Art for the Angels 2019
Time & Location
Wednesday, April 24, 2019 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM
33 WINE SHOP AND BAR 1913 Park Ave, St. Louis, MO 63104
About The Event
Art for the Angels is a benefit fundraiser for The Angel Band Project, a non-profit organization that provides music therapy to survivors of sexual violence at no cost to the participant. Funds raised from Art for the Angels support The Angel Band Project’s mission to use the power of music to provide healing, raise awareness and create positive social change for survivors of sexual violence.
Over the past 8 years, Divinemoira Studio has had a multitude of opportunities to work with The Angel Band Project to achieve their mission through a series of interactive and engaging events and projects that emphasize visual art.
Art for the Angels presents the beautiful marriage between two exquisite forms of expression: music and visual art, with one important mission: to continue the powerful work of The Angel Band Project: providing hope and healing through music therapy to the survivors of sexual violence.
Join us for this important event. (Bidding Starts April 17th, 2019)
VISUAL ARTISTS (SEE IMAGES BELOW):
BHARAT AJARI, HEATHER BENNETT, ALISON CAPPS, BJ CARRICK, KATHY DUFFIN, BRITTANY DYER, VINCENT DYER, GREG EDMONDSON, BARB FLUNKER, TERRY HINKLE, PETER HOLOHAN, TOM HUCK, STEVE LAWSON, BELINDA LEE, PETER MANION, ERIN MCGRATH RIEKE, JB NEARSY, MARY NICHOLS, ALLISON NORFLEET BRUENGER, MARK PACK, TOM REED, LAURIE RITCHIE, JUDY ROSEN, EDO ROSENBLITH, CHRISTOPHER RUESS, MARYANN RUSSUM, ANNE TREEGER, EMILY WINGATE, TERESA WISE, MARK WITZLING, DINA WORZEL
Devon Cahill, Heather Lawyer and Dave Drebes and Debra Busch and Dan Frey
Through your attendance at Art for the Angels 2019, you are helping The Angel Band Project use music therapy to help promote healing to the survivors of sexual violence.
$25 General Admission from 6:00-9;00 pm. Ticket includes a cocktail of your choice and decadent food tastings provided by 33 Wine Shop and Bar . A cash bar is available throughout the evening.
Visit IN THE STUDIO throughout the month to learn more about the works and lives of our contributing artists and musicians.
Bharat Ajari is a painter, photographer and writer. He is a content contributor to All the Arts magazine, a visual arts quarterly about the St. Louis art scene. He is a resident artist at Concrete Studios He has exhibited his work in solo gallery shows in St. Louis and St. Charles, MO including the Ruth Reese Gallery, and the Arcade Contemporary Arts Project/Webster University. He has works included in the permanent collection of The Santos Foundation.
Heather Bennett earned a BA in political science and a BFA in printmaking at Washington University in St. Louis, MO, and received an MFA in painting at Hunter College, New York. Her work has been shown in numerous solo and group exhibitions including: Stephan Stoyanov Gallery, New York, NY; Eva Hober Gallery, Paris, France; Gallerie S.E., Bergen, Norway; Graffit Gallery, Varna, Bulgaria; FIAC Contemporary Art Fair, Paris, France; University of Alabama at Birmingham, AL; Forum for Contemporary Art, St. Louis, MO; LOOP Contemporary Art Fair, Barcelona, Spain; Contemporary Arts Center, Syracuse, NY and the Delaware Art Museum, Wilmington, DE, among others. Bennett’s work has been the subject of numerous reviews in varied publications, such as Artnet, Art Review Magazine, Art Press, ArtPapers, The New York Times, and Time Out New York. Her 2014 solo exhibition in New York City was reviewed by R.C. Baker of The Village Voice, NYC and her 2017 solo exhibition the Bruno David Gallery in St. Louis was reviewed by Eileen G’Sell in Hyperallergic. Currently, Bennett is a full- time lecturer at the Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts at Washington University in St. Louis, MO.
