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Copper Conversation: Lambert Photo of the Week


Metalsmith Peg Fetter interviews with Lambert’s Jeff Lea about her work for the Art of Travel Copper Collection. 

If you’ve been following us on social media, we’ve been posting some incredible photos and videos of our four jewelry artists crafting reclaimed copper from the Airport’s original roof into extraordinary pieces of wearable history.  Renowned metalsmiths from the St. Louis area have been commissioned to design the Copper Collection, exclusively debuting for sale at Art of Travel on October 1, 2015.  We’ve seen Adam Foster, Jenny Walker, Peg Fetter and Lisa Colby manipulate the metal in their own unique ways to craft a work of art that speaks to them.  Some have gained inspiration for their pieces from the copper’s natural patina, and others are motivated by the glimmer of what lies underneath.  Whether treated with fire, acid, or ceramic, or hammered, etched, filed, and polished - their works will take your breath away.  All proceeds benefit the Lambert Art and Culture Program.  For photos, videos and event and ticket information, visit ArtofTravelSTL.com

Airport’s Copper Collection Jewelry to Debut at Sneak Preview Event

Lambert-St. Louis International Airport will unveil its Art of Travel custom jewelry Copper Collection on September 24 at the Craft Alliance Center for Art + Design. The free sneak preview event will showcase more than 75 pieces of jewelry by local St. Louis metalsmiths who are handcrafting their works from reclaimed copper remnants of the Airport’s original Terminal 1 roof.

The jewelry will be sold one week later at the Airport’s 5th annual Art of Travel event on Oct. 1. Tickets are on sale through www.artoftravelstl.com. The Airport has commissioned four St. Louis area artists to create the Art of Travel Copper Collection: Lisa Colby, Peg Fetter, Adam Foster, and Jenny Walker. 

The artists will be on hand to greet visitors at the sneak preview event September 24 from 5-8 p.m. at Craft Alliance’s Delmar Galleries, 6640 Delmar Blvd, St. Louis, MO 63130. Guests will also have a chance to win exclusive Art of Travel prints from the airport’s 2014 event and will receive store discounts with Art of Travel ticket purchases.  Craft Alliance Center of Art + Design is the official Art Partner for the 5th annual Art of Travel.

“We’ve been a long-time supporter of local artists. Lisa Colby, Peg Fetter, Adam Foster, and Jenny Walker have evolved with us not only through the shop, but with teaching and connecting with our community,” said Stephanie Kirkland, Director of Exhibitions & Artists-In-Residence Program.

Guests at the sneak preview event can submit advance bids on a few of the signature pieces of the collection. The rest of the 75-piece collection will be available for sale the night of Oct. 1 exclusively to Art of Travel attendees. The collection will feature more than 40 distinct designs for earrings, necklaces, money clips, cuff links and bracelets. Check www.artoftravelstl.com for latest pictures and videos of the artists at work on the Copper Collection. 

The Art of Travel is the Airport’s signature social event that supports the Lambert Art & Culture Program and the mission to expand permanent installations and temporary exhibits. The Art of Travel event on October 1 will be held from 6-9 p.m. in Terminal 1’s Concourse B.

In addition to the custom jewelry, the 5th annual Art of Travel will feature the return of premier chef tables with a touch of gourmet French fare by HMSHost, signature Art of Travel cocktails, live music featuring Kim Fuller and Galaxy Band, and a silent auction of travel and art experience packages.  

Tickets are $75 in advance and $100 at the door. Tickets include food, drinks, parking and entertainment. A portion of the ticket price is tax deductible. Donations to the Lambert Art and Culture Program are also accepted. 

The Chairs of the 5th Annual Art of Travel are Susan Barrett, Kelly Peck and Dorte Probstein.

Chartering Colts: Lambert Photo of the Week

Players, coaches and staff on the Indianapolis Colts arrived in St. Louis Friday on a chartered American Airlines' Boeing 777.

Stick around for 24 hours and you can witness up to 250 aircraft landings at Lambert-St. Louis International Airport. Those are Lambert’s daily scheduled flights from our major airline partners. Those airlines also operate special charters, especially for high profile sports teams. An American Airlines Boeing 777 landed Friday afternoon. It’s the team plane for the Indianapolis Colts, which plays the St. Louis Rams this weekend. Charter flights like this one do not connect at a concourse gate. The aircraft is assigned a parking location away from the terminal. Teams use “air stairs” to de-board the plane. Teams coordinate with the airport to have buses on standby to pick up the players immediately and then head to the stadium or the team hotel.  

Airport Revenue News Names Rhonda Hamm-Niebruegge its Airport Director of the Year

Airport Revenue News has announced that Rhonda Hamm-Niebruegge, Director of Lambert-St. Louis International Airport, is its Director of the Year in the medium airports category.

“ARN is proud to choose Rhonda Hamm-Niebruegge for this award," says Ramon Lo, publisher of ARN. "Rhonda has led the airport through tornado damage and reductions in air service to a point where STL is now poised to take the next step."

