From the Executive Director

356 new artworks by 258 St. Louis regional artists were introduced to an ever widening audience this year through our gallery and café in downtown St. Louis, where foot traffic continues to build. We love welcoming so many people, from all walks of life, into this unique cultural space—an average of over 500 visitors each week. This, our year-round gallery programming, continues to be an extremely meaningful service to the greater St. Louis community. If you haven’t yet visited us here at 1223 Pine Street, I hope you’ll stop by soon and enjoy the best of local art and coffee.

We enjoyed connecting artist and audiences outside the walls of our gallery this year as well—in some unexpected places! Exhibits were presented at Des Peres Hospital, Metro Arts in Transit, The Laurel Apartments, Barnes-Jewish Hospital, several pop-up galleries in empty storefront spaces, and a growing number of chalk art displays around town.

As we look ahead to 2015, I’m thrilled to report that we’re nearing the culmination of an art and technology initiative that we began concept work on three years ago and for which we won an Innovation Fund grant from the Regional Arts Commission of St. Louis. Check out ArtLoupe.org for the scoop on this one-of-a-kind mobile publishing, discovery and sales tool for visual art.

This is exciting and important cultural work, friends! And none of it would be possible without ongoing financial support from our community. I invite you to contribute generously at this time to keep the mission of Art Saint Louis moving forward. Secure online donations can be made via PayPal by clicking here or on the button below. I assure you; no gift is too small or is met with anything less than our heartfelt appreciation and commitment to carefully steward your support.

Thank you for your consideration! All best wishes to you for a safe and happy holiday season and a healthy new year.

Sincerely,
Chandler Branch
Executive Director


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