"Music from the heART: From the Thirteen Squared" Gallery Opening and One-Night Sale at the Regional Arts Commission

Thirteen Squared is a group of female St. Louis artists who raise funds through art sales to benefit the local arts community.

Music from the heART: From the Thirteen Squared
May 11 - June 23
Opening reception: Friday, May 11 from 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.
The Gallery at RAC

"Wouldn't it be great if global warming meant the beginning of world peace?"

This is the kind of question that Elizabeth Concannon, one of the artists in the exhibition Music from the heART: From the Thirteen Squared at The Gallery at the (RAC), often asks. "My recent work is frequently based on a philosophical question," she explains.

Concannon is one of 13 artists in Thirteen Squared, a group of female St. Louis artists who raise funds through art sales to benefit the local arts community. The group has been working together since 2004 and has raised more than $20,000 for local arts organizations including Chesterfield Arts, St. Louis ArtWorks, and Viva Vox.

Cynthia Berg uses photographs as inspiration for her mixed media works. Though Susan Dietz-Schmidt began her artistic career as a photographer, she has since branched out to watercolor, gouache, acrylics, and collage. M.J. Goerke's mixed media pieces are in collections in the U.S., Canada, Japan, Australia, Mexico, and Russia. Jane Isenberg's piece in this exhibition is dedicated to her mother, who died at 42.

In addition to her work with Thirteen Squared, Ellen Klamon found an additional artistic outlet in jewelry-making. "As an illustrator, used to working in two dimensions, I find it challenging to translate my ideas into three dimensions," she says. "Jewelry, because of its small, intimate scale, is a great vehicle for me to do this."

For Ruth Kolker, art must offer a place of escape and a space for introspection. Nancy Kurten's work incorporates color, pattern, and personal imagery. Though passion for making art has always been part of Emily Long's life, her involvement in the arts includes serving as docent at the St. Louis Art Museum, Pulitzer Foundation for the Arts, and the Contemporary Art Museum.

Marcy Saphian's approach to art is introspective. "My work is an effort to share feelings and responses that are difficult, if not impossible, to put into words," she explains. The style of Ida Steinberg's work is marked by her humorous slant and bold use of shimmering color. Harriet Thomas's background in photography, painting, and printmaking doesn't always ensure definite artistic results. She says, "Often the finished work is a wonderful surprise." After starting with the two-dimensional medium of photography, Kay Wood soon moved on to figurative sculpture in the form of animals.

The exhibition is free and open to the public and continues through June 23. It features thirteen 24" x 24" pieces, one by each member of Thirteen Squared. Interested buyers can purchase pieces for $240 each at any time during the show. The pieces are also for sale via silent auction for the duration of the exhibition. A clipboard next to each piece allows interested buyers to write their bids, starting at $1 and up to the maximum bid of $240. On June 22 the winning bids are announced. All of the proceeds from the silent auction go to RAC's gallery program. The pieces stay in the gallery until June 23, when buyers may pick up their pieces.

In addition to the gallery exhibition, Thirteen Squared presents a second event at RAC:

Celebrate III
Friday, June 22 from 5:30 - 8:30 p.m.
The Studio at RAC

Celebrate III is a rousing mixed media art sale featuring one-of-a-kind art for $50. One hundred   8" x 8" pieces by 100 local female artists are available for purchase. The doors open at 5:30 and at 7 p.m. the bell rings to start the sale. Buyers may take their chosen pieces off the wall and line up to pay. Proceeds from this sale go to .

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