St. Louis…an artist haven? This city has so many things to offer and I love it when young people stay here and invest to keep the city moving in a positive direction. The Luminary Center for the Arts was founded in St. Louis in 2007 by Brea and James McAnally, and was formerly renting a space. However, they recently purchased and renovated a building on Cherokee Street. Owning their own building will allow them the freedom to pursue lots of new endeavors without fear of relocation due to rising rents, etc.
This new space will have studios and space for exhibitions and concerts. It also has space to house artists in residence. They have already announced this year’s artists who are from Los Angeles, Kansas, and Romania among others. I had the pleasure of meeting Brea a couple of years ago when she was throwing The Luminary’s annual fundraiser. Over the course of a week I watched her turn a totally raw space with no a/c and no running water into a fantastic space filled with great art and great people, and then throw a beautiful fundraiser in it. I can’t even imagine what she and her fellow artists will do with a space they have complete control over.
The Grand Re-Opening for The Luminary’s new Cherokee Street location will be Saturday, May 17th from 8-11pm. It will be free and open to the public with a cash bar and art auctions. I can’t wait to get a glimpse of what they have created.
The Luminary Center for the Arts
2701 Cherokee Street
St. Louis, MO 63118