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Art for the Angels 2017

Featuring

Zack Smithey, Peter Manion and Erin McGrath Rieke

with Tricia Coyle, Megan Hutt, Jeffrey Sass, Dina Worzel, Julie Johnson, S. Jewell S. McGhee and Jessica Ottinger


 Zack Smithey

 Zack Smithey has an enormous and diverse body of work. He has over 3,000 original pieces in public and private collections. In addition to art, he recently built the first shipping container home in the St. Louis area, which he plans to use as a model to build entire shipping container communities specifically for artists, musicians and performers. Smithey hopes to create an art mecca to draw creative people from around the nation to St. Louis.   Smithey has had over 70 solo shows and group shows, has done art/film work for Lincoln Center in NYC, created a series of art videos for world renowned pianist Inon Barnatan, is the creator of the Easter Art Hunt in STL, was commissioned to do Album art for Smother Party a band in Brooklyn, and has been published in the New Yorker, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, St. Louis At Home Magazine, All The Art, St. Louis Magazine, StreetScapes Magazine, St. Louis Homes & Lifestyles, Uptown Magazine, Community News, Lindenwood Connection and St. Charles Magazine. He has been covered/interviewed on NBC, Fox, CBS, and USA Today.

Zack Smithey has an enormous and diverse body of work. He has over 3,000 original pieces in public and private collections. In addition to art, he recently built the first shipping container home in the St. Louis area, which he plans to use as a model to build entire shipping container communities specifically for artists, musicians and performers. Smithey hopes to create an art mecca to draw creative people from around the nation to St. Louis. 

Smithey has had over 70 solo shows and group shows, has done art/film work for Lincoln Center in NYC, created a series of art videos for world renowned pianist Inon Barnatan, is the creator of the Easter Art Hunt in STL, was commissioned to do Album art for Smother Party a band in Brooklyn, and has been published in the New Yorker, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, St. Louis At Home Magazine, All The Art, St. Louis Magazine, StreetScapes Magazine, St. Louis Homes & Lifestyles, Uptown Magazine, Community News, Lindenwood Connection and St. Charles Magazine. He has been covered/interviewed on NBC, Fox, CBS, and USA Today.

 Vibrations:Gold Series | Zack Smithey | Enamel on Canvas | 32x32 | $1250

Vibrations:Gold Series | Zack Smithey | Enamel on Canvas | 32x32 | $1250

Peter Manion

 Peter Manion is a native Saint Louisan who returned in 2000 after studying and living in Chicago and Louisville, KY. Though he completed his studies at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Peter spent nearly 10 years away from the art world. For the past six years, however, he has returned to his studio and to painting, making and showing his work continuously. Focused on the idea and the process of making a work of art. Peter's work has been evolving, challenging both him and his audience. Using an assortment of tools, techniques, and mediums, his paintings contain subtle abstract details and images built around a central form that frequently demands of the viewer to ask "how is that done?"  “My daily life is my art. It is the mundane, the extraordinary and the broken-down moments that lie in between. Nothing is more significant than anything else and everything has its purpose. I experiment with materials and their applications. The risk and its reward keep me excited and therefore motivated.”

Peter Manion is a native Saint Louisan who returned in 2000 after studying and living in Chicago and Louisville, KY. Though he completed his studies at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Peter spent nearly 10 years away from the art world. For the past six years, however, he has returned to his studio and to painting, making and showing his work continuously. Focused on the idea and the process of making a work of art. Peter's work has been evolving, challenging both him and his audience. Using an assortment of tools, techniques, and mediums, his paintings contain subtle abstract details and images built around a central form that frequently demands of the viewer to ask "how is that done?"

“My daily life is my art. It is the mundane, the extraordinary and the broken-down moments that lie in between. Nothing is more significant than anything else and everything has its purpose. I experiment with materials and their applications. The risk and its reward keep me excited and therefore motivated.”

