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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Artful Considerations by Robin Shively – May 2018

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“Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much.” – Helen Keller.

There are several opportunities to come together in our community and create art as preparations continue for August’s #ThisIsMyFerguson exhibit. Citizens of Ferguson, there are opportunities to express yourselves!

Corners Frameshop & Gallery, 425 S. Florissant Road, 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 to be entered in the #ThisIsMyFerguson exhibit. Contributors do not need any drawing or painting expertise. This project focuses on the power of single words or phrases to convey what we value about Ferguson. 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.

Good Shepherd Arts Center, 252 S. Florissant Road, will host the following artmaking sessions on Friday evenings, beginning at 7 p.m. Projects will be components of larger works to be exhibited in #ThisIsMyFerguson. Come, collaborate creatively!

  • May 4: Origami Peace Cranes – in harmony with the Japanese tradition of folding 1000 cranes to get your wish, write a wish for Ferguson’s future on the paper, fold a crane with guidance from Nadia Sharif, and we’ll take it from there.
  • May 11: Art books with Mary Nichols.
  • May 18: Kate Moore-Freeman will be on hand to oversee a project.
  • May 25: Glynis McManamon will guide the creation of components for a large-scale collage.

Good Shepherd Arts Center also hosts an upcoming exhibit of the third annual invitational for religious and priests of the St. Louis Archdiocese. Entitled “Flow: Like Spring Rains that Water the Earth,” the opening reception will be on Sunday, May 6 from 2:00 p.m. The shows runs through May 26th.

Remember the grass roots “Ribbons of Hope” art project from 2014? Ribbons of HOPE for Ferguson was a partnership of the Adolescent Resource Center (a program of Queen of Peace Center), the Northern Arts Council, Ferguson Youth Initiative, Provident Counseling and the Missouri Art Therapy Association. It invited people from Ferguson (and beyond) to look toward the future in a creative project and process by writing on a ribbon with a permanent marker their hopes and wishes for Ferguson’s and their own community’s future, on a ribbon with a permanent marker in a positive, creative, productive, prayerful, and/or wishful kind of way. The “Ribbons of HOPE for Ferguson” community arts project were created at various sites throughout the community, beginning at the Ferguson Farmers Market. Local youth with the Ferguson Youth Initiative and the Ferguson Community Service Program were instrumental in creating, gathering and displaying ribbons. While stringing and displaying ribbons, youth and volunteers gathered ribbons with messages by passers-by at sites along West Florissant Avenue and South Florissant Road. As news about the project spread, other communities and groups, including Missouri art therapists, created ribbons and sent to express their support. Ribbons also arrived from Ohio, Wisconsin, Texas, Florida and New York, among other places.

  • May 4, 5-8 pm: Ribbons of Hope Weaving. Kate Moore-Freeman of the Northern Arts Council will guide participants in the creation of a community art project by weaving the Ribbons of Hope at Corners Frameshop & Gallery. The completed pieces will be on display this summer at the Metro North Transit Center.

For inclusion in this column, please send info about Ferguson artists and art events to cornersframing@gmail.com.

Meet the Authors on April 5

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Corners Frameshop & Gallery focuses on the literary arts during its first Friday event in April by hosting a reception for three local authors. Children’s author Dee Livers and Ferguson’s own Braxton DeGarmo will be joined by “60 Days” author Piper Punches. All authors will be on hand to discuss and sign copies of their books. Ms. Punches will also talk about a creative workshop planned for a later date.

During the evening, members of the community are invited to participate in a collaborative project to be submitted as an entry in #ThisIsMyFerguson, a special art exhibit planned for August. Contributors do not need any drawing or painting expertise. This project focuses on the power of single words to convey what we value about Ferguson, words that; evoke cherished memories, affirm one’s present values, or portray visions for the future.

Tell us you’re interested in this event on Facebook!

