Opening reception on Saturday,
Febuary 9, 2013,
from 7:00 to 9:00 pm.
The Reclamation Arts project is multimedia, conceptual Art, exploration of the social and historical legacy of St. Louis documented through visual art and music. Catalyzed by a desire to breathe new life into the nearly, or seemingly forgotten alcoves of our great city we stretch the bounds of Creative Recycling. We collect media & materials from all aspects of life in St. Louis. Combining images, sounds and debris from our environment in new ways; in effort to elicit a paradigm shift in the collective reception and understanding of St. Louis. We have honed our creative lenses on the expansive facets of beauty that rest beneath the layers of disremembered history and architectural decay. We Reclaim all of our materials directly from our environment, Revealing and renewing their true inner beauty that was once nearly forgotten. From abandoned wood, broken bricks, stray books, bikes, clothes and forgotten furniture we re-spect (look again) & Reclaim.
See related stories:
The St. Louis American
St. Louis Magazine
|Dark Beauties by Robert Hale
Opening reception on Friday,
May 11, 2012,
from 5:00 to 9:00 pm.
Exhibit runs through Tuesday,
July 31, 2012.
Sometime ago I came across the movie documentary by Bill Duke and
D.Channsin Berry, which explores the deep-seated biases and attitudes
about skin color particularly dark skinned women, outside of and
within the Black American culture. This exhibit focuses on the "Dark
Girls" within our world community and seeks to show the Beauty
that is often over looked by mainstream publications.
Please visit officialdarkgirlsmovie.com to view our motivation
for the "Dark Girls" exhibit.
Also see other related links:
Gallery Talk: Saturday, May 12, 2012 at
Discussion led by Kimberly Norwood, Washington University School
of Law, Professor of Law & of African American Studies. We
will discuss the "Dark Girls” exhibit and her forth
coming new book,
Color Matters: Skin Tone Bias and the Myth
of a Post-Racial Americ.
What are your attitudes about "skin tone?"
Saint Louis University researchers are studying this topic. You
may participate by
their survey exploring this topic. Take
Encounters – “The African-Americans”
|Robert Hale, photograph,
The Reverend Louis Farrakan
Opening reception on Saturday,
October 22, 2011,
from 7:00 to 9:00
Exhibit runs through
January 15, 2011.
Portfolio's offering as part of
American Arts Experience:
Robert Hale is one of the West Coast’s leading photographers.
His work both as a photographer and as a journalist, has taken him
on assignment throughout the world. His images are characterized
by clarity and simplicity, with an extraordinary eye for light and
shadow. Whether animate or inanimate, Robert feels his subjects have
an inner essence, and, if handled with patience and sensitivity,
this essence will reveal itself. His goal is to allow it to live
|Robert Hale, photograph,
Gordon Parks – artist & photographer
Robert, whose father is both a photographer and jazz pianist, developed
his interest while still a boy growing up in Roanoke, Virginia. After graduating from high school and serving in Vietnam, he studied photography under Adrian Wagner and Hal Jordan at Los Angeles City College. He then moved to Sweden where he worked as a photographer in Stockholm.
Upon his return to the United States in the mid 1970’s, he
felt the need for greater security in his life and turned from photography
to a career in advertising.
Although he spent the next 20 years building a successful career
as an account executive, he describes this time as “years in
which I had lost my courage.” It wasn’t until he reached
his middle years that he determined to devote himself fully to passion
of his youth. Since making that decision in 1996, his progress in
the world of photography has been phenomenal.
Robert’s images have been printed in such publications as
The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, The Village Voice, The
LA Weekly, Black Enterprise, and a variety of national and international
publications. He is currently the Directors Guild of America’s
photographer. Mr. Hale has been proud to volunteer his photographic
services to the Los Angeles Children’s Museum, Aids Project
Los Angeles, LA Shanti, Aids service Center in Pasadena, California,
as well as serving on the board of Directors for The Black Gallery
Group, Los Angeles, California.
|Dean Mitchell's watercolor, Return for
available as a limited edition print.
April 4 – May 31, 2011
Featuring artist from St. Louis, Missouri,
the Region and the Nation.
Opening reception May 20, 2011
from 5:00 to 9:00 pm
Monday, Wednesday & Friday, 9:00 - 5:00 pm.
Tuesday & Thursday by appointment.
Portfolio at Maryville University
February 2 – 26, 2011
Selection of work by artists represented by
Portfolio Gallery at
Curated by Robert A. Powell
J. May Gallery, Maryville University (Get
650 Maryville University
St. Louis, MO 63141
Hours: Mon-Thur-7:30AM to 11:00PM, Friday 7:30AM
Saturday, 10:00AM to 6:00PM, Sunday,11:00AM to 10:00PM
Charles Bibbs, Ronald Johnson, Dean Mitchell, Lonnie and Robert A.
