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There is always an abundance of art in Saint Louis! Which is great, I enjoy going to shows when I can, and if I have work, submitting it as well!

Earlier this month I attended an opening at the Hoffman-Lachance Contemporary gallery located in the heart of Maplewood. The show Kinky Observation by local artist Cbabi Bayoc is on display this month until the 31st. The opening was on October 9th which included a talk with the artist, myself and a couple friends attended and were able to catch the artist talk. I would highly recommend finding time to go see the work before this show closes.

Upon first walking in I was not entirely sure what I was looking at but I liked it. I had briefly read a little bit about the show before going and knew that a general theme was finding imagery in ordinary every day objects. I didn’t have a long time to look around before the artist talk began. What was most impressive about the talk was when Cbabi explained how he created all the work on display in a span of 3-4 weeks. Granted Hoffman-Lachance isn’t the biggest gallery, but there is plenty of wall space that was covered with pieces of varying sizes, that amount of work in that time frame is amazing. If you are familiar with Cbabi Bayoc’s previous work, the pieces at this show may be a bit shocking as they are a bit of a departure from his norm, which is predominantly portraiture.  This new work is refreshing and still holds on to his roots. When he began to describe the inspiration for this collection as being hairstyles I immediately looked around and began to see it, and was surprised I hadn’t noticed before. The shapes and expression in each painting though seem very unique and can create a personal connection for each viewer. My favorites are ones that added little details of color like ribbons or flowers, just a little hint of something not as abstract pulling things together. I myself am a huge fan of the abstract though, so I of course was drawn into this show quite a bit. There is a lot of life in this show and it is worth experiencing yourself, especially if like myself you are a fan of the abstract.

And for an Upcoming Opening  

This weekend, the 24th to be exact, Koken Art Factory will be hosting their annual Halloween art show. While I do not have work in this show, my best friend Paul Lapusan does. The show will be taking place from 7pm-11:30 pm and should be a lot of fun. There doesn’t seem to be a whole lot of advertising for this show this time around which is surprising but it is definitely happening! Koken shows are always very eccentric and a really mix-up of local artists. There will be all different kinds of mediums and talent levels represented, and there is usually some form of entertainment as well. This show will be more tame than Koken’s Naughty-Gras as the call for art even stated to keep things “tasteful” so don’t be afraid to bring a younger crowd.


So technically this art fair is referred to as the Saint Louis Art Fair, but I always refer to it as the Clayton art fair and know many others that do since that is where it is located. I have quite a bit of history with this fair, I have shadowed a working artist there, shown my own work as part of a student program, and worked as a volunteer there more than once. This was maybe the first time I ever went to it purely as a visitor. There were some artists I recognized from previous Clayton art fairs and other local fairs but some were new and there was some really great stuff. I wish I had more time to explore but we saw a good portion of the fair, maybe only missed one little avenue. Stay with me, but this is going to be a long post 🙂

One thing that seemed a little different was the Emerging Artist booth, this was the booth a few years ago I had a chance to show my work in, and for years it was mostly SLU and Wash U. students. This year the booth was much larger and centrally located, the signage was better, and overall it looked like the organizers put a lot into this booth this year. However, it did not appear to be necessarily students, if they were students no signage or anything said what school they were from and I can’t find any info on this in the program guide or online. My favorite showing from this booth was Lisa Hilton, but I cannot find any links to her work online. It was mostly ceramic sculpture of figures that were deteriorated. The figures themselves were beautiful and the textures created to make it look as if it was rotting away was really amazing.

Okay onto other favorites this year. I kind of separated them by type of art, but some are in a category all their own. Some of these are also Paul favorites but I like them too.

Grant Silverstein – Realistic etchings are Grant’s specialty and they are done very well. He even had on display some actual etching plates he used to make the prints, which are a work of art in themselves. His style is really great with lots of lines and squiggles making up great pieces.

Kreg Yingst – Combining a love for music and visual art in one. These were a series of woodcuts and linocuts each featuring different rock and blues artists or lyrics to songs. Brightly colored with fun frames to match this was a pleasant surprise of a booth.

Amy Gillespie – This was the first booth that really stood out to me. I have been getting more and more fascinated by fiber arts lately. Amy’s wall sculptures out of felt and wood really fed into that fascination. They looked flawless, but obviously required a lot of time and effort.

