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A paint palette bike rack outside Dick Blick Art store
Dance St. Louis’ recent campaign paired dancers with high-profile athletes.
With entertainment budgets shrinking and everyone from AMC theaters to Fox Theatre competing for the same dollars, you might think the relationships among our city’s cultural institutions would be cool, but when we checked in with groups such as Dance St. Louis, Center of Creative Arts and Opera Theatre of Saint Louis, we found the opposite was true: They agree that creative collaborations are more effective than competition.
Indoors or out, there’s something about being surrounded by beauty that is truly inspiring. Here’s a sampling of what’s on view at area museums this fall:
Local residents don’t have to leave the city to take in top-notch art, music and theatrical entertainment. Find out which of the past year’s productions wowed some of our town’s most prominent names.
A wide range of affordable and accessible arts institutions make St. Louis culturally rich. We asked the leaders of several arts institutions to share their ‘second’ favorite cultural diversion.
Sculptures versus paintings. Contemporary versus Renaissance. Oils versus pastels. The art world is a diverse place, filled with an endless number of fine works to meet anyone’s taste. Investing in art is an endeavor that can be fulfilling and profitable, but one that should be approached with caution and a thorough understanding of the elements.
Joie DiMercurio of Enchanting Embellishments points out the use of oil paintings in heavy, gilded frames.
Pamela Calvert suggests displaying family portraits and personal objects with some flair, pulling it all together in an organized arrangement.
When displaying art at home, all of the designers we asked agreed on one thing: Never buy a piece of art that you’re not absolutely in love with. “It’s all about longevity,” says Anne Smith of June Roesslein Interiors. “If you’re going to live with something for many, many years, you want to purchase something that you love.”
A leather wine carrier—great for someone who has everything. $40 from Straubs.com
Triple milled luxury soaps come in pretty floral packages for instant gift-giving. $12.50 from Diane Breckenridge Interiors
Not into a bottle of Champagne? How About one made of chocolate? $18 from Bissinger’s. photography by Jason Mueller
Natural peppermint oil and candy pieces make this dark chocolate peppermint bark a satisfying treat after the holiday meal. $21 from Bissinger’s
A classy black croc wine tote is the perfect rejoinder for anyone who pops in bearing gifts. $35 from Straubs.com
Elegant note cards come in many appealing designs. $24 from Diane Breckenridge Interiors
Hand-painted South African candles have unique native designs, and their purchase helps tribal artisans earn a fair living wage. $18 from Clay & Cotton
Who wouldn’t want a 100 percent cashmere scarf? $25 from The Empty Nest
Colorful picture frames made from recycled magazine paper and pencils will earn you high marks for being environment-conscious. $19 and $18 from Clay & Cotton
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