Tuesday, December 03, 2019

May Gallery: Friday, 6 December 2019

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Beginnings: The High School Photography Exhibition
6 - 20 December 2019

Allie Shreves, Westminster Christian Academy

Affton High School
Eureka High School
Francis Howell High School
Gateway STEM High School
John Burroughs High School
Kirkwood High School
Lafayette High School
Lindbergh High School
Lutheran North High School
Marquette High School

MICDS
Northwest High School
Parkway North High School
Parkway South High School
Pattonville High School
Roosevelt High School
St. Joseph's Academy
Thomas Jefferson School
Villa Duchesne
Visitation Academy
Webster Groves High School

Opening reception Friday, 6 December, 5-7 pm



The May Gallery is located on the second floor, west wing, of the Sverdrup Building at 8300 Big Bend Boulevard, Webster Groves MO 63119. Hours are Monday-Friday, 9:00 am-9:00 pm; Saturday-Sunday, noon-5:00 pm. May Gallery events are free and open to the public. Please join us!

Tuesday, November 26, 2019

Bullivant Gallery: Friday, 5 December 2019

S A N T A   F E
An Immersive Photographic and Cultural Experience

Opening Reception Friday, December 6, 5:30- 8:00pm
Opening Gallery Saturday, December 7, 11:00am - 2:00pm

Please join us for an exhibit featuring the photographs of our recent Northern New Mexico Photographic and Cultural Workshop. All work is beautifully framed and will be sold to support Hope Creates a local nonprofit organization that uses art to support youths at risk.

This is a short term exhibit for 2 days only.

Bullivant Gallery
Grand Center for the Arts
3321 Washington Blvd.
St. Louis, MO 63103

Monday, November 18, 2019

Duane Reed: Friday, 13 December 2019


Jill Hackney
"My strength is to render what I see. In my artistic vision, I focus not on objects, but upon reflected light, seeing everything, including myself, as a mirror. I paint using vertical lines creating layers of interwoven color, depicting light’s subtlety. Using photography to capture the subject matter for my artwork, I paint a space where the viewer can feel both attached and detached, a sort of emotional and psychological tug-of-war, subtly documenting our trace."

Perry Haas
 "I approach making with a childlike spirit of experimentation and exploration. My work stems from a love of the wood red ceramic surface, particularly how it evokes many beautiful natural phenomena. Like imagining the way wind gathers and deposits leaves on a landscape according to changes in topography, I anticipate the manner in which ash will collect differently on the convex and concave surfaces of my gestural forms. These functional pots are developed as a place for this surface to exist and to be enjoyed as a part of our daily life."

4729 McPherson Ave
Saint Louis, MO 63108
314.361.4100

Thursday, November 14, 2019

Philip Slein Gallery: Friday, 13 December 2019

John Zinsser, Still in Love, 2019, oil on canvas, 30 x 40"
JOHN ZINSSER
OFF THE GRID
RECEPTION FRIDAY, DECEMBER 13, 2019, 5 - 8 PM

The Philip Slein Gallery is pleased to present Off the Grid, an exhibition by New York artist John Zinsser. The Brooklyn-based painter received his BA in American Studies and Art History from Yale University.  A veteran of more than 30 solo shows in the United States and Europe, Zinsser explores the most fundamental elements of abstraction: color, ground, space, and gesture. While Zinsser's work acknowledges a universal underlying grid, his current exhibition undermines its rigidity and going “Off the Grid.” In this new group of powerfully expressive paintings Zinsser dares us to join him in a state of pure expression and love of paint.

PHILIP SLEIN GALLERY 
314-361-2617
4735 McPherson Ave 
St. Louis, MO 63108

Monday, November 11, 2019

Norton's Fine Art & Framing: Saturday, 16 November 2019

The St. Louis Watercolor Society
Signature Members Exhibition
Opening Reception: Saturday, November 16th, 6:30 - 8:30
Show runs through Saturday, January 11th

The Saint Louis Watercolor Society announces its Signature Members Exhibition, featuring original watercolor paintings by artists who have achieved Signature Status with the Saint Louis Watercolor Society. Exhibition and reception are free and open to the public.  All paintings will be for sale and encompass a wide variety of subjects, styles and prices. Signature status is granted to STLWS members who have been accepted into two juried exhibits sponsored by the STLWS within ten years while maintaining continuous membership.

