Chandler Branch's Blog

A great night for art in St. Louis

8/11/12 reception at ASL. Photo by Robin Hirsch.

Taking time here to publicly acknowledge the superb work of our Artistic Director, Robin Hirsch, and that of our jurors, Joe Chesla, Professor of Design & Sculpture, St. Louis Community College, Meramec, and Jo Stealey, Professor, University of Missouri-Columbia. Last weekend their work and the creative talents of over 40 regional artists took center stage at the opening reception for our newest exhibit [context]Texture. Photos from the reception and from the exhibit itself can be viewed on our Facebook page here.

Featured artist Dennis Dwight Isom chatting with me about his work. Opening reception @ ASL, August 11, 2012. Photo by Robin Hirsch.As usual, I took advantage of the occasion to stand in front of several works of art with the artist by my side, discussing the process and inspiration behind each work. Seriously, this is one of the most rewarding aspects of my activity here at Art Saint Louis. My thanks go out to everyone involved in this exhibition (which runs through October 4, by the way), as well as our concurrent exhibition, Waiting, featuring works by watercolorist Muriel Eulich.
 

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Becoming a Peacock Community

Every once in a while you come across a video online that you just have to share. That happend to me this week. Check out the video below. It may seem a bit off the wall at first (peacocks, really?), but stick with it. The speaker, playwrite Gwydion Suilebhan, hits the ball out of the park in articulating the value of organizations like Art Saint Louis. Seriously, I couldn't have put it better myself.

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Varsity Art XVI Opening

Some photos here from the not-so-recent opening for Varsity Art XVI, March 9, 2012. Here's hoping late is truly better than never. I did really enjoy the event, particularly the conversations I had with the artists involved. It's invigorating and rewarding to have so many emerging artists and area schools together at once--38 undergrad/grad students, 74 artworks, 20 universities and colleges. It's a great St. Louis tradition that I hope will continue for many years to come.

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