Artful Considerations by Robin Shively – April 2018

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In last month’s column, I started to explore the outdoor sculptures along South Florissant Road. A favorite of mine has always been the sculpture installed near the entrance to the Ferguson Library. It portrays a little boy sitting cross-legged in front of a stack of books. The boy appears to be wondrously engrossed by the world emerging from the open book before him. That sculpture, aptly entitled “The World Within”, was created by William N. Duncan and I have been told that the model for the little boy was his grandson. Bill Duncan, a self-taught artist and longtime Ferguson resident, recently passed away at the age of 89. I never had the pleasure of meeting Mr. Duncan, but his whimsical sculptures always brought a smile whenever I passed his home at the corner of Elizabeth and Darst. His yard was an enchanted garden inhabited by delightful creations. There was a whale’s tail, chipmunks, a hippopotamus head, a sea serpent half-submerged in the lawn, and a boy frolicked with his dog alongside the “Doubtful Dragon”. Adding to this viewer’s amusement, the creatures often wore Santa caps with beards at Christmas time and held flags while sporting red, white & blue hats for the 4th of July! Bill Duncan and his art brought smiles to many and he will be sorely missed by many in the Ferguson community.

Upcoming art events in Ferguson during the month of April include:

Corners Frameshop & Gallery focuses on the literary arts during its First Friday event by hosting a reception for three local authors on April 6th. Children’s author Dee Livers and Ferguson’s own Braxton DeGarmo will be joined by “60 Days” author Piper Punches. All authors will be on hand to discuss and sign copies of their books between 5:00 and 8:00p.m. Ms. Punches will also talk about a creative workshop planned for a later date.

Also on April 6th, members of the community are invited to Corners to participate in a collaborative project to be submitted as an entry in #ThisIsMyFerguson, a special art exhibit planned for August. Contributors do not need any drawing or painting expertise. This project focuses on the power of single words to convey what we value about Ferguson, words that; evoke cherished memories, affirm one’s present values, or portray visions for the future.

Preparations for #ThisIsMyFerguson continue.  Follow developments on the event’s Facebook page, #ThisIsMyFerguson. Participation from community members is encouraged. Volunteers are needed in the following capacities; artists to help encourage Fergusonians to make art, teams for the installation of the show during the week prior to August 4, and hostesses/hosts for the receptions that will take place simultaneously at the various venues on August 4. The show’s committee also seeks ideas for making this event a success.

Good Shepherd Arts Center’s April exhibit will be “The Art of Healing: Hope, Dignity and Respect,” featuring Queen of Peace Center, Adolescent Resource Center, community, clients, partners and staff.”  The exhibit will open on Friday, April 6, with a reception from 6:00– 9:00 p.m. This is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served. “The Art of Healing” will run through Saturday, April 28.

Other activities scheduled at GSAC include: Friday, April 13, Grown-up Coloring Party;
Friday, April 20, Visio Divina; Friday, April 27, 7:00 p.m., “Mahila: A Woman’s Movement Rising” film and discussion.

For inclusion in this column, please send information about Ferguson artists and art events to cornersframing@gmail.com.

Gallery Night Tonight!!

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February was too short and March has snuck up on me! That means that tonight is First Friday Gallery Night! I know..it’s also fish fry night. So stop by either before or after dinner, between 5:00 and 8:00, to visit and see what’s new in the gallery. Gallery Night is always good for interesting conversation, light snacking and relaxed shopping. Maybe the weather will even be nice enough to leave the door open!

Come check out some new art and gifts that have arrived this past month! Some new arrivals include garden botanical watercolors by Dee Livers and new foliage art cards by Cindy O’Hare of Bee in the Bucket (including some cute little critters like the bunny above). We also just unpacked some glowblocks by Suzanne Perry with designs new to the gallery.

Enjoy the upcoming weekend. I hope to see you Friday evening!

