Lester Bryant is counting down his bag tags after 50 years working for several companies at Lambert-St. Louis International Airport.
Baggage and bag tags. After 50 years, there’s no way to count how many Lester Bryant has touched at Lambert-St. Louis International Airport. But he sure has touched a lot of hearts in his many jobs at the Airport. He’s winding down his fifth decade in his final job as a skycap for AirServ, handling curbside check-in for Southwest Airlines passengers at Terminal 2. He began his tenure as a ramp agent for TWA. He’s been such a warm fixture at the Airport, his co-workers simply call him “Dad.” He says his time here has been great, “Like an ocean cruise, with ups and downs, but I can now see the lighthouse and the shore.” The best part of the job, he says, has always been about meeting people.
Vocal music teacher Toni Towns directs the Barack Obama elementary school choir in Terminal 1.
This past week was peak performance time for dozens of school, church and community vocal groups to welcome travelers and airport visitors with favorite holiday classics. Carolers singing in our terminals is a favorite tradition especially when you see all the smiles of passengers as they perform "Jingle Bell Rock" or other well known songs. Barack Obama Elementary from the Normady Schools Collaborative brought out the largest group so far to the Airport. Donned in Santa hats, vocal music teacher Toni towns led her third, fourth and fifth graders in song and choreography near the USO.
Southwest Airlines announced it will expand operations at Lambert-St. Louis International Airport (STL) with new daily service to Austin, TX (AUS) beginning June 28, 2015. Tickets are available now for the new daily flight, which was part of the airline’s peak summer schedule released this week.
“Daily service between Lambert and Austin-Bergstrom International Airport has been a top priority for this region based on the companies who do regular business in both our cities, as well as the overall growth of passenger traffic between St. Louis and Austin,” said Rhonda Hamm-Niebruegge, Lambert Director.
“This new route will open new opportunities for St. Louis’ growing number of entrepreneurs and businesses,” said Ron Ricks, Southwest Airlines’ Executive Vice President. “This is an exciting opportunity to connect two cities focused on innovation and growth – which is really what Southwest’s purpose is all about: connecting people to what’s important in their lives.”
They are small, tightly coiled objects of found art, but they are woven with creative history and mystery. The Lambert Art and Culture Program has opened a new exhibit, “Philadelphia Wireman,” in the Terminal 1 Ticketing Lounge, on display through June 2015.
The exhibit features 20 intricate wire sculptures from the collections of two galleries: Fleisher/Ollman Gallery of Philadelphia and the William Shearburn Gallery of St. Louis. The pieces come from a discovery in Philadelphia in the early 1980s. Hundreds of these wire-figure creations, which resemble the human body or architectural motifs, were left abandoned in an alley. The creator is unknown but is believed to be a man who may have scavenged for all the elements of his art from the streets. Since then, the mystery artist’s work has been exhibited around the world. This is one of the rare times that parts of the collection have been viewed out of a museum or gallery setting.
“I love the idea of the Philadelphia Wireman or anything that is art taken out into another context,” said William Shearburn, William Shearburn Gallery. “They are extremely powerful and packed with energy.”
Experts believe the collection is one of the greatest examples of self-taught art, with African-American and Tribal influences. With wire as the primary material in the pieces, the artist also included other found material such as foil, plastic, newspaper, batteries, hinges and matchbooks.
The Lambert Art and Culture Program sponsors both temporary exhibitions and permanent art installations with a mission to enhance the visual impression of the Airport and support the arts in the St. Louis region.
Meridith McKinley installs pieces in Lambert’s new “Philadelphia Wireman” exhibit, while former art professor Tom Watson (with wife Kim) takes a photo.
They are small, tightly wound objects of found art, but they are packed with artistic energy and history. The Lambert Art and Culture Program installed a new exhibit, “Philadelphia Wireman,” in the T1 Ticketing Lounge this week. The exhibit features intricate wire sculptures from the collections of two galleries: Fleisher/Ollman Gallery of Philadelphia and the William Shearburn Gallery of St. Louis. The pieces come from a discovery in Philadelphia more than 35 years ago. Hundreds of these creations were left abandoned in an alley. The creator is unknown but is believed to be a man who may have lived off the streets. Since then, the unknown artist’s work has been exhibited around the world. Experts believe it one of the greatest examples of self-taught art, with figures that have heavy associations with Native-American, African-American and even classical art themes.
Artists Katherine Ehlmann and Kacey Cowdery are all smiles as they look at their creations now on display at The Lambert Gallery.
Fabric, felt, found objects and so much more. Welcome to the world of fiber art. This growing genre of art goes mainstream with a new exhibition at The Lambert Gallery titled 3D Fiber Explorations. Missouri Fiber Artists is the organization behind this exhibition, which prompts the visitor to pause for a moment and to see fiber work in a new light, beyond craft and into the realm of fine art. Materials for this exhibition include paper, wool, felt, linen thread, silk, cotton and other materials. The fiber art genre includes surface designers, felters, embroiderers, dyers, quilters, weavers, basket makers, paper makers and more. The exhibition runs through April 4, 2015.