Photos of Gifts
Photographic images have traditionally depicted space, revealing people and objects, they are the stuff of illusion. They are also things. At the intersection of these identities is a kind of gooey vacillation as we look at and through a photographic image in contemporary culture. This work seems to depict exactly what the series title, Photos of Gifts, describes, however, objects are often wrapped with magazine images complicating illusionistic space, as well as, obscuring object identities. Women acting as objects for magazine advertisements are subtly transformed here to the focused subjects of the images only to then be flattened, inextricable from the object portrait, as they are wrapped around that object and tied with a bow. The subject/ object reversal of the female form gets a sea sickening treatment. The small act of wrapping a gift becomes a potent metaphor, exploding within its supposedly quiet, often assumed to be feminine place.
BENNETT IS REPRESENTED BY BRUNO DAVID GALLERY IN ST. LOUIS, MISSOURI
BJ Carrick is an artist, writer, and editor, born in Chicago and currently residing in Lockport, Illinois. Carrick has been represented by Divinemoira Studio since 2011. Carrick is interested in reviving old objects, materials, and styles, then re-blending them to create new forms of expression. The interplay of orange and red is a recurring theme in his visual art, but each work is different in some way; Carrick is unable to use the exact same approach or technique twice. Carrick's work has been presented in several group exhibitions in St. Louis, Missouri and Sarasota, Florida and can be found in several private collections.
CARRICK IS REPRESENTED BY DIVINEMOIRA STUDIO ST. LOUIS, MISSOURI, SARASOTA, FLORIDA AND HOUSTON, TEXAS
Kathy Duffin is an award-winning fine artist specializing in contemporary watercolor and mixed media painting. Her work has been exhibited, installed, and collected throughout the region, including at St. Louis Artists Guild, Blue Man Group’s Briar Street Theater in Chicago, Powell Symphony Hall, Art Saint Louis, Quincy University, and other galleries and institutions in Illinois and Missouri. In addition to painting on paper and canvas, Kathy also creates large-scale artwork on walls and pavement. An alum of the “St. Louis Mural U” workshops led by Robert Fishbone, she collaborates and contributes to the local mural collective. Her chalk art, though fleeting, has been found at festivals, street parties, and secluded sidewalks. A long-time graphic artist, Kathy also creates concert posters, web content, and other fun digital elements. Kathy works in fundraising for local nonprofits, and is a candidate for a Masters in Nonprofit Management from Washington University in December 2019. Her home and studio are in St. Louis.
I love to create art—large and small, temporary and permanent. This spring/summer I’m working on a series of watercolors is inspired by iconic St. Louis symbols and architecture, tempered with an awareness of our shifting culture and climate. Look for fresh paintings in a gallery near you (or near me, perhaps) before year’s end!
Kathy Duffin will partner with Rusty Conklin again this year as featured chalk artists at Let Them Eat Art in Maplewood, Missouri on July 12, 2019. You’ll find Kathy and Rusty making art on the pavement on Sutton Boulevard. More details to come at www.cityofmaplewood.com and on Facebook.
Brittany Dyer is a graduate of the University of Missouri St. Louis with a Bachelor in Studio Art and Minor in Art History. Dyer has been with Divinemoira Studio since 2013. Dyer's art works are a manifestation of her passion for life and the visual arts. She is an easily inspired individual that often finds herself void of time rather than ideas. Dyer primarily works in two mediums; oil painting and photography. Brittany Dyer has exhibited her work in solo and group exhibits throughout St. Louis, Missouri and Southern Florida.
My interest with spirituality and philosophy tend to reflect in my works. I am always fascinated with exaggerating the light and dark values within my works to invoke emotion and create a metaphorical context.
DYER IS REPRESENTED BY DIVINEMOIRA STUDIO IN ST. LOUIS, MISSOURI, SARASOTA, FLORIDA AND HOUSTON, TEXAS.
I have participated in several shows in the STL area in the past as well in my earlier education. Working to learn as much as possible to broaden the skills needed to utilise the tools of creating has been a major key to experiences. I try to invest as much time as possible creating whatever has been screaming inside of me.
I often find that when creating anything that intent is only the breath of the action but the exhale is where the magic is. Creating is beyond the action for me, it is the experience of the process. You can discover so much about who you are in the process. Art being a form of universal communication and its broad presentation allows for infinite possibilities. Every time you begin there will always be an end. This has helped with the understanding of the impermanence of life that flows to my work and often time the indecisiveness of the present results. This is where i learn the most, and find my center.
