Wall Ball 2018
7:00 PM | SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 24, 2018
Third Degree Glass Factory – 5200 Delmar Blvd., ST. LOUIS, MO
Artscope presents Wall Ball 2018, a live art extravaganza highlighting top St. Louis artists! One of St. Louis’ most unique arts events, Wall Ball guests witness artwork created live while enjoying a dazzling party. Guests interact with the artists-at-work, and bid on the chance to take home their favorite artwork.
Wall Ball proceeds benefit Artscope, a non-profit arts organization in Tower Grove Park, whose mission is to “create the community leaders and entrepreneurs of the future through a focus on creativity, diversity, ecology, cooperation and play.”
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Bio: Jeff Kapfer earned a BFA from Webster University with an emphasis in graphic design. He combines his graphic design influence with his childhood obsession with birds to create vibrant light-hearted paintings inspired by friends, family and everyday life. His work has been shown throughout St. Louis including Houska Gallery, SOHA Gallery, and SIBA Gallery.
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Bio: Adam was born and raised in St. Louis Missouri. His art is heavily influenced by urban St. Louis and progressive characters past and present who have paved way for human equality, innovative music, writing and other forms of expression. Adam derives his work from a melting pot of Pop art, surrealism, portraiture, street art and graphic styles. He also experiments in 3 dimensional sculpture which typically represents satire on social media and the the environment in which observes. At this point in his life pop art portraits have become his forte, viewing into the souls of his subject matter, he portrays personality and the essence of his subject.
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wall ball Bio: I am a native Iowan, born and raised in the Cedar Rapids area. I have lived in Saint Louis, Missouri since 1991. From a very early age I have been involved in art, music and theatre. As a self-taught artist, I have found myself reaching beyond my original love of pencil and charcoal drawing, experimenting in a variety of mediums and working with as many materials as possible. Drawing on a number of motivators, I am currently working predominantly in mixed media with encaustics. My work meshes the ancient technique of encaustic with varied objects and figures to create images that I find strikingly lyrical, both emotionally and intellectually.
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Bio: I have been creating art since I was old enough to hold a crayon. I received my Bachelors Degree in Commercial Arts and Business from the University of Kansas and, after graduation, I began my career as a commercial artist, illustrator, and designer. I quickly moved to the creative business of advertising, promotion, and marketing as an art director/creative director. The new mixed media paintings of mine are part of a vision that I have dreamed of creating for over 40 years. Many times I wake up from a dream with a complete visual of a finished painting in my head and I have to rush to capture it before it fades away. But most days, I do a simple meditation before I enter my studio to clear out all of the ‘human’ noise and set my intention for the day. Then, with a clear, uncluttered mind, I select the wood or paper or canvas that I am going to start with, and happily enter that intoxicating stream of creative energy, never knowing where it will take me. This is my new path of freedom and a journey of pure emotional and creative expression that I am excited to finally be a part of. Quite a few of my new paintings are created with Iron, copper, and bronze paints that are then oxidized to weather and rust. I do not ‘fix’ or seal the paint when finished so that it can continue to live and make beautiful subtle changes over time.
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Bio: Philly Alex Johnmeyer is a contemporary artist working in photorealism based in St Louis, Missouri. Even as a child, Alex always wanted to be an artist. In 1996, Alex majored in fine art and film at Southwest Missouri State University. In 2008, Alex made the decision to start their company, Super Keen Creations, LLC selling commissioned paintings for personal art collectors and St. Louis based businesses.
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Bio: Genevieve Esson has a B.A. in Painting from Webster University, an award winning artist, her work is collected regionally and internationally. Esson is a painter and mixed media artist and has completed 15 Public Art Projects. Her main medium is acrylics. She participates and exhibits her artwork at fairs, festivals, gallery shows, public art, coffee houses, hospitals, restaurants and LIVE art events. She has an extensive working artist history.
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Bio: Ash Forrest is a photographer & filmmaker living in STL region. She paints mostly abstract works with many layers and streams this process live online.
