret Rebecca Hutchinson Philip Slein Gallery Houska Gallery Ethan Meyer Duane Reed Gallery

Smith-Foret “studied basketry of American and Canadian native tribes, global  contemporary basketry, and the earth-focused spiritual aesthetic of Australian aboriginal artists…”Nicki's Central West End Guide Art & Architecture Shop News  Sun Smith-Foret Rebecca Hutchinson Philip Slein Gallery Houska Gallery Ethan Meyer Duane Reed Gallery

Jane Sauer, above, moved back to the CWE from Sante Fe a few years ago. Her basketry is included in the collection of the Smithsonian American Art Museum.

At Philip Slein Gallery, 4735 McPherson

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Philip Slein, above right, is photographed in front of Andrea Belag’s Beachcomber 18.

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Douglas Melini’s oil and acrylic on canvas Starry Sky #8 is part of the gallery’s Stars exhibition,

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as is Carl Ostendarp’s Virgo, 2004, above.

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Robert Sagerman’s dramatic oil on canvas 18,536, 2019 drew a lot of attention at Philip Slein Gallery.

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At Houska Gallery, 4728 McPherson, artist Cory Sellers, above, is photographed in front of some examples of his work Clearly Constructed. 

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Artist Caleb Gebel’s “imagery is culled from past experiences and opinionated daydreams.” Find more about both artists, whose work will remain on view until October 12, on Houska Gallery’s website.

A peek at April 5th’s gallery openings in the CWE

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In an oft-repeated suggestion from these quarters, there are so many reasons to attend neighborhood gallery openings. They present an opportunity to get out for an evening, see old friends or perhaps meet someone new, and most importantly, be exposed to a variety of artists’ work that will challenge your imagination with their creativity.

Last Friday evening, two galleries in the McPherson Arts District, Houska Gallery and Duane Reed Gallery,  held openings that should not be missed.

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Houska Gallery is exhibiting St. Louisan Jordan McGirk’s, above, They Will Not Leave Wanting, which will remain on view until May 11.

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McGirk’s 84 x 96″ oil on canvas, Endless Noise, is shown above. 

The artist’s most recent paintings “investigate fantasies of power and privilege performed at hardcore and heavy metal shows by posturing young men.” Read more about his thought-provoking exhibition here.

Houska Gallery, 4728 McPherson, (314) 496-1377, Tues.-Sun. 11 to 4 or by appt.

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At Duane Reed Gallery, CWEnder Nancy Newman Rice, above, greeted many friends and former students at her exhibition titled My Reflections, another example of mind-bending creativity.Nicki's Central West End Guide Art & Architecture Shop News  Peter Pincus Nancy Newman Rice Lesley Richmond Judith Ernst Jordan McGirk Houska Gallery Duane Reed Gallery

Rice’s Illuminated Path, a 24 x 24″ oil on canvas on panel, is shown above. Whenever I attend one of her exhibitions, I find myself studying Rice’s paintings trying to figure out how in the world she executes them.

Rice says of her current paintings: “They are compilations of geometric patterns that the winter sun produced as it was filtered through horizontal blinds on a blank wall, thus defining spatial limits.”

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Proprietor Duane Reed was pleased to announce that Lesley Richmond, whose stunning work, Two Poplars, is shown above, is exhibiting at his gallery for the first time. The Vancouver-based artist’s work looks sculptural, but begins as a photograph printed on cloth. To learn more about her process, click here.

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Ceramic artist Peter Pincus’ beautiful work includes 10 x 5 x 5″ Bottles Tryptych, left, colored porcelain and gold luster.

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Also included in the current exhibition is glazed stoneware by Special Guest Artist Judith Ernst. The ceramicist’s 15.5 x 17″ Autumnal Equinox 2 is shown above right.

The current exhibition will remain on view at Duane Reed Gallery, 4729 McPherson, until May 4. Open Tues. – Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., or by appt. (314) 361-4100.

You’ll find announcements of future gallery openings on this blog’s calendar.