Artful Considerations by Robin Shively – September 2018

By August 26, 2018Blog

“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

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