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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

New year, new location. Atrium Gallery opens with “Latin Beat”

 
Nicki's Central West End Guide Art & Architecture Events, Sightings  Yvette Woods Terry Whittle Simon Oswald Latin Beat Judith Shaw Diann Cage Carolyn Miles Barbara Holtz Atrium Gallery AOR Architectural firm

Change is good, filled with promise, and oftentimes gutsy. That's how I would describe Carolyn Miles's decision to move Atrium Gallery from a location on McPherson with street presence two blocks north to a first floor space without (with only a sign out front) in the Pierce Arrow Building, 4814 Washington.
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Carolyn, owner, founder, and director of Atrium Gallery found larger and more expansive exhibition space where she plans to continue bringing high quality,
interesting exhibitions featuring contemporary national and international artists to St. Louis. The focus of the gallery in its new location will be expanded to emphasize personal service introducing
people to new artwork, and assisting in developing collections. Carolyn, who has operated the gallery for 26 years, will devote two days a week to holding private appointments with clients in the
gallery and in their homes, and will continue to work with businesses assisting with collections. She is excited also to be able to introduce programs and other special events on these days to enhance
the experience of learning about and acquiring fine contemporary
art. Atrium Gallery will be open Thursdays through Saturdays from 10 to 5 for drop-in visitors.

The new gallery space with its large exhibition
room is in a building with other occupants involved in the arts (Barbara Holtz, Yvette Woods, Terry Whittle, Judith Shaw) and
other creative professions (Diann Cage Design, architectural firms AOR and SOA, etc.). Carolyn continues: "…it gives us
opportunities we were looking for, but didn't have in the previous
space. We truly love the new gallery, and hope many wonderful things
will happen here."

Atrium Gallery, Thurs. – Sat. 10 to 5, Tues. & Weds. by appt., 4814 Washington Ave. Suite 110, (314) 367-1076.

Be sure to stop by Friday evening for a champagne reception introducing "Latin Beat," see below:

To celebrate, and
introduce the new gallery Atrium will present an extensive
exhibition featuring work by ten artists, “Latin
Beat
,” all from “Latin” countries,
central and south America, and Mediterranean.  All are
internationally recognized artists with work in major public and
private collections.  The exhibition will include paintings,
sculpture, photography, prints, and mixed media works.

 Featured Artists
are:

Natalia Arias (Colombia)


Claudio
Bravo 
(Chile/Morocco)


Julio
Larraz 
(Cuba)


Adrian
Luchini 
(Argentina)


Lika Mutal (Netherlands, Peru)


Ruby
Rumié 
(Colombia/Chile)


Tomás Sánchez
(Cuba)


Francisca Sutil (Chile)


Manolo
Valdés
(Spain)


Sophia Vari (Greece/France)

"We intend the new
space and new programming to be exciting additions to the
cultural scene in St. Louis and and look forward to working with
art lovers here in St. Louis and beyond as well."

Gallery Grand Opening – Friday, January
18, 2013

Champagne Reception 6-9
p.m.

Exhibition continues through March
9