The Word on the Street: ArtBar STL

The word on Cherokee Street is that ArtBar STL will be closing it’s doors March 31, 2016.  After just two years the space, the brainchild of Tatyana Telnikova, will serve its final drinks the evening prior to April Fool’s Day.  ArtBar was formed from Telnikova’s vision to have an art gallery/bar fill the void at 2732 Cherokee Street where local artists could congregate, have a sip and invent the future of the Saint Louis art scene.  The bar’s manager, Tom Halaska has always had an interesting event planned for the evenings and kept a lively following or regulars in attendance providing Cherokee Street with colorful and lively acts, open mic nights, Sip & Sketch (live model drawing), art shows and musical acts.  The space itself was designed by Jamie Jessop of Jessop Design Co. in collaboration with Telnikova’s vision of a sharp & classy watering hole for local artists and features a 50 ft. long bar with inset art utensils encased in two-part epoxy.  Under-lit with RGB LEDs, a back bar with curves reminiscent of the Saint Louis arch built on the frame of an up cycled trampoline frame, ArtBar has provided a space of creativity and reflection for many local artists.  ArtBar STL also boasts two large murals, commissioned by Telnikova, by Saint Louis artists Lana Camp and Craig Downs and a 10ft glass mosaic of the solar system created by Saint Louis mosaicist Kathy Rickermann.  Approximately 20 tons of scrap granite harvested from granite fabricator dumpsters around Saint Louis make up the very unique floor that in some ways is the centerpiece of the space.  No word yet as to what the future holds for the space containing ArtBar, according to Telnikova’s personal FaceBook page the bar is no longer viable and closure is the only option.

 

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Ert Night. Entering it’s 5th year in The Cherokee Art District.

Ert Night was begun in the dungeons of Camp Jessop by genuine South City working artists and the goal and purpose of Ert Night was to give individuals with a common passion for creating, a decent time of week to congregate into one place, create, and exponentially let the flow and inspiration take over. You never know what you’ll find during any one particular Ert Night. You may find painters of all media (on any media), drawers, tinkerers, sculptors, cooks, singers, writers, songwriters, instrument players, video makers, stained glass makers, woodworkers, knitters, massage therapists… The rule for Ert Night is to participate. If you’ve been passionate enough to want to show up, this is your opportunity to create YOUR passion. That’s what the time was set aside for. Ert Nights are free from judgment, ego, exclusivity and negativity. So feel welcomed to show up with your own bag of tricks and get in the groove with a TON of fabulous artists and genuine people. …and don’t forget to tip your bartender. 🙂

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As Seen on Cherokee

This fine afternoon, murals were made on Cherokee Street.  This mural has evolved over the last several years and has been a wonderful backdrop for many photos over the years.  Currently, the mural seems to be becoming re-canvased.  2015 will likely have some new stories recorded there.  Stop by and check it out on the […]

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