2018 South Grand Chalk Walk: 4 Featured Artists
The 3rd Annual South Grand Chalk Walk will have four featured artists this year, paid to create something magical during the festival. We value these local artists and their work, and we’re excited to showcase their talent during the event! Without further ado, in alphabetical order, we are honored to have these individuals joining us:
Kelly Burris is a 29 year old native of Saint Louis, Missouri. An avid artist, Kelly often uses colors to represent cultural unrest or to symbolize geographic areas and landmarks. Kelly is also an activist in the community, and hopes that her artwork strikes a chord with others to make positive changes in the city. Much of the artists subject matter addresses women’s rights, race, and sexuality, opening a forum for positive interaction between the art and the viewer.
Commercial: I have over 30 years of experience in all aspects of advertising, promotion, marketing, production, sales, design, art, and management.
In addition to working for some of the largest ad agencies in the world, I owned and operated my own creative firms for many years. During this time, I also assisted other private agencies and companies in their development. For the last five years I have continued working as a creative and marketing consultant for a broad range of companies.
Fine Art: The new mixed media paintings of mine are part of a vision that I have dreamed of creating for over 40 years.
I finally found the way to break the confining bonds of commercial art and dive into the exhilarating flow of the unstructured, pure creative energy that makes up my new abstract artwork.
Many times I wake up from a dream with a complete visual of a finished painting in my head and I have to rush to capture it before it fades away. But most days, I do a simple meditation before I enter my studio to clear out all of the ‘human’ noise and set my intention for the day. Then, with a clear, uncluttered mind, I select the wood or paper or canvas that I am going to start with, and happily enter that intoxicating stream of creative energy, never knowing where it will take me. This is my new path of freedom and a journey of pure emotional and creative expression that I am excited to finally be a part of.
Quite a few of my new paintings are created with Iron, copper, and bronze paints that are then oxidized to weather and rust. I do not ‘fix’ or seal the paint when finished so that it can continue to live and make beautiful subtle changes over time.
Alex Johnmeyer is a contemporary artist working in realism based in St Louis, Missouri. Born and raised in Missouri, Alex always wanted to be an artist. In 1996, Alex majored in fine art and film at Southwest Missouri State University. In 2008, Alex started their company, Super Keen Creations, LLC selling commissioned paintings to personal art collectors, and St. Louis businesses.
In 2011, Alex began showing their work in galleries such as Art Saint Louis, The St. Louis Artists’ Guild, and The Foundry of St. Charles. Alex actively participates in charity benefits throughout the year, including “Wall Ball”, a charity auction event to benefit Artscope and “The Art of PAWS”, a benefit for the St. Louis Effort for AIDS.
Alex enjoys volunteering with a number of non-profit organizations. In June 2013, Alex helped co-found The Metro Trans Umbrella Group, a transgender advocacy and support organization, and continues to volunteer with the organization presently as Special Events Director. In January 2014, Alex began volunteering with MySLArt.org, an art organization which hosts monthly art exhibitions. During the three years with MySLArt.org, Alex served as Curator, Art Installation Manager, and Volunteer Coordinator on the Board of Directors through December 2016. In 2017, Alex began giving time as a volunteer art teacher with Arts as Healing Foundation, which offers free art therapy classes to cancer patients.
In August 2017, Alex celebrated their first solo art exhibition at Third Degree Glass Factory. Currently, Alex is working on a series of paintings which are based upon their own photography. The scenes and still lifes Alex captures are either naturally occurring or created in the artist’s studio. Alex then meticulously recreates the photography in either acrylic or watercolors and ink. Each of the resulting works is rich in its own story and emotional symbolism, inspired by color theory and societal iconography.
Ori Tala aka N’Dea Collins-Whitfield
I am a 23-year-old visual artist native of St. Louis, Missouri, and I go by the artist name, Ori Tala. My artistic talents started and were developed early in my youth. My studies of visual arts entrepreneurship were further explored at Webster University. I began working to intersect the arts with business.
The pieces I create employ the intertwined styles of cubism, surrealism (mainly illustrations of out solar system, galaxies) and work which also imposes the idea of overcoming struggle and the human experience through personal and identical individuality and perspectives of blacks and people of color in America.
I use art as an outlet for self expression, preservation for people of color (poc) and the recognition of mental illnesses and issues faced within underprivileged or oppressed communities. I hope to provide you with peace of mind and tranquility through afro-futuristic and surrealism pieces with a realistic comic style. I am visually paying recognition to the physical attributes of people of color. My end goal with my artist journey is to provide a children’s art house and to improve the lives of our families and children with art, science, technology and business.