Airport Revenue News (ARN) is a monthly magazine and multi-channel media outlet that covers the business of airports including retail, food and beverage, development and other passenger services.  ARN said its choice for Hamm-Niebruegge as director of the year was based on her extensive career in the aviation industry and the many achievements she’s had in her five-year tenure with the airport including gains in air service that followed the drastic reduction in flights. ARN also cited the recent completion of Lambert’s Airport Experience renovation program that modernized Terminal 1 and Concourses A & C.  Earlier this year, Lambert announced a five-year strategic plan aimed at further increasing air service, strengthening the airport’s financial standing, growing cargo revenues and more. Hamm-Niebruegge co-chairs the Airport Council International-North America's medium-hub airports committee and sits on the U.S. Government Affairs Committee.

“I’m honored to be chosen for this recognition among a field of so many accomplished airport directors who are all making great strides to navigate and excel in an ever-changing industry,” says Hamm-Niebruegge. “This honor really speaks to the excellence and dedication of our entire STL team, which has overcome many unique challenges in St. Louis, with the end goal of transforming Lambert into a more vibrant regional asset by creating new opportunities to grow air service, foster economic development and sustain a welcoming experience for all of our visitors, passengers and customers.” 

Lambert is the largest medium hub airport in the U.S. with 6.1 million enplanements (boardings) in 2014 according to the Federal Aviation Administration’s latest passenger statistics. There are 31 medium hub airports. The smallest medium hub airport in 2014 was Bob Hope Airport in Burbank, CA with 1.9 million boardings.  

Hamm-Niebruegge will be interviewed in and featured on the cover of ARN’s November issue. She will be presented this award at the ARN Awards Show on the final night of the ARN 2016 Revenue Conference & Exhibition in Dallas. 

Brazilian Beats: Lambert Photo of the Week

"Mo" Marchini of the band Samba Bom welcomed some young performers to play along at a Lambert Gallery performance this week.

The Sheldon Art Galleries officially opened their new exhibit, Wonderful Winds, at the Lambert Gallery in Terminal 1 at Lambert-St. Louis International Airport. It features an amazing collection of ancient and rare music instruments from across the globe. The pieces are part of The Sheldon’s Hartenberger World Music Collection, which was donated to The Sheldon by Dr. Aurelia and Jeff Hartenberger in 2014. The full collection consists of 2,500 instruments and pays tribute to a rich diversity of music representing American, Native American, African, Asian, Central American and South American cultures. Whistles, horns, trumpets, flutes, aerophones, crumhorns and bugles are just a few of the instruments on display. The Brazilian band Samba Bom played to the exhibition’s wordly theme for the opening reception. The exhibition runs through December.

Sheldon Art Galleries’ 'Wonderful Winds' Exhibition Features Historic Music Instruments

Lambert-St. Louis International Airport has unveiled a new art exhibit with the debut of The Sheldon Art Galleries’ Wonderful Winds: Musical Instruments from The Sheldon’s Hartenberger World Music Collection, which runs now through December 13, 2015 at the Lambert Gallery. An opening celebration will be held on Thursday, August 20 from 5-7 p.m. at the Lambert Gallery in Terminal 1, featuring music by Samba Bom.

The exhibit features a selection of beautiful and exotic wind instruments from Africa, Asia, Europe, Oceania, South America, and Central and North America, which are a part of The Sheldon’s Hartenberger World Music Collection, a major donation of over 2,500 historic and contemporary world musical instruments made to the Sheldon Art Galleries in 2014 by Dr. Aurelia and Jeff Hartenberger and their family members.

Inspired by the growing interest in world music, aided by the ease of world travel and communication, the exhibit includes a figural Mpiru tribal flute of the Bwa culture of Burkina Faso, a beautifully carved janus head divination whistle from the Sundi People of the Democratic Republic of Congo, a spectacular jeweled conch shell trumpet from Tibet, and a sheng (or mouth) organ from China made of bamboo.  It also features are a flute in the shape of a crocodile which represents the spirit Nashut from Papua New Guinea, and a “Bull Roarer” from the Asmat People from the Region of Irian Jaya, Papua Province, Indonesia.

Several pieces in the exhibit represent Latin American countries, including a double-chamber water flute from Peru, and a Mayan whistle from 500 to 800 B.C.E.  Also on view will be a selection of European folk instruments like a German button accordion, a pair of early crumhorns, a dvojnice whistle-flute from Bosnia and a kaval flute from Bulgaria.  

Our nation’s military is also honored with a display of historic musical instruments dating from the Civil War, World War I and World War II. These include a Civil War clairon bugle and fife, a “triple twist” bugle from World War I and a U.S. Regulation field trumpet (bugle), used by the U.S. Army Cavalry in World War II.    

The exhibition is guest curated and text panels are written by Dr. Aurelia Hartenberger. The exhibition is organized by The Sheldon Art Galleries, St. Louis, Missouri. Financial Assistance for this project has been provided by the Missouri Arts Council, the Regional Arts Commission and the Arts and Education Council. Exhibits at the Lambert Gallery are selected by the Airport’s seven-member Art Advisory Committee. It features works from local and regional arts organizations. Previous exhibitors include the Missouri Fiber Artists, Photography Hall of Fame & Museum, Missouri State Museum, Foundry Art Centre, Craft Alliance and the Griot Museum of Black History.