Water 2 by Peter Manion

  Water 2 | Peter Manion |Mixed Media on Paper | 20x30 | $1500

 Water 2 | Peter Manion |Mixed Media on Paper | 20x30 | $1500

Erin McGrath Rieke

 Each of Erin McGrath Rieke's curated productions and individual works of art are like delicate windows with intricate etchings that allow viewers to peer directly into her heart and soul.  Each exhibit Erin produces and work of art she creates is a visual projection of a raw emotional state she has experienced.  Finding solace, comfort, freedom, and peace in the uncertainty of her own process, she revels in the unpredictable outcome welcomed with each new project. Prompted by a wide range of music and focused on the process instead of the end result, each event and work of art exposes her to the world-and to herself. Erin was raised just outside Chicago and spent her formative years studying art, theater, and music. After seven years acting in New York and Chicago, Erin settled in St. Louis and began her career as an activist using the arts to facilitate change within her community.  Today, Erin McGrath Rieke is the Creative Director of Divinemoira Studio and the Visual Arts Ambassador to The Angel Band Project.  McGrath Rieke has exhibited her works of art in over thirty solo and group shows across the country and has produced dozens of interactive and group exhibitions utilizing creative expression to raise awareness to social issues.  McGrath Rieke is a published author and public speaker recognized for her knowledge on art, art as therapy, sexual assault awareness, and mental health issues.  

Each of Erin McGrath Rieke's curated productions and individual works of art are like delicate windows with intricate etchings that allow viewers to peer directly into her heart and soul.  Each exhibit Erin produces and work of art she creates is a visual projection of a raw emotional state she has experienced.  Finding solace, comfort, freedom, and peace in the uncertainty of her own process, she revels in the unpredictable outcome welcomed with each new project. Prompted by a wide range of music and focused on the process instead of the end result, each event and work of art exposes her to the world-and to herself. Erin was raised just outside Chicago and spent her formative years studying art, theater, and music. After seven years acting in New York and Chicago, Erin settled in St. Louis and began her career as an activist using the arts to facilitate change within her community.  Today, Erin McGrath Rieke is the Creative Director of Divinemoira Studio and the Visual Arts Ambassador to The Angel Band Project.

McGrath Rieke has exhibited her works of art in over thirty solo and group shows across the country and has produced dozens of interactive and group exhibitions utilizing creative expression to raise awareness to social issues.  McGrath Rieke is a published author and public speaker recognized for her knowledge on art, art as therapy, sexual assault awareness, and mental health issues.  

Some Dreams Become Reality by Erin McGrath Rieke

 Some Dreams Become Reality | Framed Acrylic, Oil, Enamel, Tempra on Canvas | 18x22 | $750

Some Dreams Become Reality | Framed Acrylic, Oil, Enamel, Tempra on Canvas | 18x22 | $750


Road to Discovery by Tricia Coyle

 Road to Discovery | Tricia Coyle | Acrylic on Canvas  20x20x2 |$375   Tricia Coyle:  I conformed to a career that lacked fulfillment, but it had an impact. My previous career, I worked in a laboratory as a registered Cytotechnologist.  My job consisted of analyzing cells and identifying abnormalities, such as cancer and infections.  In 2014, I left the field of cytology and focused on my passion for art. For 14 years, I analyzed patterns of cells, arrangements, details, and negative space.  My abstract photography and paintings are my interpretations of the complexities of the cellular material I analyzed, by highlighting color (cells) and disguising faces (patients). My minimal photography relates to the simplicities of negative space dispersed between cell groupings.  I don't see things for what they are, more for what they could be.

Road to Discovery | Tricia Coyle | Acrylic on Canvas  20x20x2 |$375

Tricia Coyle: I conformed to a career that lacked fulfillment, but it had an impact. My previous career, I worked in a laboratory as a registered Cytotechnologist.  My job consisted of analyzing cells and identifying abnormalities, such as cancer and infections.  In 2014, I left the field of cytology and focused on my passion for art. For 14 years, I analyzed patterns of cells, arrangements, details, and negative space.  My abstract photography and paintings are my interpretations of the complexities of the cellular material I analyzed, by highlighting color (cells) and disguising faces (patients). My minimal photography relates to the simplicities of negative space dispersed between cell groupings.  I don't see things for what they are, more for what they could be.

From Here by Megan Hutt

 From Here | Megan Hutt | Framed and Matted Photograph | 11x14x2 | $200   Megan Hutt  is a St. Louis native who, like most new parents, picked up her camera soon after her first child was born. What started merely as a desire for documentation quickly progressed into a love beyond that for her memories sake. She is moved most by a natural approach to photography while paying close attention to roles of lighting and angles in a playful way.

