STL Visitors Invited to Bug Out and Take Note of Native Flowers
Posted on June 12, 2019 in Art Media Releases
Exhibitions of delicate glass beaded prairie flowers and imaginative bug-like creatures are now welcoming passengers and visitors at St. Louis Lambert International Airport (STL) in the Terminal 1 Ticketing Lounge. “Glass Prairie” and “Attractors” feature the works of St. Louis area artists Lindsay Obermeyer and Jerry Monteith.
Lindsay Obermeyer’s “Glass Prairie” features more than a dozen glass beaded flowers that mimic the real native prairie flowers of Missouri. Obermeyer, who is a St. Louis artist, designer, author, and educator, says her works invites visitors to see the beautiful aspect of our native, natural landscape. Her creations are made in the same tradition of beaded flowers dating back 500 years, usually as memorial arrangements. On display are representations of flowers like Fireweed, Lewis Flax, Prairie Blazing Star, Mexican Hat Flower, and the Purple Cone Flower.
“As with every medium, [the popularity of] beaded flowers have ebbed and waned,” said Obermeyer. “Unlike flowers or silk flowers, beaded flowers do not fade. They delight the eye as they twinkle in the sunlight.”
In another display case, Jerry Monteith takes the tradition of fly-tying (fishing lures) to produce miniature sculptures of imaginary insects. With names like “Green Eye,” “Blue Green Spider,” “Wide Spider,” and “Double Medusa,” Monteith uses metal, fabric, plastic, glass, and even organic materials to lure his viewers into seeing a whole other world of creepy crawlers.
“They play homage to the incredible diversity of insect life that we typically regard as an inconvenience at best,” said Monteith, who heads the sculpture program at Southern Illinois University, Carbondale. “They embody my appreciation of the small things in life and art.”
The exhibitions of “Glass Prairie” and “Attractors” are n display through early December. It is part of the Lambert Art & Culture Program’s temporary exhibitions program. The program is supported by the Regional Arts Commission of St. Louis.
Lindsay Obermeyer and Jerry Monteith were chosen to exhibit in the Lambert Art & Culture Program through the Airport’s seven-member Airport Art Advisory Committee. Current members are Lisa Cakmak, Associate Curator of Ancient Art at Saint Louis Art Museum; Ellen Gale, Executive Director Clayton Chamber of Commerce; Shelley Hagen; Leslie Markle, Curator of Public Art, Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum; Kiku Obata, Founding Principal of Kiku Obata & Co.; Roseann Weiss, consultant with ART+; and design artist and illustrator Carlos Zamora.
The Lambert Art and Culture Program builds upon the culturally rich legacy of St. Louis Lambert International Airport. Our mission is to elevate the visitor experience and uplift regional pride through the presentation of artwork created by local, national, and international artists. Currently, there are more than 25 works of art or collections of art (temporary, permanent or on-loan) on view at the Airport. For more information, visit www.artoftravelstl.com.
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