Tuesday - Saturday: 10 - 6

Norton's Fine Art & Framing
2025 S. Big Bend Blvd. | St. Louis, MO  63117
314-645-4040

St. Louis Artists’ Guild: Friday, 15 November 2019

November 15 - December 28th, 2019
Opening Reception: Friday, November 15, 5-8pm
Award Ceremony: Friday, November 15, 6:30pm
Gallery Talk: Wednesday, December 4, 7pm

An Idea of Order is an exhibition inspired by the poem “An Idea of Order at Key West” by Wallace Stevens. Artists have employed mathematics to bring visual harmony to our surroundings with tools such as the golden ratio, perspective and grid systems. From the intricate symmetry of Islamic tile design, to the measured drawings of Agnes Martin, mathematics can create visual harmony and give a sense of order to what appears to be chaotic.

Juror: Joe Chesla
The artwork of this internationally exhibited artist reveals the hidden beauty of natural order and organic process by omitting parts that are superfluous. What remains is a collaboration between Artist and Nature. His aesthetic blends craftsmanship and technical expertise with the eastern sensibilities  of balance, harmony, simplicity, and economy of material.

Exhibiting Artists : Mitchell Anolik, Hannah Barnes, Eldon Benz, Jill Beyder, Robert Bolla, Marilynne Bradley, Bill Brookover, Aimee Clinger, Jerry Cox, Stephen Da Lay, James Daniels, Miguel de Aguero, Elizabeth Desrosiers, Kevin Desrosiers, Jonathan Frey, Damon Gaspar, Nancy Grimes, John Hardecke, Jessica Hentoff, Holland Hopson, Ruth Kolker, Andrew Leicht, Ann Mays, Roger McCarthy, Beth McCoy, Albert Natian, Larry Page, Alex Paradowski, Bradley Phillips, John Puffer, Bob Rickert, Ashleigh Robb, Marceline Saphian, Douglas Simes, Mike Sonnichsen, Taro Takizawa, Darius Thompson, Sergei Tsvetkov, Charles Turnell, Andy Van Der Tuin, Maggie Van Emden, Erin Wheary, Carmile Zaino, Susan Zale, Maggie Zografakis.

Hours: Tuesday - Friday 10 am - 6 pm and Saturday 10 am - 4 pm

St. Louis Artists’ Guild
12 North Jackson Avenue 
St. Louis, MO 63105
314. 727. 6266

Tuesday, November 05, 2019

The Royale Food & Spirits: Thursday, 21 November 2019


Outsider artist, Dr. Andy Dykeman, will be exhibiting new paintings at The Royale Food & Spirits with an opening reception on Thursday, November 21st at 7:00 p.m.  

Andy was the drummer in the influential pop punk band, judge nothing, before entering the forensic autopsy field then earning his Doctor of Chiropractic degree in 2003. His paintings, rendered in the true folk art method of using materials at hand, express the melding of his experiences and various avocations.  Andy's visual contemplation of our external influences, social, political, environmental, etc. and their impact on our mental, spiritual and physical health give the viewer much to consider. 

The Royale Food & Spirits
3132 South Kingshighway
St. Louis, MO 63139 
314-504-8829

Monday, November 04, 2019

UMSL @ Grand Center: Friday, 8 November 2019


Please join us for a celebratory evening and gallery opening presenting an exhibit of the winning photos from the inaugural St. Louis Public Radio Photojournalism Prize and an awards ceremony to recognize the winners.

Friday, Nov. 8, 2019 7 - 9 p.m.

The awards presentation will begin at 7:30 p.m. At that time, category winners will be invited to participate in a masterclass for personal training with St. Louis Public Radio’s photojournalists. The Best in Show winner will also receive $500 in gift certificates. All 18 honored entries have received publication on stlpublicradio.org and will be part of the gallery display in our building at UMSL at Grand Center. That exhibit will continue through December 31 and will be open to the public during regular business hours.

Light food and drinks will be served. The event is free but registration is required.

UMSL @ Grand Center
3651 Olive Street
St. Louis, MO 63108

Framations: Friday, 15 November 2019


Framations Art Gallery invites the public to view a new exhibit of art focusing on all things monochromatic, opening Friday, November 15. Monochrome III will be on display November 15, 2019 - January 9, 2020.

The term monochrome refers to varying tones of one color. It is an essential concept to understand when learning the basics of viewing and creating art. In a monochromatic work or art, focus is on the play of color values and contrast, since the color palette if limited.

