Watch art and craft being created by the talented members of Artisan Guild of Southern Illinois, the Gateway East Artists Guild, and the Belleville Woodcarvers at Midwest Salute to the Arts. Demonstrations will be going on all day Saturday and Sunday. You’ll observe the art and craft process and be able to ask questions of wood carvers, potters, painters, illustrators, jewelry designers, felters, paper makers, weavers, and more. Stop by their tents during your visit to see it all being done by these talented artisans.
Gateway East Artist Guild
A non-profit organization of art enthusiasts, GEAG encourages self-expression through the visual arts, and fosters awareness, appreciation, and artistic development through educational programs throughout the St Louis Metro-East community. GEAG members are from a wide variety artistic backgrounds and skill levels from professional, nationally recognized artists, to those just starting out. Meetings are open to the public. Visit the GEAG website for additional information, www.geag.net.
Artisan Guild of Southern Illinois
The Artisan Guild of Southern Illinois is a non-profit organization formed to further the understanding of and appreciation for all arts and fine crafts with special emphasis in the arts and crafts of our heritage (fibers, fabrics, smithing, pottery, basketry, weaving, leathercraft, woodworking, homestead life, and more). The Guild accomplishes this through the conduct and support of workshops, classes, demonstrations, displays, meetings, lectures, and sales. Meetings are open to the public. Visit the Artisan Guild of Southern Illinois website for additional information, www.artisansil.org.
Belleville Woodcarvers, “Holtzschniztzers”
The Holtzschnitzers club celebrates its half-century anniversary of providing woodcarving training, inspiration, and creative expressions to the greater St Louis area. With a membership numbering 150 artisans, the Holtzschnitzers represent all varieties of wood carving methods. Meetings are open to the public. Visit the Holtzschnitzers website for additional information, www.holtzschnitzers.com.
Veterans Community Project (VCP) is a 501(c)(3) Missouri nonprofit corporation founded by Kansas City Veterans who were frustrated by rampant homelessness throughout the Veteran community. VCP is on a mission to eliminate Veteran homelessness by providing transitional-housing and enabling access to exceptional 360-degree service solutions. Through contributions and partnerships, VCP is creating communities of tiny-homes and onsite services to provide housing stability and address the underlying cause of the Veteran’s homelessness. This combination of housing stability and onsite services will lead to more successful permanent housing outcomes.
Veterans Villages are transitional housing communities with onsite wraparound social services. Homes range from 240 to 320 square feet and are built on concrete foundations that meet all local city code requirements. All homes connect to city sewer, water and electric services. VCP is determined to fulfill the unmet needs of homeless Veterans, a task accomplished only by the community for the community. VCP’s four pillars of service are: