Traditional Corn Husk Dolls by Jude Droesch on September 7

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Traditional Corn Husk Dolls & Fall Arrangments Crafted by Jude Droesch

September 7th    5-8 pm

Meet fiber artist Jude Droesch, our newest contributor at Corners Gallery.    Jude crafts traditional Corn Husk Dolls which are representative of the type unique to the Americas. Historians are unsure of how long First Americans have been making corn husk dolls, however they have been found among almost every corn-growing indigenous tribe across North America. Jude learned her craft from ladies in the Appalachian town of Berea, Kentucky, more than 30 years ago. Jude also uses corn husks, along with other natural dried plants and fibers, to create Fall Arrangements for the tabletop and wall.

Artful Considerations by Robin Shively – September 2018

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“Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time.”   – Thomas Merton

Congratulations and thanks to Sr. Glynis Mary McManamon, Dana Sebastian-Duncan, Kate Moore-Freeman, Stephannie Wheat and Stephanie Von Drasek for planning the ambitious and successful #ThisIsMyFerguson art exhibit!  Sr. Glynis says thanks should also go to additional artists who facilitated art-making events, including Mary Nichols, Luisa Otero-Prada, Nadia Sharif, and Alejandra Velasco. It was quite a communal effort, with involvement and support from Art at the Farmers Market (Northern Arts Council), Artmart, City of Ferguson, Corners Frameshop & Gallery, Drake’s Place Restaurant, Ferguson Graphics, Ferguson Library Staff and FLIERS, Ferguson Times, Living Tree Care Inc., PROUD, Sisters of the Good Shepherd, and Vincenzo’s Italian Ristorante.  Additionally, financial support was provided by Missouri Humanities Council, PAKT, I Love Ferguson Fund and Northern Arts Council.  I thoroughly enjoyed the art displayed at all four hosting venues; Ferguson Community Empowerment Center, Ferguson Municipal Public Library, St. Peter’s United Church of Christ and Good Shepherd Arts Center.  I hope you also took advantage of the opportunity to see the works of all these local artists within our community.

Art events scheduled this coming month include:

Sept. 7th, 5-8pm:   Corners Frameshop & Gallery, 245 S. Florissant, hosts a reception for fiber artist Jude Droesch.  Jude crafts traditional Corn Husk Dolls which are representative of the type unique to the Americas. Historians are unsure of how long First Americans have been making corn husk dolls, however they have been found among almost every corn-growing indigenous tribe across North America.  Jude learned her craft from ladies in the Appalachian town of Berea, Kentucky, more than 30 years ago.

Sept. 7th, 6-9pm:  Ferguson Youth Initiative (FYI), 110 Church Street, invites teens aged 13-19 to “learn how to write a 16” when FYI welcomes State Representative Bruce Franks as a special guest for SLAM.  He will lead a class on writing a rap verse.

Sept. 11th & 25th, 9-11am:  Ferguson Farmers Market, Plaza@501 S. Florissant, Local artists sponsored by the Northern Arts Council (NAC) provide demonstrations, art-making and creative experiences for all ages.

Sept. 27th, 6-8pm:  Good Shepherd Arts Center (GSAC), 252 S. Florissant, hosts an opening reception for “Children of Abraham for Peace and Justice,” in which Islamic, Jewish and Christian artists will display work on the theme of peace and justice.  The show will run through October 20th.

GSAC also has scheduled the following Friday evening activities which begin at 7 pm. These are free events.  However, donations to support the non-profit arts center are always welcome.  Additional info; 314-522-1155.

September 7th: Book Making: Accordion Book

September 14th: Adult Coloring

September 21st: Simple Pencil Drawing: basic shapes and shading

September 28th: Mini Collages

Please send info about Ferguson art events to be included in this column to cornersframing@gmail.com.

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Gallery Night & Exhibition Closing Reception August 3

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Jeff Arnold, a longtime Ferguson resident, is an art teacher in Jennings and known for his murals at Woodland Elementary, as well as his work in several North County churches.  “Small Wonders” is a  sampling of his work as an illustrator/designer and capture the delight of childlike storytelling, whimsy, and the peculiar. Many images began as bookmarks or sketches and were transformed into jewel-like little watercolors – some from years ago and others from this past week.  Come for a final viewing of this exhibit before it is taken down tomorrow!

It is hard to believe that August has arrived!  Since the “Small Wonders” exhibit opened on June 15th & we didn’t have a “First Friday” event last month, Corners Frameshop & Gallery will be open this Friday for a final viewing of Jeff Arnold’s miniature illustrations and watercolors. Jeff Arnold, a longtime Ferguson resident, is an art teacher in Jennings and known for his murals at Woodland Elementary, as well as his work in several North County churches.  “Small Wonders” is a  sampling of his work as an illustrator/designer, capturing the delight of childlike storytelling, whimsy, and the peculiar. Many images began as bookmarks or sketches and were transformed into jewel-like little watercolors – some from years ago and others from this past week.  Come for a final viewing of this exhibit before it is taken down Saturday.

You will also be able to see some new pieces by our other local artists, including beautiful glass garden totems by Mona Murphy!  Regular customers will recognize Mona and Denise Lombardozzi-Field as the creative partners known as Sorelli Amici.  They’ve also collaborated on two new decorative window pane projects that can be seen at the gallery, along with Denise’s popular wire designs.

Gallery Night is this Friday, August 3rd, from 5:00 pm till 8:00 pm.  You are invited to pop in for a quick look or spend the evening with us, enjoying refreshments and artful conversation!