Browsing Tag

Nancy Newman Rice

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.

You’ll find contact information in most sections.

Nancy Newman Rice

Nicki's Central West End Guide Art & Architecture  Nancy Newman Rice Milo Duke Judith Shaw George Nikolajevich

“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.

Nicki's Central West End Guide Art & Architecture  Nancy Newman Rice Milo Duke Judith Shaw George Nikolajevich

“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

Nicki's Central West End Guide Art & Architecture  Nancy Newman Rice Milo Duke Judith Shaw George Nikolajevich

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.”

Nicki's Central West End Guide Art & Architecture  Nancy Newman Rice Milo Duke Judith Shaw George Nikolajevich  A Street in Quebec CityNicki's Central West End Guide Art & Architecture  Nancy Newman Rice Milo Duke Judith Shaw George Nikolajevich  Nikolajevich’s oil painting of Mahalia Jackson.

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.”

Nicki's Central West End Guide Art & Architecture  Nancy Newman Rice Milo Duke Judith Shaw George Nikolajevich

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.”

Nicki's Central West End Guide Art & Architecture  Nancy Newman Rice Milo Duke Judith Shaw George Nikolajevich

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

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

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

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.

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

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

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

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.

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

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.”

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

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.

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

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

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

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.

1st Friday in April: Part II: Gallery Openings

Nicki's Central West End Guide Art & Architecture Events, Sightings  Valerie Jaudon Susan Barrett projects+gallery Philip Slein Gallery Nancy Newman Rice Nancy Callan Larry Torno Photography Jennifer Shahade Irina Zaytceva Houska Gallery Horsley Arts glassblower William Cray Duane Reed Gallery Daniel Meirom Bill Christman sculptures

As mentioned in an earlier post about events on the 1st Friday in April, the neighborhood was jam-packed with residents and visitors alike who were out and about in the CWE, some to meet Chelsea Clinton at Left Bank Books and others who were drawn to the multiple gallery openings on McPherson Avenue. Some also ventured eastward off-the-familiar-path to the grand opening of Horsley Arts , 4374 Olive St., to view Bill Christman’s quirky robot sculptures, above and below, and Linda Horsley’s paintings, (one of which is shown behind Bill in photo above).

Nicki's Central West End Guide Art & Architecture Events, Sightings  Valerie Jaudon Susan Barrett projects+gallery Philip Slein Gallery Nancy Newman Rice Nancy Callan Larry Torno Photography Jennifer Shahade Irina Zaytceva Houska Gallery Horsley Arts glassblower William Cray Duane Reed Gallery Daniel Meirom Bill Christman sculptures

Nicki's Central West End Guide Art & Architecture Events, Sightings  Valerie Jaudon Susan Barrett projects+gallery Philip Slein Gallery Nancy Newman Rice Nancy Callan Larry Torno Photography Jennifer Shahade Irina Zaytceva Houska Gallery Horsley Arts glassblower William Cray Duane Reed Gallery Daniel Meirom Bill Christman sculptures

Back on McPherson an exhuberant Philip Slein is photographed with some of the many people who stopped by his gallery to see works by artists Chuck Webster and Valerie Jaudon.  One of Jaudon’s 54 x 54″ oil on canvas paintings is shown below.

Nicki's Central West End Guide Art & Architecture Events, Sightings  Valerie Jaudon Susan Barrett projects+gallery Philip Slein Gallery Nancy Newman Rice Nancy Callan Larry Torno Photography Jennifer Shahade Irina Zaytceva Houska Gallery Horsley Arts glassblower William Cray Duane Reed Gallery Daniel Meirom Bill Christman sculptures

Nicki's Central West End Guide Art & Architecture Events, Sightings  Valerie Jaudon Susan Barrett projects+gallery Philip Slein Gallery Nancy Newman Rice Nancy Callan Larry Torno Photography Jennifer Shahade Irina Zaytceva Houska Gallery Horsley Arts glassblower William Cray Duane Reed Gallery Daniel Meirom Bill Christman sculptures

projects+gallery’s current exhibition, Transparency Shade: Seeing through the Shadow, is no exception to what has become the rule at the gallery: expect the unexpected —you won’t be disappointed.  Photographed above, from left, Susan Barrett, founder of projects + gallery, chess champion & author Jennifer Shahade and filmmaker Daniel Meirom who were in town for the U. S. & Women’s Chess Championships hosted at the Chess Campus March 28 through April 10.

