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Art Guild Showcases Never-Before-Exhibited Paintings By Ziegler In Fourth Friday Art Walk

The mission of the Ste. Genevieve Art Guild includes bringing fine art to the public, and this week — with the assistance of two other non-profit organizations — it will showcase never-before-exhibited works by Ste. Genevieve’s legendary Matthew E. Ziegler.

The Ziegler works will be part of the display in the gallery in his name at the Shaw property at the Felix Valle House State Historic Site.

The exhibit will be open from 6 to 9 p.m. this Friday, February 22, as the 2019 Fourth Friday Art Walk season begins.

The state historic site has made the exhibit possible by providing display space in the stone gallery behind the Shaw House. The gallery was built by Ziegler, who owned the Shaw property at one point.

The exhibit highlights Ziegler’s contributions to the success of the 1930s Art Colony, which was headquartered at the Shaw, and his efforts in keeping Ste. Genevieve a fine arts destination in the four decades that followed.

“Felix Valle House State Historic Site is excited to give back to the community which has given us so much,” site director Donna Rausch said. “Sharing the history of Matt Ziegler and other artists is part of the experience we share with visitors. Working with the art guild is a joy.”

The exhibit itself was opened last year, but the body of art by Ziegler has recently changed.

Two never-before-exhibited oil paintings have been added to the exhibit: a large landscape on loan from the Foundation for Restoration of Ste. Genevieve called “River Hills” and a town scene from the collection of the foundation’s president, Sara Menard.



This week’s art walk marks the first under the new Gallery Association of Ste. Genevieve, which was formed late last year to take over the coordination of the 10 1/2-year-old series.

During the art walk, local art galleries, studios and other art spaces in the historic downtown will showcase the work of established professional and amateur artists from Ste. Genevieve and across the region.

Art walk stops can feature complimentary finger foods, refreshments, wine tasting and meet-the-artist receptions.  All openings and after events are free and open to the public.

Other locations open for this week’s art walk:

  • Modern Primitive in the First School building on Washington Street near Main will be open.
  • Paintings and hand-painted boxes by Janice Nabors Raiteri will be on display at Rust on N. Main Street.
  • 109 North Main Gallery and Studio features the art of Terri Cavins from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.
  • Lewsi Winery will have featured artist, Brenda Thompson.
  • Three Little Indian Girls, a new shop at Second and Market, features art-designed jewelry.
  • Sainte Genevieve Winery will host the Sainte Genevieve Art Guild exhibit
  • E-KleK-Tix gallery (130 N. Main St.) will offer a little wine and music recorded in the 1930s and 1940s at the famous Paris jazz venue, Le Hot Club, in addition to the art of Jean Rissover and other items.
  • The Hayloft Gallery features artists Rick Bayers, Mary Peura and James Wooldridge. The Hayloft, on the second floor at Third and Merchant, will host the art walk after-event get-together to celebrate the new association. People are encouraged to attend and bring their own refreshments.
  • The Linden House, which plans on hosting art exhibits beginning with the March Fourth Friday Art Walk, will have a silent auction and all proceeds will go to help open The Hands on History House/Linden House. There will also be a few children making craft items and serving cocoa and cookies. The photography of Rheanna Wolk will be on display.

See complete story in the February 20 edition of the Herald.

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