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STLCC “Broads” Take Their Art on the Road

December 08, 2014

Broad Strokes art exhibit  
(From left) Artists Jo Jasper Dean, Vicki Hefty,
Dion Dion, Michelle Streiff and Kim Kordonowy
in front of a collection of their paintings from
“Broad Strokes – Studio 309,” an exhibit at The
Centre in Rolla, Mo.

For more than four years, five women have developed their artistic talents at St. Louis Community College under the guidance of Mark Weber, chair of Art & Humanities department at the Wildwood campus.

Their easels, paints and canvases of Dion Dion, Michelle Streiff, Kim Kordonowy, Vicki Hefty and Jo Jasper Dean span one end of Room 309, the campus’ art studio. As their artwork has evolved over the years, so, too, has their camaraderie and friendship.

Each woman has been featured in local exhibits. Now their works come together as the sole focus of an exhibit aptly entitled “Broad Strokes – Studio 309” at The Centre in Rolla, Mo. The exhibit was curated by Dion, who is the former executive director of Art St. Louis and previously worked with The Centre on other exhibits.

Each woman has her own style and subject matter focus.

“The goal was to show the strengths of each individual painter,” Dion said. “Each is different than the other.”

Dion paints sweeping botanicals in bright colors. Streiff shares her passion for rescue dogs with a grisaille and oil paint technique. Kordonowy explores natural forms of landscapes, flowers and birds by layering quilt fabric and paint to create a complex, multi-dimensional surface. Hefty brings every day vignettes alive with the intensity and contrast of warm and cool colors. Dean’s inspiration comes from nature and she paints in an imaginative palette of saturated, amplified colors.

The exhibit runs through Dec. 30 at The Centre, located on 1200 Holloway Street in Rolla, Mo.