I understand there were only about 20 protestors demonstrating today.
The following message is from a Facebook post about a protest scheduled for today at 11:30 a.m.. Police sources are expecting several hundred protesters.
"St. Louis Jewish Voice for Peace calls on all who oppose white supremacy to cut ties with the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) as it prepares to honor the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department -- a police force whose racist shooting spree targeting black youth continues, most recently in the shooting of 16-year-old Brandon Claxton in the face last weekend even as witnesses say he posed no threat.
We are disgusted by the ADL’s grotesque invocation of the Nazi Holocaust -- in which countless members of our families perished -- both as a tool to give the ADL and St. Louis police cover as protectors of civil rights, and to frame racism in the U.S. solely within the context of anti-Semitism. As white Jewish activists, we know that white Jews, like other white Americans, are part and parcel of U.S. white supremacist systems that serve to destroy black and brown communities.
We have cringed as the ADL positions itself locally as a champion of racial profiling legislation while sending U.S. police -- including former St. Louis County Police Chief Tim Fitch -- to train on population control in Israel, an apartheid police state with more than 60 years of sophisticated expertise in racial profiling, mass incarceration, settler colonialism, and ethnic cleansing targeting the non-Jewish indigenous Palestinian people.
We see the way mainstream Jewish organizations in St. Louis like the ADL, the Jewish Community Relations Council, and the Jewish Federation exercise white privilege in an attempt to silence communities of color and undermine black and brown solidarity. We are appalled when Jewish leaders who speak the language of justice are overtly racist toward Palestinians. Zionism -- itself a form of white supremacy that oppresses Palestinians, Jews of color, and other marginalized groups -- has no place in any antiracist movement.
We call on the ADL to cancel this ceremony and all ongoing activities that uphold white supremacy in the U.S. and Palestine. If they don’t cancel, we will be there July 31 at 11:30am at Chase Park. We urge St. Louis Jewish leaders and organizations, especially those who have been active in Ferguson, to stop playing both sides -- chanting “Black Lives Matter” in the streets while working closely with racist Jewish organizations. We invite them and others in the St. Louis Jewish community to join us in working together for justice from Ferguson to Palestine and beyond."
Get there however you can Saturday, but please, please wear a helmet if appropriate, and by all means, bring a sun hat! August's CWE Flea is jammed packed with fun vendors including Hopelessly Jaded, Buddha Bath & Body, Sycamore Creek, and 15 others who will be set up on the parking lot at 449 N. Euclid (at Washington) from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
28th Ward Alderman Lyda Krewson, left, is shown with CWEnder Ann Kittlaus at Sunday's get-together at the Delmar Sunflower + Project in the 51xx block of Delmar. This is the second year Lyda has rallied the troops to turn what had been neglected plots of ground into fields of gold.
About thirty people - most of whom had volunteered to help plant 15,000 sunflower seeds at the end of May - stopped by to enjoy the fruits of their labor, and cut a few sunflowers to take home.
After the sunflower seeds sprouted in June, volunteers returned to thin the seedlings to approximately 10,000 plants. When you stop by, and you should, you'll be enthralled by how a simple sunflower planted en masse, can transform a neglected site into an oasis of beauty and tranquility.
Richard Reilly, above, Energy Programs Manager of the Missouri Botanical Garden and co-founder of the Sunflower + Project STL, is also an organizer of the Delmar Sunflower + Project.
One young guest brought two vehicles across the alley from Washington Place, above.
STL Villagers Mary Lee Pankoff, Sondra Bertz and Sondra's daughter Lisa Hansen, above, travelled across the garden very slowly. Ironically, Sondra tore her meniscus while accompanying Mary Lee to a doctor's appointment at BJC. That's taking friendship to a whole new level.
28th Ward Committeewoman Gail Farwell (not pictured) was there with her niece, Cari, shown above.
CWEnder Nancy Culbert is pictured above.
When Lyda sent out the email invitation to Sunday's gathering, she asked for donations for the project. Almost immediately, she raised an additional $1,100 for expenses related to the maintenance of the garden, including site preparation, planting, and lawn cutting. If you'd like to help, here is the link.