Greg Edmondson was born in Durham, North Carolina. He earned his BFA from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville and MFA from Washington University in St. Louis. He is the recipient of numerous grants and awards including Fulbright and DAAD fellowships to Germany, and residency fellowships to Artpark, The Virginia Center for the Creative Arts and the Santa Fe Art Institute. "RIVERS and BEASTS", his first book of paintings was published by Spartan Press in 2017. His upcoming book, "After the Flood" will be published by Stubborn Mule Press in May 2019.
A book release and signing for "After the Flood" will be held at Philip Slein Gallery in St. Louis on May 10. For more information go to: stubbornmulepress.bigcartel.com/product/after-the-flood or www.gregedmondson.net
I have been making art as long as I can remember. I have been fortunate to exhibit across the country at such venues as Anthony Philip Fine Art in New York, NY, Denise Roberge Gallery in Palm Desert, CA, and Mark Palmer Gallery in Paducah, KY, as well as The Contemporary Art Museum of St. Louis and St. Louis based COCA. My work has also been featured in the New York Times and St. Louis Homes & Lifestyles Magazine.
I currently work in St. Louis in the home I share with my husband and our two dogs and am represented through Artspace.com.
I am a mixed media artist exploring the relationships between the human-constructed and natural worlds, and the effects of the passage of time on these constructs. My work seeks to blend both the industrial and organic into a narrative of the physical and emotional journeys I have undertaken in my life. The concepts of “Home” and “Away” are illustrated in my paintings and found object assemblages, and the use of balance and texture in the compositions of both bodies of work attempt to yield a kinetic sensibility reminiscent of the movements of water.
For me as an artist, the final product of the creative process is like arriving at a destination. It is in fact the journey that is the thing that continues to motivate and intrigue me almost more than the final result.
FLUNKER IS REPRESENTED BY ARTSPACE.COM
St. Louis artist, Terry Hinkle, has been creating art since he was old enough to hold a crayon. He received his Bachelors Degree in Commercial Arts and Business from the University of Kansas and, after graduation, began his career as a commercial artist, illustrator, and designer. He quickly moved to the creative business of advertising, promotion, and marketing. Terry’s new abstract, and figurative mixed media paintings are part of a vision that he has dreamed of creating for over 40 years. He finally found the way to break the confining bonds of commercial art and dive into the exhilarating flow of the unstructured, pure creative energy that makes up his new artwork.
Many times I wake up from a dream with a complete vision of the finished painting in my head and have to rush to capture it before it fades away. But most days, I do a simple meditation before entering my studio to clear out all of the ‘human’ noise and set my creative intention for my painting and for my day. Then, with a clear, uncluttered mind, I select the wood or paper or canvas that I will start with, and happily enter that intoxicating stream of creative energy, never knowing where it will take me. I am so happy to be on my new path of freedom. It is a journey of pure emotional and creative expression that I am excited to finally be a part of.
I enjoy creating mixed media abstract and figurative paintings and I am available for commissions. Quite a few of my paintings are created with Iron, copper, and bronze paints that are then oxidized to weather and rust. I very seldom seal the paint when finished so that it can continue to live and make beautiful subtle changes over time.
HINKLE IS REPRESENTED BY STONE SOUP GALLERY AND LE NU “FIGURATIVE SALON”
Peter Holohan is a printmaker. Pete’s BFA in printmaking was from SIU-Edwardsville in 2017, though his printmaking began in earnest in high school with woodblock. Pete has held internships with Tom Huck’s Evil Prints and Central Print, a nonprofit printmaking studio in Old North St. Louis. Pete has recently exhibited at SIU-E, The Royale, and has completed commissions for Trinity Episcopal Church in St. Louis and for a Chicago bicycle store which will use his work as their store brand. In addition to working in his studio at his south city home, Pete works at Ink Spot, St. Louis city’s only union printshop.
Tom Huck was born on December 9, 1971 in Farmington, Missouri and grew up in nearby Potosi. He received a BFA in drawing from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale in 1993. He currently lives in St. Louis, Missouri where he runs his own press, Evil Prints. Tom Huck is a visual artist best known for his large scale woodcuts. His imagery draws heavily upon the influence of Albrecht Durer, Jose Guadalupe Posada, R. Crumb and Honore Daumier. He is a regular contributor to BLAB! and was the illustrator of The Roots’ Phrenology album art in 2003. Huck’s woodcut prints are included in numerous public and private collections, including the Whitney Museum of American Art, Spencer Museum of Art, Nelson Atkins Museum of Art, St. Louis Art Museum. Milwaukee Art Museum, Minneapolis Institute of Art, Fogg Art Museum and New York Public Library. Tom Huck is represented by Sherry Leedy Contemporary Art in Kansas City, MO.
