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Third Graders Field Trip

Posted: 1/25/2016 12:00:00 AM

Each year, approximately 1300 students accompany their teachers on a field trip to Spiva. This year, students are learning about the artistic techniques illustrated in the work of Stewart Nachmias.


St. Avips Invitational  
January 16 - February 21, 2016

Posted: 1/16/2016 12:00:00 AM

Works by artists whose talent is matched by their generosity: Each contributed 75-100% of the proceeds from the sale of their works at the annual St. Avips Ball to benefit Spiva. Gratitude is expressed with this spotlight exhibition. 

Pulp Icons: Cast Paper and Prints by Stewart Nachmias
January 16 - February 21, 2016

Posted: 1/16/2016 12:00:00 AM

Pulp Icons: Cast Paper & Prints by Stewart Nachmias is an exhibition organized through Katharine T. Carter & Associates, with additional assistance from the Missouri Arts Council, a State of Missouri agency.

Nachmias creates cast paper woodcuts that celebrate the energy of urban life in expressionist images drawn from his own experiences as a musician, performer and artist.
Nachmias was born in 1958 in the borough of Queens in New York City, and grew up in Franklin Square, Long Island. As a child he began developing his interest in art along with ventriloquism.Introduced to etching in high school, Nachmias went on to major in printmaking at the State University of New York at New Paltz. After studying at New York University,he worked in Bob Blackburn’s Printmaking Workshop, where he met a wide range of artists. He then helped establish Studio 827, a printmaking atelier, located on Union Square in New York.

The cast paper woodcuts of this exhibit reflect aspects of the artist’s life,transformed into bold, graphic images. The prints show him performing in puppet shows, playing in a rock band, and working as a printmaker.

In Nachmias’s vibrantly colored woodcuts there is a range of emotions: the intensity of trumpeter making a joyful noise, the thrill of a Coney Island roller coaster, the grind of work day-to-day. Pulp Icons, with its colorful cartoon-like characters,strong linear patterns and the sculptural quality of cast paper woodcuts, is a celebration of big-city life and urban architecture.