For the case of this exhibit, Framations has asked artists to enter work that is at least "primarily" tones of one color. See how the artists explore this range when the exhibit opens on Friday, November 15 from 6-8pm. The exhibit will continue through January 9, 2020. During the full length of the exhibit, visitors will be able to vote for People's Choice, which will be announced at the end of the exhibit.

Framations is open Tuesday - Saturday 10-6 and Sundays 12-5.

Framations
218 North Main Street
St. Charles, MO
636-724-8313

Friday, November 01, 2019

Art St. Louis: Saturday, 9 November 2019


Lon Brauer, Granite City, IL. Waiting Room. 2019. Oil on Panel, 30"x30". $3,200. 

"Art St. Louis XXXV, The Exhibition"
Free reception November 9, 5-7 p.m.   
At 6 p.m. we will make announcements & have a brief Awards Judge Gallery Talk with Awards presentation.
November 9-December 23, 2019 

Jason Bly was the Juror for this year's exhibit. For this year's exhibit, over 523 artworks in all media were submitted by 129 St. Louis regional artists for consideration, from which he selected artworks by 52 artists from Missouri, Illinois and Indiana for the final exhibition. Awards for this exhibit were selected by Shannon Bailey, Chief Curator, World Chess Museum.

FEATURED ARTISTS: Lon Brauer, Granite City, IL; Donna Broyles, Alton, IL; Lorraine Cange, St. Louis; Joanna Chavez, St. Louis; Nicole Cooper, Richmond Heights, MO; Stephen Da Lay, St. Louis; Amelia Dean, Columbia, MO; John Den Houter, Edwardsville, IL; Kalven Duncan, Pevely, MO; Diane Epstein, Columbia, MO; Mark Appling Fisher, St. Charles, MO; Christine Giancola, Florissant, MO; Jon Hall, St. Louis; Abbey Hepner, Troy, IL; James Hildebrand, St. Louis; Netra Bahadur Khattri, Maplewood, MO; Adam Sea Klein, St. Peters, MO; Ken Konchel, St. Louis; Terry Lay, St. Louis; Suzanne Keith Loechl, Champaign, IL; Tina Marlow, Collinsville, IL; Barbara Marshall, Chesterfield, MO; Michael Matney, Troy, IL; Jordan McGirk, St. Louis; Christina McNealy, Troy, IL; Rob Millard-Mendez, Evansville, IN; Fatemeh Nichols, Fenton, MO; Alex Paradowski, Granite City, IL; Chuck Ramsay, St. Louis; Bob Rickert, Chesterfield, MO; Diane Reising, Kirkwood, MO; Janice Rockwell, Macomb, IL; Alan Sandler, St. Louis; Marceline Saphian, Chesterfield, MO; Anthony Scheffler, St. Louis; James Scheller, Staunton, IL; Annie Scheumbauer, St. Louis; Sarah Smelser, Bloomington, IL; Nathan Smith, Edwardsville, IL; Ann Miller Titus, Quincy, IL; Jerry B. Walters, Farmington, MO; Ramsay Wise, Columbia, MO; Jared Witherspoon, St. Louis; Lydia Wood, Webster Groves, MO; David M. Yates, Edwardsville, IL; Niles Zee, St. Louis; Barbara Zucker, Clayton, MO.

Art Saint Louis Gallery & Catalyst Coffee Bar
1223 Pine Street
St. Louis, MO 63103
314/241-4810

Atrium Gallery: Friday, 8 November 2019

"Poem Dress of Circulation," 1993, acrylic, lithography, thread on chiri kozo paper, 48 x 41½ x 8"
 "Lesley Dill: Voice"
November 8 - January 18, 2020
Reception for the Artist, 6-8 pm 

Atrium Gallery invites you to join us to celebrate the inaugural exhibition at our new gallery in The Dorchester, 665 S. Skinker Blvd. We are very pleased to present a solo show by Lesley Dill.
 
“Lesley Dill: Voice” will feature an extensive group of works involving the use of language intimately mingled with drawings and constructions bringing strong force to the intellectual threads of Dill's work. Her deep rooted interest in literature and connections to her New England legacy and Puritan intellectuals and their writings, mixed with later influences from figures such as Walt Whitman, Emily Dickinson, Faulkner, and Kafka permeate her works. “Poem Dress of Circulation” is a typical expression for her, with words spilling down the delicate object including thread and chiri kozo paper.

