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Narratives – Opening Reception

  • Macoupin Art Collective 214 E. Main St. Staunton, IL 62093 USA (map)

1. A narrative or story is a report of connected events, real or imaginary, presented in a sequence of written or spoken words, or still or moving images, or both.
2. Of or relating to the process of telling a story the author’s narrative style the novel’s narrative structure.

Stories are how we explain the world around us. Through stories we talk about what’s important to us. Our inner dialogs, histories, dreams, and observations. It’s with stories that we find the things that are common between us and the people around us. The narrative is what ties us all together together. It’s not just about the stories themselves, but also about the way we tell them, and the things that inspire us to keep telling them.

Contributing Artists:

Stephanie Gobby - Illustrator

Stephanie Gobby is an artist and designer that grew up in California and bounced around the country before settling in St. Louis in 2014. Her illustrations focus on telling stories from myths and folklore with a sprinkling of pop culture.

Sally Harless - Fine Artist

Sadly Harmless is the work of Sally Harless, a full-time artist living and working in Saint Louis, Missouri. Sally earned a BFA in printmaking from Indiana University in 2007, and has since been showing and selling her work in galleries, stores, and indie craft shows around the country. When she isn’t drawing animals, she likes hanging out with her french bulldog Monty, drinking root beer, going swimming, and playing board games with her friends.

My drawings are reminiscent of children’s book illustrations and are a mixture of reverie and autobiography. I love simplicity, muted colors and inserting elements of subtle humor into my drawings. I like to think that all of my characters are having quiet moments of reflection.

Jeffrey Johnson - Dad, Illustrator, Cartoonist

When I was in high school, I wanted nothing more than to be a muppeteer. I studied every book I could find, drew pictures, built several small puppets. Somewhere along the line though I realized that I enjoyed designing and making things more than I enjoyed performing. So I did the only sensible thing, and got a degree in printmaking.

The desire to tell stories with my artwork has remained a constant inspiration for me, and has led me to focus on storytelling, childhood memories and a sense of adventure. These days I work mostly in pencil and paint instead of ink and presses, and while I’ll probably never get to perform with Kermit, at least I can take comfort in the fact that my house is a lot like the Happiness Hotel…

Full of talking rats.

Patrick Weck - Illustrator

Patrick Weck is an artist, muralist and Illustrator whose work is often inspired by science, surrealism, and weird fiction. His watercolor and ink illustrations often depict anthropamorphic beings and steampunk megafauna that exist in a parallel natural history. Nineteen of Patrick’s wildlife habitat murals can be fought at the St. Louis Zoo within the Herpetarium, Primate House and the Bird House.

Patrick also works with acrylic, ink and watercolor as a fine artist and illustrator.

Patrick received his bachelor degree in art from Hampshire College in Massachusetts, where he wrote and illustrated a fifty page graphic novel about the philosophy behind teleportation.

This event is free to all and open to the public.

Earlier Event: February 9
Mosiac Stained Glass Stepping Stones
Later Event: February 16
Window Sill Planter Pot