From Here | Megan Hutt | Framed and Matted Photograph | 11x14x2 | $200

Megan Hutt is a St. Louis native who, like most new parents, picked up her camera soon after her first child was born. What started merely as a desire for documentation quickly progressed into a love beyond that for her memories sake. She is moved most by a natural approach to photography while paying close attention to roles of lighting and angles in a playful way.

Abstract Landscape by Dina Worzel

 Abstract Landscape | Dina Worzel |Resin on Canvas | 20x20x2| $450   Dina Worzel:  I am the purest form of an inspired artist; I am not an academic artist. My Inspirations begin as mental sketches engendered by current events, intellectual or musical discoveries, life experiences, failures, loss, blissful moments of success, the kindness of a stranger, a new friend. I paint Resin Abstract Landscape, Seascape, Impressionist, and Fluid Art Paintings. I paint mostly with my hands but mediums reach canvas by any means necessary: brush, knife, liquid, fingers & toes, all of which seem appropriate, primary and secondary colors are layered accordingly. The results are lush and vibrant. Landscapes and Seascapes poised with kinetic energy as one experiences continents dropping into vast oceans of color; powerful colors define nimbostratus and cumulonimbus regions that transition to delicate cirrus regions with so much force that one can actually feel the transition on the canvas.

Abstract Landscape | Dina Worzel |Resin on Canvas | 20x20x2| $450

Dina Worzel: I am the purest form of an inspired artist; I am not an academic artist. My Inspirations begin as mental sketches engendered by current events, intellectual or musical discoveries, life experiences, failures, loss, blissful moments of success, the kindness of a stranger, a new friend. I paint Resin Abstract Landscape, Seascape, Impressionist, and Fluid Art Paintings. I paint mostly with my hands but mediums reach canvas by any means necessary: brush, knife, liquid, fingers & toes, all of which seem appropriate, primary and secondary colors are layered accordingly. The results are lush and vibrant. Landscapes and Seascapes poised with kinetic energy as one experiences continents dropping into vast oceans of color; powerful colors define nimbostratus and cumulonimbus regions that transition to delicate cirrus regions with so much force that one can actually feel the transition on the canvas.

Introspection by Jeffrey Sass

 Introspection | Jeffrey Sass | Acrylic on Canvas | $375  Jeffery Sass is a life-long photographer. Some of his earliest memories involve a camera in his hand. His work is based in traditional and historic photography. Sass feels very strongly that film and darkroom techniques are art forms that need to be preserved. To create his images, he uses antique and vintage cameras as well as ones that he has created. Each image is one of a kind because the film and photographic papers used are many years past their shelf life and often yield interesting and unpredictable results. Materials of this sort are often discontinued or not manufactured for decades. The past shapes Sass' view of the present. He finds his images in iconic things of yesterday and tries to re-imagine them for a contemporary audience. As an artist that uses photography as a primary means of expression, he believes that the historical processes are even more significant to contemporary art than they were years ago. Today they are aesthetic choices, the means to an end. Sass wants his current work to redefine what is considered a photographic image and how the viewer engages with a photograph.

Introspection | Jeffrey Sass | Acrylic on Canvas | $375

Jeffery Sass is a life-long photographer. Some of his earliest memories involve a camera in his hand. His work is based in traditional and historic photography. Sass feels very strongly that film and darkroom techniques are art forms that need to be preserved. To create his images, he uses antique and vintage cameras as well as ones that he has created. Each image is one of a kind because the film and photographic papers used are many years past their shelf life and often yield interesting and unpredictable results. Materials of this sort are often discontinued or not manufactured for decades. The past shapes Sass' view of the present. He finds his images in iconic things of yesterday and tries to re-imagine them for a contemporary audience. As an artist that uses photography as a primary means of expression, he believes that the historical processes are even more significant to contemporary art than they were years ago. Today they are aesthetic choices, the means to an end. Sass wants his current work to redefine what is considered a photographic image and how the viewer engages with a photograph.

