Friday, March 7, 2014

Barb Wired

Barb Flunker was indeed wired for her opening at the architecture and design firm in the Grove neighborhood on Manchester Road in St. Louis on March 7, 2014. She greets everyone as they enter. She helps create excitement around her work on display. She is brave, expressionistic, contemporary and unafraid of talking about her process that includes found and re-purposed materials such as fabric, chicken wire, wire window screens and paint. “I love to recycle materials but that isn’t what I’m about. I’m not saying my work is about recycling…”

SPACE is in the business of architecture and design. Their story is chronicled in a blog series that illustrates in dramatic fashion the old fashioned ideal called stick-to-it-ive-ness. As it happens, Tom Niemeier the writer of that blog is a friend of mine and the founder of that firm. And so it goes with artists like my friend Barb Flunker. She is creating art over a period of time and at this very point in time she is showing at Space.

So it goes in St. Louis, when you have lived here long enough, your worlds collide. Tom is happy to have the traffic in his Space. Barb is happy to be showing in this Space. It is a win-win when Barb’s fans show up and are buying. Red Dots are telling the guests that the work is selling – at least six works sold in the first hour. Her friends include the docent volunteers at the Laumeier Sculpture Park where she is a charter member.

There is wine and a spirit in the space that is Space. Artists, art fans, friends of Barb and Ray Flunker, young architects, designers and people out on a Friday night in St. Louis. It is a moment in time. This is when you see that being an artist today is as much about today as it is about what you are doing now as it is about what is next. You look and you see that Barb sees things in unique and wonderful ways. Go to this space called Space because Barb will be moving on this Spring to whatever is next.

About SPACE Architecture + Design Studio…
An AIA award-winning design-build firm in St. Louis, Missouri, SPACE was launched in 2005 by St. Louis native Tom Niemeier (Tom is first on left in group shot above). SPACE’s collaborative team of talented architects and interior designers give clients inspiring commercial office, retail, schools, medical facilities, restaurants and churches to enhance the most important moments of life. As proud residents of St. Louis’ up-and-coming Grove neighborhood, SPACE participates in Public Architecture’s 1% Program, in which the firm donates 1% of its hours back to local nonprofits each year. SPACE’s community participation was recognized by St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay, who awarded them the Spirit of St. Louis Award in 2010. For more information, visit, get up to the minute news on their blog at, or follow along on Twitter at @spacearchitects.


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