Connect With...Spotlight Of The Week: Art Saint Louis - KMOV.com

Connect With...Spotlight Of The Week: Art Saint Louis

Art Saint Louis exists as a visual arts organization that creates exhibition, support and growth opportunities for emerging and established contemporary artists. For over 22 years, they have worked to cultivate an appreciation for the role that visual artists play in our community. They do this by holding six to eight juried shows in their gallery annually, curating off-site exhibitions in businesses around the St. Louis area, offering educational programs to artists and the community at large, collaborating with numerous community partners and executing an in-school educational program focused on cultural diversity called VOICES.

Each gallery exhibition is juried by a new, esteemed juror or group of jurors from the St. Louis community. There are receptions for each exhibition and the gallery & receptions are free & open to the community.

This year Art Saint Louis has taken their artists' work street-level to a new home at 555 Washington Avenue. They expanded their educational programs with the additional space. For example, this fall will mark the beginning of the annual Working Artist Survivor Series which will be a series of workshops that address topics and issues vital to the professional development of artists in the area. They have also been able to host additional collaborative events in the gallery. For example, this past August they partnered with the Young Literati to host author Harper Barnes for a discussion and book signing.

Sunday, March 22 is Grape Arts, their major annual fundraiser. It will be held from 2-6 p.m. at Windows Off Washington in downtown St. Louis. This is an afternoon of four silent auctions, a mini live auction, along with formal and informal wine tastings. From 2:00 - 4:00 p.m., guests will enjoy the silent auctions, informal wine tastings and hors d'oeuvres to music by Silk Pajamas. Auction items include a variety of unique items, certificates and one-of-a-kind artworks by area artists. From 4:00 - 6:00 p.m. guests enjoy formal wine tastings of regional, national and international wines led by local restaurateurs, sommeliers, merchants, collectors and winery purveyors along with a live auction.

Admission to Grape Arts is $60 per person...HOWEVER...mention you read about it on Kristen In The City and when you buy one ticket, you'll get the second at half off!!! To buy tickets or for more information you can contact Kate Poss at kate@artstlouis.org or 314.241.4810 (3#).

To read about my Connect With...Spotlight of the Week mission, check out this blog entry.

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