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The Urban Arts Collective

Urban Eats Cafe sponsors the Urban Arts Collective which supports local artists with the free use of small gallery space and other resources.

If you are a local artist (particularly one living in South City) and in need of public space to display your work, we want to hear from you! Send us an email to let us know you want more info. We will send you a complete outline of the project and how to participate. We generally book 3 months in advance.


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Tom Lampe

 
 

I grew up in the St. Louis area and currently reside right here in the Dutchtown neighborhood.  I primarily work with digital cameras.  My photos have been featured in various publications including The Riverfront Times, The St. Louis Beacon and stlpublicradio.org. 


I enjoy all aspects of photography, but I am particularly drawn to capturing the unique essence of the urban landscape and it’s residents. 


www.flickr.com/photos/tom_lampe_photography


Meghan White

  
 



Art’s been a driving force for me, and I’ve spent most of my life following its lead. I received my formal training at Iowa State University’s College of Design, and for many years I focused on oil painting and graphic art.

Everything changed in 2010 when I discovered analog photography. It began with a “toy” camera, a Diana+. She completely rejuvenated my creative passion, and I instantly fell in love. She’s been my constant companion since then. From the streets of New Orleans to the castles of Germany, I explore my surroundings through her eye. Her plastic lens captures a dreamlike quality, and the square frame of her medium format film offers a refreshing perspective.

My Diana encouraged exploration of, and experimentation with, the many films, processes, and cameras found within the “obsolete” world of analog photography. These unwanted artistic tools provide daily discovery for me, and I now have a growing collection of film cameras, both old and new.

My work is about the day to day; a study of color and emotion. It‘s about finding beauty in unexpected places, and finding perfection in that which is not flawless. My photography is about experimentation and expression. It’s my narrative, and I hope you can find some of your own within.

John Montre

  


This collection of photographs is a result of my re-awakening as a photojournalist; after a hiatus of 15 years, I had recently completed my first exhibit Not Quite Random: Snapshots of the City, a vision formed by a combination of an appreciation of the built environment and an aesthetic appreciation of the quality of light and form in St. Louis City (sans people).

Eager for another project, I strolled through the University City Loop (my backyard), and photographed my neighbors and I gradually realized that a pattern was emerging --eclectic fashion and life styles -- or more succinctly “Loop Style.” The current collection of 30+ photos may be viewed at the FLICKR social media website:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/librarian7/

Steve Truesdell

  

Steve has been in commercial Photography for over 28 years. He is a graduate of the Colorado Institute of Art and Lindenwood University. His work has been featured in National and Regional Magazines and Advertising Campaigns. 


Jacquin Studio has been home to Steve since the fall of 1998 when he moved from Toronto to St. Louis, there he continues to pursue commercial and Editorial work as well as his fine Art Photography. Work themes include urban nightscapes, landscape, music, portraiture, journalism, architecture,still life, abstract, and "whatever else I feel like shooting (he says with a smile)".


Steve's commercial work may be viewed at www.jacquinstudio.com

Kym Birkenkamp

  

i am the note that begins as a tickle in your toes; that travels to gather passion in your soul; that stirs the storm in your lungs and explodes from your lips, leaving you spent.
got your attention?

my name is kymberlie birkenkamp and i’m a local girl who spends a lot of time traveling, belly dancing and exploring social media, when i’m not shooting and editing.

i have an insatiable curiosity.

as a kid, i loved photography, but was wooed by radio and set my sights on being a broadcaster. several years and careers later, a friend handed me an old sony cybershot and sent me into a festival to have some fun. since then, photography has been my primary passion.

i’ve always been a people watcher. my camera allows me to not only photograph people, but also the things we leave behind that tell our stories, the markers of our lives.

as a practitioner of tibetan buddhism, i’ve struggled with the concept of being present in the moment. for me, a camera is like a meditation tool--like a singing bowl or mala beads. looking through the lens forces me to stop, become aware and dig in to what is unfolding around me.
i like to keep it simple. the early images you see here were shot with a sony cybershot. but these days, i’m shooting with a canon 50d and using my 18-200mm kit lens almost exclusively.

i sincerely hope that you enjoy the stories i have selected to share with you in this installation.

life is not a dress rehearsal. blink and you might miss something.