The imagery is mostly realized in clothed figures or articles of clothing and she explains “Clothing houses the house that houses the soul.” Her expressions are deep indeed, and she speaks as most artists desire, to universal understandings. This special exhibition celebrates the Opening of the new gallery space for 33 year old Atrium Gallery and marks a new path for this St. Louis gallery as it presents works that seek to move viewers with aesthetics and message, to an enriching experience with art.

also Saturday, November 9th, Coffee with the Artist, 10-11 am

Tuesday - Saturday: 11 - 5 and by appointment.
 
665 S. Skinker Blvd. 
St. Louis, MO 63105
314.367.1076

Wednesday, October 30, 2019

Grafica Fine Art: Friday, 8 November 2019

3 x 3 PopUp
November 8-9 at Grafica

3x the art - 3x the artists - 3x the fun!
Marilynne Bradley: unframed watercolors
Allen Kriegshauser: framed & unframed oils
Patrick Murphy: framed & unframed woodcuts

Friday, November 8, 2019
Art displayed from 1 to 7 pm
Artists' Reception 4 to 7 pm

Saturday, November 9, 2019
Art displayed from 11 am to 3 pm

Grafica Fine Art & Custom Framing 
7884 Big Bend Blvd.
St. Louis, Missouri 63119

Tuesday, October 29, 2019

Art meets Vintage: Saturday, 2 November 2019


Please join us for the opening reception of Fantastical Funk & A Fairy Symphony.  This gallery exhibition will feature new works: paintings by Carole Morales & ceramics by Ryan Bredlau.  

Art meets Vintage, LLC
501 N. Kingshighway 2F
St. Charles, MO 63301

World Chess Hall of Fame: Thursday, 7 November 2019


Ground Control: A Journey Through Chess and Space
Opening reception: Thursday, November 7th, 5:30-7:30 pm at the World Chess Hall of Fame

Ground Control: A Journey Through Chess and Space explores space-themed chess sets and significant chess events from the year 1969, in connection with the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing. Highlights of this exhibition include Star Wars, Star Trek, and other pop-culture-themed chess sets from the World Chess Hall of Fame’s permanent collection as well as a signed chessboard that was flown on the final mission of the Space Shuttle Endeavour.

World Chess Hall of Fame
4652 Maryland Avenue
Saint Louis, Missouri 63108


Friday, October 11, 2019

Bruno David Gallery: Saturday, 2 November 2019


KELLEY JOHNSON Rhythmic Patterns
ROBERT PETTUS 8 Min. / 20 Sec.
CHARLES P. REAY Trilogy
YVONNE OSEI New Media Room: Sea to Shining Sea
KELLEY JOHNSONn Window on Forsyth Sculpture

Opening Reception: Saturday, November 2. 6-8 pm
November 2 through December 21, 2019

Bruno David is pleased to present Rhythmic Patterns, an exhibition by Kelley Johnson. Kelley Johnson’s recent work is an exploration of the formal language of painting and the application of those concepts onto installation and sculpture. The relationship between the participant and the painted object are crucial to the practice. This body of work focuses on investigating the interaction between painting and viewer and their negotiation of movement with the additional sculptural aspects of the pieces. The merging of physical space and optical illusions function as a metaphor of a kaleidoscope’s effects.
The creative process begins with mapping: lines, geometric shapes repeated, form the foundation of a sculptural language for the work. A developed system emerges and allows for intuitive, meditative painting. Sometimes the work stays within the confines of the painted support, but more often it occupies the physical space. During the building of work, there is a constant editing and adding of elements concerned with the pictorial space and physical objects that interact with it, building optical tension within the exchange.

Each piece demands to be navigated, not simply absorbed from a single position. Viewers’ bodies engage as they make choices about how to circumnavigate the work. As observed and explored from multiple vantage points, areas create spatial relationships, functioning as a dance, and changes reveal optical interactions that create patterns. The work functions as an escape to an alternate reality, away from mundane daily distractions. A visual rhythm fuels the chromatic artwork, transforming it into a dialog about tension and vibrations between spaces.

Bruno David is pleased to present Trilogy, an exhibition by Charles P. Reay. Trilogy is comprised of the titular in three parts: The Amendments series, built upon photographic images of found, wall-based assemblies of wheat-pasted posters and ephemera, amended, in each instance, through the addition of similar materials, to create three dimensional trompe l’oeil iterations of the original surfaces. In some instances, graffiti is an inherent part of the original photograph and brought into the amended work. Historic references to earlier works express suggestions discovered in the original prints. Words are provocative.

