Saint Louis Visionary Awards is proud to recognize the 2018 visionary honorees: Lana Pepper (Major Contributor to the Arts); Asha Premachandra (Outstanding Teaching Artist); Allison Felter (Outstanding Arts Professional); Antionette Carroll (Community Impact Artist); Yvonne Osei (Emerging Artist); Cheeraz Gormon (Outstanding Working Artist).  The Saint Louis Visionary Awards is one of the most prestigious recognitions in the local arts community. Saint Louis Visionary Awards celebrates the numerous contributions and achievements of women who work in or support the arts in St. Louis.

“There are so many women in the region doing transformational work in the arts. We couldn’t be more impressed with the 2018 honorees said Sara Burke, Co-Chair of the Saint Louis Visionary Awards. “They truly deserve this recognition.”

The 2018 Saint Louis Visionary Awards Ceremony is scheduled for Monday, April 23, 2018 starting at 6:00 p.m. at the Sun Theater. Susan Sherman and Marcela Manjarrez-Hawn are the co-hosts for the evening.

For additional information about the Saint Louis Visionary Awards sponsorship opportunities and ticket information, visit  Individual tickets are available for $50.

About the Saint Louis Visionary Awards:

The Saint Louis Visionary Awards has been reimagined by an independent committee of women (many past Visionaries) to celebrate the numerous contributions and achievements of women who work in or support the arts in St. Louis.  The Saint Louis Visionary Awards is now a 501(c)(3) organization and has a committed board of directors who take great joy in honoring women working in the arts ranging from established arts professionals and arts educators to emerging artists and community impact artists.  The board of directors also offers angel fund tickets to members in our community who may not otherwise be able to attend the celebration.

Musings from an Opera Singer

Union Avenue Opera Hits all the Right Notes
by Anna M. Roach


Union Avenue Opera, the vision of Scott Schoonover, a young musician who wanted more opportunities for singers his age to perform substantive roles in major opera productions, debuted its first season in 1995. Twenty three seasons later, the company is thriving. More than 30 artists will make their Union Avenue Opera [UAO] debut during its 23rd Festival Season this summer.

Visual Arts

Spring 2017 exhibits at the Contemporary Art Museum include works by Katherine Bernhardt, Deana Lawson, Nicola Tyson and Louis Cameron plus a special exhibit in the Education Gallery “ArtReach: I Am.” The exhibits are on view through April 16, 2017. CAM is located at 3750 Washington Blvd., St Louis, MO 63108 and is open Wednesday, Saturday and Sundays 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. and Thursday and Friday through 8 p.m. Information: or (314) 535-4660.

The St. Louis Art Museum presents Textiles: Politics and Patriotism through March 5.Through May 7, Degas, Impressionism, and the Paris Millinery Trade features a collection of period hats and 60 paintings and pastels, including key works by Degas that have never been exhibited in the United States. March 30 through July 7, Learning to See brings together prints, drawings, and sculptures that explore intellectual and spiritual currents of European culture in the 15th-17th centuries. SLAM is located on Fine Arts Drive in Forest Park. For more information, visit

Featured exhibits at the Missouri History Museum include “Route 66: Main Street through St. Louis” (through July 16), and “Capturing the City: Photographs from the Streets of St Louis 1900-1930” (through March 12). The exhibits are free and the museum is located at 5700 Lindell Blvd in Forest Park. For more information call 314- 746-4599 or go to

Green With Indie Craft Show takes place on March 11, 1- am to 5 pm at Grant’s Gym on the Webster University campus. For more information, visit www. Music Winter Opera St Louis presents Bizet’s “Carmen” on March 3 at 7:30 and March 5 at 3:00 at the Skip Viragh Center on the Chaminade campus, 425 S. Lindbergh Blvd., St. Louis, MO 63131. For more information and tickets, 314-865- 0038 or

Cathedral Concerts present the last two events of their 24th season. On March 26 at 8:00 pm, The Tallis Scholars, leading performers of Renaissance sacred music, are in concert. On April 21 at 8:00 pm, the Organ & Brass Spectacular is performed. Concerts are at the Cathedral Basilica, 4431 Lindell Blvd., St Lois, 63108 To find out more information about the Cathedral Concerts go to

The Chamber Music Society St. Louis presents “All Beethoven, All the Time” on April 24-25, 7:30 P.M. in the Sheldon Ballroom and “Modern Classics” a program of Ravel, Stravinsky and Prokofiev May 1 in the \ Sheldon Concert Hall. Both venues are at 3648 Washington Ave, St. Louis, 63108. For tickets and more information, visit


Clayton Community Theatre presents Arthur Miller’s “A View from the Bridge” March 2 through 4 at 8 PM and March 5 at 2 PM. Performances are at the Washington University South Campus Theater at 6501 Clayton Road, St Louis, MO 63117. For information visit: http://www.; reservations, 314- 721-9228 and tickets http://ViewFromThe- Bridge