Bio: Manion’s daily life is his art. It is the mundane, the extraordinary and the broken-down moments that lie in between. Nothing is more significant than anything else and everything has its purpose. He experiments with materials and their applications. The risk and its reward keep him excited and therefore motivated
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Bio: I have been an artist for as long as I can remember. For over 20 years I was a successful commercial illustrator and photo-manipulator in Boston, Massachusetts. My work has been published in many national magazines and trade publications. I received a platinum album for a record album I did for the rock n roll band “Boston”, for MCA records. I was introduced to the Mac computer and very early Adobe software by some of my tech friends in the mid-eighties. We transformed into a digital art business. The writing was on the wall, artwork was going digital, which was cool, but for me doing both was exhausting. In the mid 90’s I sold my business to Boris Image Group and moved into the marketing arena. I’ve been a marketing director ever since.
Bio: Mixed media is the best way to describe Theresa’s ever changing body of work. Her training is heavy in drawing, printmaking and photography. Her layers of grime and paint and heaping dose of urban photography reflect her adoring view of St. Louis. Vintage vehicles and deteriorating urban landscapes are a common theme in her work. She has perfected the photo transfer process. While you can find these photos printed on thin wood panels, she feels her real work is weaving these images into her mixed media paintings. If you know her work, you know her father is a key element. Her Dad face has become her signature. It’s her perpetual memorial to her hero.
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Bio: I was born in Vicenza, Italy. As a young girl, I participated with my family in educational trips all over Europe. In high school I was fully immersed in classical studies. Although I hold a Master’s Degree in Architecture from the University of Venice, Italy, I’ve been cultivating and developing my drawing and painting skills in a parallel course as regards the one of my formal education. After graduating, I had two solo shows in Vicenza. I moved to St Louis in 2004, Missouri, where, from 2004 to 2008, I’ve been the resident artist at the Third Floor Gallery on Washington, for which I also curated art shows for one year. I then participated to art shows in St Louis, Chicago and Los Angeles.
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Bio: My artistic career can be defined through my exploration of the world with an artist and academic lens. I break down objects into their formal elements. When I see a dog, I don’t see the animal, I see the highlights, shadows, reflections, colors, and shapes. Because of this capability, I find beauty everywhere. This found beauty is my emotional inspiration to persevere. My colorful, acrylic animal portraits are inspired by the beauty I find in the emotional bond between animals and humans. The spark of realization of my interest in this deep connection developed when I began painting my own dog. There is a clarity that comes when you love your subject matter, and there are few things in my world I love more than my beloved pets. In light of this clarity, I have begun studying and utilizing my academic knowledge of painting to explore this connection beyond a superficial experience. The colors and forms I adopt in each painting help reiterate the internal connection into a tangible, visible form. As I move forward with this exploration, I find myself driven to experiment within a variety of formats of creation and mediums of production. Through this experimentation, I am seeking to expand my perspective and study of this fetching material.
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Bio: Zack Smithey has an enormous and diverse body of work. He has over 3,000 original pieces in public and private collections. In addition to art, he is currently in the process of building the first shipping container home in the St. Louis area, which he plans to use as a model to build entire shipping container communities specifically for artists, musicians and performers. Smithey hopes to create an art mecca to draw creative people from around the nation to St. Louis. Smithey has had over 70 solo shows and group shows, has done art/film work for Lincoln Center in NYC, created a series of art videos for world renowned pianist Inon Barnatan, is the creator of the Easter Art Hunt in STL, was commissioned to do Album art for Smother Party a band in Brooklyn, and has been published in the New Yorker, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, All The Art, St. Louis Magazine, StreetScapes, St. Louis Homes & Lifestyles, Uptown Magazine, Community News, Lindenwood Connection and St. Charles Magazine. He has been covered/interviewed on NBC, Fox, and USA Today.
