Artful Considerations by Robin Shively – April 2018

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In last month’s column, I started to explore the outdoor sculptures along South Florissant Road. A favorite of mine has always been the sculpture installed near the entrance to the Ferguson Library. It portrays a little boy sitting cross-legged in front of a stack of books. The boy appears to be wondrously engrossed by the world emerging from the open book before him. That sculpture, aptly entitled “The World Within”, was created by William N. Duncan and I have been told that the model for the little boy was his grandson. Bill Duncan, a self-taught artist and longtime Ferguson resident, recently passed away at the age of 89. I never had the pleasure of meeting Mr. Duncan, but his whimsical sculptures always brought a smile whenever I passed his home at the corner of Elizabeth and Darst. His yard was an enchanted garden inhabited by delightful creations. There was a whale’s tail, chipmunks, a hippopotamus head, a sea serpent half-submerged in the lawn, and a boy frolicked with his dog alongside the “Doubtful Dragon”. Adding to this viewer’s amusement, the creatures often wore Santa caps with beards at Christmas time and held flags while sporting red, white & blue hats for the 4th of July! Bill Duncan and his art brought smiles to many and he will be sorely missed by many in the Ferguson community.

Upcoming art events in Ferguson during the month of April include:

Corners Frameshop & Gallery focuses on the literary arts during its First Friday event by hosting a reception for three local authors on April 6th. Children’s author Dee Livers and Ferguson’s own Braxton DeGarmo will be joined by “60 Days” author Piper Punches. All authors will be on hand to discuss and sign copies of their books between 5:00 and 8:00p.m. Ms. Punches will also talk about a creative workshop planned for a later date.

Also on April 6th, members of the community are invited to Corners to participate in a collaborative project to be submitted as an entry in #ThisIsMyFerguson, a special art exhibit planned for August. Contributors do not need any drawing or painting expertise. This project focuses on the power of single words to convey what we value about Ferguson, words that; evoke cherished memories, affirm one’s present values, or portray visions for the future.

Preparations for #ThisIsMyFerguson continue.  Follow developments on the event’s Facebook page, #ThisIsMyFerguson. Participation from community members is encouraged. Volunteers are needed in the following capacities; artists to help encourage Fergusonians to make art, teams for the installation of the show during the week prior to August 4, and hostesses/hosts for the receptions that will take place simultaneously at the various venues on August 4. The show’s committee also seeks ideas for making this event a success.

Good Shepherd Arts Center’s April exhibit will be “The Art of Healing: Hope, Dignity and Respect,” featuring Queen of Peace Center, Adolescent Resource Center, community, clients, partners and staff.”  The exhibit will open on Friday, April 6, with a reception from 6:00– 9:00 p.m. This is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served. “The Art of Healing” will run through Saturday, April 28.

Other activities scheduled at GSAC include: Friday, April 13, Grown-up Coloring Party;
Friday, April 20, Visio Divina; Friday, April 27, 7:00 p.m., “Mahila: A Woman’s Movement Rising” film and discussion.

For inclusion in this column, please send information about Ferguson artists and art events to

Gallery Night Tonight!!

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February was too short and March has snuck up on me! That means that tonight is First Friday Gallery Night! I’s also fish fry night. So stop by either before or after dinner, between 5:00 and 8:00, to visit and see what’s new in the gallery. Gallery Night is always good for interesting conversation, light snacking and relaxed shopping. Maybe the weather will even be nice enough to leave the door open!

Come check out some new art and gifts that have arrived this past month! Some new arrivals include garden botanical watercolors by Dee Livers and new foliage art cards by Cindy O’Hare of Bee in the Bucket (including some cute little critters like the bunny above). We also just unpacked some glowblocks by Suzanne Perry with designs new to the gallery.

Enjoy the upcoming weekend. I hope to see you Friday evening!