Bob Herndon

  

Bob Herndon, a Sigma employee from 1969-1999, was commissioned by Aeron Fisher in 1969 to take a set of Polarized light photomicrographs of some of the chemicals Sigma sells. Enlargements of these were displayed along the main hallway at Decalb for some years.


January-March 2011

Chinyere Oteh

  


Artist Bio

Chinyere Oteh is a 2007 graduate of RAC’s CAT program and has conducted three Photography Projects since 2007. She was Program Coordinator for St. Louis Scores, the local affiliate of America Scores, a nationwide soccer/literacy program from 2006-07 and Murphysboro Center Youth Coordinator from 2007-2008. She graduated from Washington University with an AB in Social Thought and Analysis in 2002, but has worked in community-oriented programs for many years including local organizations like Americorp, Matthew Dickey Boys and Girls clubs and Mentor St. Louis. In Washington, D.C. she worked at the National Institutes of Mental Health and as an ESL teacher for the International Language Institute and the Spanish Education Development Center. As a photographer she has worked with a number of organizations including a photographic banner project with Janitors for Justice. Her thesis essay “Mixed Race Identity: A Challenge to or an Affirmation of Racial Categorization” was recently published in Mellon Fellows Research Journal, Vol. 1. In 2009/2010 she cataloged the Photography Project Collection and instructed the Lydia’s House and City Seeds Projects.

pprc.umsl.edu/base_pages/gallery/gallery.htm
fotochinyere@gmail.com


Tim Bolt

  

Artist Bio

A watercolor artist using cityscapes, landscapes and more. Enjoy color and expression. Movement and nature.

A city dweller. South St.Louis, Holy Family, Horace Mann, Roosevelt High, O’Fallon Tech . then Desoto High, Jeff Co Architecture, UMSL. Art History, St. Louis Art Museum, People Project, green spaces, Dutchtown, Holly Hills, Great Rivers Green Way, Carondelet Park, Operation Brightside, Gateway Greening, St Stephens Parish, arts of all types, travel, dance, music, theatre, watercolor artist and mortgage banking… which of these is not like the others?
I hope you enjoy my work. Tim

timboltwatercolor.com/home.html
timothybolt@hotmail.com

Craig Downs

  


Artist Bio

A self taught artist, Craig Downs has spent the past eight years creating a bold and unique style to call his own. His art has been shown at many venues across the country and to date he has sold over 700 paintings.

His whimsical creations play with color and rhythm in such a way that they seem to dance upon the canvas. The allegorical style he has created is not to be taken in at a glance; rather it is most fully enjoyed when taken in at a serene pace, for what first may appear as simplicity belies a hidden depth. This having been said, it is the artist's hope that the observer will not take his work too seriously and will allow themselves to enjoy the magical simplicity of the paintings.

craigdownsart.com/
downsart@yahoo.com


Susan Giger

  

Artist Bio

Susan Giger grew up in rural Missouri and attended college at both Stephens College and Columbia College in Columbia, Missouri, obtaining a degree in Art from the latter. While in college she studied watercolor painting, oil painting, printmaking, drawing, photography, illustration, graphic design, ceramics, art history, and 2-D/3-D design. One summer was dedicated to exploring Italian Renaissance while attending the Florence Academy of Art in Florence, Italy.

Giger’s travels throughout Italy, Australia, United States, Canada, Mexico, Central America, Caribbean, as well as time spent living in Hawai’i provide ongoing inspiration and subject matter for her artwork.

