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A Living Message: Juried Art & Awareness Exhibition
Exhibition Dates: March 14 – April 24, 2014

 A Living Message
A juried art exhibition exploring our lives, our community, our world
and what we want today's children to know for their future.

The title of this exhibit comes from a quote from John W. Whitehead, founder of the Rutherford Institute, a nonprofit civil liberties and human rights organization: "Children are the living messages we send to a time we will not see." Artists were encouraged to share a message through their artwork, whether through the imagery, text, etc. The theme is meant to explore our lives, our community, our world and what we want today's children to know for their future, preferably with a positive outlook.

The Juried Artists


Serena Boschert
Judy Brown
Kim Carr
Christine Casten
Kathy Czopek
Bobbie Donaldson
Ken Farris
Steve Femmer
Christine Fischer
Suzanne Lowry 
Natalie Mueller
Judith Repke
Sherry Salant
Nora Schomogy
Karen Thamyrajah
Michelle Turner
Ben Underwood
Lee Walter
Linda Wilmes

1st Place
 Brothers Through Life
by Judith Repke
Second Place: "Hope Perches in the Soul" by Kathy Czopek.
2nd Place
Hope Perches in the Soul
by Kathy Czopek

3rd Place
Last Call of Summer
by Linda Wilmes

People's Choice Award: "Emotion Potions" by Sherry Salant
People's Choice Award
Carpe Diem - Sieze the Day
by Sherry Salant

Honorable Mention
Emotion Potions
by Sherry Salant

Honorable Mention
Calling the Power of Dreams
by Judith Repke

Honorable Mention
Carpe Diem - Sieze the Day
by Sherry Salant

Framations will collect donations
March 14 - April 24.
For a full list of suggested items
to donate, visit the
Shower Of Love website
Juror's Statement
It was difficult not to let everyone who submitted artwork into this exhibit and I wanted to be fair to everyone involved. I saw some works created by some very talented artists today, some of whom I'd like to meet and chat with.  As I juried the exhibit, I tried to understand what the artist was thinking when he or she was creating their work. Some of the works were spellbinding while others lacked something or didn't truly fit the theme. The piece I chose for 1st place, Brothers through Life, touched me personally. I thought the painting style was beautiful... not too over-exaggerated and the color palette gave a feeling of an undetermined but hopeful future. I liked that the boys were created in a way that they could be any race at any place in any time period. In the 2nd place piece, Hope Perches in the Soul, I enjoyed the boldness of the color and beauty within chaos. This work was beautifully executed. In the 3rd place piece, Last Call of Summer, the subtle message of the transition of seasons & time  worked just below the surface and the craftsmanship is beautifully rendered. The overall artwork in this exhibit was impressive. I encourage all of the talented artists in this exhibition to keep creating and producing work.  ~Juror Sean Frye
About the Juror:
Sean Frye received his Bachelor of Fine Arts from Webster University and his Master of Arts (Drawing) and Master of Fine Arts (MFA) Degree in Painting and Sculpture from Fontbonne University. He has taught Design I, II, and II, Advanced Drawing, Figure Drawing II and III, Comic/Cartooning and Illustration and Watercolor and Advanced Painting at St. Louis Community College. Mr. Frye’s current body of work is a hybrid of both fine art and graphic illustration. The subject matter varies, but for the most part the content is pulled from different social, political and personal oddities. The artwork is meant to show distinctive planes of existence. Mr. Frye uses the juxtaposition of black and white and color to represent physical and psychological aspects of his subject matter. He seeks to draw in a diverse audience and engage them in the ever-changing roles of society.  

 SHOWER OF LOVE: Art and Awareness

 For this exhibit, Framations Art Gallery partnered with the Community and Children's Resource Board of St. Charles County to bring awareness to their annual "Shower of Love" and the organization's great contribution to the community. The Shower of Love is an annual collaborative countywide collection drive for new baby care essentials for young moms and babies in St. Charles County, Missouri.  Framations held a "Shower" for baby care items running thru April 24th, 2014.

For more information about the Shower of Love and other ways you can help,  visit the website for Shower of Love. Donated items are distributed to agencies throughout St. Charles County such as Crisis Nursery, Birthright-St. Charles and Wentzville, Mary Queen of Angels, Nurses for Newborns, Our Lady's Inn, ThriVe St. Louis, The Sparrow's Nest Maternity Home and Youth In Need.
To learn more about the Community and Children's Resource Board of St. Charles County, visit their website.

Donations collected during
Framations' Shower of Love.
Artwork created by children at the Crisis Nursery. 
Crisis Nursery is just ONE of the many organizations the Shower of Love benefits!


The images contained on this site are copyrighted by the artists
and cannot be downloaded, copied or used without written permission. 

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