Artful Considerations by Robin Shively – March, 2018

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The ability to make somebody feel something: that’s art. However you look at it, whether you’re an author, a painter, a singer, a rapper, a spoken-word artist – art. -Wale

Last month in this column, the announcement was made about the effort to organize a special art exhibit entitled “#ThisIsMyFerguson”. As a kick-off to the planned exhibit, Good Shepherd Arts Center is holding an “Artstorming” which is brainstorming with art materials and ideas. The event, to be held on Friday, March 2, from 7:00 till 9:00 p.m., will include hands-on art activities to help generate ideas for participating in the show. More detailed information about the #ThisIsMyFerguson exhibit, including entering artwork, the receptions, etc. will be shared and you will be welcome to offer your own suggestions. The planning committee includes Dana Sebastian-Duncan and Katherine Moore-Freeman of the Northern Arts Council, Stefannie Wheat and Stephanie Von Drasek. You will find information on the Facebook page “This Is My Ferguson” and also on the Good Shepherd Arts Center webpage: GSAC will be looking for volunteers to help with installations in 3-4 locations, assistance with receptions scheduled on Saturday, August 4, and other tasks associated with setting up, maintaining and taking down the exhibit.

The opening reception for “Iconic Women: Women You Should Know by Women Artists”, featuring works by: Lisa Carswell, Laura Kaiser, Glynis Mary McManamon, Katherine Moore-Freeman, and Mary Nichols, will be held on Saturday, March 3, 4:00 – 6:00 p.m. at Good Shepherd Arts Center, 252 S. Florissant Rd. The show will run through March 24.

The following events held at Good Shepherd Arts Center are free. Accompanied children are welcome and donations are always appreciated.

  • Music for a Lenten Evening, Gary Lang and St. Peter’s (Kirkwood) Acts Musicians: Friday, March 9, 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.
  • Grown-up Coloring: Friday, March 16, 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.
  • Visio Divina: Friday, March 23, 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. Visio Divina is a process of meditating with imagery. The images can be fine art, photography, or any other kind of visual image. These images need not be religious in theme.

The Citywalk column in the front of this newspaper mentions the exciting news about Ferguson Special Business District collaborating with Missouri Main Street Connection, which has resources to assist with our downtown revitalization efforts. Many successful Main Street commercial districts have included an emphasis on promoting and supporting art and cultural programs. Since there are already sculptures and examples of outdoor art in Citywalk, it was suggested that transforming the area into a “Sculpturewalk” may be an asset. A recent meeting was held to explore that idea. In attendance were Dana Duncan of Northern Arts Council, Glynis McManamon of Good Shepherd Arts Center, Robin Shively of Corners Frameshop & Gallery and F.S.B.D., and F.S.B.D. Events Coordinator Marveena Miller. This is in the very early stages of planning. If you are interested in becoming involved and have some expertise in the area of sculpture, outdoor art, or writing art grant proposals, my contact information is at the end of this article.

Two of the sculptures already in place were installed by developer and business owner Mike palmer in front of two of his buildings on Citywalk. “Primary Lines” by Ferguson native Bryce Robinson is installed outside of Montrey’s Cigar Lounge at 401 S. Florissant Rd. Just a short stroll south is “Emergent Behavior”, also sculpted by Robinson, sits in front of the loft building with Papa John’s and Om Turtle Yoga at 419 S. Florissant Rd.

Ferguson area artists and art venues are encouraged to send information about their events to for inclusion in future Artful Considerations columns.

Gallery Night Reception with Cindy O’Hare Friday, Feb 2

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“Lorelei” by Cindy O’Hare

Corners Frameshop & Gallery is hosting foliage artist Cindy O’Hare at a gallery night reception on Friday, February 2nd, from 5 till 8 p.m. Cindy’s portraits and designs are created entirely of sticks, flowers, and ‘other earthly odds n’ ends”. After snapping a photo, she sends the foliage back to nature, then uses the images for her “Bee in the Bucket” cards and prints.

Cindy O’Hare

I’ve forever been a gatherer of Mother Nature’s treasures. I’ve always had sticks, leaves and rocks in my coat pockets! What started out as a simple art project with my granddaughter, Bee has turned into something unexpected and exciting for me. Follow me in my journey as I discover the images hidden in our surroundings.

Artful Considerations by Robin Shively

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“It is the supreme art of the teacher to awaken joy in creative expression and knowledge.”  – Albert Einstein

Consider the quote above when viewing Good Shepherd Gallery’s “The Work of Our Hands” exhibit which features the art of students from these north county Catholic elementary schools: Blessed Teresa of Calcutta, Christ Light of the Nations, Sacred Heart, St. Ferdinand, St. Norbert and St. Rose Philippine Duchesne.  The exhibit, being curated by Sarah Bogaski, an art teacher from Sacred Heart Elementary School in Florissant, will open Saturday, February 3, with a reception from 4-6 p.m.  It will run through Saturday, February 24.

