14th Street Artist Community – Old North, St. Louis, Missouri – St. Louis Jazz: A Musical Legacy Show, March 7th Opening

This afternoon I got the chance to wander around the commercial district in Old North St. Louis and came across the 14th Street Artist Community. The artists there very graciously allowed me to wander around one of their gallery spaces as they prepared for an upcoming show, St. Louis Jazz: A Musical Legacy opening on March 7th. I was honored to meet William Burton, Jr. and his two sons, who are also burgeoning artists. The detail on William’s wood burned works of art are truly amazing. It was also sweet to hear him sing the praises of Vernon Smith, who he is pictured standing behind below. Vernon Smith is responsible for the large wooden stylized cello piece. Also, I was immediately drawn to the the striking paintings of Robert Ketchens, including the one of Scott Joplin below. These artists and others will be part of the upcoming show, which I hope to attend. It was such a cool experience to see a father and sons making art together amidst an even larger community of artists.

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