Giger has studied under book artist Dolph Smith and costume artist Sha Sha Higby as well as continuing her education at Craft Alliance in St. Louis, Missouri and Penland School of Crafts in Penland, North Carolina. Favorite and most influential artists include Michelangelo, Marcel Duchamp, Pablo Picasso, Alex Grey and artists representing cubism and futurism. Polynesian, Mayan and Aboriginal art have increasingly played more of a role lately in her artistic endeavors.

Current projects involve acrylic paintings and radial stencil designs – specifically in the form of 6 sided snowflakes. In future projects she hopes to include more tactile elements and 3-D designs.

Suereality.net
sue@suereality.net






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Bob Hartzell



 

Artist Bio

Bob Hartzell was raised in a string of small Northern Missouri towns, the family following his administrator father from one small school system in need of his fathers help, to another. His early undergrad years were spent in Kirksville MO working menial food service jobs, and from time to time studying printmaking at Truman University. In the late 80's Bob moved to Chicago and spent the next two decades working as a struggling artist making prints, light sculptures and music posters, also working as the longtime lighting director at the legendary rock club Lounge Ax. He eventually received his BFA from The School of The Art Institute Of Chicago and starting his Graduate studies at Columbia College Book and Paper program before returning to Missouri to finish his MFA in Fibers / Printmaking at MU. While at MU he restarted the Silk Screen program and taught several students who have gone on to start small independent printing studios of their own. While in Columbia, Bob was an active community volunteer working with the Blue Bird Arts and Music Festival, True /False, Access Arts, The Craft Studio, Care Gallery, Orr Street and the Missouri Theater, to name a few.

Bob recently moved to St Louis and can be contacted through his website www.bobhartzell.com and E-mailed at bob@bobhartzell.com or through his fan site on Facebook for Augratin Press.

 http://www.facebook.com/pages/Augratin-Press

 

Joe & Danny Talbot


 

Joe Talbot

 

 

Danny Talbot

 

Artist Bio

Joe Talbot has been drawing and painting most of his life. He graduated from Webster University in 1987 with a degree in Art. In his mid 50’s Joe has been a full time Martial Arts Instructor for the last 30 years.

Last year Joe underwent major hip surgery which slowed his karate down but not his artwork. The drawings and paintings in this show were all done during Joe’s recovery.

Born and raised in Saint Louis most of Joe’s and Daniel’s artwork is inspired from Missouri Landscapes.

Daniel Talbot has been watching his father draw, paint and practice karate all his life. When Daniel was 5 years old he was able to demonstrate the basic karate stances, blocks and strikes to his kindergarten class without ever taking a lesson. It was no surprise to his dad when he started painting.

The landscapes of Joe Talbot and his son Daniel have a basic theme of motion. Their approach and way of looking at the subject matter is very different.

Daniel breaks his landscapes down to simple shapes and colors. There is always a road that gives the viewer a sense of going somewhere or just passing through.

Joe's oil painting "Landscape in Motion" conveys the feeling of land, water and sky all in a state of motion. The foreground, middle and background seem to erupt and flow as though the land was liquid.


Rebecca Eilering



 

Artist Bio

Rebecca Eilering (BFA in printmaking, SIUE; MFA in Printmaking, Ohio University) is an artist that migrates between printmaking, painting and drawing. She works intuitively with line, shape and color to create abstractions of structures and a representations of landscape. She grew up in the St. Louis area and currently resides and works in Collinsville, IL.

After graduate school, she moved back to the St. Louis area and was showing her work professionally between 2006-2008. She participated in shows locally at Mad Art Gallery, Foundry Art Center, PHD Gallery, Jacoby Art Center, Bonsack Gallery at John Burroughs and others. She has also participated in shows at University of Wisconsin in Madison, Parkland College in Champaign, IL, Foyer Gallery in Atlanta, GA, and an exhibition at the Mid-America Print Conference at Ohio University. After a nearly two year hiatus, part of it as a caregiver, she is looking to get back into creating and showing art again.