HUCK IS REPRESENTED BY SHERRY LEEDY CONTEMPORARY ART IN KANSAS CITY, MISSOURI
Since receiving his Bachelor of Fine Arts from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and after a ten year hiatus, Peter Manion has been pushing the creative envelope in the St. Louis contemporary art world. Manion’s emphatic strokes and subject matter offset a playful use of material, style, and sense of humor. His use of color and frenetic forms complement a bold use of abstract mark-making.After completing his residency at La Fragua in Spain, Manion was moved to create works that could exist outside of the traditional studio walls. Since then, his body of work has shifted from canvas to felt and plaster - and has a much more minimalist feel. Manion’s work is diverse and moving. His use of non-traditional methods, materials, and practices gives his work an animative quality, lending variance and movement to what once was undisturbed brings the work closer to the idea of a living object. His sculptures represent transformation and decay, challenging the idea of art as only static beauty. Manion has been the recipient of multiple awards, including an Award of Excellence at Art Saint Louis and the Judge’s Award of Merit at Kranzberg Arts Center. He has completed residencies at La Fragua in Belalcazar, Spain, and the Vermont Studio Center in Johnson, Vermont. His most recent exhibitions include Universal Turf at the World Chess Hall of Fame, St. Louis, Missouri; Next Playground at Ace Hotel, Chicago, Illinois; La Fragua to Vermont: Works on Paper at Houska Gallery, St. Louis, Missouri; and Post at Folder Gallery, Ridgewood, New York.
MANION IS REPRESENTED BY HOUSKA GALLERY IN ST. LOUIS MISSOURI
Erin McGrath Rieke
Erin McGrath Rieke is an award-winning creative production professional, visual artist and designer. Raised just outside Chicago, Erin spent her formative years studying art, theater, and music. After seven years acting in New York and Chicago, she settled in St. Louis and began her career in innovative fundraising and began working in activism using the arts to facilitate change within her community. Today, Erin McGrath Rieke is the Creative Director of Divinemoira Studio and the Visual Art Director for The Angel Band Project.
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 McGrath Rieke has exhibited her works of art in numerous solo and group shows across the country and has produced dozens of interactive and group exhibitions including the Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis, The Regional Arts Commission, Maryville University, The Ethical Society, Powell Symphony Hall, Center of Creative Arts (COCA), Art Saint Louis and SOHA Studio and Gallery in St. Louis, Missouri; Arterie Fine Art and Awakenings Gallery in Chicago, Illinois; University of Tulsa, Tulsa, Oklahoma and AMLI Galleries in Houston, Texas. Erin McGrath Rieke is a published author and public speaker recognized for her knowledge on the arts, creative art therapy, gender based violence, chemical dependency and mental health issues.
MCGRATH RIEKE IS THE FOUNDER AND CREATIVE DIRECTOR OF DIVINEMOIRA STUDIO
Current and Upcoming Events:
McGrath Rieke is currently managing the Aria Rising Project: Aria Rising, Second Movement currently on display at Maryville University through April. McGrath Rieke will be producing and exhibiting visual art and select written expression in “Turbulence Behind Tranquility,” which will open in St. Louis, Missouri in May. Erin will present “Uncommon Sense,” in September, 2019.
J.B. (Jared) Nearsy grew up in rural southern Illinois. He studied art in southern California, and accounting and psychology at Southern Illinois University Carbondale, graduating with high honors.
However, the majority of his learning came from outside of the university setting. Graffiti was introduced to him when it was still a folk culture, with knowledge passed down from artist to artist. He remains an advocate of the art form, and firmly believes that it is one of the most influential and pure contemporary art movements.
This broad education and range of experiences, along with incessant reading, drawing, and painting, has shaped his point of view. Each source of knowledge undoubtedly informs his current work, particularly his lessons learned from graffiti.
After a 6-year career in business interlaced with continuous art commissions, he now solely works as an artist. He has found that full-time creativity is a test of will, determination, innovation, imagination, and spirit, but also that a creative life also builds these same qualities in a person. Creating original works in a variety of disciplines, with hopes of communicating ideas about the world in which we live today, J.B. asks the viewer to participate in alternative dialogs and examine the ingrained purpose of every life.
