The organizers of the Art Fair at Queeny Park have just announced a special kick-off of the Labor Day weekend show this Friday evening, Aug. 29.

For the first time ever, the Greater St. Louis Artist Association (GSLAA), will honor six of the top regional artists for their body of work, their commitment to the arts and for what they have done to promote and raise the stature of working artists in the region.

Artist Gary Lucy of Washington and Bryan Haynes of St. Albans are among the six to be honored.

The award is given in recognition of exemplary leadership in the art community of the region and appreciation of exceptional personal integrity and professional creativity.

“Our honorees are recognized far and wide as leading living artists,” said Steve Gryzb, GSLAA president.

“It is more amazing to us that they have not been honored in this way before,” Gryzb said. “We are so proud to bring them together and to give the public the rare opportunity to interact with them as well.”

The celebration of these artists will begin at 6:30 pm. with a presentation of the awards and continues at 7 p.m. with a meet-and-greet for the public during which time the artists will sign copies of their books or prints.

The public also is invited to attend the awards presentation. Doors open Friday night at 6 p.m. and the show closes at 9 p.m.

In addition to Lucy and Haynes, the award recipients include Billyo O’Donnell, plein-air artist; Jim Trotter photographer; Harry Weber, sculptor; and Don Wiegand, sculptor.

Gary Lucy

Growing up in the Missouri bootheel, Lucy started college at Southeast Missouri State University in 1967. After graduation, he briefly taught elementary art in the Washington School District.

Once he pursued his career as professional artist, his work appeared in murals, on canvas and even on the state of Missouri’s phonebook.

Lucy has focused more on the river and wildlife along with historical scenes for special occasions around the state of Missouri. He continues to paint on the river in his 35-foot houseboat called the River Rover.

Bryan Haynes

The commercial work of St. Louis native Bryan Haynes has graced the pages of national magazines, international advertising campaigns, CD covers, posters, and book covers from Agatha Christie to the cover of “Scarlett,” the sequel of “Gone With the Wind.”

Since graduating from the Art Center College of Design in 1983, his artwork has been represented by Bernstein & Andriulli in New York, Ron Sweet in San Francisco, and Foster Represents in St. Louis.

Some of his many patrons include Disney, Estee Lauder, Warner Bros., Toblerone – Switzerland, Universal Studios, IBM, Nike, Sony Music Corp. and Anheuser-Busch.

His awards include The Society of Illustrators-New York awards, Print Magazine Awards, Communication Arts Awards, and Graphis-Switzerland. Gallery representation includes American Legacy Gallery, Kansas City; Augusta Wood Ltd., Augusta; Kodner Gallery of Ladue; Soho Arts South of Palm Beach, Fla.

The Labor Day Art Fair at Queeny Park runs Aug. 29-31 at Greensfelder Recreation Complex in Queeny Park, 550 Weidman Road, Ballwin.

More than 130 juried artists will be featured. Artwork will include ceramics, drawing, painting, photography, printmaking, digital art, mixed media, fiber for the walls, jewelry, fiber to wear, sculpture, wood and other decorative décor.

The show hours are 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday.

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