Jennifer Griggs



 

Artist Bio

Since she could pick up a crayon and scribble, Jennifer Griggs has been drawing and painting portraits, landscapes, and strange combinations of the two. Jennifer spent a majority of her childhood and young adult years pursuing her creativity, eventually resulting in a Bachelor of Arts in Fine Art- Studio Art from Saint Louis University. Today, Jennifer focuses on bringing the hazy images of dreams and making them concrete and definite, resulting in vivid and sometimes bizarre works of art. Jennifer resides in South St. Louis City with her boyfriend, Greg, and their giant dog, Lily.


Sheila Harris


 Sheila Harris

 

Artist Bio




July-September 2010

Tony Renner

 




 

Tony Renner has been taking photographs for over 20 years but purchasing a digital camera in 2003 really opened the floodgates.

"With digital, you can afford to make mistakes all day long," Renner says. "The trick is to learn from your mistakes and to keep improving."

In July's exhibition, "Walls and Openings," Renner examines the textures and colors revealed through close-up photographs of the built environment.

St. Louis print-maker Tom Huck has called Renner, "A man of mystery."

Renner is also a painter who has exhibited work at various locations throughout St. Louis, and in 2007 he received an award of excellence from Art St. Louis jurors.

tony_renner@yahoo.com
http://tonyrenner.blogspot.com/


Colin Michael Shaw

 


 


For well over a decade my painting has been the real work of my life. My paintings are about color and design, materials and methods, exploration and experimentation. Many of these paintings are about the deep and unseen parts of the individual; they are about the hearts of men. A very personal language of sorts has begun to evolve inside this work- pictograph forms that return throughout, themes recur as well. If the simple vocabulary of my work can deepen the viewer's sensitivity to the subjects of my paintings, perhaps it will ultimately bridge the emotional gap of our detached society. Much can be learned from small beginnings, in which our most basic, initial understanding of one another can form our greatest appreciation for each other. I am most convinced of this when on occasion someone narrates the story of one of my paintings to me upon viewing- they are really telling me their own story. Soon we are exchanging ideas, learning about each other, and so it begins… what was my painting has now become a small part of us together.

colin@shawart.com
www.shawart.com

Kevin Belford

 




 

Kevin Belford is an artist in St. Louis, Missouri. After graduating from the Kansas City Art Institute, he has spent most of his career as a professional freelance illustrator.

His work in advertising, corporate art and editorial illustration has been published and exhibited locally and internationally. In St. Louis, he is well known for his work in the print media – including The Sporting News, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, St. Louis magazine, and for years of covers of the Riverfront Times.

He has authored and illustrated Devil At The Confluence, The Pre-war Blues Of St Louis, Missouri, produced a number of books including: The Ballpark Book for The Sporting News, and the children’s books: Game, Set, Match, Champion Arthur Ashe and Twist Of Fate –The Miracle Horse Of Longmeadow Ranch, as well as having done numerous interior illustrations and covers for longer works.

kevinbelford@gmail.com
devilattheconfluence.com


Jane Linders

 




 

For most of my career I have worked with non-traditional photography. Photography enables me to capture images that would otherwise be lost forever. My choice of film is infrared because of the soft edges between contrasts. The mysterious quality of images captured with infrared film suggests a reality far beyond what the eye can see and it’s always exciting to see what kind of effects infrared film will produce. I am still shooting with film and traditionally printing my images. I am also interested in Polaroid transfers. These one-of-a-kind images are printed on watercolor paper, archivally matted and framed.

