Support Local Journalism. Join Riverfront Times Press Club.

St. Louis was a different place 125 years ago. The zoo didn't exist, Anheuser-Busch was a small brewery owned and operated by a local family (can you imagine?) and dinosaurs roamed most of what is now St. Louis County on bicycles made of wood — it was a wild place sorely in need of civilization. Thinking along those lines, a group of artists gathered at the home of Joseph R. Meeker with the intent of founding an organization to promote and support local artists. Showing their progressive nature, this new group determined that women would be admitted — and as anyone who's married can tell you, it always falls on the women to spark and nurture civilization. Without 'em it's just beer bottles on the floor and wearing the same clothes for days on end. This forward-thinking conglomeration of men and women not only discussed and made and exhibited art, they laid the foundation for an institution that still exists — thrives, might be a better word — today. The St. Louis Artists' Guild 125th Anniversary Kickoff Party commemorates 125 years of creating and supporting the St. Louis arts tonight from 6 to 8:30 p.m. at its home base (2 Oak Knoll Park; 314-727-6266 or www.stlouisartistsguild.org). Activities include five artists creating paintings live before your eyes for auction, and a sale of unique Christmas ornaments designed by guild artists. Admission is $25 in advance or $30 at the door.
Wed., Dec. 15, 2010

Support Local Journalism.
Join the Riverfront Times Press Club

Local journalism is information. Information is power. And we believe everyone deserves access to accurate independent coverage of their community and state. Our readers helped us continue this coverage in 2020, and we are so grateful for the support.

Help us keep this coverage going in 2021. Whether it's a one-time acknowledgement of this article or an ongoing membership pledge, your support goes to local-based reporting from our small but mighty team.

Join the Riverfront Times Club for as little as $5 a month.

Latest in Night & Day

Read the Digital Print Issue

June 16, 2021

View more issues

Newsletters

Never miss a beat

Sign Up Now

Subscribe now to get the latest news delivered right to your inbox.

Best Things to Do In St. Louis

© 2021 Riverfront Times

Website powered by Foundation