So much is happening in the work of Art Saint Louis right now that I hardly know where to begin in bringing you up to speed. Without a doubt, ASL is living up to its creed, making life in our region more meaningful and vibrant through the work of local visual artists. I have never been more convinced of the importance of any cultural endeavor, and never more thrilled to be part of it.
Consider some of the new ways we’re serving artists and audiences in St. Louis:
• We have begun transforming empty storefront spaces downtown into temporary art galleries. The five pop-up galleries we recently established on Washington Avenue are only the beginning! We’re out to fundamentally transform the cityscape and catalyze urban renewal through this program in the years to come. Photos and gallery details are available online at PopUpSTL.com.Read more...
ST. LOUIS—The Park Pacific building at 1226 Olive Street will soon be home to an unusual blend of coffee and culture by way of a gallery/café hybrid aimed at celebrating local talent. The move comes as the latest in a series of neighborhood projects led by downtown design and development firm Lawrence Group, owners of the Park Pacific building.
Adding to its 25 years downtown, including the last five years headquartered at 555 Washington Avenue, Art Saint Louis is moving its gallery and administrative offices to the Park Pacific building this summer. The organization is raising funds to renovate a 2,700 square foot retail space on the south side of the building, at 1223 Pine Street, where it plans to reopen in July and continue exhibitions and event programming focused on visual artists at work in the St. Louis region.
The space will also be home to a new coffee boutique owned and operated by locally-based Mississippi Mud Coffee Roasters. Company founder and owner Christopher Ruess, himself an artist (painter), sees an organic connection between coffee and art. “Savoring a cup of coffee is not unlike enjoying a work of art. You have to slow down and live with it a little.” The location will offer a weekly menu of specialty brews and will debut in the St. Louis market new pour-over "SoftBrew" techniques that are gaining popularity in Europe. Says Ruess, “People will see cutting edge work in the Art Saint Louis gallery. I want them to taste some as well.”
“We’re deliberately blurring the lines here,” says Art Saint Louis Executive Director Chandler Branch. “We want this to be both a cultural and a social destination. The goal is to better serve artists and audiences, particularly by making more connections between the two groups.” In addition to the café, plans call for outdoor seating, free WiFi and a dynamic rotation of designer furniture in the heart of the exhibition areas provided by Niche Home Furnishings and Design (also owned by Lawrence Group) as part of a marketing partnership between Art Saint Louis and Niche.
Lawrence Group CEO Steve Smith and Principal Paul Doerner believe Art Saint Louis programming will add to a growing sense of neighborhood vitality. “The focus on regional art is a natural complement to Alumni Saint Louis,” said Smith, referencing the Lawrence Group-owned restaurant that recently opened at Park Pacific themed around “the people, places and food that make Saint Louis great.” Notes Doerner, “Proximity to the St. Louis Public Library, Christ Church Cathedral and the SLU Law School will make this as much an amenity to downtown visitors as it will be for residents at Park Pacific.”
About Art Saint Louis
Art Saint Louis is a nonprofit organization that has promoted the work of contemporary visual artists in and around St. Louis for over 28 years. Core services include a year-round series of exhibitions in the organization’s gallery in downtown St. Louis as well as a number of rotating exhibitions in offices and public spaces elsewhere in St. Louis.
About Mississippi Mud Coffee Roasters
Mississippi Mud Coffee Roasters opened in 2004, when Christopher Ruess decided to start his own small batch artisan coffee roasting business in the historic Soulard area in St Louis. At the time, he simply wanted to serve small neighborhood coffee houses with the best coffee the area had to offer. Since then, Mississippi Mud Coffee has grown to become a respected small batch coffee roaster with a name that is synonymous with some of the best coffees in St Louis.
About Lawrence Group
Lawrence Group is a building design, development, and project delivery firm headquartered in St. Louis. Recently named a “Hospitality Giant” by Interior Design Magazine, Lawrence Group offers architecture, interior design, a retail furniture showroom (Niche), landscape architecture, graphic design, town planning, construction management and real estate development services to health care, academic, commercial, hospitality and housing clients. Lawrence Group is a member of the American Institute of Architects and the U.S. Green Building Council. Please visit our website at www.thelawrencegroup.com.
Art Saint Louis is pleased to take part in the 2013 Downtown Living Tour presented by the Partnership for Downtown St. Louis on Saturday, April 20, 2013. We'll be hosting registration for the tour at the Park Pacific building at 1223 Pine Street on April 20. The registration table will open at noon. In addition to stops at several downtown homes, the tour route will take participants past several pop-up galleries in storefront spaces along Washington Avenue as part of our new Pop-Up STL program. Details on the home tour are available online at
ST. LOUIS—Workers, visitors and residents of downtown St. Louis are discovering the work of local artists in unexpected places as vacant storefront spaces are transformed into temporary art galleries. The transformation is being made possible through a new program produced by Art Saint Louis with assistance from The Partnership for Downtown St. Louis and sponsored by U.S. Bancorp Community Development Corporation, a St. Louis based subsidiary of U.S. Bank. The program, Pop-Up STL, is modeled after the Chicago Loop Alliance’s popular Pop-Up Art Loop program, now in its fourth year, and is similarly aimed at celebrating the work of contemporary artists while strengthening businesses and catalyzing urban renewal.
Pop-Up STL provides artists with exposure to downtown audiences through window displays and walk-in galleries in otherwise empty storefronts. These pop-up galleries beautify the cityscape at no cost to the artists or property managers involved. Property owners are free to give notice for the removal of the gallery as commercial tenants are secured, and meanwhile are welcoming the program’s help in heightening visibility and foot traffic around their available properties.
Jun. 29 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Delivery of Artworks for "Honor Awards 2013" exhibit
Jul. 13 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Free opening reception for "Honor Awards" exhibition
Aug. 2 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Deliver accepted work "Under The Influence"