5.17.11 – Grassroots Recycling: Remaking, Re-imagining, Upcycling!

Where: Schlafly Bottleworks
7260 Southwest Ave. (at Manchester)
Maplewood, MO 63143
(314) 241- BEER (2337)

When: Tuesday May 17th, 6:30 to 9pm

Join us for a creative discussion on the intersection of recycling, art, and grassroots sustainability. Learn about the latest ventures in upcycling from Autumn Wiggins of Upcycle Exchange, Jenny Murphy from Perennial and recycling pro Elizabeth MacAdam. Doors open at 6:30; panel begins at 7:00

Suggested donation $3

The Upcycle Exchange will also be accepting donations to their wish list.

7.21.10 – Art & Ecology

Where: Schlafly Bottleworks

7260 Southwest Ave. (at Manchester)
Maplewood, MO 63143
(314) 241- BEER (2337)

When: Wednesday July 21st, 6:30 to 9pm (panel 7pm)

The ability to see beauty is key to appreciating a thing, be it a painting or a forest. Art has the special ability to engender an intuitive appreciation of the environment, address core values, advocate political action, and broaden intellectual understanding. Join us as we explore the relationship between art and environmental action!


Four panelists joined us for a discussion on Art & Ecology:

Louis Lankford

Endowed professor in Art Education at UMSL

Louis provided us with an overview of ways in which arts educators
are working to integrate sustainability into school art programs. Hopefully
he will provide a few examples of what an “eco-artist” is and how art can
serve as a means to developing future generations of eco-literate citizens.


Brea McAnally

Photographer & program director for the Luminary Center for the Arts

Brea is an artist herself, and in addition to working as a
photographer, she co-founded the Luminary Center for the Arts. Many of us
South City residents are curious about the Kingshighway establishment, and
how the Luminary can assist local artists. She’ll told us a little more
about the organization, and also more about their upcoming event, the FORM
Contemporary Design Show. The event is an annual contemporary furniture,
functional object and architectural design show in Saint Louis and looks
like a good time.


B.J. Vogt

Independent artist and adjunct lecturer at the Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Art

BJ is a local artist exploring the fields of physical
science, anthropology, and culture jamming in an effort to understand the
dynamic forces that shape our mental & physical landscapes. He often creates
‘natural’ environments or settings using mass produced or easily replicated
‘man-made’ materials. He brought a few visuals for us, and let us know where
he’s currently exhibiting, including the 2010 Open Studios Tour.


Steven Boody

Landscape architect and co-founder of Public Art &Practice, LLC

Steve Boody has a background in landscape architecture and public
administration, and co-founded Public Art & Practice, LLC in 2004 with
artist Diane Boody. They currently spend a great deal of time developing &
implementing public art master plans and individual public art projects. His
projects have included 1) the First National Bank of Omaha’s sculpture park,
which has won multiple prestigious awards and 2) closer to home, the
installation of Sculptor Blair Buswell’s impressive larger-than-life-size
monument is a portrait of San Carlos Borromeo near the City of St. Charles’
historic main street.


Questions Asked of the Panelists

  1. What exactly is a “salmon ladder”?
  2. What are your thoughts on our CityGarden here in St. Louis?
  3. Community artist and activist Milenko Matanovic, founder of the Pomegranate Center in Washington
    says that it is the job of the artist to “turn the sword,”
    to turn ugliness and fragmentation into beauty and meaning. This has deep
    implications for the environmental movement as we struggle with some of the
    ugliness – habitat loss, climate change, etc. How do you see yourselves
    changing ugliness in to beauty in your own work? Have you seen examples in
    your professional career?
  4. Describe the art scene in St. Louis. Is it conducive to
    environmental inclinations? How progressive would you say it is, compared to
    other cities?
  5. An article in last week’s issue of Newsweek reported that according
    to one respected study, the “CQ” (creativity score equivalent to IQ) of
    American children was declining. Do you think
    art has the ability to inspire creativity in the American populace? Can
    artists be counted on as problem-solvers for crises faced in today’s