We couldn't be more thrilled about our great line-up of vendors for the first CWE Flea of the 2015 season. Stop by 449 N. Euclid tomorrow, Saturday, between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. You'll see some familiar faces and some new, exciting additions, and if you haven't experience the CWE Flea before, you're in for a treat.
Thankful-A-Tea,Twisted Vintage,Jewelry by Christiane Danna, Legacy Chutney, Down the Rabbit Hole, Gather Studios, MJR Custom Embroidery, Animal House, Fink, Gilded Pineapple, Jewelry by Michele Mohr, Hopelessly Jaded, A Tiny Moth, MC:67 Vintage Era Coats and Custom Linings, Inky Octopus, Parsimonia (Vintage Clothing in vintage blue airstream), and Parker's Table.
CWE Flea, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., 1st Saturday of the month May through October, 449 N. Euclid (at Washington), for more info: email@example.com, facebook.com/cweflea.
Mike Owens, above, and Jim Dwyer, below, spent yesterday (Thursday, 4/30) tilling the beds in advance of the first work day, Saturday, May 9.
Our first work day isSaturday May 9th at 9am.Just show up to help! We will be spreading mulch and preparing for planting.Come have fun in the dirt with us!
Last summer over 150 volunteers planted and tended 15,000 sunflower seeds… that is 30 rows… 375 feet long… 9 inches apart… ! The result was beautiful, stunning, fun, and very hopeful.
The owner, CWE Housing Corporation, is a not for profit 501c(3). Funds raised will go towards soil testing, equipment rental, tilling, grass cutting, Mo Botanical Garden consulting, signage, taxes, and the monarch butterfly garden.
Come have fun in the dirt with us!
Saturday May 9 – Mulch and clean up – 9am
Saturday May 23 – Seed Planting Day - 9am
Saturday June 6 – Weeding & Maintenance –
Saturday June 20 – Transplanting & weeding
Sunday July 19 … Sunflower Sunday Celebration 6pm (tentative)
Many thanks from the “Delmar Sunflower Team”.
Richard Reilly – Missouri Botanical Gardens
Don Koster – Washington University School of Architecture
Jim Dwyer – Central West End
Doug Auer – Third Degree Glass
Lyda Krewson – Alderman Ward 28
Mike Owens – Dirt Farmer J
Many thanks to our sponsors Mo Dept of Conservation; BoWood Farms; Mo Botanical Gardens; Washington Univ & Many Many Volunteers !!
I wanted to share the following information sent by Washington University's Christina Zebrowski:
"The Washington University Summer Writers Institute is celebrating its 20th anniversary this summer. To celebrate, University College is pleased to announce the Summer in St. Louis Writing Contest, which brings two themes together: St. Louis and summer.
In summers long past, St. Louisans would set up tents in Forest Park to camp and try to escape the oppressive heat that settles over the city from late June to late October, air that fiction writer Harold Brodkey described as “wet noodles.” But the heat is far from the only thing defining a St. Louis summer, and we want to read all about it. We’re looking for stories, poems, and essays about neighborhoods from Soulard to North Pointe, Town and Country to Wentzville, with imagery that sizzles like an egg tossed onto the Arch on a July afternoon. We’re looking for language that resonates off the surface of the page the way Highway 40 shimmers in the August sun. And we want it all in 750 words or less.
The contest will be judged by Danielle Dutton, author of the books Attempts at a Life, S P R A W L, and Here Comes Kitty: A Comic Opera, with images by Richard Kraft. Dutton also founded the small press Dorothy, a publishing project.
Dr. Dutton will select a winner, runner up, and honorable mention. The winner will receive a $500 scholarship to the Summer Writers Institute, and the winning entry will be published in The Ampersand (http://pages.wustl.edu/ampersand). The runner-up will receive a $250 scholarship for the Summer Writers Institute. The winner and runner-up will also be invited to read their work at the opening of the SWI. All honorees will receive a signed book authored by one of the SWI instructors.
Writers must be 18 years or older, have graduated from high school, and be enrolled in the SWI to qualify for scholarship prizes.
Writers may submit a story, poem, or essay - Only one entry per writer, please."
For more information about the Summer Writers Institute, contact Christina Zebrowski, SummerSchool@wustl.edu, (314) 935-4695.
