Art in the Plaza │ Wednesday, October 16

Art Saint Louis is showcasing the creative talents of St. Louis regional artists throughout the month of October with Art in the Plaza, a new weekly series of live art demonstrations in the Old Post Office Plaza at 8th and Locust Streets in downtown St. Louis. The third installment in the series will feature four gifted artists working in chalk, encaustics and oil painting. Join us on Wednesday, October 16, 2013, from noon to 2:00 p.m. and enjoy these artists at work!

R U S S E L L   C O N K L I N   │
Creative Focus, Wednesday, October 16  -  Chalk Art

"I am an independent artist from New York City living here in St. Louis; going on 13 years and loving it. I wear many hats-I am an Interior Designer, muralist, performance artist, carpenter, theatrical set designer, antique dealer, painter, chalk artist, crafter, and makeup artist. I have worked for many amazing clients and my job just keeps getting better every year. My claim to fame is a painting on the ceiling of the entry foyer of The National Arts Club in Gramercy Park in New York City. I am a creator of visions and when I run out of canvas I am the medium!"


P A U L   L A F L A M   │
Creative Focus, Wednesday, October 16  -  Oil Painting

"I create large-scale, fluid, one-shot, expressionist paintings. Each painting is started and completed in my mind several times before I even start an actual painting. I then coax the paint, or as of late, I have had to reign in its energy to achieve the piece I had envisioned in my head. With the exception of three paintings, my paintings are completed in one session. I paint large for a couple of reasons; one because it is fun but also because I want to get the viewer’s attention from across the room, maybe even from across the street. I then want to pull them in closer and closer, so that they enjoy the journey. Within each painting there are many small worlds waiting to be discovered.

J U L I E   S N I D L E   │
Creative Focus, Wednesday, October 16  -  Encaustic Demonstration

Once a corporate training administrator, Julie spends her time in the studio as a mixed-media artist. With a degree in Elementary Education she has taught art professionally in the classroom, juried artwork for the Mastodon Fair, and continues to teach workshops in the greater St. Louis area and around the U.S. Largely self-taught in a variety of mixed media techniques, Julie has studied encaustics intensively for nearly 10 years including specialized training with R&F Paints. Her art appears in “Printmaking and Mixed Media” by Dorit Elisha and “ A Flavor for Mixed Media” by Mary Beth Shaw. Julie is a member of the Encaustic Art Institute, International Encaustic Artists, Waxcentric, and Art St. Louis. Her work has appeared in juried shows in St. Louis and in private galleries across the country. A native of Minneapolis, Julie resides in Festus, Missouri with her husband, Will.


C H E L S E A   S O R O N E N   │
Creative Focus, Wednesday, October 16  -  Chalk Art 

"My illustrations are composed mainly of one central train car, with seemingly infinite arrows, body parts, gears, and symbols that work together in an attempt to find the balance between organic elements and harsh machinery. Deemed “Dream Machines”, these trains are powered not by coal, but by people, visions, and big ideas-because isn’t that what truly moves society? I am obsessed with gears, because once assembled together, one cannot move without affecting the others. These illustrations are the result of a meditative practice, where I try to never lift the pen from its initial marks on the page. There is no such thing as a mistake, because every line has intention and meaning. Whether I’m painting a mural, illustrating a dream, or chalking a sidewalk, I fervently believe that all art is interactive. By looking at any art, we immediately become participants in its theatre."

  Special thanks to Downtown Now!The Private Client Reserve of U.S. Bank, and U.S. Bancorp Community Development Corporation for their support of Art in the Plaza 

Art in the Plaza grapic design by Emily Amberger







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