This past Friday, a steady stream of participants, family members, Arc staff, art lovers, and gallery patrons gathered at the Green Door Art Gallery in Webster Groves for the opening of “Expressions of Pure Joy”. The exhibit features art curated in the St. Louis Arc’s Artist in You program over the past year. Twenty-four individual artists contributed pieces to the exhibit, celebrating 10 years of the Artist in You program.
For the past 10 years, Artist in You has been more than an ordinary art class. Participants are free to explore different art mediums and work at their own pace on projects with varying degrees of difficulty. Phyllis “Annie” Piffel has instructed the class for ten years. She has been with the program since its inception, holding over 20 years of experience in art instruction. Annie has been a phenomenal Art Instructor and huge asset to the program and its participants. Throughout the program, she has helped approximately 200 artists find their creativity.
Each Artist in You session is unique, as Annie tried to tailor the projects to the individual interests of those enrolled in the course. The six-week sessions often have themes, from seasonal or holiday themes to incorporating specific art materials. Annie truly takes the time to get to know each participant in each session, making for creative programs for the last ten years.
We are incredibly grateful to the Living Arts facility, as well as the participants, families, and volunteers who have made this such a remarkable program. A special thank you to Annie, whose dedication and commitment to instructing the program is unmatched.
The “Expressions of Pure Joy” exhibit at the Green Door Art Gallery will run through February 29. The art pieces are available for sale at the gallery throughout the exhibit. A closing reception is scheduled for Saturday, February 29, from 1-3 p.m. The exhibit has been made possible by a grant from Wells Fargo’s “My Service Project Initiative.”
If you have questions about Art Exhibit or Artist in You, please contact Clinton Hall at 314-817-2293.