Artful Considerations by Robin Shively

By January 25, 2018Blog

“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 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.

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.