"Art St Louis XXVIII, The Exhibition"

Seven of the 67 regional artists in this show are from mid-county.

"Art St Louis XXVIII, The Exhibition" opened October 29th and closes December 30th.

This past Saturday, "Awards of Excellence", went to five artists. Two sculptures, two oils, and a charcoal, pencil on paper drawing won. The latter, "Self-Portrait, Spring 2012", is by University City, MO, artist, Marjorie Williamson. The haunting, introspective facial close-up is like the slow, swirling back eddy of a quickly flowing river: many experiences have etched themselves into this face, yet there is room for more.

Other artists in the exhibit from mid-county include Addoley Dzegede (University City, MO), Cynthia Puricelli (Clayton, MO), Davey Rocco (Brentwood, MO), and three artists from Richmond Heights, MO: Lana Gloschat, Robert Schleicher, and Andrea Vadner.

Addoley Dzegede's, "The Ships that Shaped, 2011", is one of the most powerful anti-slavery works of art that this blogger has viewed during this sesquicentennial of the Civil War.

The other works by our locals are well worth viewing and Robert Schleicher's, "Dog on Banana, 2011", offers up a big dose of humour to an otherwise very serious and competitive exhibit.

Other award winners are oils are by Dominic Finocchio, "A Signal Given, 2012", and Jo Jasper Dean, "Bryce Tree Expressions, 2012". Ms Dean's use of colors, especially the vermilion trunk of the tree, screams out for your attention. (Kathy Gomric's, "Forest Peepers, 2012", hung nearby is a stark contrast in black of a graphite on paper towering tree festooned with eyes).

The award winners in sculpture are by M.J. Goerke,"Dreams, Illusions, Possibilities, 2012", a collages and found object dream book, and by Jason Ackman, "Except for This, 2010". Mr Ackman's trolley cart (think Union Station, circa 1920) and suitcases were made from reclaimed lumber and thinly painted with white latex. The suitcases are piled on the cart with the top, smallest one being open and exposing a white ceramic heart on a white satin pillow.

The viewer injects his or her own meaning into the piece; conversations by bystanders about its meaning included love, loss, travel, and memory.

The 67 regional artists in the show come from within a 200-mile radius of The Lou. Their works were juried by Richard V. West, Director Emeritus of the Frye Museum in Seattle, WA.

Gallery hours at Art St Louis are Mon-Sat, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. "Meet the Artist" Saturdays are scheduled for November 17 and December 1, 8, and 15 at 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Catch this show as it rounds out an exciting year, 2012, for the arts in St Louis!

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