To see more of the Hartenberger World Music Collection and other exhibits of fine art and architecture, visit The Sheldon, 3648 Washington Boulevard, St. Louis, MO, 63108. More information at www.TheSheldon.org. The instrument collection can also be searched online at www.hwmconline.com.

Financial Assistance for this project has been provided by the Missouri Arts Council, a state agency. Support is provided by the Regional Arts Commission and the Arts and Education Council.

Blue Skies: Lambert Photo of the Week

The U.S. Navy Blue Angels depart from Lambert-St. Louis airfield in their signature, precision “Diamond” formation. 

The sky was just a little more blue over Lambert on Wednesday, as the world-renowned Blue Angels made a special appearance.  Their arrival came with a ceremonious fly-by in formation, which was accented with trails of white smoke.  Upon landing, they taxied across the airfield to neighboring Boeing for a celebration that drew hundreds of staff wearing blue and gold collared Blue Angels shirts.  The pilots met Boeing employees, toured the factory, and greeted 15 local Boeing-sponsored ROTC students.  They departed Lambert at 2 p.m., heading for a Chicago air show.  A pilot told the crowd how honored he was to be fulfilling the Blue Angels’ mission to inspire and encourage excellence all over the world.  For more photos of the Blue Angels at Lambert, find us at FlySTL on Facebook and Twitter. 

Bright Idea: Lambert Photo of the Week

Electrician Tim Delworth installs an energy efficient LED bulb in the Terminal 1 Garage.

Approximately 3,000 light bulbs in the Terminal 1 Garage and Terminal 2 Garage will be replaced with LEDs as part of a continuing energy reduction campaign at Lambert-St. Louis.  The LED bulbs are 80 percent more efficient than the halogen lights they are replacing, and are also brighter. Electricians will be working through October to complete the project, which has already begun in the Terminal 1 Garage, will move to the Terminal 2 Garage in September.  The switch to LEDs is a projected $165,000  in annual energy savings.  Ameren UE contributed nearly $200,000 in grants towards the $865,000 installation effort.  Lambert plans to expand the use of LEDs onto the airfield in late fall. 

Boom Rehab: Lambert Photo of the Week

Concrete is pumped more than 100 feet in the air to the Terminal 1 MetroLink station construction site.

The MetroLink station at Terminal 1 is undergoing its first facelift since opening in 1994.  The rehabilitation project includes repairing concrete, adding tactile strips to the station platform, upgrading the electrical system, painting, and adding energy efficient LED lights.  An areal boom pump delivered concrete to the elevated platform from a mixing truck 105 feet below.  A coating of epoxy had been applied an hour before, to help adhere to the new pour to the existing surface. A worker on the platform directed the crane via remote control, while workers smoothed and shaped the mixture into place.  Fresh paint and a rust preventative were also being applied to parts of the structure.  We’re looking forward to the finished look! 

Lambert Promotes Stella, Strong to Airport’s Senior Executive Team

Lambert-St. Louis International Airport has promoted Ron Stella and Antonio Strong to the Airport’s 4-member senior executive team. Stella is now the Deputy Director of Operations & Maintenance. Strong is now the Deputy Director of Finance & Administration. They will join Rhonda Hamm-Niebruegge, Airport Director, and Jerry Beckmann, Deputy Director of Planning & Development, on the senior executive team.

Ron Stella was promoted from the Assistant Director of Operations & Maintenance, a position he’s held since November 2014. As Deputy Director, Stella will supervise multiple operating departments, including Airfield and Grounds Maintenance, the Airport Operations (Communications) Center, Airport Building Maintenance, Airport and Airfield Electrical Maintenance, Security Operations, Housekeeping, Radio Systems, and Emergency Planning. Stella also manages compliance with all Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) airport operations regulations and standards.

Prior to joining Lambert, Stella was the former Assistant Vice President of Operations and Facilities at T.F. Green Airport (PVD) in Warwick, Rhode Island. He is a certified member of the American Association of Airport Executives (AAAE). He’s also held management positions at Boston’s Logan Airport (BOS) and Worcester Regional Airport (ORH) in Massachusetts.

Antonio Strong was promoted from the Assistant Director of Finance & Accounting, a position he’s held since November 2014. As Deputy Director, he will supervise the departments of Finance & Accounting, Properties Department and the Business Diversity Development Office. The key business and financial operations under his leadership will be strategic financial planning, budgeting and controls, airport grant management, airline rates and charges, airline relations, concessions and service contracts, as well as M/W/DBE certification and compliance programs, which promote business opportunities for disadvantaged, minority and women businesses for Airport and other St. Louis City departments.

Prior to joining Lambert, Strong was Financial Analyst III (Iowa Finance Lead) for American Water Works Company working in St. Louis. He is a Certified Public Accountant with nearly 20 years’ experience in the field with management responsibilities focused on accounting, auditing, benefits administration, mergers & acquisitions, and internal controls. Prior to American Water Works, he held positions with Express Scripts, May Department Stores, Emerson Electric and Unisource Worldwide. 

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