There is so much news to share with you. Please welcome new artists Lou Conroy and Victoria Pendragon.
I worked as a hairstylist, received a BFA in art and graphic design, then worked 20 years as a graphic designer for the Department of Veterans Affairs for 19 years, but my true passion throughout my life has been the study and practice of portrait and figurative art. I am happy to be a part of the St. Louis artistic community and regularly train at Gateway Academy of Classical Art.
Fascinated by pattern since I was old enough to draw, I majored in Fabric Design at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, PA. I am 75, now, my hands viciously crippled by a disease that was supposed to kill me 30 years ago. I am living in "wild & wonderful" West Virginia and my surroundings have overwhelmed me with a desire to paint such as I have never experienced... and what I want to paint - and do paint - is the beauty that surrounds me... but my way... seen as pattern.
The annual national online exhibit opened on Nov 1. The theme is Disorder/Order. 87 artists and over 250 artworks were narrowed down to 44 artists and 62 artworks. Virginia Becker and Gisele Obermeier blind juried the show. I am so proud that Mindy Cooke, Michael LaRue, Nancy Van Ness, Victoria Pendragon, and myself had work selected. The jurors selected Michael LaRue's "Gateway to the West" photo for an honorable mention award. Congratulations, Michael. The link to the exhibition is https://www.bextraordinaire.com/orderdisorder-art-exhibition.html#/
This year BE has a new online gallery space designed by Ikonospaces. Let me know what you think.
Find your favorite "ism" in November at Tom Blood's new gallery space filled with his Pop art paintings and his favorite "ism" - Surrealism paintings. The gallery is located in Chesterfield next to the Factory music venue.
Tom has invited Nancy Van Ness, Cathy Loos and Kathy Corey to show our "ism" paintings, expressionism and impressionism sprinkled with realism. Our paintings will make you forget all about the wintertime weather. We will be popping up in November for an Endless Summer exhibit. Dates are to be confirmed shortly.
The gallery is located in Chesterfield next to the Factory music venue.
Michael has 3 photographs, 217, Simple Beauty, and Door to the Soul accepted into "The Small BIG Artshow" at Stone Soup Galleries in Chesterfield. The exhibit runs from November 12 - January 6. https://stonesoupgalleries.com/the-small-art-big-show
Kathy LaRue also has 3 pieces in the Stone Soup Galleries Small Art show. Fall Frenzy, Magma in Motion, Delicate Bloom (acrylic & mica pigments).
Congrats to you both!!!
Kathy Corey's, 2 paintings, "Libertad" and "Aphrodite Lost" were accepted into the Saint Louis Art Guild's "Tell Me a Story" Exhibit. Writers will come in and select paintings to create their own stories. The dates for the show are November 18 - December 31, 2022
Maria and Mary Beth will be part of the January 2023 Exhibit at the Saint Louis Artist Guild "The Mandela Project: Artist Collective on display in Curated Gallery January 13- February 11, 2023.
It was wonderful to see Sue Alexander and Nancy Van Ness at the Webster Art Fair. Their booths looked terrific!
Thanks for reading!
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