The Amazing Beetle Circus! series, is an amazing feat of artistry created by true Goliaths of the Arthropoda as they arrange themselves into inspirational tableaus expressive of world-famous artworks from the oeuvres of important minimalists resident in the pantheon of contemporary art. Within this magnificent convocation are over one hundred performing beetles, each and every one lovingly trained to perform in these extraordinary displays. It is an uncommonly performative and provocative, and not to be missed.

The Grand Menu Exceptional series offers an abbreviated taste of a Grand Tasting Menu at Wylie Dufresne’s now shuttered WD-50 Restaurant in New York. At his temple of molecular gastronomy, Dufresne served food that tested the binds of conformity as it ever opened new, exciting, always playful worlds of possibilities. Four courses are served, selected from a full menu for their sense of adventure and inventiveness: A simple poached egg starter, Quails with chartreuse yogurt and turnips, Lamb Loin on a bed of pickled chayote with red beans and rice and finally, a plurality of Meringues. The dishes are individually constructed bas-reliefs finished in Gouache and realized at a scale befitting a Grand Menu.

Bruno David is pleased to present 8 Min./20 Sec., an exhibition of new photographs by Robert Pettus. Robert Pettus continues to investigate time, light and its source the Sun, in a new series of photographs 8 Min./20 Sec. as this is the time it takes for light to travel from the Sun to Earth. Much of Pettus’s work in inspired by an interest in the effects of time. Pettus uses a minimalist aesthetic that arrests the formal qualities of light as it falls upon and defines the forms in his photographs. His work not only alludes to the essence of time and memory, but also effectively encapsulates those fleeting moments that usually go unnoticed.

Bruno David is pleased to present a new video work by Yvonne Osei, Sea to Shining Sea, in the New Media Room. Yvonne Osei’s creative practice examines beauty and colorism, the politics of clothing, complexities associated with global trade, and the residual implications of colonialism in post-colonial West Africa and Western cultures.

Bruno David is pleased to present a new sculpture by Kelley Johnson on view live in the gallery’s vitrine space Window on Forsyth.

Public Hours Tuesday-Friday 11 am – 6 pm, Saturday 11 am – 5 pm, Closed Sundays and Mondays,

Bruno David Gallery
7513 Forsyth Boulevard
Saint Louis, MO 63105
314.696.2377

Wednesday, October 09, 2019

Grafica Fine Art: Friday, 8 November 2019


Marilynne Bradley "Climatron," Patrick Murphy "Winter Scene," Allen Kriegshauser"Morning Reflection"

Grafica’s 3 x 3 PopUp guarantees 3x the art by 3x the artists in 3x the media!  Marilynne Bradley will show her unframed original watercolors, Allen Kriegshauser will show both framed an unframed oils and Patrick Murphy will show framed and unframed woodcuts.  On Friday November 8 the art will be on display from 1 pm to 7 pm, including a reception with the artists from 4 to 7 pm.  Saturday the show will be open from 11 am to 3 pm.

Grafica Fine Art & Custom Framing
7884 Big Bend Blvd.
Webster Groves, MO  63119
(314) 961-4020

Sunday, October 06, 2019

Green Door art gallery: Friday, 15 November 2019

Lisa Crisman, Funflowers, Mixed Media, 11 x 14", 1820

Green Door art gallery is proud to present “Life in Layers”.
Reception is Friday November 15, 2019 from 5-8 pm and is free and open to the public.

Featuring oil paintings by Scott Clark, mixed media works by Lisa Crisman, abstract acrylic landscapes by Lindsay Higa, encaustic paintings by Leah Merriman, and fiber and metal jewelry by Claire Hasemeier. These works of art will be on display and available for sale from November 6 through December 29, 2019.

Green Door art gallery’s 30 resident artists will also be exhibiting and selling artwork including fused glass, mosaics, watercolor, oil and acrylic paintings, collage, mixed media, wood, pottery, textile art, jewelry and more.

Hours are Wednesday thru Sunday 10:00 am to 5:00 pm. Closed Monday and Tuesday 

Green Door art gallery
21 N. Gore in Old Webster Groves
in the historical Heritage Building
(314) 202-4071

Saturday, October 05, 2019

Duane Reed: Friday, 18 October 2019


Lindsay Pichaske
 “I use the animal figure to explore empathy and sentiency, and to challenge the perceived order and comfortable classifications of life.  My figures are tricksters—both familiar and alien, corporeal and ethereal—existing at the interface of human and animal worlds.  Their stoic postures and ornate, often beautiful appearances can act as facades for existential uncertainties.  They oblige our instinctual reactions, yet as we begin to identify with them, we admit that their identities are perhaps not so clearly defined.”