Thanks to Lyda Krewson and her team of advisors for providing an opportunity for volunteers and donors to make a difference on a street that has been the subject of controversy over the years. The Third Degree Glass Factory more than started the ball rolling, and now, something as simple as planting sunflowers demonstrate that with leadership and a good cause, the neighborhood is more than willing to pitch in.
If ever there has been a year to thank the Police and Fire Departments for everything they do, 2014-2015 tops the chart. The annual National Night Out event which takes place next Tuesday evening on the parking lot of the Neighborhood Security Office, 447 N. Euclid (at Washington Avenue), will be a chance to visit with representatives from both departments, meet the NSI staff and see the security cameras, which have proved to be so helpful to the police, up close.
Show your support and bring the whole family. In order to know how much food the generous sponsors, shown above, should prepare, please rsvp to Sarah Wickenhauser via email: email@example.com, or on the the NSI's Facebook page here.
"Please join us for ‘Sunflower+ Sunday’ this Sunday, July 26, 5:30 – 7:30 for a very casual gathering at the garden - 51xx Delmar. Thousands of Sunflowers are BLOOMING! Bring the kids and neighborsto help us celebrate. Bring a lawn chair if you have one… we’ll have some beverages and light snacks…. And you can cut some flowers to take home and enjoy.
If you can help support with the mowing & maintenance clickgofund.me/rx6u2jg A HUGE Thank you to those of you who have already helped out!!
You are welcome to come even if you were not able to volunteer! This is all about ‘making it better’.
Hope to see you Sunday!!
Thanks to all of you, the Land Lab, Washington University, St Louis City, Mo Botanical Gardens, Mo Dept of Conservation, and Bowood Farms !!
Many thanks from the “Delmar Sunflower Team”.
Richard Reilly – Missouri Botanical Gardens
Don Koster – Washington University School of Architecture
Carolyn Miles, proprietor of Atrium Gallery, has assembled an imaginative lineup of artwork for tomorrow's opening of "Works on Paper." Stop by between 6 and 8 p.m. for sangria and an opportunity to see these pieces up close.
Among the artists exhibiting is Christopher Tanner, whose glitzy mixed-media Moon series (Harvest, Dragon, Total Eclipse, etc.), above, was created on handmade paper.
Artist Peter Charlap's 54 x 54" "Lost" is charcoal on papier maroufle (paper bonded to canvas).
Michael Marshall, whose acrylic on paper "Blue Breakers #7" is part of the current exhibition, is a St. Louisan who is head of the Art Department at the University of Hawaii at Hilo.
Chicago-based artist Art Kleinman's "Self" is charcoal, pastel and wax on paper.
Christopher Tanner's "Saved Us" and "Collette," above, are mixed-media pieces created on vintage World War II era wallpaper. A close-up of "Saved Us" is shown below.
Steven Sorman, who created the 4 pieces shown above, has work in the collections of several museums including the Saint Louis Art Museum.
And finally, the late William de Looper's acrylic on paper "Untitled 1993," above, was influenced by the American Southwest, which was a part of the country deLooper, who was Dutch and his wife German, loved and traveled to often.
"Works on Paper" opens at Atrium Gallery, 4814 Washington Avenue, 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, July 24. It will remain on view until September 19.
As of this morning, the windows of Selkirk Auctioneers & Appraisers at 4739 McPherson remain covered, but not for long. Inside the newly-renovated space, the Selkirk staff is putting finishing touches on the inaugural auction which takes place next week. Previews begin this Sunday, July 26, and continue through Thursday, July 30. The first auction item will go off on Friday, July 31, at 11 a.m. (Here is my post on thenew Selkirk).
Here are more details on this exciting event which were sent via a press release:
"Under new ownership, Selkirk Auctioneers & Appraisers revs into the future while featuring historically significant items associated with revered names such as Chouteau, Lemp and Sullivan – and an anteater nicknamed Louie, below.
The newly renovated Selkirk gallery in St. Louis’ historic Central West End is filling up with rare, beautiful and unexpected items. Selkirk’s is fully outfitted with the latest technology to engage guests in an exceptional live auction environment and connect bidders from around the world in real time.