Artful Considerations by Robin Shively – March, 2018

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The ability to make somebody feel something: that’s art. However you look at it, whether you’re an author, a painter, a singer, a rapper, a spoken-word artist – art. -Wale

Last month in this column, the announcement was made about the effort to organize a special art exhibit entitled “#ThisIsMyFerguson”. As a kick-off to the planned exhibit, Good Shepherd Arts Center is holding an “Artstorming” which is brainstorming with art materials and ideas. The event, to be held on Friday, March 2, from 7:00 till 9:00 p.m., will include hands-on art activities to help generate ideas for participating in the show. More detailed information about the #ThisIsMyFerguson exhibit, including entering artwork, the receptions, etc. will be shared and you will be welcome to offer your own suggestions. The planning committee includes Dana Sebastian-Duncan and Katherine Moore-Freeman of the Northern Arts Council, Stefannie Wheat and Stephanie Von Drasek. You will find information on the Facebook page “This Is My Ferguson” and also on the Good Shepherd Arts Center webpage: www.goodshepherdarts.org. GSAC will be looking for volunteers to help with installations in 3-4 locations, assistance with receptions scheduled on Saturday, August 4, and other tasks associated with setting up, maintaining and taking down the exhibit.

The opening reception for “Iconic Women: Women You Should Know by Women Artists”, featuring works by: Lisa Carswell, Laura Kaiser, Glynis Mary McManamon, Katherine Moore-Freeman, and Mary Nichols, will be held on Saturday, March 3, 4:00 – 6:00 p.m. at Good Shepherd Arts Center, 252 S. Florissant Rd. The show will run through March 24.

The following events held at Good Shepherd Arts Center are free. Accompanied children are welcome and donations are always appreciated.

  • Music for a Lenten Evening, Gary Lang and St. Peter’s (Kirkwood) Acts Musicians: Friday, March 9, 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.
  • Grown-up Coloring: Friday, March 16, 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.
  • Visio Divina: Friday, March 23, 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. Visio Divina is a process of meditating with imagery. The images can be fine art, photography, or any other kind of visual image. These images need not be religious in theme.

The Citywalk column in the front of this newspaper mentions the exciting news about Ferguson Special Business District collaborating with Missouri Main Street Connection, which has resources to assist with our downtown revitalization efforts. Many successful Main Street commercial districts have included an emphasis on promoting and supporting art and cultural programs. Since there are already sculptures and examples of outdoor art in Citywalk, it was suggested that transforming the area into a “Sculpturewalk” may be an asset. A recent meeting was held to explore that idea. In attendance were Dana Duncan of Northern Arts Council, Glynis McManamon of Good Shepherd Arts Center, Robin Shively of Corners Frameshop & Gallery and F.S.B.D., and F.S.B.D. Events Coordinator Marveena Miller. This is in the very early stages of planning. If you are interested in becoming involved and have some expertise in the area of sculpture, outdoor art, or writing art grant proposals, my contact information is at the end of this article.

Two of the sculptures already in place were installed by developer and business owner Mike palmer in front of two of his buildings on Citywalk. “Primary Lines” by Ferguson native Bryce Robinson is installed outside of Montrey’s Cigar Lounge at 401 S. Florissant Rd. Just a short stroll south is “Emergent Behavior”, also sculpted by Robinson, sits in front of the loft building with Papa John’s and Om Turtle Yoga at 419 S. Florissant Rd.

Ferguson area artists and art venues are encouraged to send information about their events to cornersframing@gmail.com for inclusion in future Artful Considerations columns.

Gallery Night Reception with Cindy O’Hare Friday, Feb 2

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“Lorelei” 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.


Cindy O’Hare

I’ve forever been a gatherer of Mother Nature’s treasures. I’ve always had sticks, leaves and rocks in my coat pockets! What started out as a simple art project with my granddaughter, Bee has turned into something unexpected and exciting for me. Follow me in my journey as I discover the images hidden in our surroundings.