Mary Sprague: Glorious Local Artist's Glorious Loft Featured on Apartment Therapy Website

Apr 16, 2013 at 12:00 pm

Yesterday the website Apartment Therapy published a "House Tour" of St. Louis-based painter and sculptor Mary Sprague's studio/living space in the Locust Business District.

The "Sink" | via Apartment Therapy
The "Sink" | via Apartment Therapy

Like the artist herself, the loft and the photoessay are very cool.

The post, which includes a slideshow and a mini-profile of Sprague, was written and photographed by St. Louisans Ann Manubay and Dabney Frake.

"They did a helluva job and made me look mahvelous, don't you think?" Sprague responds when Daily RFT e-mails to ask how it all came about.

"Those two women are art-school graduates from Wellesley and moved back here recently cause the livin's easy." They're friends of Sprague's upstairs studio-mate Elisa Forgelman, who recently brought them over to meet her.

"It's all history from there on," Sprague says. "They made an appointment for the next week and before I had a chance to think twice, they arrived at the door. I was busy making my messes and told them where the bathroom was, if they needed anything just ask, go ahead and do whatever you do because I'm too busy working on St. Udio to micromanage -- or eat lunch for that matter. I did make my bed that morning. Fortunately."

The "tour," titled "Mary's Singular Live/Work Studio," includes a slideshow of two dozen images from Sprague's 4500-square-foot loft space (including the bathroom), along with comments from the artist, who came to St. Louis in the early 1960s after graduating from Stanford University. Sprague is professor emeritus of art and art history at Meramec Community College.


Apartment Therapy Survey:

My Style: Realist/Absurdist.

Inspiration: Just about everything I see.

Favorite Element: Right now, form.

Biggest Challenge: Finding the right tool, either mechanically or in my head.

What Friends Say: "Are you out of your mind?" "I don't know what you are, but you're no minimalist."

Mary Sprague in her studio, working on St. Udio | via Apartment Therapy
Mary Sprague in her studio, working on St. Udio | via Apartment Therapy