I have exhibited locally and nationally at the Smithsonian, Art St. Louis, The Mad Art Gallery, 3rd Floor Gallery, The Foundry, Missouri Botanical Garden, Gallery 210, Union Avenue Opera, 20:08 Gallery, Baseline Gallery, Regional Arts Commission and I have been published in numerous books, magazines, calendars, posters and commercial websites.
For most of my career I have worked with non-traditional photography. Photography enables me to capture images that would otherwise be lost forever. My choice of film is infrared because of the soft edges between contrasts. The mysterious quality of images captured with infrared film suggests a reality far beyond what the eye can see and it’s always exciting to see what kind of effects infrared film will produce. I am still shooting with film and traditionally printing my images. I am also interested in Polaroid transfers. These one-of-a-kind images are printed on watercolor paper, archivally matted and framed.

I have exhibited locally and nationally at the Smithsonian, Art St. Louis, The Mad Art Gallery, 3rd Floor Gallery, The Foundry, Missouri Botanical Garden, Gallery 210, Union Avenue Opera, 20:08 Gallery, Baseline Gallery, Regional Arts Commission and I have been published in numerous books, magazines, calendars, posters and commercial websites.

janelinders@sbcglobal.net
www.freewebs.com/janelinders



April-June 2010

Angie Griffith

 




 

“Spray paint, acrylics, sandpaper, printmaking, as well as collage pictures at times to the mix. I refer to the style of art that has found me as industrial pop art.” Angie Griffith (Jonske), born in Denver, Co, is from a family of artists. Her grandfather was an artist and her uncle continues to pursue art. She received her Associates in Fine Art from St. Louis Community College - Florissant Valley and is currently working towards her Bachelor’s Degree in Studio Art. She is a nationally exhibiting artist.

“Creating is a way for me to communicate my thoughts that have no words. The color, marks, and mediums are used to tell an emotional narrative. Inspiration come from music, movies, the people I meet, and the things that are around me, as well as my own experiences.” Angie often look at other artists including: Aaron Kraten, Banksy, Justin Tolentino, Warhol, Basquiat, Robert Rauschenberg, and Judith Supine. “Through my art, I am hopeful that people who are able to experience it with me, can take away something positive - whether it’s a simple smile, inspiration, encouragement or hope.”

jonskestudio@yahoo.com
www.jonskestudio.com
www.etsy.com/shop/jonske


Hilary Hitchcock

 



 



hilaryhitchcock.com

UMSL's PPRC Project: I am Lydia's House


 


 


Artist Profile

This is a special exhibit, of not one artist, but many artists showing their work around a central theme: The children of Lydia's House, a refuge for abused women, share a view of their world.

The latest installment in the University of Missouri–St. Louis’ ongoing Public Policy Research Center Photography Project features pictures taken by children living at Lydia’s House, which provides transitional housing to survivors of domestic violence.

Participants were taught photography through the UMSL project. The children’s photographs make up the exhibit “PPRC Photography Project: Lydia’s House,” which will be on display at two locations.


Chinyere Oteh, a PPRC Photography Project instructor, once volunteered as a college student to help sort clothes and other items at a storage facility used by Lydia’s House. This time, she had the opportunity to work directly with children who benefit from the services provided by the nonprofit organization.

“In order to protect their privacy while still allowing each child to express who they are, we took a creative approach to self-portraiture by photographing their shadows, creating silhouette collages and writing poetry,” Oteh said. “The children photographed items that caught their eye in the meeting areas and rooms at Lydia’s House community center, and together they wrote a story called ‘I am Lydia’s House.’"

The Photography Project was co-sponsored by the Public Policy Research Center at UMSL, Missouri Arts Council, National Endowment for the Arts, Regional Arts Commission, Advertisers Printing Company, Allied Photocolor and Urban Eats Cafe.

http://pprc.umsl.edu
http://www.lydiashouse.org
http://www.urbaneatscafe.com

http://blogs.umsl.edu/news/2010/03/12/lydias-house/


Thomas Shepherd

 






Artist Profile

Thomas Shepherd is a St. Louis artist known for blending collage and photography into original artwork. Theory and concept are central to his art which is influenced by the DaDa
movement and the conceptual art of Marcel Duchamp. Thomas also holds a yearly fundraiser for The Epilepsy Foundation, a cause which is close to him.

thomas2art@yahoo.com
http://thomasshepherdarts.webs.com/


Naomi Silver

 




 

Artist Profile

A relative newcomer to the art scene, Naomi has dabbled in art through one medium or another for most of her life. She began creating abstract works after having interviewed numerous artists for her website, CutlureSurfer.com.