Jeffrey Zachmann – I may have mentioned this guy from previous art fairs, but his stuff is just too much fun not to mention again. They are kinetic sculptures. They look great just in picture form, but on the site you can see them in action in videos. The most amazing part is when they do little long distance jumps from one ramp to another and it is spot on every time!

Aaron Hequembourg – They are described as engraved paintings, but they encompass a lot more than that. These works are made from salvaged materials from old farming houses and represent farming and family life. They are large works that leave a large impact on the viewer.

Tanya Doskova – Featured her figurative art paintings in this show which are really whimsical and fun. I like the chubby figures with big proportions thatd had a large presence and even larger personalities in the paintings and also some of them included pigs. 🙂

Joel Hunnicutt – I have seen a lot of wood artists over the years but this one is by far my favorite, why? That amazing use of color. In case you haven’t noticed, color is kind of a big deal for me. These stunning works are high gloss and the best colors I have seen on wood pieces, and you can still see the grain of the wood throughout keeping the integrity of the original material. Love it!

Richard Ryan – Another first for me, again I have seen a lot of glass art and I do enjoy it, but this one takes the cake. These glass sculptures have been cut into and manipulated from the normal blown or fused glass I have seen before. They become these organic life forms that held my gaze for quite sometime. I held in my desire to run my hands over every nook and cranny, though it wasn’t easy.

Andy Rogers – Another artist I ma have mentioned before, I have seen his work more than once, but it is just that great I can’t help but mention it again. A lot os texture and a lot of color in each piece which are the main reasons I love all of it.

Susan & Eric Anderson – Just plain gorgeous work. This ceramic work was very nature oriented and had some similar silhouettes to ones I have worked with on a smaller scale before. Really fluid and colored nicely, I enjoyed everything in the whole booth.

Michael Hamlin-Smith – Last but certainly not least comes Michael’s work. This was the one that caused me to ask permission to touch. The texture was astounding and when I did massage the different forms it did not even feel like clay, it felt like volcanic rock which is pretty awesome. And again the color is what initially drew me into the booth.



Had a chance to go to 2 different art fairs happening in Saint Louis this weekend. I will have a post about the Clayton Art Fair in a couple days. This however was the first time I was able to go to the Art Outside fair sponsored by Schlafly. This fair was started as an alternate to the Clayton one and exclusively features local Saint Louis artists. I did not get to spend as much time at either fair as I would have liked but I did get to peruse every booth at least. Art Outside was a fun event and while it might be a bit smaller of a fair it still packed quite a punch. Here are some of my personal favorites.

Bill Perry – Bill (or Mr. Perry) was a teacher of mine in high school. I took his basic art class at Central Visual and Performing Arts for 3 out of 4 years. I run into him now and again at the art store I work at and other art events and live seeing his fun work. This time he was showing clay sculptures of fun little critters and creatures which were really great. His booth was actually the first thing that caught my and my friends eyes as we were crossing a parking lot towards the fair.

Mark Sheppard – Fun characters make up more of his work in paintings and drawings. Also uses a lot of good cross hatching in his work which I like. He’s created a fun little universe of characters that I’d like to visit.

Firecracker Press – By now Firecracker is surely a Saint Louis staple, you can recognize it instantly. I love their stuff and have gotten the chance to have some of it in postcard and advertising material forms. Bright and colorful and just designed and made well, it’s all good from Firecracker. Check out all their stuff on their site, and ps they offer classes.

Mark Grayson – Cool, cool, cool, beyond cool. Mark Grayson’s work consists of guitars made out of old cigar boxes, wood, and other antique elements. They look amazing, and the best part is they work. He was playing one hooked up to a little amp in the booth.

Dganit Moreno – Clay artist, with an amazing glaze. I asked about it and of course it is one she made herself. It was a beautiful celadon color, which I have been wanting to get into lately. Unfortunately I do not see anything like what was shown in person on the website linked. Aha Here we go, found a facebook page, gorgeous!!

Den Smith – Another case of the site showing different stuff than what I saw in person. The closest I can get is the art boxes. His sculptures were really fun each one included common objects and were painted fun colors and had their own little personality and face.



