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White Will Be Art Guild’s Featured Artist On Fourth Friday

The Ste. Genevieve Art Guild will feature an emerging local artist in its gallery space at the Sainte Genevieve Winery this week during the Fourth Friday Art Walk.

Virginia White, who with her husband Mike owns the Animal Clinic of Ste. Genevieve, is a new member of the art guild, having joined at last year’s show during the Holiday Christmas Festival.

White was encouraged to paint in 1995 by art guild co-founder Bette Geraghty. At that time, she began taking classes taught by Sharon Estes at Granny’s Corner in Ste. Genevieve.

White’s chosen medium is acrylic paints. It’s those acrylics that make up the bulk of the exhibit, which will feature local scenes and, of course, animals.

White will be on hand to greet visitors and talk about the inspiration for her art.

The Fourth Friday Art Walk will be from 6 to 9 p.m. this Friday, July 26. This weekend it will serve as a lead-in to the Chalk Art Festival on Saturday.

It will also mark an 11th birthday, with a group exhibition at the Centre for French Colonial Life (198 Market St.) to mark the occasion. The Centre for French Colonial Life and the Gallery Association of Ste. Genevieve, which now coordinates the art walks, will sponsor that exhibit.

Among the other galleries open this week:

Merchant Street Gallery is hosting Craig Thomas, the Cape Girardeau-based artist who will be a featured “street painter” in the Chalk Art Festival.

Rhinehart & Rhinehart’s Gallery at Market and Third streets features artists Leon Basler and Rick Bayers.

European Entitlements on Main Street features European scenes by Juanita Wyman.

The Hands on History House (Linden House) on Main Street will be open.

Rustik Sand Kandles on Merchant features a demonstration of how Shellie Schmelze’s mother paints Cypress Knee Santa.

The Matthew Ziegler Gallery featuring paintings by the Ste. Genevieve Art Colony founder and other notables.

Rust features six local artisans displaying diverse creations of rustic candle cans, artful crochet and hand-knit items, paper filigree jewelry, paintings and hand-painted boxes.

Gallaria Ste. Gen features original art in various media by local and regional artists.

E-Klek-TiX will feature new art by J Rissover.

Sassafras Creek Originals has a number of artisan works created in the early American, colonial tradition.

Lewsi Winery features the pencil art of Brenda Thompson, the pottery of Kevin Ord, and process sketches by Suzanne Thompson.

109 North Main features artist Terri Cavins, from 5 to 8 p.m.

Modern Primitive, on Washington near Main, featuring watercolor frescos by o*Live

Gallerie Melange displays “It’s About Chalk,” an all-pastel show featuring Juanita Rapp Wyman, Vicki Cummings, Peggy Bay, Michelle Spencer.

For more information, contact the gallery association by email at  or  visit

The Gallery Association of Ste. Genevieve is an initiative to help coordinate and promote art spaces within the historic district.

(Information in releases from the Gallery Association of Ste. Genevieve and the Ste. Genevieve Art Guild.)

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