Nicki's Central West End Guide Art & Architecture Events, Sightings  Valerie Jaudon Susan Barrett projects+gallery Philip Slein Gallery Nancy Newman Rice Nancy Callan Larry Torno Photography Jennifer Shahade Irina Zaytceva Houska Gallery Horsley Arts glassblower William Cray Duane Reed Gallery Daniel Meirom Bill Christman sculptures

Transparency Shade features work by contemporary artists Philip Aguirre Y Otegui, Zoë Buckman, Kendell Carter, Kahlil Irving, Ayana V. Jackson, Michael Riedel, and Hank Willis Thomas, above.

Nicki's Central West End Guide Art & Architecture Events, Sightings  Valerie Jaudon Susan Barrett projects+gallery Philip Slein Gallery Nancy Newman Rice Nancy Callan Larry Torno Photography Jennifer Shahade Irina Zaytceva Houska Gallery Horsley Arts glassblower William Cray Duane Reed Gallery Daniel Meirom Bill Christman sculptures

CWEnder Nancy Newman Rice, left, greeted many friends at Duane Reed Gallery, 4729 McPherson Ave., where her latest intricate paintings, right, will remain on view until May 13.

Nicki's Central West End Guide Art & Architecture Events, Sightings  Valerie Jaudon Susan Barrett projects+gallery Philip Slein Gallery Nancy Newman Rice Nancy Callan Larry Torno Photography Jennifer Shahade Irina Zaytceva Houska Gallery Horsley Arts glassblower William Cray Duane Reed Gallery Daniel Meirom Bill Christman sculptures

Also at Duane Reed Gallery are Nancy Callan’s glass pieces, top photo, and Irina Zaytceva’s lovely hand-rolled porcelain sculptures, below. Proprietor Duane Reed said he is heading off to the Art Market in San Francisco at the end of April to show some of the artists’ work from this current exhibition.

Nicki's Central West End Guide Art & Architecture Events, Sightings  Valerie Jaudon Susan Barrett projects+gallery Philip Slein Gallery Nancy Newman Rice Nancy Callan Larry Torno Photography Jennifer Shahade Irina Zaytceva Houska Gallery Horsley Arts glassblower William Cray Duane Reed Gallery Daniel Meirom Bill Christman sculptures

A view from outside looking in at Houska Gallery, 4728 McPherson Avenue.

Nicki's Central West End Guide Art & Architecture Events, Sightings  Valerie Jaudon Susan Barrett projects+gallery Philip Slein Gallery Nancy Newman Rice Nancy Callan Larry Torno Photography Jennifer Shahade Irina Zaytceva Houska Gallery Horsley Arts glassblower William Cray Duane Reed Gallery Daniel Meirom Bill Christman sculptures

Houska Gallery is exhibiting Larry Torno’s photographs, left, and Tony Cray’s beautiful blown glass, right.

Nicki's Central West End Guide Art & Architecture Events, Sightings  Valerie Jaudon Susan Barrett projects+gallery Philip Slein Gallery Nancy Newman Rice Nancy Callan Larry Torno Photography Jennifer Shahade Irina Zaytceva Houska Gallery Horsley Arts glassblower William Cray Duane Reed Gallery Daniel Meirom Bill Christman sculptures

The sweet sounds of the Landolfi Quartet (courtesy of the CWE-North Community Improvement District) drifting in the background added to a very special evening.