Nearsy has exhibited widely both nationally and internationally. He is represented by Houska Gallery in St. Louis, Missouri.
My primary motivation is to expose the viewer to an honest interpretation of perseverance, achieved through resilience by way of positivity. Life puts many challenges in front of us, often to outcomes that we do not expect. Not to say we will always be happy, sure, or even steadfast, but that we must try. Without an attempt, there is no means to a bright result. When we make efforts to look at situations with humility and good nature, we inevitably wind up better for it. A positive outlook builds on itself, creating more positivity and positive outcomes.
This current body of work is the direct result of maintaining this optimism. At its deepest level, my art relates to seeing the good or purpose in events and others. In this light, my work is, as a whole, an artifact of examining how to remain hopeful throughout struggle. I bounce around this near-paradoxical but attainable outlook in varying ways — viewing hope as pertinent, though not easy, with an open mind and without judgment.
NEARSY IS REPRESENTED BY HOUSKA GALLERY IN ST. LOUIS, MISSOURI
Nearsy will be presenting his work on neighborhoods in urban landscapes in a solo exhibit at Hanger Gallery in Kansas City, Missouri. Exhibit opens July, 2019
ALLISON NORFLEET BRUENGER
I'm a Mixed Media Jewelry and Fine Craft Artist. My goal is to create truly distinctive wearable art designs that lift the spirit and inspire the soul. I use a variety of materials such as Copper, Brass, Sterling Silver along with my "Original Drawings & Painting to create my lines. Most of my focus is in "Nature" & the "Female Image". I use lighter weights in my materials so that my jewelry is comfortable to wear yet become stunning creations. Each of my main designs are "Retired" as soon as the piece "Finds a Great Home" so that the person will own that special design. From my detailed drawing of the piece to the hand fabricated one of a kind creation, I want to create truly unique pieces of wearable art for each of my collectors. I love making pieces of art that adorn the body.
NORFLEET BRUENGER IS REPRESENTED BY GREEN DOOR GALLERY
“The rectangle, the plane, the structure, the picture are but sounding boards for a spirit.”
I have always favored the above quote by Brice Marden because it describes the fundamental ideas that I try to embody in my artwork. In the simplest sense, I am painting about paint - but not as an end in itself. While exploring the material qualities and processes of painting, I am thinking of how these relate to life. I define my artistic process as one of cultivation rather than manufacture. Through my work, I am interested in exploring both the processes of creation in nature, and the ways that we as a society relate to nature. For me, this is a way to examine the duality between chaos and control. I am intrigued by the seemingly random creation of geological strata. Similarly, I’m amazed at the unquantifiable number of biological species that exist and the fact that new species are discovered every day. Equally interesting to me are the activities carried out by our society to control and understand nature. Rocks and minerals are cut and polished, then placed on pedestals as works of art or sold as souvenirs. Insects are classified and pinned into frames that become decorative wall hangings. Fossils are cut into slabs and polished for tables or accent pieces. My paintings and sculptures explore these themes through the process of brushing, pouring, and layering paint – sometimes hundreds of layers thick. Then going into these layers and cutting and reshaping the work, watching it evolve through various stages. “Growing” is the word that best describes my primary concern while painting. Growth happens in all living things and much of my work is in a state of perpetual growth. This growth may be interrupted at a certain point when I find a certain aspect that I want to venerate and display. Sometimes this is a temporary interruption, as the piece may undergo additional evolution if it returns to my studio.
PACK IS REPRESENTED BY GRAVERS LANE GALLERY IN CHESTNUT HILL, PHILADELPHIA, PENNSYLVANIA
American, Lives and works in St. Louis, Missouri.
Tom Reed is a painter and master printer. Reed, in addition to being a working artist, is a senior lecturer at Washington University's Sam Fox School of Design and Visual Arts. Reed's artwork is rustic in appearance and in mood. It is often characterized by colorfully muted tree stumps, teepees, totem poles, and flowers. Instead of a blank canvas, Reed begins most of his paintings on pages torn out of coloring books or word finds because he "likes to start his work with a dialogue." Then from this unconventional beginning, he transforms these pages into beautifully stylized panels that can tell a story with just one image.