Steven Young Lee
 "The objects I create collect elements of form, decoration, color and material from various cultures while questioning failure, expectation and intent.  They offer a collision of influences from various origins–Chinese, Korean, French, Dutch, English, Minoan, etc. reflecting my passion for historical ceramics and insights on the past.  Ceramic production has long been influenced by an industrial standard of perfection and I commit myself to the integrity and craftsmanship of form and decoration in each piece. Deconstructing and imploding the forms creates a visceral reaction that defies the human desire for perfection and confronts the perception of value.  It is in this act that I hope to challenge and redefine what is beautiful."

Alessandro Gallo
 “Animals carry strong associations that make them ideal in portraying, sometimes humorously, our basic disposition or nature.  Some animals have a long cultural history while others display biological features that can be extended metaphorically to humans, which is why they’ve been used to embody intangible values and vices across all ages and cultures in numberless stories and myths.  Donkeys are stubborn, eagles are noble, pigs are greedy... I combine the animal head and the meanings they evoke with the silent language of our body and the cultural codes of fashion in order to portray some individuals, the larger subcultures they belong to and the habitat we share.”

duanereedgallery.com
4729 McPherson Ave
Saint Louis MO 63108
314.361.4100info@duanereedgallery.com

projects+exhibitions: Saturday, 5 October 2019

Alexander McQueen Exhibition: Ann Ray & Lee McQueen: Rendez-Vous
Saturday, October 5th 11am to 5pm

Join us this Saturday, October 5, 2019 for the opening day of our Alexander McQueen exhibition, Ann Ray & Lee McQueen: Rendez-Vous at our new exhibition space, projects+exhibitions. The exhibition highlights iconic works from one of the largest private collections of Alexander McQueen and intimate photography by his personal photographer.

Valet parking will be available from 12-3pm (with street parking available throughout the day), and Clementine's Naughty and Nice Creamery will be on hand with ice cream treats from 1-3pm! We hope to see you Saturday for this special celebration of art, friendship, and fashion.

projects+exhibitions
4568 Manchester Avenue (in The Grove)


William Shearburn Gallery: Friday, 18 October 2019

Emmylou, 2019, Hand embroidery: Crewel wool on Belgian linen with acrylic background, 30x28"
Cayce Zavaglia: Unseen
October 18 - November 27, 2019
Reception for the Artist Friday, October 18, 5:00 - 7:00 pm

I was originally trained as a painter, but switched to embroidery 18 years ago in an attempt to establish a non-toxic studio and create a body of work that referenced an embroidered piece I had made as a child growing up in Australia. My work focuses exclusively on the portraits of friends, family, and fellow artists.  The gaze of the portrait toward the viewer has remained constant over the years and in my work...as has my search for a narrative based on both faces and facture. The work is all hand sewn using cotton and silk thread or crewel embroidery wool. From a distance they read as hyper-realistic paintings, and only after closer inspection does the work’s true construction reveal itself.

Over the years, I have developed a sewing technique that allows me to blend colors and establish tonalities that resemble the techniques used in classical oil painting.   The direction in which the threads are sewn mimic the way brush marks are layered within a painting which, in turn, allows for the allusion of depth, volume, and form. My stitching methodology borders on the obsessive, but ultimately allows me to visually evoke painterly renditions of flesh, hair, and cloth.

A few years ago, I turned one of my embroideries over and for the first time saw the possibilities of a new image and path for my work that had been with me in the studio for so long but had gone unnoticed.  It was the presence of another portrait that visibly was so different from the meticulously sewn front image…but perhaps more psychologically profound.  The haphazard beauty found in this verso image created a haunting contrast to the front image and was a world of loose ends, knots, and chaos that could easily translate into the world of paint.

This discovery led to a “return to paint” in my work and the production of a series of intimate gouache and large format acrylic paintings of these verso images.  Highlighting the reverse side of my embroideries, which historically and traditionally has been hidden from the viewer, has initiated a conversation about the divergence between our presented and private selves.  The production of both Recto and Verso images is now the primary focus of my studio work.
- Cayce Zavaglia

314.367.8020