Light it Up by Julie Johnson

 Light it Up | Julie Johnson | Canvas Wrapped Photograph | 4x4x2 | $200   Julie Johnson:  “I create photographs to remind myself of how rich it is to experience being alive. I approach photography as a three­ dimensional art in a two dimensional world. I see it as my job to build the visual layers of texture and color within the subjects. It is my deep desire for viewers of my work to walk away with a stronger sense of connectedness to the little things in our daily lives that make us feel whole and awake.” Julie is a teacher and artist in St. Louis working primarily in photography. Julie's artwork has been greatly impacted by her time working with clients and students in social services and as an educator in St. Louis City and County. She is most known for her photographs of urban landscapes, street art, and city streets that depict the broad spectrum of experiences that occur within city life.In addition to photographing the city, Julie loves to turn her work into a personal experience by organizing photo walks around the city while also teaching participants the basics of photography, smart phone photography and how to use photography as a meditation tool, among other things. Julie received her Bachelors of Fine Arts in Art History and Photography from the University of Kansas. She has studied studio art in Ireland and Italy, displayed her work in several galleries around St. Louis and Kansas City and teaches community based photography classes.

Light it Up | Julie Johnson | Canvas Wrapped Photograph | 4x4x2 | $200

Julie Johnson: “I create photographs to remind myself of how rich it is to experience being alive. I approach photography as a three­ dimensional art in a two dimensional world. I see it as my job to build the visual layers of texture and color within the subjects. It is my deep desire for viewers of my work to walk away with a stronger sense of connectedness to the little things in our daily lives that make us feel whole and awake.” Julie is a teacher and artist in St. Louis working primarily in photography. Julie's artwork has been greatly impacted by her time working with clients and students in social services and as an educator in St. Louis City and County. She is most known for her photographs of urban landscapes, street art, and city streets that depict the broad spectrum of experiences that occur within city life.In addition to photographing the city, Julie loves to turn her work into a personal experience by organizing photo walks around the city while also teaching participants the basics of photography, smart phone photography and how to use photography as a meditation tool, among other things. Julie received her Bachelors of Fine Arts in Art History and Photography from the University of Kansas. She has studied studio art in Ireland and Italy, displayed her work in several galleries around St. Louis and Kansas City and teaches community based photography classes.

Cocooned in Chaos by S. Jewell S. McGhee

 Cocooned in Chaos | S. Jewell S. McGhee | Acrylic on Canvas | 14x18x1 | $300   The Artwork of S. Jewell S. McGhee  is diverse and engaging. As a “Community Artist” her work is influenced by the community it is meant for. Her murals and canvas paintings depict emotion and space. Having a background in theatre, she creates large and life sized 3D pieces in mediums ranging from fabric, to recycled objects, to painted murals.  As a recipient of a  Regional Arts Commission Support Grant, she installed 4 pieces at St. Louis Language Immersion Schools.  S. Jewell S. McGhee has a permanent rotating installation at Crossroads in Maplewood; a permanent collection held by Fidelity Counseling in St. Louis; was the Lead Designer on the rotating interactive installation “Aria Rising” from the Angel Band Project; and featured artist and presenter for “Turbulence Behind Tranquility.” She is accomplished in colored pencil drawings known for being so fluid and rich they have the impression of being painted.  Her work with Divinemoira: "Waterfall of St. Louis Stories" is a part of the "Evocation Exhibit" and the Evoke St. Louis Initiative.

Cocooned in Chaos | S. Jewell S. McGhee | Acrylic on Canvas | 14x18x1 | $300

The Artwork of S. Jewell S. McGhee is diverse and engaging. As a “Community Artist” her work is influenced by the community it is meant for. Her murals and canvas paintings depict emotion and space. Having a background in theatre, she creates large and life sized 3D pieces in mediums ranging from fabric, to recycled objects, to painted murals.  As a recipient of a  Regional Arts Commission Support Grant, she installed 4 pieces at St. Louis Language Immersion Schools.  S. Jewell S. McGhee has a permanent rotating installation at Crossroads in Maplewood; a permanent collection held by Fidelity Counseling in St. Louis; was the Lead Designer on the rotating interactive installation “Aria Rising” from the Angel Band Project; and featured artist and presenter for “Turbulence Behind Tranquility.” She is accomplished in colored pencil drawings known for being so fluid and rich they have the impression of being painted.  Her work with Divinemoira: "Waterfall of St. Louis Stories" is a part of the "Evocation Exhibit" and the Evoke St. Louis Initiative.