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STLCC Student Art Gallery Program Expands in West County

January 29, 2014

Fine art  
Paintings by STLCC-Wildwood students are on display at
the Maryland Heights Government Center.

Student artists continue to beautify spaces throughout west St. Louis County through the St. Louis Community College Fine Arts Club Gallery program.

The program provides local businesses owners with a simple and affordable way to display original works of art. Business owners simply visit the virtual gallery created by students (stlccfineartsclub.tumblr.com) to select pieces from a variety of subject matter. The students then install the chosen works.

The first business to participate was Starbucks in Wildwood. After a short time, paintings were hung at Sunny Street Café and the Wildwood Hotel in Wildwood, Manchester West Veterinary Clinic in Ellisville, St. Luke’s Gift Shop, and Brooking Park in Chesterfield.

“We truly love having the colorful artwork as a break from all of the veterinary information we necessarily display,” said Sharon Roberts of Manchester West Veterinary Hospital. “The program could not be easier to participate in and is another way to bond local businesses with the community.”

Some of the locations have just one or two paintings, but several of the locations house large installations. Last spring, the city of Wildwood asked the students to install a gallery wall in the City Council Chambers of the newly dedicated Municipal Building.

“The city is proud to display these works of art from these talented individuals, and so pleased this program exists in Wildwood and its residents can benefit from their talent,” Joe Vujnich, Wildwood’s director of planning wrote in a recent letter supporting the program. ”The feedback the city has received from this program has been extremely positive and it looks forward to continuing the relationship well into the future.”

In December and January, the program expanded west and north to include Junk N Java in Pacific and the Maryland Heights Government Center. In early February, a series of paintings by student artist Michelle Streiff will be at the Sachs branch of the St. Louis County Library. In the near future, the artists also will display their work at Chesterfield Arts in Chesterfield. Overall, more than 20 students have displayed their artwork since the program was launched, and many of the locations have rotated paintings on a regular basis.