Chandler Branch's Blog

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Poster design by Phoenix Creative Co.Poster design by Phoenix Creative Co.

What started as a nifty idea (not mine, by the way) has blossomed into something quite special. In a little over a month’s time, St. Louis will be treated to the glory of things local when Art Saint Louis presents Food, Glorious Food, April 14 through May 23. Yes, this involves food, lots of food, along with wine and music. But at the center of it all is a new food-inspired art exhibit juried by Sauce Magazine’s Allyson Mace and Something Elegant Catering’s Linda Pilcher, featuring the work of 51 local artists. Ceramics, painting, photography, mixed media, paper, printmaking, sculpture and more; there’s something to please every palate. And it's all available for purchase, so you can get it "to go."

Presented concurrently with Food, Glorious Food will be Honor Awards 2012, an invitational exhibit featuring work by 10 artists who won Awards of Excellence from Art Saint Louis in 2011—essentially a curtain call for some of our region’s most talented creators. And we’re indeed honored to have this show juried by Dan Addington, artist and owner of Addington Gallery in Chicago.

With these two shows as our table centerpiece, we’re offering up quite a menu of ancillary events, starting with an opening reception and block party on Saturday, April 14. Here’s an overview:

Saturday, April 14 • 6 - 8 pm • Opening Reception - Live jazz courtesy of Jazz St. Louis, live art by Jennifer Hayes, Dawson MorganHenryk Ptasiewicz and Erin Rieke, door prizes courtesy of Foodie STL, and fine wines by several regional wineries. To top it off we're lining up a fleet of food trucks on Washington Avenue outside the gallery. Take your pick, or sample them all!


Tuesday, April 24 • 6 - 8 pm • Metropolis Wine Club - Metropolis brings their popular wine tasting, social networking event to the Art Saint Louis gallery. Reservations are required. Click here for more information.


Saturday, April 28 • 7 - 10 pm • MAIN COURSE: Dine with the Artists – Something Elegant Catering serves dinner in the rare atmosphere of the Art Saint Louis gallery, with live art by Jennifer Hayes, Dawson Morgan and Megan Rieke. Seating is limited and reservations are required. RSVP by email to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , or phone 314/241-4810.


Saturday, May 12 • 6 - 8 pm • A Mother of a Potluck - Community-wide potluck on the eve of Mother’s Day, replete with recipe swaps, awards of excellence, door prizes, wine selections from several local wineries, music and live art by Megan Rieke and Henryk Ptasiewicz.

More information is available here. I warmly invite you to mark your calendar and stay tuned for details on these special events. If you’re wondering what’s so special about “things local,” join us and I promise you’ll leave with plenty of food for thought! 

Hearty thanks to Robin Hirsch, Heather Kelly, Rebecca Raynes and many others for creating and developing this great idea.

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