Young Artists Learn to Bloom with the Expertise of Master Craftsman

Local professional artists collaborate with student work to inspire masterful creations


(ST. LOUIS/April 2014)  When a young artist’s ideas are nourished, it can change everything for them. The Blooming Artists Project facilitates bonds between young artists in the Lindbergh School District and local, established artists. This initiative pairs talented students from elementary to high school with professional artists and allows for the exchange of perspectives and techniques. Students share original artwork with their mentors who in turn, create their own piece inspired by their counterparts. The project culminates in an exhibition at the Clayton Fine Art Gallery on May 30th from 6 to 9p.m.

Beginning in January 2014, district art instructors selected students who demonstrated passion, talent, or potential. The following month, thirteen professional artists were recruited and all participants were invited to meet and interview each other. These master artists include jewelers, sculptors, painters, fiber artists, and photographers. During this initial meeting, each artist had the opportunity to discuss his or her work, ideas, and medium.  The students shared their creative rationale while the master artists shared their techniques, expertise, and philosophies.

Between February and May, the seasoned artists were tasked to create an artwork inspired by their young mentee.  The Blooming Artist Project’s culminating event on Friday, May 30th from 6-9 at the Clayton Fine Art Gallery at 21 N. Bemiston Road will reunite these pairs. The opening will display the master artists’ work alongside that of their partners’ work and include a public discussion of the process. The formal presentation and discussion will provide an opportunity for both artists to elaborate upon their thought processes and to recognize the power of their work and future potential.

“The students’ reactions have been filled with excitement and anticipation,” says Marilyn Callahan , coordinator of The Blooming Artists Project. “The master artists’ dedication to sharing their experiences and knowledge reflects their generosity and commitment to the next generation of artists. This continues to be a truly inspiring process.” For more information about The Blooming Artists Project, contact Marilyn Callahan at For more information about the gallery, visit the Clayton Fine Art Gallery’s website,


  • Occurred Friday, May 30th, 2014 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm


Clayton Fine Art Gallery

21 N. Bemiston Rd.
Clayton, MO 63105


Marilyn Callahan