Art in the Plaza │ Thursday, November 7

Last Updated on Thursday, 07 November 2013 15:39

Thursday, November 7 marks the final installment of Art in the Plaza, our new weekly series of live art demonstrations in the Old Post Office Plaza at 8th and Locust Streets in downtown St. Louis. Join us from noon to 2:00 p.m., to enjoy live art demonstrations by St. Louis regional artists working in a variety of styles in chalk and oil painting.

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Ceative Focus, Thursday, November 7  -  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!"


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Creative Focus, Thursday, November 7  -  Chalk Art 

As a trained art therapist, Muriel spent many years working in prisons, community centers, hospitals, and in private practice, and also taught at the college level. In recent years she has renewed her commitment to her own watercolor painting; as she works in her studio each day, she feels gratitude and joy for the chance to explore more deeply the beauty and mystery of the world around her, and the world within. In her watercolors Muriel wants to capture the essence of the human spirit. From rugged cowboys, to indigenous peoples, to mothers and their children, Muriel seeks out the poignant beauty of faces, glances, moods. She has a special love of color, and is fascinated by the tension between colors. Characterized by an intensity of pigment unusual in watercolor, Muriel's work shimmers with vibrancy and vitality.


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Creative Focus, Thursday, November 7  -  Oil Painting

"Since the early 1990s, my work has involved a visual journey of complex emotions, memories and felt energies. Focusing on my existential philosophy that the process and emotional journey is as important to each work as the final product, I have found myself connecting to my subconscious in a liberating, meditative state each time I approach the canvas. Utilizing my intuitive mind, my body and brush become mere vessels for raw, self-exposure. My work attempts to find the subtle, unspoken understandings of honesty for clarifying insight that inspire small changes for greater purpose."

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Creative Focus, Thursday, November 7  -  Oil Painting

Megan Rieke was born and raised in St. Louis, MO. She graduated from Webster University in 1999 with a B.A. in English/ Creative Writing and a minor in Fine Art. She also has an Associates Degree in Studio Art from St. Louis Community College Meramec. After spending her early 20’s travelling internationally and domestically, working on small cruise ships, volunteering for Americorps, and morphing into a modern day gypsy, she and her husband settled down in Kirkwood, MO to raise their 3 sons and 6 chickens. (After 10 years, however, it is still unclear who is ruling the roost.)

Megan has shown in over 30 gallery exhibitions, participates in many live art events, and has been commissioned for paintings that adorn walls in NYC, Kansas City, and St. Louis. In 2012, she was selected for an Award of Excellence from Art St. Louis and was a semifinalist for RAW in St. Louis. She is slated for a solo exhibition at SOHA Gallery in 2014.

Currently, she is the co-chair of the Urban Beautification Project. The group initially banded together to paint 100 murals on the sides of refuse dumpsters for St. Louis City. The UBP has expanded its platform on how and where to create public works of art. Not only do they believe that anything can become an avenue of creative expression, but moreover, that St. Louis is ready for a little facelift.

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Creative Focus, Thursday, October 7  -  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