For more information call:
Industry of Death
February 5 through February 26, 2011
Opening reception Saturday, February 5, 2011 from 1:00 to 5:00 pm
STATE-OF-THE-ART TOURING EXHIBIT
With mounting drug regulatory agency warnings,
a new exhibit exposes thousands of child deaths from psychiatric
drugs in U.S.
Join the psychiatric watchdog group Citizens Commission on Human
Rights of St. Louis (CCHR) (CCHRSTL.ORG) to open a chillingly informative
An Industry of Death.” Free to the public, it warns about
the more than 100,000 deaths in psychiatric institutions around the
world each year and over 15,000 deaths of children taking psychiatric
drugs in the United States.
The exhibit, which is being shown internationally in more than
30 countries, depicts human rights abuses by psychiatry and carries
statements from health professionals, academics, legal and human
rights experts, and victims of psychiatric brutalities. It traces
the origins of psychiatry, the role psychiatrists have played in
the oppression of blacks and minorities, the roots of their eugenics
programs and the pivotal part they played in the Holocaust. It also
reveals how psychiatric drugs are behind the spate of school shooting
sprees and how millions of federal dollars allocated to screen American
schoolchildren for “mental disorders” could increase
both child deaths and acts of school violence. The Food and Drug
Administration has warned that psychiatric drugs prescribed to children
could cause aggression, hostility, psychosis, mania, homicide, suicide
|Lonnie Powell, Acknowledgement, pastel
A group show featuring:
Dean Mitchell, Lonnie Powell,
Dr. Carolyn L. Mazloomi,
Keina Davis Elswick and others
October 1 through November 30, 2010
Monday, Wednesday, Friday 9-5
Tuesday, Thursday by appointment.
Please telephone 314.533.3323
to arrange appointments.
Always free & open to the public
||Altheria Johnson, clay vessel
The Other Side
Art from the Second Chance Studio
Presented by Portfolio Gallery & Employment Connection
August 27 through
September 10, 2010
It is evident that persons with prison records still face many,
many challenges in their efforts to overcome discrimination, stereotypes,
and full integration for social acceptance. Strides have been made.
Time has been taken. Resources have been allocated. Money has been
spent. But, the truth remains — employment discrimination against
ex-convicts remains firm, and full integration has simply not occurred.
Portfolio Gallery and Employment Connection, value life-long learning
of all persons, and recognizes that many ex-offenders are quite worthy
of a second chance. Portfolio plans to give them that second chance
by teaching them how to use their skills in the visual arts, such
as drawing, painting, sculpting, pottery, and high end crafts. The
intent is to provide them with self-sufficiency skills and a desire
to use their creative talents. “Art is this wonderful activity
that allows everyone to express themselves with their own voice and
we have some great voices in the program” said Robert A. Powell,
Second Chance Studio.
“Creating art is something that I always wanted to do and
the Second Chance Studio provides the venue and supplies for me to
do so” said Altheria Johnson, artist of the Second Chance studio.
dressed up & can't go anywhere, Delores Stith-Rutlin
St. Louis Photographers’ Showcase: “Portraits”
June 25 through August 7, 2010
Closing reception Friday,
August 7, 2010 from 7:00 to 9:00 pm
Featuring the work of Roscoe Crenshaw, Maurice
Meredith, Wiley Price, Marilyn Robinson, Anita Santiago
& Delores Stith-Rutlin.
These six St. Louis photographers express kindred feelings in their
art and offer a wonderful opportunity to view original images of
St. Louis, everyday people, jazz musicians, and even the President
of the United States, Barack Obama.
the victims of the Haiti earthquake
Friday, June 25, 4:30 to 8:30 pm (minimum donation of $20)
Saturday, June 26, 10:00 am to 4:30 pm (minimum donation of $10)
|Marylin Robinson, color photograph
Carl Bruce, Roscoe Crenshaw, Maurice Meredith, Wiley Price,
Marilyn Robinson, Anita Santiago &
Friday Opening Reception features Haitian music & Caribbean
All donations collected and a portion of all sales will be donated
to the St. Louis Salvation Army Haiti Earthquake Relief Fund.