Reed received his MFA from the University of Iowa and has had several gallery and museum exhibitions, including at the Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis and the Photographic Center Northwest.
TOM REED IS REPRESENTED BY BRUNO DAVID GALLERY, ST. LOUIS, MISSOURI
Within the fabric of our lives,
layered deep with story,
torn from the tragedy of our past,
we surrender to the vulnerability.
Exposed to the patchwork of our choices,
but felt trapped within,
we stretch into surrender
knowing our strength comes from our softness.
We fly free with the angels in loving protection,
no longer on the fringe of our selves.
We rise together,
our stories never fully erased
We rise out of the darkness
Arching into Eternal Light.
Laurie is the owner/founder of Whole Arts Connection, and author of “Artfelt Inspiration: Let Your Freak Fly”. A creative enthusiast all her life, but never formally taught in art, she learned the fascination of play and discovery through the expressive art field. With a background in mental health occupational therapy, she uses the expressive arts to awaken people to their innate creativity, so they can re-connect to their soul, express the unspoken with authenticity, and blaze their way to their biggest dreams. Her art, like the expressive arts, is varied and layered, whether mixed media acrylics, beading, music, or writing/poetry.
“It’s taken me a long time to accept this label as “artist”. I didn’t go to art school. My art, as yet, is not hanging in galleries. It’s never been my focus. Yet, this is what I know: what we practice, we are. Over time, in sharing my understanding of the art process, “giving yourself over to where your passion lies”, I can fully acknowledge the artist in me. I have learned that art, in its layers and wide variety, whether through music, paint or writing, has returned me to my soul. I believe, once entering into that place of passion, where time doesn’t exist, you are one with God and the angels. They are always pushing me/us with loving adoration, knowing me/us more than we’re capable, to move out of my/our fractured stories of doubt and fear. This piece, as I join with too many others across the nation who claim #metoo, is an echo of the message I’ve been hearing within me for a long time. “Stand strong. Be vulnerable. Speak your Truth.” Together, as we embrace this beauty of Feminine Wisdom: Compassion, Forgiveness and Inclusion, we shall rise from the impression of weakness that has been built into the foundation of our existence for centuries.”
Judy is a lifelong musician and certified sound therapist who has always been an art lover and collector. A few years ago she began to play with art as a creator rather than admirer. It soon became a meditation in motion ~ an outreach of inner exploration ~ and a passion. Judy paints in a style called fluid art. She swirls and whirls paint on canvas, watercolor paper, ceramic tiles, and has recently developed a jewelry line of hand painted, interchangeable glass pieces on bracelets, pendants and earrings. In her process of spontaneous creation she always lets music guide her palette and her movements and often finds delight in how the colors mingle, weave and play off of one another– much like the Himalayan Singing Bowls that she plays. In her world, music and art have collided in a most liberating way.
For me, the creation of a painting starts with a whisper of imagination that then takes flight right before my own eyes. I have an intention: to use particular colors, to use an artistic technique (or invent one), to let my musical backdrop inspire how I manipulate the paint, and then to look for the surprise that always comes. Sometimes there is an appearance of something that makes a painting immediately recognizable of a meaningful aspect as to where I am in life. These “happy accidents” (ie: Out of Hiding @ 2018) become testimonials of a sort. In the painting that I have created for Art for the Angels, a mountain scene evolved as I made choices while creating this piece. Climbing seemingly impossible mountains to a big picture view of healing and hope is a true theme in recovery from sexual or domestic abuse. The colors in this painting invite calmness, joy and friendliness to the journey which represents the connection and support that The Angel Band Project’s music therapy programs bring to the participant.
Edo Rosenblith was born in Tel Aviv, Israel but has spent most of his life in the United States. Rosenblith received his BFA in painting in 2011 at the Rhode Island School of Design and his MFA in Visual Art at Washington University-St. Louis in 2017.
Rosenblith has exhibited throughout St. Louis, at The Contemporary Art Museum of St. Louis; The Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum at Washington University-St. Louis, Gallery 210 at the University of Missouri-St. Louis; The Luminary Center for the Arts; Fort Gondo Compound for the Arts; Des Lee Gallery; Parapet Real Humans, and The Millitzer Gallery. Rosenblith has exhibited nationally at the So What Space Gallery in Brooklyn, New York; The International Print Center, New York; The Elmhurst Museum, Chicago and internationally, at Jenifer Nails Gallery in Frankfurt and in Weserburg Museum in Bremen, Germany.
