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Art on St. Louis

I love watercolors.

I grew up spending summers at Tower Grove Park, a Victorian walking park bordering the Missouri Botanical Gardens.  Although I no longer live on the South Side, I still enjoy seeing artwork by local and visiting artists.

Two I have recently discovered are Michael Anderson of Sketching St. Louis, and Memphis artist, Martha Kelly.

Michael Anderson has a colorful, vintage feel to his watercolor prints while Martha Kelly has a very Arts and Crafts style to some of her prints like “Missouri Botanical Gardens” and “Overton Park” while her watercolors have a dreamy, just painted in my sketchbook quality that I like.

Spring in the Garden

In this brisk Missouri weather we’ve been having (60 degrees and shorts on Friday, icicles on the car on Saturday), I admit that I am longing a bit for spring in the beautiful botanical gardens at Shaw’s Garden.

Every year brings new delights as flowers blossom, festivals are scheduled, and special exhibits open. One of my favorites from years past was in 2006 when the glass artist, Chihuly, came to town.

To celebrate the first Cardinals I’ve seen in our patch of earth (backyard), here are some photos of springtime at Shaw’s Garden.

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Chihuly archway in the English rose gardens, 2006.

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Chihuly dory filled with blue and purple glass spikes, near the English observatory, 2006.

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Glass orbs by Chihuly in the pond, near the rose gardens, 2006.

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