WHEN: The public is invited to attend daily previews:
Sunday, July 26 – Wednesday, July 29 from 10 AM to 6 PM
Thursday, July 30 from 10 AM to 8 PM
Friday, July 31 Doors Open at 9 AM with Auction Starting at 11 AM"
From the lush plantings outside The Vino Gallery, 4701 McPherson, where Linda Head, mother of proprietor Alex Head, has put her gardening talents to work beautifying the patio area with gorgeous containers and treewells,
to the handiwork of Alex's sister Lara, a 2015 graduate of Webster University, who created an assortment of hand-thrown slab planters and filled them with succulents, shown above, it was interesting to discover the artistic gene runs in the Head family. You wouldn't know the charming planters are for sale when you stop in, so have a look around - they're tucked on windowsills and tables throughout the store. Each one is different and it's very hard to decide on a favorite (small $24, medium, $28, and large $32).
The coffee bar serving Goshen Coffee is staffed from Monday through Thursday by Alex's younger brother, Elliot Head, above, an art student also at Webster University. On Friday and Saturday Billy, a contractor for Coolfire Studios, serves as barrista. Billy said he was hanging out at The Vino Gallery to write most days, so when he was asked if he would be the barista on Friday and Saturday, he thought he might as well. Perhaps there would be some inspiration for his screenplays from making coffee drinks and serving pastries.
One morning when I stopped in for coffee (tip: don't sit in the window if you don't want to be seen - there are a LOT of neighbors who pass by the shop) I photographed a page from Eliott's sketchbook. As we chatted, Eliott said he would love to meet other artists in the neighborhood and envisions hosting gatherings over coffee at The Vino Gallery to share resources and ideas. Stop in when Eliott's there to discuss this idea.
Half of The Vino Gallery space is devoted to art. On view until August 22 is new work by Andy Leicht, above. Gallery manager Matt Pruyn said he is in the process of putting together an exhibition of perhaps 10 to 20 artists sometime in October, and Elliot Head will have 1 or 2 pieces in that show.
The main focus of The Vino Gallery is a wide selection of reasonably-priced wines, which is proprietor Alex Head's focus. Recently I was pleased to discover that after a certain number of purchases at The Vino Gallery you'll receive a discount coupon toward your next purchase. Last week's offering was $5 off a bottle of rose, above. I took home a bottle of Julia's Dazzle, left, because the beautiful bottle was made in the Chihuly workshop, $19 less the $5 discount.
The Vino Gallery, 4701 McPherson, Monday: 8 a.m. to Noon, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, 8 a.m. to 9 p.m., Friday and Saturday, 8 a.m. to 10 p.m., closed Sunday.
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Events at Schlafly Library Weds. (confirming time) Author Terrell Carter, a former city police officer, to speak on his work in racially divided communities; Sat.(confirming time) "What's It Worth," local appraisal services will determine value of jewelry, collectibles & art pieces, 225 N. Euclid.
National Night Out Tuesday 6 to 8 p.m., A family event for the community to thank the police and fire departments for all they do, refreshments provided by Pi, Evangeline's, and froYo. Rsvp if you can: firstname.lastname@example.org, 449 N. Euclid (at Washington).
Events at Left Bank Books 7:00 p.m. Tues., Leah Gunning Francis, "Ferguson and Faith," reception with refreshments at 6:30 p.m.; 7 p.m. Weds., Rinker Buck, "The Oregon Trail"; 7 to 9 p.m. Thurs., Diversity Awareness Partnership learn how to navigate dialogue on topics of race, racism, etc., register here: http://dapstl.org/listen-talk-learn-awareness-campaign/ltl-week-of-dialogue/, 399 N. Euclid.
On View at CWE Galleries "New Works on Paper" at Atrium Gallery, 4814 Washington; Paintings by Metra Mitchell at Houska Gallery, 4728 McPherson; "Battle of the Board," at World Chess Hall of Fame, 4652 Maryland, New Work by Andy Leicht at The Vino Gallery, 4701 McPherson.