Naomi’s unique style is attained through the spontaneous application of acrylic paint with brushes as well as her fingers. This unorthodox technique enables her to create a variety of textures and energetic, fluid designs. The paints blend into unique colors that are never seen again in any of her other works.

Naomi’s art was displayed at 9 different venues in in the second half of 2009, including one solo show. Her paintings have been sold to collectors in the midwest and southern United States. She is a native of St. Louis where she lives with her husband.

CutlureSurfer.com
culturesurfer@yahoo.com



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Craig Downs

Artist Bio

St. Louis Artist, born 1960. A self taught artist, Craig Downs has spent the past seven years creating a bold and unique style to call his own.   His art has been shown at many venues across the country and to date he has sold over 500 paintings.

His whimsical creations play with color and rhythm in such a way that they seem to dance upon the canvas.  The allegorical style he has created is not one to be taken in at a glance; rather it is most fully enjoyed when taken in at a serene pace, for what first may appear as simplicity belies a hidden depth.   This having been said, it is the artist’s hope that the observer will not take his work too seriously and will allow themselves to enjoy the magical simplicity of the paintings.

While painting is Craig’s deepest passion, he also expresses himself artistically through music.  Currently singer and songwriter for the local band, Box of Nerves, he has also played in several other bands over the past 28 years.

“Poetry surrounds us everywhere, but putting it on paper is, alas, not so easy as looking at it.”  -- Vincent Van Gogh


www.craigdownsart.com

Daniel Shown & Carmelita Nunez

 

 


Artist Bios

Carmelita Nuñez (BA in Studio Art, Saint Louis University, 2006) is a ceramic artist who creates beautiful functional pieces for people’s everyday rituals. After initially studying graphic design and illustration, she fell in love with ceramics, and hasn't looked back since. She studied ceramics with James Ibur, Dan Anderson and Nila Petty. Carmelita taught art to adults and children at Craft Alliance, The Potter's Workshop and South City Open Studio and Gallery from 2001-2007. Her work has been featured in St. Louis at Home, Better Homes and Gardens' Do It Yourself and other prominent local and national media. She is a native of St. Louis, MO, and has run her own ceramics studio in South St. Louis City since 2004.


Daniel Shown (BA in Studio Art, Saint Louis University, 2010) is a mixed media painter and programmer who combines intuitive and process based abstractions. His training in new media art began in 1996 in the Telecommunications Cluster at Napa High School, Napa, CA where he learned video production, computer programming, electronics and other related skills. The San Francisco Academy of Art College awarded him a Summer Study Grant in 1997, and in 2006 he was awarded second prize at Schlafly's Art Outside for his mixed media paintings and generative prints made using custom software. Since 1999 he has worked for Saint Louis University, providing expertise in information technology and media production. Daniel also composes and performs original electronic music and accompanying videos under the pseudonym of Mmmelt.


Together, Carmelita and Daniel are Kung Fu Chicken, an interdisciplinary art studio they have run since 2000. While they work in completely different mediums, from Carmelita's distinctly illustrated hand-made ceramics to Daniel's new and mixed media compositions, they cross-polinate ideas and aesthetics. Carmelita is grounded and interested in functionality, while Daniel is heady and interested in concepts. They balance, offset and complement each other both creatively and professionally. In 2009 they were awarded "Kick Ass Awards" by the St. Louis arts and culture magazine turned blog, 52nd City.

www.kungfuchicken.com

Missy Sue Hanson

 

 



Artist Bio

i dream too much. if there is such a thing. i smile at strangers and love to hear their stories. i believe everyone is beauty personified. i'm passionate. about everything.

i love anything that encites the imagination. i like to have deep, meaningful conversations (especially with my son) and live life with zest, affirmation and gratitude.

essentially, I'm just a girl. i have dreams, ones that i want to share. i have hopes, ones that lift me through any fog i might encounter. i have aspirations, ones that have shown me who i really am. And now that i know, i wonder how i could have lived any differently.

www.missysuephotography.com

Tim Eisenhoffer

 

 


Artist Bio

Hi, my name is Tim Eisenhoffer.

