My husband and I love art. I know basically nothing about it, but my husband has a very keen eye and has used this innate ability to discover beauty by decorating our walls with overly large abstract paintings. We find ourselves passing through antique shops often; looking for rare finds, jewels in the dust. Sometimes we stumble upon a new place, a local shop or museum that seems fascinating. That’s what happened a few weeks ago when we stumbled upon the Foundry Art Center in Old Town St. Charles.
I had no idea this amazing place existed! It stuns me how we can live in an area for most of our lives and never have any idea what is around us. Although, to my credit, it did become renovated while I was living in Seattle.
The Foundry was once the American Car & Foundry and it made train cars! Now it is an interactive art center that helps to raise awareness and appreciation for the arts. What an amazing way to recycle history! There are two levels featuring different galleries of work, here are a few of them.
The Baue Family Children’s Gallery showcases children’s work. I’ve never seen anything like it in any museum thus far. There are all sorts of beautiful pieces from over 200 schools and they have this incredible metal tree that children can sit under on bean bags. Around the perimeter of the room are the tag lines from many famous books and authors, C.S. Lewis and Dr. Suess to name a few.
On the lower floors you can find the Ameristar Gallery, showcasing emerging artists that have recently come on scene. You can even apply to have your work shown! The Children’s Gallery, Whittaker Homes Gift Shop, where you can purchase selections from the on scene artists collections and an incredible stage where performances such as live poetry to enriching concerts performed by the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra play. On this afternoon in particular, it featured my tot singing his trucks song!
|Archie St. Clair|
The upstairs features the Artists Lofts. I love how they have this big open windows where you can watch them while they are working and/or see what might be for sale inside. Some of the artists invited us in and others were having classes!
I loved this painting in particular by Laura Lloyd, there is a much better photo of it in her Gallery. She has an incredible way of capturing people in paintings.
There is also so many amazing programs for families, adults and kids! Here is a list of some wonderful things you can do coming soon!
Free Family Fun Day – Sunday, Feb 10th, 2013
Come enjoy an afternoon of free fun at the Foundry Art Centre! Check out the new attractions in the Baue Family Children’s Gallery as we open our children’s library and reading area. The Foundry’s Puppet Theatre will also be debuted with live puppet shows! Children 12 and under are welcome to create art projects based on our featured book of the month and enjoy puppet-making projects and light refreshments.
Poetry Out Loud Regional Competitions – Wednesday, Feb 20th, 2013
Poetry Out Loud begins in the classroom as students select poems to recite from the Poetry Out Loud anthology of more than 650 classic and contemporary poems. The program follows a pyramid structure. After a classroom contest, champions will advance to a school-wide competition, then to a regional and/or state competition, and ultimately to the National Finals.
Participating Schools: Herculaneum High School, Northwest High School, Rolla High School, St. Louis University High School, Washington High School, Wentzville High School & Windsor High School
Classes for Kids:
- Multi-Media Art Studio with Fran Null: Feb 12th – May 7th
- Mixed Media with Darrel Null: Feb 13th – May 8th
- Jungle Boogie with Kelsey Amann: Feb 13th – April 24th
- Young Storytellers with Kelsey Amann: Feb 14th – April 25th
Canvases & Cocktails – February 12th, March 15th & April 16th
The Foundry Art Centre is introducing a new evening of fun that’s great for a date night, girls night, or just a friends night out! Canvases & Cocktails is a guided art-making experience. Not sure of your artistic talent? New to art? No problem! Our instructor will guide you step by step through the evening’s project. Just show up ready to laugh, talk, and have fun!
There is also a Book Club and I am thinking of joining! They are reading a lot of the books I’ve been taking home from the library recently. I’ve always wanted to join a Book Club, I’ve just been too nervous to tell you the truth, but I really liked the feel and comfort of the Foundry Art Center and it would be nice to sit among like-minded adults and have real discussions about books.
The Foundry is an incredible gem in St. Charles, the home of Missouri’s First State Capital. It blossoms with every artform, from oil paintings, photography to music and stories; enveloping children and adults alike. I do hope that those of you nearby and/or those coming to visit our city take the time to check it out.
I did not receive anything for this promotion. I just stumbled upon the Foundry Art Center and fell in love with it.