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Bio: Jessica Hitchcock is a St. Louis, MO based artist. She loves to create pieces with vibrant colors that integrate energy, movement, and harmony all into one. She received her Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of Illinois at Springfield and pursued a career that would combine her two passions of art and business. She moved to St. Louis in 2013 and is currently the Finance Manager at Craft Alliance Center of Art + Design.
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Eileen has been involved with some facet of art for as long as she can remember. She has taught art and has taken
classes throughout her whole life but, she says, “it seems that I found my niche when I discovered glass and flameworking.”
Eileen had been designing jewelry for about 10 years and found herself frustrated by the lack of certain colored beads. She finally told her husband she’d had enough, and was going to have to make them herself, inspiring him to buy her her first flameworking class at Third Degree for Christmas in 2009. Eileen immediately fell in love with the fire and the fun. Best of all, she adds, she could finally make those beads for her jewelry that she saw in her head – after plenty of practice, of course.
Eileen loves using her beads and incorporating them into her designs. She likes to interpret nature with a touch of whimsy. Her motto is, “That might work.” Eileen continues to take Master Classes and intends to take many more to hone her craft. Eileen is truly passionate for her artform, and shares it with others through teaching and crafting gifts for her friends and family.
Bio: April Morrison is a professional visual artist owner of Ellipsis Studio. She received her art degree from Fontbonne University and has been creating art in the St. Louis area since 1996. April focuses on acrylic painting and 3D paper assemblage with experience in exterior murals, corporate interior signs and fine art.
Bio: Jeffrey Sass is a nationally and internationally exhibited artist that specializes in traditional and historic photographic processes. Sass mixes photography and paint to re imagine vintage images.
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Bio: Megan Rieke was born and raised in St. Louis and earned a BA in Creative Writing/English from Webster University in 1999. She began painting professionally in 2008 after her second son was born. Since then, she has been in many group exhibits and has had one solo exhibit. She also participates in many live and public art events. Her work can be seen in homes from Seattle to NYC. Megan is currently the Associate Director of SOHA Gallery in south St. Louis city which features only local artists. In January, she will be having another solo exhibit at Messing Gallery on the campus of MICDS. Concurrently, she tries to raise her three feral sons without losing her mind.
Bio: I was born in St. Louis and have been creating art work for as long as I could remember. My first influences stemmed from GI Joe men and fitness magazines, where I started drawing figures, which influenced me to start taking art classes in high school. During that time I continued to mainly develop my art skills with the human body and was able to enhance my artistic abilities. After high school I went to college for graphic design and quickly realized that I enjoyed figure and drawing classes more than the actual graphic design courses. From there I knew that I wanted to gain more knowledge in other artistic styles, and became a self taught painter. However, there was a five year gap where I started letting other avenues of life take over and pushed my creative development aside. One day I visited the art museum and all it took was one particular abstract painting to bring my artistry back to life. Since then, I have been painting and haven’t stopped challenging myself with different ways to produce things that influence me, in my every day surroundings. Most of my work is now drawn from animals and humans, and I try to convey the bond between them. I want to bring those elements to life and invoke that emotional attachment using rich textures. My work tends to lean towards being dark and gritty and I have experimented mainly with wood stain and black latex paint.
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Abigail (Abby) Birhanu is an artist and art teacher currently living in St. Louis, Missouri. She moved to the United States at the age of nine from Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. She received a BFA in Art Education from the University of Missouri-St. Louis in 2006 and is currently working on a master’s degree from Webster University in Applied Education Psychology.
Today, Abby continues to make art while teaching. She has prospects of sharing her work with her native country and getting involved in programs in which the arts are used as an enrichment tool to help develop communities both in the United States and abroad.