Max and Louie Productions present “Lady Day at the Emerson Bar & Grill,” a moving portrait of Billie Holiday’s struggles with addiction, racism, love and loss, Show stopping musical numbers are interlaced with salty, often humorous, reminiscences to project an unforgettable portrait of the lady and her music. Performances are through March 4, 2017 at the Kranzberg Arts Center, 501 North Grand Blvd. St Louis, MO 63103. For tickets and more information, visit

The Repertory Theatre of St Louis presents “To Kill a Mockingbird” through March 5, “The Royale,” March 8 through 26 and “Million Dollar Quartet” March 15 through April 9. The theater is located at 130 Edgar Road, Webster Groves, Missouri. For information visit http://

The Fontbonne University Fine Arts Department performs “The Trojan Women.” Set in a modern-day refugee camp, this adaptation of the classic Greek tragedy will explore patterns of human behavior that seem to inevitably lead to betrayal, murder, chaos and grief. Performances are March 9-12 at the Fontbonne University Fine Arts Theatre, 6800 Wydown Blvd., Clayton, MO 63105. For tickets, call 314.719.8060 or visit https://mustardseedtheatre.

The New Jewish Theatre presents “Never the Sinner” – March 16-April 2, 2017. The play is based on the Leopold and Loeb murder case of 1924. Performances are at the Wool Studio Theater, A&E Building, JCC Staenberg Family Complex, 2 Millstone Campus Dr, Creve Coeur, MO 63146. For tickets and more information, call 314-442-3283 or visit http://jccstl. com/arts-ideas/new-jewish-theatre

Mustard Seed Theatre presents “Dancing at Lughnasa.” Performances are April 13 through 30 at Fontbonne University Fine Arts Theatre, 6800 Wydown Blvd., Clayton, MO 63105. For tickets, call 314.719.8060 or visit https://mustardseedtheatre.thundertix. com/events/85549/performances

Kids and families

Laumeier Sculpture Park is accepting enrollments for spring and summer programs for children, teens and adults. Summer Art Camps for children ages 4-6 and 6-15 run early June through early August. Visit summer-art-camps for more information. Family programs (adult + child) are offered on Saturday March 25 and Saturday, April 22. In addition, youth, teen and adult workshops are offered beginning in March. Visit www.laumeier. org for more information. Laumeier Sculpture Park is located at 12580 Rott Road, Saint Louis, Missouri 63127.

Literature and Readings

The Observable Reading Series, brought to you by St. Louis Poetry Center, welcomes poets to Dressel’s Public House (419 N. Euclid, CWE) on Monday, March 6th, 2017 7:30 p.m. Poets featured are Elizabeth Arnold and Alison C. Rollins. For more information, visit http://



Live and Learn

On Thursday, March 2, ProgressWomen presents: “#GOV101: How You Can/Must Play a Vital Role with the Missouri State Legislature.” The program is at Clayton High School Theatre, #1 Mark Twain Circle in Clayton. Doors open at 6:30 pm; program begins at 7:00 pm. For information, visit; for tickets visit https://secure.actblue. com/contribute/page/gov101stlmar2.

The Missouri Department of Conservation presents an intensive workshop on native landscaping March 4, 8:00 am to 4:00 pm at the St. Louis Community College Meramec Campus, 11333 Big Bend Blvd. in Kirkwood The workshop will provide information and resources on ways homeowners can landscape their property with native plants. New this year will be a series of workshop breakout sessions that will explore topics in greater depth such as developing rainscaping features and gardening for wildlife. Registration is available online at 2017.html. For questions about the event, call (314) 599-7390. The workshop is sponsored jointly by MDC, Shaw Nature Reserve, St. Louis Audubon Society’s Bring Conservation Home Program, Metropolitan St. Louis Sewer District, St. Louis Community College, the St. Louis Chapter of Wild Ones, and Grow Native


The Celebrating Art for Senior Engagement Festival presents over 80 art-related projects and programs during the Festival, which runs April 20 – April 30, 2017. The local nonprofit Maturity and Its Muse, dedicated to improving the life of seniors through the arts, brings St. Louis 10 days of exhibits and art-related events to highlight how art improves the aging experience. This is the only area-wide festival dedicated to the St. Louis region's older adult population. From St. Louis Art Museum to area galleries, libraries, Laumeier Sculpture Park, Missouri Botanical Garden and more, arts events and programs can be found for people of all abilities.

The goal of Celebrating Art for Senior Engagement is twofold:

• To harness the power of the arts to energize and transform the quality of life for the region's older adults and

• To attract and help build audiences for the venues involved

Events are continuously being added, so visit www. to keep updated. About Maturity and Its Muse: The mission of Maturity and Its Muse, a 501 (c)(3) not-for-profit organization, is to promote positive, productive aging through the arts.