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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Bernie Sanders speaks at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville

On Friday March 4, 2016 Bernie Sanders, Democratic candidate for the office of President of the United States spoke to a crowd of 5000.   The capacity plus overflow crowd were  very eager to hear Sanders speak about the issues that he supports.  Bernie seems to speak truthfully about the current state of many disastrous affairs currently plaguing Americans from true healthcare reform to requiring multi-billion dollar companies such as Wal-Mart to pay their workers a fair enough wage that many of them will not need to continue to seek assistance from the United States government for support.  This form of wage control currently – mathematically – is impossible in it’s possibility to sustain, even decently, one hard working American Family.  Thus, effectively setting the United States government as the payor of welfare to Wal-Mart.  Make sense?    It does to many and has for far too long.  Bernie now has a campaign office located at 2626 Cherokee Street, right in the heart of the Cherokee Art District in South Saint Louis. Stop by and find out how YOU can help or visit the website at to find out more. Below you can find Bernie’s entire speech from SIUE and enlighten yourself to the new possibilities, enjoy!


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