When you start to run from the establishment, you realize you must take with you some basic tools, i.e. you can’t run away from the air you breath. As an artist, you can’t run away from the colors you paint with.

Using color to express movement and emotion, became my foundation. Thoughts and idea’s began to race through my mind so fast it was hard just to get them on canvas.


There is a level of adolescence that one grows to achieve. When you get too old to run across a grassy field, you remember what it was like and those emotions flow through your arms and on to the canvas with dazzling speed and breathless exhilaration.

I am hoping that when you view my work, you can feel my work as well. It is not for me to tell you what my work depicts; you must and should draw your own perceptions and conclusions. If only to say this guy is crazy….but it’s a good crazy!



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Gena Brady Allen

 

 

ARTIST STATEMENT

Gena Brady Allen is a working artist dedicated to the medium of photography. Her background in environmental design and the built environment informs much of her work. She travels throughout the United States and abroad photographing urban, suburban and rural landscapes and their inhabitants.

Along with documenting communities, she is also attracted to the objects people create, collect and leave behind. Along with visual arts, she plays experimental music with Learn, Artist! sound project. Recently she has published the book Transients Welcome through Blurb.com featuring her black and white street photography. She displays her work and performs in galleries and venues in and around St. Louis.


Danielle Correll

 

ARTIST STATEMENT

I've been creating art almost my entire life... the stories I could tell. Mostly self-taught, I experiment with different forms of medium to achieve the overall look and design of what I am trying to achieve. Art is a required necessity and has become more of a staple in my life than anything. Like a good well-balanced diet. Art serves a mentally logical reason as well. Productivity, a sense of immortality (as I know I won't live forever but my art very well may), an outlet for expression are but a few reasons. A true focus on what I love in my life is where my inspiration comes from, another form of inspiration is my anger towards specific situations in my past. Painting is seriously a form of meditation or therapy for me to get through what is going on from my past struggles into the situations that I deal with in the present. In all the years I have experimented with various kinds of media like oils, acrylics
airbrush, sculpture, glass, soap making, and jewelry.


My experience has also taught me to create copies from masters of art for commission. Not something that I do on a daily basis, however it helps me strengthen my abilities and experience. This has helped me survive at times when necessary. Most of my creations have remained hidden.... I have always created just to have fun and create. The art form and true discipline is different for every artist and each creation allows an artist to grow and change within themselves. When other people have a chance to understand that vision then you know that you have created a beautiful piece of work to share.

For More Information about Danielle, view her website www.midnite-sun.com




Tom Lampe

 


ARTIST STATEMENT

I grew up in the St. Louis area and currently reside right here in the Dutchtown neighborhood with my wife Maggie, our 2 dogs and our cat. I have been an avid photographer since childhood and am completely self-taught with the exception of a few classes at Forest Park Community College.

My photos have been featured in various publications including The Riverfront Times, The St. Louis Beacon and 52nd City. I enjoy all aspects of photography, but I am particularly drawn to capturing the essence of the urban landscape.

You can view more of my work at www.stl.prettywar.com


Cindy Royal

 
 


ARTIST STATEMENT

Life can be reflected in art. Over forty years of memories and experiences help to form my works. Often a found treasure will end up in a collage, or in the body of one of my creations.

