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More Art Scrawl

Since the end of World War II representational art has taken a back seat to the abstract. By “representational” we mean art that has identifiable subject matter like a cloud or a tree or a person.  Since public opinion is shaped in places where money and media are most densely concentrated, …

The Metropolitan Orchestra of St. Louis grew out what had originally been the orchestra of Webster University back in 2012. It’s a professional orchestra, which means its musicians get paid. That gives the organization a certain gravitas, even beyond its substantial following and the acknowl…

You know Will Frank. He’s the guy who’s been writing this column the past two years. Today we turn the tables and feature him in this space. He’s an accomplished artist in his own right, and he has some interesting ideas on our personal relationships to art.

“Buy Art ... It’s the Law” is one of my favorite bumper stickers. It puts art appreciation right up there with other social responsibilities like fastening your seatbelt. It serves up, with a chuckle, the notion that art matters.

Our local community teems with cultural riches—thriving theatre programs, free sculpture parks, historic buildings, talented artists and makers. There’s no doubt that arts and design are important around here. After two years, “The Art Scrawl” has only scratched the surface.

Even if you haven’t been by the corner of Taylor and Monroe avenues in Kirkwood, you know what a temporary construction zone fence looks like – chain link, covered in a blue net that becomes more and more tattered as the project advances.

Over the past decade, the Oxford Junior Dictionary, an edition aimed at children ages seven and older, has replaced words of nature with technological words.

The Remington was the first mass- produced typewriter. When it hit the market in 1874, poets and writers embraced it with everyone else. Mark Twain was the first author to submit a typewritten book manuscript.

Cayce Zavaglia has earned a national reputation for her detailed, embroidered portraits. It takes the St. Louis artist about six to eight weeks to make a portrait. Her subjects are ordinary folks, her family and close friends, and her materials are ordinary, but the results are stunning, and…

From the mid 1800s into the mid 1900s, generations of artists and craftsmen made a living by creating technically-demanding stained glass windows, some of history’s best. During this period, studios in Europe and the United States were producing acres of what came to be called Munich Pictori…

Kacey Cowdery is a Webster Groves based designer and fiber artist. In the beginning of her professional career, Cowdery worked as an interior designer for HOK, where she collaborated with architects and other designers. From there, she joined Global Granite, where she helped clients source a…

James Wu and Grace Lin are Taiwanese immigrants who have made Kirkwood their home for the last two decades. This summer, Wu was invited by Yilan County’s Cultural Affairs Bureau to exhibit his paintings at Taiwan’s Sky Gallery. “Soaring Wings” showcased Wu’s unique style which combines tradi…

Originally created in 1994, Innovations in Textiles takes place every fourth year, with a mission to elevate awareness and appreciation of textiles and textile-inspired art/design.