Allison L Norfleet Bruenger
Bio: I’m a Mixed Media Jewelry and Fine Craft Artist. My goal is to create truly distinctive wearable art designs that lift the spirit and inspire the soul. I use a variety of materials such as Copper, Brass, Sterling Silver along with my “Original Drawings & Painting to create my lines. Most of my focus is in “Nature” & the “Female Image”. I use lighter weights in my materials so that my jewelry is comfortable to wear yet become stunning creations. Each of my main designs are “Retired” as soon as the piece “Finds a Great Home” so that the person will own that special design. From my detailed drawing of the piece to the hand fabricated one of a kind creation, I want to create truly unique pieces of wearable art for each of my collectors. I love making pieces of art that adorn the body.
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Bio: Kat Kissick is an artist and illustrator currently working in ink, watercolor, wax pastels, acrylics, tissue paper, and wood. Kissick’s work features a range of whimsical subjects in brightly colored dream-states. She was born in rural Indiana and now lives in St. Louis, Missouri, where her work has been shown at Koken Art Factory, SoHa Studio and Gallery, and Hydraulic Studios.
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Bio: Born and raised in Atlanta, Georgia, Michelle Lee Rigell is a Saint Louis based contemporary artist who works primarily in acrylics and oils. Rigell attended Vanderbilt University, where she received her B.A. in Neuroscience and Asian Studies with the goal to attend medical school. However, she ultimately chose not to pursue medical school, and after moving to St. Louis, she rediscovered her love for painting after signing up for art classes to pass the time while deciding on a career. Although she does not have any formal education in art, Rigell began painting when she was four years old under the tutelage of professional oil painter, Penelope Van der Putten, and received her first set of oil paints when she was eight years old. In April 2015, Rigell began volunteering as an art teacher for the Arts as Healing Foundation, an organization that provides free art therapy classes to cancer patients and patients with chronic illness. In August 2015, Rigell was chosen to participate in her first professional art show at the Old Orchard Gallery organized by MySLART.org, and in November 2015, she won “Best in Show” in the eMotion Exhibit at the Soulard Art Gallery. In June of this year, she coordinated her first major art show and fundraiser at the Duane Reed Gallery featuring artwork by the artists who participate in the AAH program with an attendance of over 500 guests. Rigell hopes to someday open her own gallery and to continue to share her love for art and its healing powers to others!
Bio: I’ve always turned to colour for myself expression. My artistic mission is to embrace the colors that surround me, bring them into living art forms, then share these inspirations with my community. My dream is to produce unique art events that bring everyone together to share these inner visions, and to engage with the arts community and my awesome fans.
Bio: Kyle Heikkila is known for his fun graffitti style, which combines societal iconography with catch phrases, using acrylic and spray paints. You can visit: www.facebook.com/bearhowl
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Art heals. Saint Louis native Triggy knows this first hand. Picking up a paint brush to deal with everyday stresses she retired from corporate America based on the satisfaction of creating. Starting a non profit organization; geared towards using art as a mechanism of healing, for her hometown that suffers from many social wounds, she wanted to share her experiences on how art helped her and opened her eyes to a new purpose. A lover of all concepts of art, she’s inspired by life. She ranges from abstract to photography however she’s known for her larger than life stippled portraits. her audience.
Bio: JT is an artist in the St. Louis area with backgrounds in illustration, design, printmaking and photography. He’s always been heavily influenced and inspired by pulp art and classic horror movies and recently focused my energy on painting and printmaking. He has been a featured artist at Wall Ball consecutively 2011- 2016 among many other art shows.
Bio: Kathy Duffin is a fine artist dedicated to sharing creative expression with the community. Kathy’s contemporary watercolor and mixed media paintings have been exhibited at Powell Symphony Hall, Blue Man Group-Chicago, Quincy University, and numerous galleries and institutions in Illinois and Missouri. Recent work reflects an interest in Art Deco architecture and mathematics, and a newer pieces address emotional struggles expressed in black and white and in vivid color.
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Bio: Josie lives and works in St. Louis, MO and is a graduate of Webster University and Maryville University where she earned a BFA with an emphasis in Painting and a MA in Art Education. She is a New Orleans, LA native and recently completed her first year as an elementary art teacher in the St. Louis area.
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