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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.

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

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.

The latest offerings in neighborhood galleries

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St. Louisan Vaughn Davis, far right, a senior at Webster University Leigh Gerdine College of Fine Arts has done what few art students could ever imagine, that is, to have a major gallery exhibition while still an undergraduate. Davis’s talent, shown in his Freestyle pieces above and below, drew the attention of Jim Schmidt, coordinator of exhibitions at Philip Slein Gallery. As Schmidt remarked in a recent interview on St. Louis Public Radio, “This gallery very rarely shows younger people, student artists, but the work hit me so strongly.”

“I walk past these galleries on the strip here (in the Central West End),” Davis said, “and I’ve always wanted to see myself in a gallery like this. When I got a call from Jim saying he wanted to put me into a show, I was over the moon about it.” Read the full interview on the St. Louis Public Radio website here.

Photographed with Davis at the October 21st opening are from left, Marcus Stabenow and Alyssa Knowling (a recent graduate of Webster’s art program), co-founders of CWE-based Visitor Assembly.

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Photo courtesy of Philip Slein Gallery

The artist takes his inspiration from art history and African textiles using torn and painted canvas as his medium.

Freestyle closes this Friday, November 19, at Philip Slein Gallery, 4735 McPherson Avenue.

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I’ve come to expect the unusual when attending an opening at Duane Reed GallerySecond Wind, above, the work of artists Jenny Pohlman and Sabrina Knowles, and Lindsay Pichaske’s sculptures, shown below, bear that expectation out.

It took 3 years of experimentation for Pohlman and Knowles to create the work you see above, and the exhibition at Duane Reed is the first time it’s been shown to the public. The artists used their portraits of Himba women whom they had met in 2008 in northern Nambia (Africa) as the basis for their art.  The pieces are made with an “almost traditional screen-printing process that uses glass enamels as ink and then is fired onto flat glass. A single piece of art may include photography, printmaking, up to 7 hot and cold glass techniques, steel fabrication and occasionally adornment, such as the bead work you see above.

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Lindsay Pichaske, above, is shown with her arrestingly life-like animal forms created out of low-fire ceramics, acrylic paint, and steel.

Nicki's Central West End Guide Art & Architecture Events, Sightings Shop News  Visitor Assembly Vaughn Davis The Vino Gallery St. Louis Public Radio Philip Slein Gallery Lindsay Pichaske Kate Walter Jenny Pohlman and Sabrina Knowles JB Nearsy Houska Gallery explorestlouis/centralwestend Duane Reed Gallery Alicia La Chance

I was especially taken with the layers of ceramic and the human hands Pichaske sculpted on both mother and child, above left, and the strikingly human face on Coco, above right.

Duane Reed Gallery, 4729 McPherson Avenue. (more…)