Last Saturday afternoon, Stone Soup Shakespeare performed Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing at the CWE's Coffee Cartel, Euclid & Maryland Avenues. The event was part of Shakespeare Festival's 5th annual SHAKE 38, a performance marathon that took place in advance of the Shakespeare Festival in different venues around town.
Two teams of actors read the play for a deeply-engaged audience. Those who were in Coffee Cartel for the usual coffee and wifi carried on at their laptops as though the whole thing was much ado about nothing, which is exactly what made the event so quintessentially urban.
Shakespeare Festival's Antony and Cleopatra, directed by Mike Donahue, opens May 22 through June 14 at Shakespeare Glen in Forest Park (east of the Art Museum). Performances are at 8 p.m. nightly, except Tuesdays. The Green Show begins at 6:30 p.m. This is the 15th season the Shakespeare Festival has brought free Shakespeare to Forest Park...donations are suggested, and well-deserved.
Duane Reed, middle above, was the real superhero Friday night for donating his gallery to the CWE's Youth Learning Center for a fundraiser titled, "Paintings of a Superhero." Duane Reed Gallery was packed with excited young artists whose paintings were on view, their families and friends, neighbors, and several CWE artists who've exhibited at Duane Reed, including CWEnders Nancy Newman Rice and Jane Sauer.
Youth Learning Center, located at 4481 Olive St., provides after-school enrichment classes for children in the St. Louis community. Learn more about the programs available here. YLC's after-school program will continue to operate when the new charter school, The Biome, opens in the same location this August.
Eight-year-old Brannon was more than happy to show me that many of the paintings on the wall for the youngest artists were hers.
Older students, like 8th grader Nakai Woods, above, had their own exhibition space for their larger paintings. Nakai confirmed that he had purposely coordinated his shirt with his painting.
To encourage sales of the artwork for this fundraising event, each student had a chance to speak about his or her painting and what inspired them.
The youngest students presented their work first, above.
Next, YLC lead teacher and artist Myles Keough, above, introduced the older students.
You may have to turn up the volume to hear this charming 8th grader's heartfelt pitch for her painting of the Eiffel Tower.
Thanks to Duane Reed for being such a good neighbor and generous supporter of budding artists in our town.
Following on the heels of my LaunchCoder Girl post last week, there's more great news about the CWE-based company. An article by reporter Lisa Brown in the Business Section of Saturday's St. Louis Post-Dispatch announced that LaunchCode execs Jim McKelvey and Brendan Lind, together with Chicago-based coding bootcamp Blue1647, are opening a Tech Mentor Center for underprivileged youth at 4811 Delmar, just east of Euclid in the Fountain Park Neighborhood, shown above. Megan Smith, the U.S. Chief Technology Officer came to town for the announcement on Friday.
It is hoped that the Tech Mentor Center will open by late summer. Read the good news in its entirety here.
Very early last Sunday morning I took photographs around Forest Park's Murphy Lake on Lindell Blvd. at Lake Ave. My plan was to concentrate on the dogwoods, which have been so spectacular this spring, but when I started to explore, I found so much more to share with you this morning.
The first CWE Flea of the 2015 season takes place next Saturday, May 2, and continues the first Saturday of each month through October 3, at 449 N. Euclid (at Washington). From 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. fifteen unique vendors will be in attendance, including purveyors of repurposed/upcycled furniture, antiques, art, Uzma's chutney, handmade and vintage clothing, jewelry designers, an embroidery vendor, snow cones, and more.
With such a wide variety of offerings, there's sure to be something for everyone, so plan to stop by.
CWE Flea, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., 1st Saturday, May thru October, 449 N. Euclid (at Washington). For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit the Facebook page. If you drive, please don't forget to feed the meter.
Tomorrow evening, Friday, April 24, Duane Reed Gallery presents Paintings of a Superhero, art created by students of the CWE's Youth Learning Center, 4471 Olive St. The one-night-only event is scheduled for 5 to 8 p.m. The Kids Gallery Talk at 6 p.m. is a don't miss.
On View in CWE Galleries New projects+gallery features work by Hideko Seo, 4733 McPherson; Philip Slein Gallery: David Row & Robert Zungu, 4735 McPherson; Duane Reed Gallery: Akio Takamori, 4729 McPherson; Houska Gallery: Alicia LaChance, 4728 McPherson.