In 2011, Rosenblith began a blog: http://edosdrawingeveryday.tumblr.com posting one page from his sketchbook everyday for two years. These sketches became the content of his first book, PINK, published by Fort Gondo Press in 2013. In 2017, Rosenblith illustrated a chapbook for New York-based poet Paul Legault entitled “What Dorothea Did” published by Dikembe Press. Rosenblith’s work has been featured in Keep Eyes Magazine, All The Art Quarterly and New American Paintings. In 2017 he was a finalist for the Great Rivers Biennial at CAM as well as the winner of the Cite Residency Artist Grant from Washington University. Other awards include the Vermont Studio Center Artist Grant, the Yvette and John Dubinsky Scholarship, Washington University’s Danforth Scholar, the Regional Arts Commission Artist Support Grant, Robert Rauschenberg Foundation “Power of Art” Grant, P. Buckley Moss Foundation Grant for Children's Education and Florence-Leif Peers Grant for Painters. Rosenblith lives and works in St. Louis, Missouri.
Christopher Ruess is a Pennsylvania-born artist who studied at Memphis Academy of Arts, Memphis College of Art, and Washington University School of Art (BFA). He lives and works in St. Louis, Missouri.
Christopher Ruess’ recent paintings explore a visual language inspired by marine shapes and their contexts - particularly vernacular shapes indicative of water and terrestrial forms. Investigations into these forms derive from a variety of sources, specifically originating from his childhood experiences living near the ocean.
RUESS IS REPRESENTED BY HOUSKA GALLERY IN ST. LOUIS, MISSOURI
MARY ANN RUSSUM
I’ve worked as a graphic designer for many years but fine art has always been my first love. I’m a maker and painter, creating cute and creepy crafts and I love making art out of found objects especially creating shadow box art. I’m inspired by art that not only catches my eye but inspires me in some way. If it piques my curiosity there’s something there for me to learn from or be inspired by. I’m greatly inspired by art from Georgia O’Keefe, Paul Klee, Joan Miro, as well the art of Tim Burton. I’m also a big fan of art relating to Dia de Los Muertos (Day of the Dead).
Emily Wingate’s love of art began in childhood and carried over into high school where she was taking several art classes in her senior year. She facilitated many art projects and expressive arts workshops to elementary- high school children, including juvenile offender programs, while she worked at the Peace Learning Center in Indianapolis, IN from 2000-2003. Emily graduated from Herron School of Art with a Bachelor’s Degree in Art Education in 2005 and taught art to middle school students in Indiana while working on several private residence large scale murals for one year before becoming disabled. While finishing her degree, she noticed that certain themes and subject matter from her personal life were making themselves known through her finished pieces, and this sparked an interest in possibly pursuing an Art Therapy Master’s Degree in the future. The idea that working through emotions, through art-making and meaning, was intriguing and quite satisfying. Emily continued to work on personal projects while teaching and painting murals. Near the end of 2007, Emily found herself mostly bed-bound from multiple health issues. Her artistic inspiration still came pouring in, but her dexterity and ability to use her physical body to produce works of art became severely limited. This was a tough blow to someone who had learned to use art to work through difficult emotions. Nonetheless, she worked on her art whenever she had the energy, but large scale painting was out of the question. It was during this time that she rediscovered the age old tradition of cutting and pasting- collage. Emily has worked on collages for the past five years and it has proved to be the most sustainable and workable medium in which to work while she learns to live with new limitations. She is deeply inspired by our place in the universe (and is a huge Carl Sagan fan!) as well as ancient art and our origins. She often watches nature and space documentaries. She is a voracious reader as well; some of her favorite subjects to learn about are Philosophy, Quantum Physics, Biology, Healing, Sacred Geometry, and Biographies of all kinds. Artists that inspire her include Frida Kahlo, Georgia O'Keeffe, Artemesia Gentileschi, Gustav Klimt, and Leonardo Da Vinci.
