"Words into Dreams" by artists S. Jewell S. McGhee and Nikki Leeper will be a part of the festivities in Maplewood's annual "Let Them Eat Art" Festival.
Maplewood's Whimsical Tribute to Bastille Day -
Here's your chance to take a self-guided tour through historic downtown Maplewood.
You will enjoy live art demonstrations, entertainment and food & drink specials sold streetside by Maplewood’s award-winning restaurants.
Here's a sampling of what's being planned:
This year we are offering a sampling of the STL 250 Cakes courtesy of the STL 250 Cakelovers who will be kicking off the festivities with a Cakewalk parade down Sutton Blvd. at 6:30 PM.
Starting at 6 PM, we welcome Farshid Ethniko on the Sutton Mainstage at 2731 Sutton and, headliner, The Gene Dobbs Bradford Blues Experience will serenade us from 9 PM to 11 PM.
Entertainment includes the St. Louis Hoop Club, Dream Seekers Dream Interpretation, Belly Dancing, Impish Grin Face Painting and Tarot Card Reading at Mystic Valley.
The event also features:
• Live music around town with Elliot Ranney, Kecia Davis, Kevin Bilchik, Bryan & Lola, Phatz Jango and Miss Julibee.
• Great food & drink specials by Maplewood’s award-winning restaurants including wine tastings at Vom Fass and chocolate tastings at Kakao Chocolate! 30 Food & Drink Venues to serve you.
• Activities with Shakespeare Festival St. Louis and CAM (Contemporary Art Museum)
• Dan the Pancake Man
• Kid-friendly food at Bolyard's Meats and Provisions
I want to personally thank each one of you for participating this year. Our merchants were very pleased to work with you. You are truly an inspiring and unique artist. The comments and feedback have been very positive, and the community loves to see the mannequins on the streets of Delmar!
YOU ARE ALL WINNERS - and you bring so much to this project.
This year the winners are:
S. Jewell S. McGhee and Nikki Leeper
Title: Words Into Dreams
Merchant: Subterranean Books
2nd Place Winner: Cameron Tesson/Title: Sandalwood/ Representing Sunshine Daydream
3rd Place Winner: Divinemoira Studio/Title: Maiden on a Mission/Representing Mission Taco
Congratulations to S.Jewell and Nikki for their outstanding creative masterpiece. Their mannequin will be on displayed at the Regional Arts Commission, second floor window for the community to see!
Thanks again for all of your support.
See you again next year.
Reflections by the Artist on
“Words into Dreams” Words become many things. Words are instructions and information. Words are lies and words are truth. Words are just a medium to craft beautiful works of art. Words hold our dreams and give them back to us full of hope and soaked in magic.
This community art piece standing on the Delmar Loop in front of Subterranean Books brings books to life. Is she Marie Antoinette, or Marian the Librarian? She is the keeper of a "take-a-book leave-a-book" bookshelf that adorns the front of her court gown.
The artists S. Jewell S. McGhee and Nikki Leeper collaborated to make this artwork for Mannequins on the Loop 2015 and representing the business Subterranean Books.
S. Jewell S. McGhee
Mannequins on the Loop 2015
One of the Great St. Louis Independent Bookstores6275 Delmar Boulevard, On the Loop
Artists: S. Jewell S. McGhee and Nikki Leeper
2735 Ellendale Ave.
St. Louis, MO 63143
Mannequins on the Loop 2015!
Jewell is partnering with artist Nikki Leeper to create a mannequin for Subterranean Books.
Our current sketches are of a Marie Antoinette style dress with a "take-a-book leave-a-book" bookcase in the front and a towering wig with a castle crowning the mannequin.
The piece will also feature photo opp. platform made of bricks painted to look like a bookshelf.
The working title for the mannequin is "Words Become Dreams."
S. Jewell S. McGhee
Jewell is an artist who has come to be known also as an author. She often writes a reflection to go with her art pieces and has been paraphrasing the psalms for many years.
About the Artist
S. Jewell S. McGhee likes to call her art “painting with pencils.” She first started using colored pencils to help her mother write names on lunch bags for school. “My mom would pick matching themes for the names on our bags; all balloons, or sunrises, or sometimes just geometric shapes. She always made them so beautiful; a plain brown bag lunch was, all at once, a love note, a story, a hug, and simple colors to enlighten us for the rest of the day.” These bags also became a constant reminder that art was simple, attainable, and a necessary part of every day.
“I always start with a story.” Every time you hear a story you have a physical (tears, a chuckle, or a smile) or mental (confusion, contentment) reaction which is unable to be explained in words alone. “I like to use abstract art as a medium to dive deeply into the complicated mess of a story and discover something more about it and about myself.” She follows the flow of a story and finds the shapes and colors that express its fundamental emotions and questions.
Jewell uses her art to interpret the stories of Shakespeare, the newspaper, the Bible, and her own life. “As I grapple with Hamlet, I see lines-sharp and violent-cutting through relationships and into love. There is red: obviously for blood, but also for love (a riddle itself). A golden crown, a golden son; a golden sun breaking through ghosts, clouds, and lives to reveal blackness and blood.” How black is the blackness of hate? What texture is grace? What shape is confusion, or desperation, or promise? These are the questions these pieces ask.