It's been said that the arts suffer
in a weak economy, but the sixth-annual Wall Ball
on Saturday seemed to thoroughly disprove that claim.
Filling Third Degree Glass Factory
with 45 participating artists and hundreds of revelers, the event was as much a spectacle of live art-making as it was a fashion show for the sartorial risque.
Snaking around a taped-off thoroughfare,
event-goers crowded past make-shift artist studios. The artists,
meanwhile, worked with amiable diligence, unfazed by
the peering throngs. Painters dominated the field, though jewelry makers, stone-carvers, glass-blowers and
cup-cake bakers were also on hand.
Painting techniques leaned
toward the traditional, though artist Davide Weaver
found use for a 20th-century invention -- employing an electric fan to dry his canvas.
For those there to bid on the art, the most sought-after piece was a painting thick with gloss and
floral-patterned by Alicia LaChance
Vying for the most unusual was a piece with a woman with curls made of ripped-out Yellow Pages.
The work by Galen
, who dragged a triangle of pita bread through a massive bowl of
hummus, caught eyeballs.
The award for bravery
went to a laughing, well-heeled couple who felt a sudden compulsion to
bump-and-grind to DJ Mahf's
throbbing but otherwise un-danced-to
dance mix. Unfortunately, the dancers quickly cooled down, retouched their
hairstyles and resumed their drinks.
Wall Ball supports the St. Louis City Open Studio and Gallery
a non-profit founded by artist Jenna Bauer
-- whose mission
is to improve the education of children via the arts.