Beholder / Ode


Beholder invitation design by John M. Goessmann.


  January 17 - February 24, 2011

  Main Gallery

Works featured in the Beholder exhibit dealt with what is considered unconventionally “beautiful,” addressing the “Beauty is in the eye of the beholder” idiom.

This exhibit was juried by Catharine Magel, artist, public art specialist, St. Louis, MO; andEric Woods, artist, owner, The Firecracker Press, St. Louis, MOFor this exhibit, 67 St. Louis regional artists submitted 118 artworks in all media for the jurors' consideration. From those entries, Catharine and Eric selected 47 artworks by 36 artists for this exhibition.


At the opening reception for Beholder and Ode on Saturday, January 22, 2011. Photographs by Robin Hirsch.

Congratulations to the following artists whose works were selected by the jurors to receive Awards of Excellence: Eleanor Borelli, Christa Denney, Dion Dion, David Dolak, Aaron Heil, and Shoji Miyazawa.


Gallery view Beholder. Photo by Robin Hirsch.

The 36 artists whose works were juried into Beholder were:

Kathleen Barnes, Creve Coeur, MO

Aurora Bihler, Edwardsville, IL

Eleanor Borelli, St. Louis, MO           Award of Excellence

Lon Brauer, Granite City, IL

Ryan Bredlau, St. Charles, MO

Blake Carroll, Festus, MO

Jennie Collins, University City, MO

Debbie Corson, Kirkwood, MO

Christa Denney, St. Louis, MO           Award of Excellence

Myles Dickason, St. Louis, MO

Dion Dion, Manchester, MO           Award of Excellence

David Dolak, Lake St. Louis, MO           Award of Excellence 
Glora Jean Douglas, St. Louis, MO

Christine Giancola, Florissant, MO

Aaron Heil, Alton, IL           Award of Excellence

Jim Hutsler, Caseyville, IL

Sheldon Johnson, St. Louis, MO

Ruth Kolker, Creve Coeur, MO

Terry Lay, St. Louis, MO

Anne Lindgren, Rolla, MO

Richard McAfee, St. Louis, MO

Shoji Miyazawa, Bethalto, IL            Award of Excellence

Kitty Mollman, Ladue, MO

Dawson Morgan, Chesterfield, MO

Jay Morthland, St. Louis, MO

Mary Mosblech, St. Louis, MO

Pat Owoc, St. Louis, MO

Therese Pfeifer, Columbia, MO

Matt Pierson, Wentzville, MO

Louis Nahlik, Chesterfield, MO

Chuck Ramsay, St. Louis, MO

Wendy Reitz, Columbia, IL

Valerie Snyder, Creve Coeur, MO

Russell Vanecek, Swansea, IL 
Jacqueline P. Weatherly, St. Louis, MO

Barbara Zucker, St. Louis, MO

Congratulations to Lon Brauer and Jay Morthland whose works were purchased from the exhibition.


David Dolak, Lake St. Louis, MO. 2 Panels, 8 Months, Green Stripes. 2010. Acrylic, Varnish on Wood Panel, 48”x48”, Not for Sale. The jurors selected this work for an Award of Excellence.


On Saturdays during this exhibit, Art Saint Louis hosted Meet the Artist days, wherein some of the artists featured in Beholder were on-hand to greet visitors, discuss their works in the show and provide samples of some of their other works.

Saturday, January 22, 2011
1-4 p.m. Matt Pierson, mixed media painting

Saturday, January 29
10 a.m.-2 p.m. Chuck Ramsay, photography
1-4 p.m. Valerie Snyder, photography

Saturday, February 5
1-4 p.m. Jennie Collins, mixed media painting

Saturday, February 12
10 a.m.-1 p.m. Aurora Bihler, glass

Saturday, February 19
10 a.m.-1 p.m. Aurora Bihler, glass


Some of the 47 artworks featured in Beholder

Shoji Miyazawa, Bethalto, IL. Victoria. 2010Copper, Pewter, 3”x2.5”x2.5”. $800.
Matt Pierson, Wentzville, MO. Push. 2010. Conte Crayon, Charcoal on Paper, 24”x18”. $200.
Anne Lindgren, Rolla, MO. Weed Study #5. 2009. Photograph on Wood, 24”x16”. $395.
Terry Lay, St. Louis, MO. The Memory of Trees. 2010. Watercolor on Paper, 21”x27”. $900.
Gloria Jean Douglas, St. Louis, MO. Yellow Sun Grey Day. 2010. Brown Paper Bag, Glow-in-the-Dark Paint, Glitter, 12”x16.5”. $600.
Blake Carroll, Festus, MO. Firewall #5. 2010. Digital Photograph, 39”x27”. $400.
Dawson MorganChesterfield, MOTéte de Moine Natural.2010White Stoneware, Natural Sealant, 23”x19”. $500.
Dion Dion, Manchester, MO. Botanical Abstract. 2010, Oil on Canvas, 36”x24”. $1,500. The jurors selected this work for an Award of Excellence.
Eleanor Borelli, St. Louis, MO. Desert Skull. 2010, Acrylic & Digital Media, 19”x15”. $250. The jurors selected this work for an Award of Excellence.
Jay Morthland, St. Louis, MO. B. 2010. Digital Photograph, 18”x18”. SOLD. This artwork was purchased through the exhibit.
Aurora Bihler, Edwardsville, IL. untitled. 2010. Blown & Fused Glass, Mixed Media, 25”x15”. $100.
Jackie Weatherly, St. Louis, MO. Hibiscus Dream. 2010, Digital Photographic Print on Cotton, 25”x25”. $250.


Thank you to Patrick Pruitt for his Beholder call for entry announcement design.



Ode invitation design by Patrick Pruitt.


  January 17 - February 24, 2011

  Presented in the ASL North and Dion Dion Galleries

Presented concurrently with Beholder, this multi-media exhibit was curated by artistMark A. Fisher and featured artworks that echo off and riff on Keats' Ode on a Grecian Urn.

Gallery view: Ode. Photo by Robin Hirsch.


Works in a variety of media by the following 14 St. Louis regional artists were featured:

John Dean, St. Paul, MO

Mark A. Fisher, St. Charles, MO

Tim Hahn, Augusta, MO

David Hanlon, St. Louis, MO

Jim Hubbman, St. Charles, MO

Noah Kirby, St. Louis, MO

Robert Langnas, Florissant, MO

Alison Oulette-Kirby, St. Louis, MO

Michael Quintero, Florissant, MO

Russ Rosener, St. Louis, MO

Tony Schanuel, O'Fallon, IL

Mark Sheppard, St. Louis, MO

Patty Sheppard, St. Louis, MO

Jennifer Silverberg, St. Louis, MO

To view some of the featured artworks in Odeclick here.


Artists Mark A. Fisher & Jim Hubbman installing Jim's work for the Ode exhibition. Photo by Robin Hirsch.


Art Saint Louis programs & operations are made possible with the support of Whitaker Foundation, Regional Arts Commission, Missouri Arts Council, Emerson, EdwardJones, and the Arthur & Helen Baer Foundation.