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CWE-based artists share what’s on their drawing boards during the pandemic

This is a first in a series of posts exploring how CWE-based artists are faring during the pandemic. I wondered if the coronavirus has altered their approach or influenced their work. While some say they have not experienced a difference (creating art is usually a solitary pursuit, for instance) others have incorporated imagery or titles into their art that speak to these difficult times.

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Nancy Newman Rice

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“The pandemic has not changed the way I work, I am usually in my studio (on the 3rd floor of her CWE residence) 8 hrs a day. The imagery I typically use is based upon architectural imagery. But, as I look at the work I have produced since March, the architectural elements have disappeared as if destroyed by an external force leaving vague references to what once was or might have been.”Nicki's Central West End Guide Art & Architecture  Nancy Newman Rice Milo Duke Judith Shaw George Nikolajevich
Covid Isolation I, above, oil on canvas on contra, 32″ x 32.”

Nicki's Central West End Guide Art & Architecture  Nancy Newman Rice Milo Duke Judith Shaw George Nikolajevich  Rice’s Covid Isolation 3, above, oil on canvas on cintra, 32″ x 32.”

Judith Shaw

Clayton resident Judith Shaw steals away to her studio in the CWE when construction behind her condo gets to be too much. Shaw turned her frustration over the sprawling Centene corporate expansion project into what she calls fault lines, “tire track art,” a print and photographic series that was recently exhibited at the St. Louis Artist’s Guild.

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“Clearly Covid has stopped us all in our tracks”, Shaw said. “It has given us a chance to look at ourselves in a new way, to consider how we see things, how we do things, notice the other, learn from each other, and have empathy for others rather than anger towards them.”

“The Centene job site hummed (or should I say hammered and blasted) along during the shut down without interference from high volume car traffic…As a result, I had more interaction with the workers in what I called my “live, interactive studio.” Covid gave me the time and space to become more experimental with my process and collaborate more with the workers.”

“Some of the tire marks embed deeply, others barely skim the surface. We are all asked to consider today: what’s our imprint on earth?  How lightly do we tread?”

George Nikolajevich

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Architect George Nikolajevich started painting 3 years ago, a year before he retired as Design Principal at Cannon Design.

Nicki's Central West End Guide Art & Architecture  Nancy Newman Rice Milo Duke Judith Shaw George Nikolajevich  Above, A Street in Sayulita

In an email Nikolajevich said: “I have always been interested in form and color. When I was practicing architecture, I would use pen and ink, and sometimes watercolor. But now I am painting in oils.”

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Milo Duke

“I’ve been working on several projects; one that I call ‘Plague Paintings’ is inspired by the figure of the medieval plague doctor, whose bizarre costume was actually supposed to protect them–the PPE of the day. I see us all as “plague doctors,” some of us just trying to survive, others busily “doctoring,” effectively or not. I’ve used the MAGA thing ironically or hopefully, the viewer can decide.”Nicki's Central West End Guide Art & Architecture  Nancy Newman Rice Milo Duke Judith Shaw George Nikolajevich
Plague doctors sheltering in place and practicing social distancing, oil on panel, 16″ x 20.”

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Plague doctors on Capitol Hill, oil on panel, 26″ x 26.”Nicki's Central West End Guide Art & Architecture  Nancy Newman Rice Milo Duke Judith Shaw George Nikolajevich

Wall Street plague doctors, oil on panel, 16″ x 20.”

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Plague doctors reopening, oil on panel, 24″ x 24.”

Contact Duke for more information, milotwduke@gmail.com

Next up: Artists and the pandemic, Part II

The Restored & Reimagined St. Louis Public Library


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Those of you who are new to St. Louis may not be aware that our public library system is one of the best in the country. For the past three years the St. Louis Public Library has earned a runner-up spot (second place in 2011) in the Library Category of  2011 America's Most Literate Cities according to a study by Central Connecticut State University. Additionally, 2011 was the 7th straight year the Library has ranked as one of the top 4 urban libraries in the U.S.

After a two-year restoration and renovation project (see 2010 post here), Central Library, as the main library located at 13th & Olive is known, will celebrate with a gala benefit tomorrow evening. The benefit sold out almost as soon as the elegant invitations (see above) were mailed. The event benefits the St. Louis Public Library Foundation's capital campaign which is helping fund the renovation and restoration.   

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CWEnder George
Nikolajavich is a design principal in Cannon Design which is responsible for the renovation of the architectural landmark, which was originally funded by Andrew Carnegie and designed by renowned architect Cass Gilbert. The handsome new entry to Central Library now fronts Locust Street, above and below.

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Nicki's Central West End Guide Art & Architecture Events, Sightings  St. Louis Public Library George Nikolajevich Central Library Cass Gilbert

For the past one hundred years the main entrance was on Olive Street, above.

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I love this shot of the original facade at the east end with a quotation on libraries by John Bright and the steeple of Christ Church Cathedral in the background.

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The last photo shows a series of party tents that are set-up on Locust, which is closed for tomorrow night's gala.

The St. Louis Public Library has always held a special place in my heart. In 1985, Alice Sherwood and I were co-chairs of a benefit for the newly-formed Friends of the St. Louis Public Library. We were both novices in the benefit world, but with CWEnder Annie Schlafly as Chairman of the Friends Board, and many other friends on the hard-working committee, most of whom lived in the CWE, we somehow pulled it off. Twenty-five years later the Library is stronger than ever. I am grateful to have played a small part in those early days.

On Sunday, December 2, there is a tour of the newly-renovated Central Library for Friends of the St. Louis Public Library and donors. It isn't too late to become a Friend (membership starts at $50 & includes a discount at Left Bank Books!). Perhaps I'll see you there! Central Library officially reopens December 9.