Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Adventures in St. Louis - day 10

The first shoot of the day was with Juan and Kiersten, who like Matt I also met through Laura a few years ago in Colorado.  It was great to see them again, since while in CO Juan and I talked a lot about art and photography.  I was just starting to shoot portraits, and he was trying to figure out what was next for him.  He had been running an alternative space, Boots and was thinking he was ready to move on.  Kiersten was also wanting to move on from her job at the St. Louis Contemporary Museum.

We all came full circle, and left the jobs we had to pursue new projects.  They are working collaboratively with different community organizations in North St. Louis on an incredible creative urban project to build a bee sanctuary in what once was the  Pruitt-Igoe projects.   Now it an over grown multi acre urban jungle.

Northside Workshop  is their home base and the Old North Saint Louis Restoration Group is a partnering organization.  Both have super cool missions and are doing so much to help restore the unbelievable architecture & community.

Although we're coming at it from completely different angles, we are both figuring out how to build community around creative thinking - the process of making work is just as important as the work itself.   They also deserve a huge congratulations for receiving Art Matters & Guggenheim Foundation grants. 

I was lucky enough to arrive the day after the bees came and invited myself out to  lunch with them and along to see the hives and meet the bees!

The Hasselblad & awesome bookshelves
I have a soft spot for both vintage dishes & cameras
I love the open shelf kitchen
living room
more cool things
Juan & Kiersten
Kiersten making sugar water aka bee food
Stopping in to say hello to Juan's mom & aunt
Toasted ravioli, a St. Louis favorite!

First stop, the studio to pick up bee supplies
door in studio building
Does everyone have a crate in their studio?
hive innards
Kiersten with supplies
view from North Side Workshops
Juan has to stand back as the bees got mad at him the day before
Kiersten prepares the food
Hive before the added box
Kiersten feeding the bees
I love the color scheme
church in North St. Louis
Then to Mary Anne and Joe's.  Mary Anne and my dad were law partners when I was a kid, fighting the good fight.  Mary Anne has turned her specialty into representing employees in discrimination cases and is a force to be reckoned with.  Joe is a librarian at the St. Louis public library.   I also used to baby sit for them  (I shot their daughter Kate while I was in Chicago).  It was great fun catching up and again picking up years later as if we had seen each other the day before.   Their house is another gorgeous example of St. Louis architecture, the wood work and detail is unreal.

front of the house
light in the living room
Living room
Entry way
two charis
tv room with one of my photographs!
Mary Anne & Joe
pre-gaming dinner on the deck with Jess, Sherry & Joe
sunset across the street
dinner on the hill!

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