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"In my artwork I try to provide people with a pleasant moment in time, a small moment of happiness. In my earlier work I tried to wake people up, to jar them into seeing an ugly world that surrounded them or to see a great grand world that they…"
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Executive Director's Blog-Hello from John Blair

As some of you may know, there is a new Vincent Van Gogh exhibit  at the  Art Institute of Chicago that will be on display from February 14 to May 16, 2016.  Many in St. Louis are excited.  Some are planning a group trip to see it.  I like Van Gogh but I am not sure where I stand in relationship to his work.  I would like to experience the exhibit, but not sure if I will commit to doing so.

On my list of anticipated artists works that I would like to see would be any painting by Jean Michel Basquiat.  I saw one of his drawings at an exhibition at the Philip Slein Gallery in a show curated by Freida L. Wheaton two years ago.    It blew me away!  I took a picture next to it with as much as pride as if I had drawn it myself.  A few days later I showed it to a friend that dismissed it as the work of a ten-year old.   

My point is that art is a subjective experience.  With the various levels of education, training, and experience that different artists posses, there is no guarantee regarding what people will like.  There is a local debate among artists as to whether art buyers in St. Louis prefer figurative or abstract work.  Figurative artists often believe that abstract artists sell more than they do while abstract artists make the opposite claim.  My hunch is that no one knows with certainty what art works will resonate their intended target audience.

One of the questions each artists must ask her or himself, regardless of medium, is why do you create art?  What is your passion, your purpose?  I hope that with regard to's "33" shows, our guests artists will continue to submit examples of their passion with us.  There is a lot of diversity in our shows.  I suspect there could be even more.  Perhaps,…


Posted by J Blair on February 3, 2016 at 8:29pm — 1 Comment

STL's Jeffrey Richter's Drawing Sessions

Jeffrey Richter is proud to announce he is embarking on yet another artistic endeavor for his career in STL! Starting this July he will be beginning to offer limited private drawing sessions throughout the STL area. 

Classes would go over composition, line quality, shading, value, color, perception, proportion and many more techniques. All skill levels are welcome. His sessions would be ideal for everyone from hobbyists to artists that are looking to sharpen their skills as a professional. 

Posted by on July 6, 2014 at 8:51pm

"A Visual Journal" is the title of my book.

This book consists of 114 pages.  I did a "Painting a Day" for one year and all 366 miniature paintings are shown.  They are divided into 52 weeks and each week has an inspirational quote.  

The entire book can be viewed at


Posted by Barbara St. John on August 8, 2013 at 12:06am

Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis presents Open Studios STL (formerly known as City-wide Open Studios)

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Each summer the Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis (CAM) presents Open Studios STL (formerly known as City-wide Open Studios), featuring more than 150 St. Louis-based artists who open their studios, galleries, and alternative spaces to the public over the course of one weekend. CAM will host a kick-off party at the Museum on Friday, June 21, organize guided tours of select studios throughout the weekend, and share information about related events taking place throughout the city and surrounding areas.

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