As a disabled artist, I'm always looking for ways to convey our connectedness in a society that often values independence and "otherness". Many of my themes explore the big questions of our universe and our search for meaning. As a collage artist I enjoy finding images that speak to me in some way and then arranging them into a pleasing aesthetic. It is often after I arrange the composition that the meaning becomes clear. It is a very intuitive process that always seems to work out. The very basic "cut and paste" process that many of us learn in kindergarten has become, for me, the most fun and rewarding way of making art at this time in my life. I am often bedbound, so I'm able to cull and cut images from various sources while in a reclined position. It works for me, since being upright is painful and tiring at times. I can get lost in the little worlds I create, which is also a fun part of the process.
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Born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri, Teresa Wise, can not remember a time when she was not creating in some form. Producing artwork in various mediums since a small child she was encouraged by her mother and supplied with all the paper, pencils and paint she desired. Her pursuits were also encouraged through out her education by various teachers. This drive to create has been a part of her throughout her life and has lead her to a career in graphic design as well as continuing to develop original art and to indulge her love of photography. Teresa is has been a full time freelance graphic designer since 2000 and while she loves creating in various digital programs, traditional mediums such as drawing in both graphite and pen and ink as well as painting in acrylics are still her real joys. She has participated in various gallery shows in St. Louis and various cities in the United States as well as having work exhibited in group shows for street stickers and paste-ups in Europe.
My artwork has had many influences throughout my life, from wanting to capture realistic detail to delving into more abstract creations. I have a deep love of nature and wildlife and have incorporated these themes into my work, specifically dealing with the role of humans both positive and negative on the natural world. I am constantly drawn to the struggle of animals and the environment and the impact mankind is imposing on this planet. I hope by pursuing these themes I can continue to grow as a person and to inspire others to think about their actions and their effects on others as well as the nature.
During my career as a marketing professional I began to paint, studying in studios across the country, from Santa Fe and Albuquerque to Wisconsin and Montana. My work appeared in the 2017 book Cold Wax Medium – Techniques, Concepts, Conversations. In 2017 I was selected into the St. Louis Art Fair Emerging Artist program, and in 2018 I was selected as an artist-in-residence at Chateau Orquevaux in France. In that same year I chose to leave the corporate environment to become Executive Director of Craft Alliance in St. Louis. Through these experiences the landscapes I encounter continue to influence my work. I continue to paint regularly in the same studio where I began.
My journey as an artist has evolved from representational oil painting toward pure abstraction. I became fascinated with the art of the abstract expressionists and with abstract oil painting as a way to express myself creatively. To be “in the zone”. Painting is a solitary process and I find it meditative, and at times almost a form of prayer. My source of inspiration is truly multi-layered. Intellectually, I try to tackle intangible concepts in my paintings while technically I love using strong color, visually building up layers of paint and then excavating back into the layers to bring forth a contrast of colors and textures. My technique focuses on painting with oil and malleable cold wax medium as a fulfilling way of achieving the effects I am seeking and to bring out my personal creative visions. While painting, I rarely use traditional paint brushes, instead working with a variety of tools like pasty scrapers, rollers, sticks, and even old credit cards to apply and move paint around the surface. The result is often bold, sometimes subtle, and always, at least to me, optimistic, delightful, and engaging. I have studied in studios across the country, from Santa Fe and Albuquerque to Wisconsin and Montana. My work appeared in the 2017 book Cold Wax Medium – Techniques, Concepts, Conversations. In 2017 I was selected into the prestigious St. Louis Art Fair Emerging Artist program, and in 2018 I was selected as an artist-in-residence at Chateau Orquevaux in France. Through these experiences the landscapes I encounter continue to influence my work. I continue to paint regularly in the same studio where I began.
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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, or 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.
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Born and raised in St. Louis, MO, Devon realized quickly into her early life that she wanted to be on the stage. She spent the majority of her childhood performing, doing musical theatre, commercials, and film work. In 2012, she formed Letter to Memphis, an original indie folk band. Picking up ukulele and guitar, she began exploring sounds rooted in wistful folkiness, greasy honky tonk, and elements of jazz. The band went on to release two full length albums, graced the beautiful Sheldon Concert Hall, and had the honor of winning the Riverfront Times Music Award for Best Folk Band in 2015 and 2016. In 2013 Devon had the opportunity to sing with two-time Tony Award winner and “Bloodline” star Norbert Leo Butz, and in 2016, she performed the National Anthem for an audience of over 60,000 people at the Edward Jones Dome. She can also be found playing around town with her new band The Bronx Cheers, as well as lending her voice to bands such as The Defeated County, Kid Scientist, and Prairie Rehab.