Aug 4
Friday, August 4, 2023 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm The Gallery
17081 N Outer 40 Road
Suite 210
St. Louis, MO 63005


Art + Action

Join us for the Opening Reception and unveiling of a new portrait for the traveling exhibition of Americans Who Tell the Truth at The Gallery STL, next to The Factory and Arch Nemesis Brewing, on August 4 from 6-9pm. The Opening Reception will include the unveiling of a new portrait for the collection celebrating a noted environmentalist in our region, Debbie Njai.

Debbie is the founder of Black People Who Hike, and their mission is to empower, educate, and reengage black people to the outdoors through wellness campaigns, health advocacy, and community based activities including hiking, camping, kayaking, rock climbing, and yoga.

There will also be 10 other portraits of environmental change makers from throughout the country from the collection as well as environmentally themed pieces from local artists, including Loutopia by Jayvon Solomon.

The evening will include food from Seed, Sprout, Spoon, beverages from Urban Chestnut, and remarks from Debbie Njai and the artist, Robert Shetterly. It will be free to attend, but we do ask for you to register. We will also be accepting donations to help cover the costs of the exhibition.

Using art as a vehicle for both inspiration and education provides a unique opportunity to engage new people in causes they were previously unaware of. Combining art with environmental issues gives people a new perspective on how they can incorporate environmental values in their everyday lives and how environmental issues affect all of us, regardless of income, race, or geography.

Americans Who Tell The Truth is a traveling art exhibition and community engagement opportunity that displays portraits of change makers who are focused on improving communities throughout the U.S. The artist, Robert Shetterly, has been painting portraits of these Americans for 20 years.

Art inspires us, amuses us, and challenges us in many ways, and this exhibition will use the power of art to engage more people in environmental issues in our state.

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