Turning what was once considered just a craft into amazing visual pieces, Missouri fiber artists are pushing their creativity for mainstream audiences with a new exhibition, 3D Fiber Explorations, at Lambert-St. Louis International Airport. Free and open to the public, the exhibition runs December 5, 2014 through April 4, 2015 in The Lambert Gallery in the bag claim level of Terminal 1.
3D Fiber Explorations is presented by Missouri Fiber Artists and sponsored by the Lambert Art and Culture Program and the Regional Arts Commission. The exhibit’s 23 works from local artists will prompt the visitor to pause for a moment and to see fiber work in a new light, beyond craft and into the realm of fine art. Materials for this exhibition include paper, wool, felt, linen thread, silk, cotton and other materials. The fiber art genre includes surface designers, felters, embroiderers, dyers, quilters, weavers, basket makers, paper makers and more.
Through innovation and creativity, Missouri Fiber Artists also strives to place St. Louis into the realm of a lively and innovative city. Works in this exhibit are contributions to the multitude of fine art in St. Louis. Artists include Shirley Boudreaux, Kacey Cowdery, Tracy Deniszczuk, Katherine Ehlmann, Candyce Grisham, Pamela J Gruer, Laurie Harper, Joanne Kluba, Sandy Kolde, Hae-jung Larsen, Tamryn McDermott, Shirley Nachtrieb, Pat Owoc, Joyce Pion, Rhonda Schrum, Phyllis Shipman, Susan Sontag, Leandra Spangler, Janet Frazee Wade, Barbara A Zappulla.
The Lambert Art and Culture Program sponsors a rotating exhibition schedule in The Lambert Gallery featuring local and regional arts organizations. Previous exhibitors include the Photography Hall of Fame & Museum, Missouri State Museum, Foundry Art Centre, Craft Alliance and the Griot Museum of Black History.
A seven-member Airport Art Advisory Committee led the selection effort for the latest series of exhibitions at the Lambert Gallery. Members are David Allen, Director of Metro Arts in Transit; Susan Marie Barrett, Director of the World Chess Hall of Fame; Laura Helling, Director of Development for Wings of Hope; Marilu Knode, Director of Laumeier Sculpture Park; Jill McGuire, Executive Director for the St. Louis Regional Arts Commission; Kiku Obata, Founding Principal of Kiku Obata & Co.; and Freida L. Wheaton, Salon 53 and Founder of Alliance of Black Art Galleries.
Members of the extended Strout family greet each other on Wednesday at the exit of the C Concourse.
Before the long weekend of reunions, there are the first reunions...at the airport. Wednesday was a huge day at Lambert-St. Louis International Airport for friends and families greeting loved ones arriving on flights for the Thanksgiving holiday weekend. Young and old waited just outside the Airport’s three concourse exits hoping to get the first glimpses of familiar faces walking their way. This is what makes this time of year so special. The Wednesday before Thanksgiving is one of the busiest travel days of the year, with approximately 40,000 passengers traveling through the Airport. But it’s not the busiest. Sunday is even busier for airlines and airports as most people have to get home to their usual work and school routines on Monday.
Alaska Airlines announced new non-stop service between Lambert-St. Louis International Airport (STL) and Portland International Airport (PDX) that will begin July 1, 2015.
The daily flights between St. Louis, MO and Portland, OR will be served on new 76-seat Embraer E-175 jets operated by Sky West Airlines. Portland has been one of Lambert’s highest-demand markets without year-round non-stop service.
“Portland has been a key focus for us as a destination because of the strong demand within our business community. Portland is also a top market for leisure and vacation travel, as well,” said Rhonda Hamm-Niebruegge, Lambert Director.
Alaska Airlines, operating out of Lambert’s C Concourse, has offered non-stop service between St. Louis and Seattle since 2010. Last month, Alaska announced it’s expanding its Seattle service this summer with two daily roundtrip flights.
Alaska Airlines announced that the new E175 aircraft were purchased specifically for its St. Louis service and other new destinations in its network system.
"The E175 is new for the Alaska brand and fills a specific need to serve ‘long, thin routes' – destinations that are too distant for our regional aircraft, but currently don't have enough customer demand to fill a mainline jet," said Andrew Harrison, senior vice president of planning and revenue management for Alaska Airlines. "The smaller, but spacious, E175 jet will not only open up new cities, but provide feed traffic to our Northwest hubs, while giving customers a comfortable experience on these longer flights."
The new daily service will depart PDX at 10:15 a.m. and arrive in STL at 3:55 p.m. The flight will then depart STL at 4:35, arriving in PDX at 6:45 p.m.
Introductory fares are available for purchase by December 1 for travel between July 8 and September 30, 2015 at www.alaskaair.com.
The FAA issued a Temporary Flight Restriction (TFR) after 10:30 Monday, Nov. 24 related police activities east of the Airport. Approximately 10 inbound flights were diverted or cancelled. Outbound flights were not affected. Lambert-St. Louis International Airport remains open. The TFR is set to expire shortly after 5 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 25.
Travelers should check with their individual airlines for the latest flight status regarding Tuesday morning flights.
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