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Cut & Paste: For Kat Reynolds, photography is about creating trust and being ‘super-present’
Photographer Kat Reynolds is having a moment. In the past few months, Reynolds has exhibited at five St. Louis venues. She was named this year’s Emerging Artist by the local Visionary Awards, a prize she’ll accept April 24 at the Sun Theater in Grand Center. She’s also wrapping up a residency program at Paul Artspace, north of Florissant. Her work primarily features young people of color, friends, people she encounters on the street, or people she finds through social media. Reynolds works all these activities around a full-time customer relations job. In our latest Cut & Paste podcast , we catch up with this busy artist, who strives to genuinely connect with her subjects.
Cut & Paste: St. Louis' LGBTQ film festival marks 10 years of history and 'magic'
When St. Louis' QFest of films officially launched, people in the LGBTQ community were barred from institutions ranging from the military service to marriage. A decade later, LGBTQ citizens can both serve and marry. The 10th annual festival, which opens March 29, includes a dozen films that reflect a restricted past and progressive present.
Cut & Paste: Artists to St. Louis’ next mayor: Show us the money and the love
When St. Louis’ next mayor takes office, local artists will be waiting. They’ve got a list of things they want the mayor — likely Lyda Krewson — to do in support of the arts. They presented their ideas to mayoral candidates in a recent forum presented by Citizen Artist St. Louis. Their goals include a living wage, more artists at the table when economic development plans are decided and recognition of artists’ economic contributions. In our latest Cut & Paste arts and culture podcast, we talk with local artists about their expectations as voters and constituents, as well as creative professionals. Here’s some of what you’ll hear in the podcast: Artist MK Stallings, on the city’s priorities: “The city of St. Louis does a great job of getting behind its sports franchises and things of that nature but I don’t really see the city of St. Louis doing much to support the arts. Artist/activist De Nichols, about the impact of the arts: “The arts generate so much economic opportunity within
Cut & Paste: From coming out to staying safe, Charis has sung about tough issues since 1993
In the early 1990s, same-sex relations were illegal , the military’s “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy helped keep closet doors sealed shut, and marriage equality for same-sex couples was unthinkable. In that environment, a group of St. Louis lesbian singers wondered: "Where can we find a safe and comfortable place to enjoy making music?" They created Charis, a women’s chorus that’s still lifting its voice — and audiences' spirits — nearly 25 years later. In our latest Cut & Paste podcast, we talk with older and more recent members of the group about keeping pace with the history of the LGBT community. Here’s some of what you’ll hear in the podcast: Sharon Spurlock on her 23 years with the group: “For me, Charis became my longest-term relationship.” Claire Minnis, upon hearing about an artistic director opening at Charis, “That’s everything I ever dreamed of and never knew I could have.” Katie Benoit on being one of the first transgender women in the chorus: “One of the board members
Cut & Paste: Activist Elizabeth Vega is outspoken about Art House and her house arrest
St. Louis artist and activist Elizabeth Vega spends a lot of time in her home. It’s a place in north St. Louis known as Art House, that she bought in 2015. There, she provides space for sign-making and other activities related to protest actions. She also works with local children to create kites, collages and other art to help them process their feelings. Recently, she spent five days and nights at Art House without leaving. An ankle monitoring device kept her tethered to her home. In our latest Cut & Paste podcast , we talk with Vega about the assault charge and conviction that led to her house-arrest and probation sentence, and why working with children is an important part of her activism. Here’s a little of what you’ll hear in the podcast: Vega, on wearing an ankle monitor: “There would be times that I would like get ready to walk out the door and realize that, 'Oh, wait, I’m under house arrest.'” About how her talents lie more in the writing realm rather than the visual arts