Light in the Other Room
April 30, 2010
Opening reception Saturday, March 20, 2010 from 7:00 to 9:00 pm
||Ben Mercer's Notable
A group show
November 6, 2009 through Januray 8, 2010
Opening reception for the artist, Friday, November 6 from 5:00 to
|Queen Mother ,
watercolor by Lonnie Powell
Lonnie Powell is a graduate of Lincoln University, Jefferson City,
Missouri where he was privileged to study under the guidance of the
late James Dallas Parks whose influence spread well beyond the sphere
Lonnie's occupations have ranged from dishwasher
at the Villa Capri Restaurant to Xerox Sales Representative, but
the vast majority of his career has been as an art teacher in the
Kansas City Missouri School District.
Though he is not presently a member, he is a charter board member
and past president of The Black Archives of Mid-America and a cofounder
of Euphrates Gallery.
|Persistence, pastel on canvas, by Lonnie Powell
He is a current member and past president of the Friends of Bruce
R. Watkins Culture Heritage Center.
Also Lonnie is president and founder of, The Light In The Other
Room, a collaborate of twenty-two, African American Kansas City based
As an African American artist (raised in Kansas City Missouri),
it did not take long to see that he did not have the luxury of being
just an artist. On the contrary, he had to be all things related
to art and African American art. He had to be an art educator, an
art critic, an art agent, a gallery operator, an art booster, a pickup
and delivery man and anything else that might pop up. He humbly refers
to himself as an art activist.
Lonnie has always sought to keep his art separate from his occupation
so that his art was free of financial influences. This separation
of art and money allowed him to steer clear of the trends, traps
and compromises begrudgingly faced by many of his contemporaries.
Although, this course proved to be less lucrative, the art remains
true to his heart and shall remain so.
He never refers to his art as his work. His art is not work, his
art is his very self and therefore, cannot be separated from the
rest of his life.
He has shown in and around his beloved city of Kansas City, Missouri
in many venues including solo and group exhibits at: The Ethnic Art
Gallery, The Central Exchange, The Bruce R. Watkins Cultural Heritage
Center and Museum, and The American Jazz Museum's Changing Gallery
to name a few.
He has exhibited at a number of area universities including: Park
University, Parkville, Missouri, Western Missouri University, St.
Joseph, Missouri, Lincoln University, Jefferson City, Missouri and
Rockhurst University, Kansas City, Missouri where he spent a year
(1969-1970), as an artist in residence.
He has had art accepted in competitions at: The Portfolio Gallery,
St. Louis, Missouri, The Atlanta Life Insurance Company's African
American National Art Competition and Exhibition, Atlanta, Georgia,
The Black Arts Festival, Dayton, Ohio, The Plaza Art Fair, Kansas
City, Missouri, and The St. Louis Art Fair, Clayton, Missouri. He
is an award winning, Signature Member of The National Watercolor
Society. His art is in numerous private collections as well as the
corporate collections of Sprint Corporation, The Negro Leagues Baseball
Museum and The American Jazz Museum.
He has art in The Negro Leagues Baseball Museum's traveling exhibition,
Shades Of Greatness, which is currently touring galleries and museums
across the country. In 2005 his watercolor painting, South Sun, received
the coveted, Donor's Award C, from the 85th National Watercolor Society.
In the December, 2006, Watercolor Magic Magazine, named him as
one of the "Ones To Watch." In June, 2008 he received the "First
Place, Patrons Choice award in the First Annual Lakewood Oaks Exhibit
in Lee's Summit, MO.
The Art of Charles A. Bibbs
July 24 through September 30, 2009
Opening reception for the artist, Friday, July 24 from 7:00 to
Gallery talk Saurday, July 25 from 3:00 to 5:00 pm
Charles Bibbs is an accomplished fine artist, entrepreneur and
philanthropist who has always believed we are the keepers of our
culture. As such, Bibbs spends much of his time working to develop
a cohesive, energized African American community. Charles Bibbs’ artwork
fuses African American and Native American cultural themes to make
powerful cross-cultural statements. His work is thought provoking
and capable of arousing strong emotions that cross ethnic, gender
and generational barriers. His artistic renderings convey a deep
sense of spirituality, majesty, dignity, strength and grace. However
his works are viewed or whatever individual emotions they may evoke,
they remain characteristically and recognizably Bibbs. “My
most important goal is to make profound aesthetic statements that
are ethnically rooted, and at the same time arouse spiritual emotions
Bibbs has also founded a number of organizations and businesses
to help in the growth of African American artistic expression such
as: Art 2000, Art on Tour, Images Magazine and the Inland Empire
Music and Arts Foundation. Charles Bibbs’ own corporation,
B Graphics and Fine Arts, Inc., is recognized as one of the leading
publishers and distributors of beautiful African American images. “For
many years, we have introduced nothing but the best quality and
technically advanced prints to our customers.”