Artful Considerations by Robin Shively – June 2018

By May 24, 2018Blog

“When you lose the child in you, you lose the ability to value the small wonders of life.”

– unknown

“Triad Inspiration” opens Friday, June 1st at Good Shepherd Arts Center, 252 South Florissant Rd.  Three Colombian artists have collaborated to share their artwork.  The show will open with a reception from 6 – 9 p.m.  Art of Alejandra Velasco, Luisa Otero Prada and Oscar Agudelo will be on display through Saturday, June 23.

“Small Wonders” opens on Friday, June 15th at Corners Frameshop & Gallery, 425 South Florissant Rd., with an artist’s reception from 5 till 8 p.m.  Jeff Arnold is a local artist and longtime Ferguson resident. Yet, you probably won’t have seen his work in a gallery much before this. He’s an art teacher in Jennings and is known for his murals at Woodland Elementary.  You may also have seen his work in local churches: Blessed Teresa of Calcutta, Chapel of the Cross Lutheran, Atonement Lutheran School, and Immanuel Chapel, all in North County.  However, this show, appropriately titled “Small Wonders”, is a sampling of his work as an illustrator/designer. Some pieces, just inches across, 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.  The exhibit continues through the end of July.

“Tested by Fire” by Glynis Mary McManamon is the current exhibit at the Metro North Transit Center on Pershall Rd.  Glynis is fascinated Byzantine Iconography.  Her focus is the creation of sacred art featuring women and diverse ethnic groups. “Tested by Fire” juxtaposes martyred women saints of the past with women martyrs of the modern world.  Each piece is acrylic and gold leaf on Innerglow Painting Panel.  The exhibit will be on display through the end of June.  You can see more of her work by visiting Good Shepherd Arts Center.  Glynis Mary McManamon grew up in Cleveland, Ohio, a town with very rich Eastern European ethnicity and has been a member of the Sisters of the Good Shepherd since 1976.

Preparations continue for August’s “#ThisIsMyFerguson” exhibit.  Corners Frameshop & Gallery invites all members of the community to stop in any time during business hours to decorate a little blackboard which will be combined with others to create a single collaborative artwork.  Corners will supply paint pens and a mini chalkboard on which participants may write words that evoke cherished memories, affirm one’s present values, or portray visions for the future. Corners’ regular business hours are Tuesdays through Fridays from 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. and Saturdays from 10:00 a.m. -2:00 p.m.

Scheduled events at Good Shepherd Arts Center during June include:

  • Drop-In Artmaking:  Stop by on Saturday, June 2, 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. and Friday, June 8, 2:00 – 8:00 p.m. at GSAC, 252 S. Florissant Road, to write your hopes, dreams, wishes for Ferguson on origami paper, a “post card” or the page of a book.  You can also make mini-collages for the #ThisIsMyFerguson Exhibit.
  • Friday, June 15:  A Spanish-speaking session of artmaking for #ThisIsmyFerguson will take place at 7:00 p.m. at GSAC.
  • Friday, June 22: Stefannie Wheat will conduct a writing workshop for #ThisIsMyFerguson, 7:00 p.m.

These activities are planned with adults in mind.  Accompanied children are welcome.  All activities are free – and donations are always appreciated.

We know there are artists here in Ferguson: please contact GSAC at 314-522-1155 or stop in during business hours (Wednesdays, Thursdays 10 – 5; Fridays, 2 – 8; Saturdays, 11 – 5).  We would like to see some original takes on your personal experience of Ferguson as a stakeholder and a creative.  We are inviting a response to the themes: what we treasure from the past, value in the present, or passionately desire for the future of Ferguson.