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.