Other February art activities at Good Shepherd Gallery include:

  • Friday, February 2, 7 p.m.: Visio Divina – a form of meditation that uses imagery, including fine art, to gain spiritual awareness and insights.  Free, donations welcome.
  • Friday, February 9, 7 p.m.: Sober Paint – a paint party especially friendly to 12 step program participants.  Please reserve a seat by calling 314-522-1155 or emailing Paint parties can cost from $45 – $ 75.  A donation in support of the Gallery is requested according to your means.
  • Friday, February 15, 7 p.m.: Grown-up Coloring.  Pages and art supplies provided, or bring your own.  Free, donations welcome.
  • Friday, February 22, 7 p.m.: Mandalas are circular images appearing in many different religious traditions as a means of centering, i.e., entering a meditative state.  An introduction of the subject and basic instruction will be provided.  No artistic ability is required.  Promise!  If you doodle, you will be more than ready to do this.  Free, donations welcome.

“Vickie” by Cidy O’Hare

Corners Frameshop & Gallery is hosting foliage artist Cindy O’Hare at a gallery night reception on Friday, February 2nd, from 5 till 8 p.m.  Cindy’s portraits and designs are created entirely of sticks, flowers, and ‘other earthly odds n’ ends”.  After snapping a photo, she sends the foliage back to nature, then uses the images for her “Bee in the Bucket” cards and prints.

by Nancy Schroeder

Recently installed at Metro’s North County Transit Center are two large paintings by U.S. Navy veteran and Ferguson resident Nancy Schroeder.  “Magnolias in Fibonacci” and “Turmeric Blossom” are from her “Still Life Fully Exposed” collection.  Fascinated by the structure of flowers and the effects that light has through them, she explored both their color and delicate form on the outside, as well as their strong inner structure.  She used a technique of superimposing layers of color to illustrate the movement of light through the structure of single blossoms.  Nancy’s work will be on exhibit through the end of March.  The North County Transit Center on Pershall Road features quarterly exhibits by North County artists and is curated by David Allen of Arts in Transit and Robin Shively of Corners Frameshop & Gallery.

Stephanie Von Drasek, Stefannie Wheat, Kate Freeman, Dana Sebastian-Duncan and Glynis Mary McManamon have formed a committee to organize a special art exhibit: “#ThisIsMyFerguson” to run from Saturday, August 4, 2018 – Saturday, August 28, 2018. Art will be shown at Good Shepherd Gallery and the Ferguson Municipal Library, with additional venues being considered within Ferguson.  All Ferguson residents and business owners, of all ages, are welcome to participate.  Non-residents may participate for $10 ($5 for non-resident children).

The theme is meant to inspire work that speaks to these questions:

  • What do you value about Ferguson?
  • Do you cherish a memory from a distant or recent past?
  • Is there something in the present moment that you want to affirm?
  • Are you passionate about a vision you have for what Ferguson might become in the future?

Digital entries will be accepted from March 15-June 15.  People who do not have the ability to get/send digitals can come to Good Shepherd Gallery for assistance.  All entries are to be emailed to  The committee is also exploring ways to include spoken word and music, at least at the reception.  Watch this space for further developments.

Ferguson area artists and art venues are encouraged to send information about their events to for inclusion in future Artful Considerations columns.

Grand Opening Reception – Sept. 15

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Please help us celebrate our new location at our Grand Opening Reception on Friday, September 15 from 5:00-8:00pm!

Come and see our new location! We have a larger workshop area for building custom picture frames and a bigger gallery space to display and sell art and gifts created by local artists! You are welcome to enter through either the front or back door. Not only do we have 2 doors now, both doors are accessible, so walk or roll on in! Some of our local artists will be inattendance. Refreshments will be served.



An Irish Toast…

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May you have the hindsight to know where you’ve been,
The foresight to know where you are going,
And the insight to know when you have gone too far.
– Irish Toast

Pictured is a hand-tinted photograph by Linda M. Saunchegraw. View this and other images from her “Scenes of Ireland” collection in Corners Gallery.