Holiday Shopping at Corners on December 7

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Corners Frameshop & Gallery Holiday Shopping Event & Anniversary Celebration

December 7th
5-8 pm

Join us for Holiday shopping and the postponed celebration of our 5th anniversary of opening Corners Frameshop & Gallery in Ferguson’s downtown Citywalk!  We are having a special ½ price sale on all photo frames & tabletop easels, along with a selection of framed art pieces.  Some of our favorite local artists will be here, and of course, there will be cake!

Artful Considerations by Robin Shively for December 2018

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“Art is either revolution or plagiarism.”  – Paul Gauguin

Sculptureworks Ferguson, 830 S. Florissant, will host a “Year in Review Exhibition” for Paul Artspace, which is a contemporary art residency program located in the Florissant area on December 1st, from 7:00 till 9:00 p.m.  The exhibit will show artwork from and celebrate, the artists who stayed at the North County Artist Residency, Paul Artspace in the last calendar year.  As a part of the Paul Artspace exhibit, there is also a closing reception at Gallery 210 at UMSL earlier that evening.

The 2016-2018 Exhibit at Jeske Sculpture Park was a great success!  Artists are coming to collect their artworks and sites are being prepared for the 2018-2020 show, the majority of which is coming to us on loan from Six-Mile Sculptureworks in Granite City, Illinois. This is a unique opportunity for Jeske Sculpture Park to build and strengthen regional partnerships with another local art organization. Bryce Robinson, curator for Jeske Sculpture Park, thinks the Ferguson community will appreciate and enjoy these artworks.

There is also a new Dog Log at Jeske Park, thanks to Phil Berwick’s collaboration with Nick Richie.  Nick’s canine character “Bruno” invites neighbors to stop by and write something about themselves, their dog or their town.  Even mentions of cats are allowed!

Good Shepherd Arts Center, 252 S. Florissant, has a current exhibit which runs through December 15th. “Those Who Teach Can Too (2)”, features works of dedicated educators from North County Schools that teach art out of their own love for it.  Their art ranges from traditional painting to whimsical drawing to glass and more.  Participating artists and the schools in which they teach include:

Jeffrey Arnold, Woodland/Hanrahan Elementary in the Jennings School District

Tony Bodnar, Trinity Catholic High School

David Goodman, Vogt Elementary in the Ferguson-Florissant School District

Veronica Ross-Mickan, Hazelwood West High School

Almost Picasso, 18 Church Street, has their 3rd annual “Sock It To The Homeless” painting event on December 1st.  Participants are asked to bring a package of new socks to be donated to area homeless and create a painting to take home for only $15.  Register at www.almostpicasso.com.

Corners Frameshop & Gallery, 245 S. Florissant, hosts its monthly First Friday Local Artists event along with its postponed 5-year Anniversary Celebration on December 7th, from 5:00 till 8:00 p.m.

Call for Artists!  The Ferguson Municipal Public Library seeks local artists to highlight during their monthly event known as “Created In Ferguson”.  If you would like to be featured, please contact Rachelle Brandel at the Ferguson Library (314-521-4820) or email rbrandel@fergusonlibrary.net.

If you are an artist or art venue in or around Ferguson, send information about your events for inclusion in this column to cornersframing@gmail.com.

November 2018 Events

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November begins soon with several planned activities and events here at Corners Frameshop & Gallery!  This Friday evening, November 2nd, from 5:00 till 8:00, join us as we celebrate the fifth anniversary of opening Corners Frameshop & Gallery in Ferguson’s downtown Citywalk!  It is also the beginning of the Holiday shopping season, so our local artists will have Christmas cards and holiday-themed décor and gifts available for purchase. And of course, there will be cake!

Saturday, November 24th, is Shop Small Saturday.  On this day, people are encouraged to support the small, independent, and locally owned businesses in their communities.  We will kick off the day 9:30 a.m. at Plaza 501 in the Ferguson downtown business district.  Come to pick up some free goodies and take advantage of special offers from our local businesses.  Watch the Ferguson Citywalk facebook page for details and updates.

The following day, November 25th, is our Northern Lights Festival with a lighted parade, tree lighting, Christmas market, and carriage rides presented in our downtown by the business members of the Ferguson Special Business District.

Tonight is Halloween, so have fun & keep those kiddies safe.  I hope to see you this Friday!

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!

Opening Reception for Small Wonders by Jeff Arnold on June 15

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Join us at Corners Frameshop on Friday, June 15 from 5-8pm for the opening reception of Small Wonders by Jeff Arnold.

Jeff Arnold, a longtime Ferguson resident, is an art teacher in Jennings and known for his murals at Woodland Elementary. His work also appears in several North County churches: Blessed Teresa of Calcutta, Chapel of the Cross Lutheran, Atonement Lutheran School, and Immanuel Chapel. “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.

Artful Considerations by Robin Shively – June 2018

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“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.

Community Art Event & Reception – May 4, 5-8pm

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Participate in Two Community Art Projects!

Learn to Make Kanzashi Flowers

Share you sentiments in a collaborative art piece for #ThisIsMyFerguson Exhibit

Shop and enjoy Cinco de Mayo themed refreshments.

Remember the grass roots “Ribbons of Hope” art project from 2014? At this month’s First Friday art Event, Katherine Moore-Freeman of the Northern Arts Council will guide participants in the creation of a community art project by showing us how to make kanzashi flowers with the Ribbons. The completed pieces will be on display this summer at the Metro North Transit Center. During the evening, members of the community are also invited to participate in a collaborative project to be submitted as an entry in #ThisIsMyFerguson, a special art exhibit planned for August. Come to Corners Frameshop & Gallery tomorrow, May 4th, from 5 till 8 pm. We will create, shop, enjoy artful conversation, and nosh on Cinco de Mayo themed refreshments! Hope to see you tomorrow evening!

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