This is a long overdue post about the group show I was in with several different artists I know. The show had an opening on Feb 1st, and a small closing Feb 22nd. It went well and we had several people come out for it. Everyone had a nice selection of their work represented and it ranged from charcoal, pen and ink, printmaking, ceramic, photography, and paintings. Had a small issue when setting up, a box was dropped and a piece broke 😦 I glued it together and painted over it with some bronze paint and the cracks were barely noticeable. But the speckled clay body looked so good it was a shame to see it go. Not sure if I personally would choose that venue again to show my own artwork. While the goings on downstairs do get people in the door it was sometimes a little distracting to the upstairs space. It is increasingly hard to find a venue that wants 3-d work since most spaces are used for other things too, ie concert venues, yoga studios, event rentals, etc. I have some other updates to do soon, but wanted to get this one done. I have included some pictures of my artwork on display in the space. Hopefully we can get another show together soon.

Since I am selfish, I did not take a lot of pictures of other folks work. But I am including links to some of their stuff so you can see it.

Tom Cline – Lots and lots and lots of prints. Pretty sure Tom does printmaking more often than breathing.

Joanne Rohe – Link is for her shop on Etsy which includes a lot of handmade books, but she also paints and draws.

Greg Griesenauer – There is a disclaimer on this site, which makes it more fun I think. Featured paintings in the show.

Derek Grimm – What’s that coming over the hill, is it a Monster!? Is it a Monster?! If you are looking at Derek’s art, it probably is.

Christy Combs – Photographer mostly, but also did some mixed media art relating to typography.

Hailey Francis – Currently just this Etsy page with her handmade bags, but expect bigger things from her in the future.

There were 3 other artists, but they do not have websites for their artwork, at least not that I can find. If that changes I will update!

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So the group show I will be a part of with some friends & coworkers is fast approaching. Here is a copy of the show card announcing details of the show. I am pretty sure I will be the only one with pedestals, but there will be lots of amazing work, drawings, paintings, prints, etc.

I have my ceramic pieces squared away and am just waiting on a few firings. However, I am trying to get a few more of my small encaustic paintings done as part of a series. I got some more panels and supplies to do so too! I added some texture and depth to these recent ones by using an air dry clay and affixing it to the panels. I have a few more to get done but here are some photos of the ones I worked on today.

More Neon (1)

More Neon (2)

More Neon (3)

Some of my older work got accepted into a show at the Soulard Art Market in Soulard. Here is the show card with information about the show. Hope to see people there! It is free to get in and there will be Schlafly Beer handy. The theme was art inspired by small details and the microscopic, some of my small carved pieces will be shown.

Soulard Show Card

Recently took a little day trip into Columbia, MO and was surprised by the art district there. They have lots of small galleries, and shops selling art and craft items from around the area. It seemed like a nice pleasant area of town. We visited a few places and I got some business cards with links that I’d like to share.

The district itself is called the North Village Arts District and settles in between Mizzou and Columbia College. There are seven galleries, many working artist studios, public art, and several other small businesses. The weather was perfect for strolling around and getting lost in this little area, and all of the shopkeepers were pleasant and helpful. This area also has a 1st Friday event like a lot of art places do now which would be fun to check out.

What was probably my favorite find in the town was a place called Artlandish Gallery. When entering it seems like a nice little consignment shop with several different artists works. Then the shopkeeper asks if you have been downstairs!? Downstairs… sure let’s check it out. The downstairs are an expansive space with a few hallways lined with spaces for art work. Some of the artists themselves spend time down there and are happy to greet you, others leave behind a card. There was literally every type of art you can think of, painting, photography, ceramics, jewelry, wood turning, felting, needle craft  etc. And even one hallway lined with larger art pieces like a gallery. This was a great find and I am glad we got to spend an hour or so exploring it.

Here are some links to some of the artists we enjoyed in this space.

Andrea Youngman – Fun paintings on wood

Lynn Woodward – Ceramicist after my own heart, with a sign demanding people to touch her pottery 🙂

Squarepeg Pottery – More ceramics!

Lawrence L’hote – Nice Stuff Made From Trash

Sarah Goodnow – Artist and Illustrator

River Village Fiber Arts – Fun felted sculptures

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