My current works are a culmination of ground papier-mâché, fibers, and vestiges of an entertainment career. Retired records and musical instruments are taken to a new realm. Spare parts are woven into new projects. This is my favorite way to recycle paper and to utilize discarded objects. The nature of the materials that I use and the drying process itself is often unpredictable.

I have always had a passion for paint. It allows me to reveal the desired aspect and detail of my unique works. My journey continues as I find solace in creating my alternatively recycled art.

cinroyal@sbcglobal.net


July-September 2009 Artists

Ashley Alvarado

 


 




ARTIST STATEMENT
From the first bright, bold, and soothing stroke of paint to the last - I’m at peace with the world. I learned about watercolors from my grandma. She taught me to enjoy the beauty of the paint strokes and that when you paint without holding back your true artistry is revealed. She encouraged me to “let my light shine” and paint unconsciously. The School of the Art Institute of Chicago exposed me to many different art forms but watercolor has and always will be where my heart lies. The paper is never kept in one position. I continuously turn the paper for every new stroke and shape. My grandma always told me, “good design looks good from every angle” and she was right! Every stroke of paint creates shapes that fit together like a puzzle creating vivid images streaming from my subconscious. I don’t plan my paintings and delight in the direction my mind takes me.

Stephen Davis

 


 



ARTIST STATEMENT My artwork is a celebration of life through exuberant color and provocative shape! It has as its subject the things in life that I find exciting, mysterious, and thought-provoking. Hopefully you will relate. Self-taught, I’ve experimented with watercolor, gouache, oil pastel, and cut paper. I’m attracted to the intense color exhibited by colored pencil, and at the moment I prefer to work in that medium. I’ve been greatly influenced by and have studied such artists as Stuart Davis, Paul Klee, Juan Gris, and Henri Matisse. I agree with Davis that picture-making is essentially a two-dimensional enterprise, and that the flatness of the support must therefore be respected. I believe he arrived at such an aesthetic through the conscious realization that the illusion of depth weakens and destroys the impact of bold graphic design, of which most of his art is a fine example. I have tried to follow this aesthetic in my own artwork, a concept which is really cubist at its most basic. I exhibited in Art Dimensions’ “Square Foot Show”—my piece was chosen to hang at City Hall as part of the 20 best of the show. That piece, “Funkadelic”, redone in colored pencil, will be exhibited here in my September showing, Still Here, a show of still life’s. My future plans include developing my skills as an artist who can work in many mediums, and in many different styles. At a young 47 in age, I do not believe that it is too late to turn this passion into a life-long career.

Sarah Faraone




 

ARTIST STATEMENT
An artist’s style evolves continuously and I don’t know yet where mine will settle. Maybe I’ll figure that out by the time I’m 100. Technical skill improves and lessons are learned from each painting. It is impossible to learn one lesson from a painting at a time, just as it is impossible to learn one lesson from life at a time – you have to take what you get. I know I don’t want to capture every detail of a subject – a camera is capable of doing that quite successfully. I want to create depth and mood with dark against light and warm against cool. I want to keep my colors fresh as they describe my subjects. I want to “fool” my viewers with beautiful brushstrokes pulled from my bag of tricks, my techniques of illusion. I consider a painting to be a success if it evokes an emotional response in the viewer. I have no say as to what that response might be, but it is my responsibility to provide the foundation for the response. I believe that it is possible to create emotional paintings from the elements of landscape, as well as from figures and creatures.


Elizabeth Fournie

 
 


ARTIST STATEMENT

Elizabeth Fournie's Geisha Girls are happily parading across the Urban Arts Collective Space again this month, on a brief sojourn toward Autumn.


Previous Urban Arts Collective Artists:
Jeanne Vogel, Tim Wagner, Chuck Ramsay, Arlene Ligori, Andre Tourette, Lisa Tourrette, Elizabeth Fournie, Melanie Blunk Dolan, Tony Renner, Ashley Alvarado, Sarah Faraone
Stephen Davis







  October 2010
  November 2010
 Coming Soon December 2010