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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:

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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.)

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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.

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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.

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.

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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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

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.