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Copper Roof Inspires Exclusive Prints for Airport Art Event

The historic copper roof of Terminal 1 at Lambert-St. Louis International Airport has been an architectural inspiration for nearly 60 years. Now its become an inspiration for art. In the process of replacing the original copper roof this year, the Airport has saved a few green patina copper tiles to share with St. Louis area print studios. Artists are using the copper to create exclusive prints for the 4th Annual Art of Travel fundraiser, benefitting the Lambert Art and Culture Program.

The Art of Travel, presented by Spire Natural Gas Fueling Solutions, will celebrate the growing arts scene at the Airport in Terminal 1s B Concourse from 6-8 p.m. on Oct. 2.  Tickets are $75 and available via www.flystl.com/artoftravel. The event raises funds to support the Airports acquisitions of permanent artwork and temporary exhibits.

The Lambert Art and Culture Program commissioned three presses, The Firecracker Press, Amanda Verbeck with Pele Prints, and Gina Alvarez with Yellow Bear to each transform one of the weathered, historic tiles into printmaking plates. Each press has developed its own imagery using the nostalgia and mystery of travel as its only prompt. The Firecracker Press, Pele Prints, and Yellow Bear have employed a variety of processes to alter the tiles, allowing the 60 years of weathering marks to be forever impressed into these pieces of fine art. From paper airplanes to woodcuts using wood salvaged from the 2011 Good Friday storms, the three presses are letting the copper inspire them to experiment and create innovative and exciting works of art. The evolution of each print is being documented in a blog, http://flystlprints.wordpress.com.  The prints will only be available at the Art of Travel event.

In addition to exclusive copper-inspired art, the event will feature a silent auction of additional prints by the three print studios and several art experience packages provided by the Foundry Art Centre, Painting with a Twist, The Preston Art Glass Studio, Craft Alliance and others.

The theme of this years Art of Travel celebration is the film-noir and fedora style 1940s.  Gourmet chefs from across the country will prepare signature cuisine throughout the night along with 40s inspired cocktails. Swing dancing demonstrations will entertain guests who are encouraged to dress up for the occasion.  The chefs appear courtesy of global restaurateur HMSHost, a world leader in travel dining. HMSHost operates a large number of dining venues at Lambert, and is part of Autogrill S.p.A. the worlds largest provider of food and beverage services for travelers.

More than two dozen other businesses and corporations are sponsoring the Art of Travel, which is helping to transform the Airport with local and international works, bringing a new sense of place for visitors and local residents alike.    The Lambert Art and Culture Program launched more than four years ago during The Airport Experience, the Terminal 1 renovation campaign that concluded this year.  Since 2011, 13 major works of art have been installed in terminals and concourses including nine art glass screens by local St. Louis area artists. The latest installation was in July with the relocation of the Gateway Foundations China China (Zhu Wei, 2003) in the Terminal 1 Ticketing Lobby. The program also supports temporary exhibitions in The Lambert Gallery in Terminal 1.  Past exhibitors have included Craft Alliance, Chess Hall of Fame, the Griot Museum, and the Foundry Art Centre.  The International Photography Hall of Fame is currently exhibiting A Heritage of Cameras through November.

The seven-member Airport Art Advisory Committee, appointed by St. Louis City Mayor Slay, works with the Airport to recommend and help select art installations and exhibitions. The committee is represented by David Allen, Susan Barrett, Laura Helling, Marilu Knode, Jill McGuire, Kiku Obata and Frieda L. Wheaton.

Those advisory members are also part of the Art of Travel Host Committee, chaired by Ken Page. Other committee members are Dwyer Brown, Sara Burke, Curtis Cassel, Cynthia L. Cosby, Sean Devereaux, Ollie Dowell, George and Dianne Garrison, Carrie Houke and David Carl Wilson, Richard Hrabko, Samuel Jenkins, John Kemppainen, Nancy and Ken Kranzberg, Benjamin Lipman, Meridith McKinley, Kathleen Ratcliffe, William and Julie Shearburn, Jack Stelzer, Andrew Trivers, Daniel White, and Donna Wilkinson. 

For more information on the Lambert Art and Culture Program, visit www.flystl.com/art

2014 Art of Travel Celebrates 1940s Style

Lambert Airport's 4th Annual Art of Travel gives you a ticket to the 1940s. For one evening, guests are encouraged to don their best fedoras and film-noir style to celebrate the post-prohibition decade of high style. Grab your friends for some free pics, too. 

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2014 Art of Travel Celebrates Art, Food and Dance

The Lambert Art and Culture Program presents the 4th Annual Art of Travel on Oct. 2, 2014. The celebration of arts is centered around art, food, drink and culture- 1940s swing dancing. 

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2014 Art of Travel: A Toast to the 1940s

The 2014 Art of Travel, benefiting the Lambert Art and Culture Program, makes a toast to the 1940s at its annual event on Oct. 2, 2014. Signature cocktails have been selected for the night to evoke a sense of the post-prohibition times. 

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Artists to Create Exclusive Prints Inspired by Copper Reclaimed from Historic Terminal

The 2014 Art of Travel benefiting the Lambert Art and Culture Program is working with three amazing art partners who will exhibit and have for sale exclusive prints that will use reclaimed copper (from Lambert's historic Terminal 1 roof) in the printmaking process or as an element in the final prints themselves.

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Art of Travel 2014 to Feature A Live Chef Experience and Gourmet Menu

The Art of Travel event benefiting the Lambert Art and Culture Program will feature gourmet chefs from across the country preparing signature cuisine on Oct. 2, 2014. 

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Trace History of Camera Design at New Exhibition by Photography Museum

The Art & Culture Program at Lambert-St. Louis International Airport is proud to welcome its newest exhibition by St. Louis-based International Photography Hall of Fame & Museum (IPHF).  "A Heritage of Cameras" is now on display in The Lambert Gallery in Terminal 1 through November 30. It features a collection of cameras from the 19th Century to present day.

Diverse names such as Kodak, Polaroid, Cohen, Pixie, Canon, Minolta and many other manufacturers are represented by a wide array of camera types: large format cameras, miniature cameras, every day street cameras and studio cameras. If your photographic memory needs a jolt, you can even spot a modern day smart phone in this collection, too, which has become the everyday camera of our times.

“In spite of the remarkable variety of camera designs, they all have three features in common: a light-tight chamber, a lens, and a sensitive recording area (film or image sensor),” said John Wm Nagel, Executive Director of IPHF. “The cameras in this exhibit are a sampling of the many directions camera design has taken.”

The exhibition offers a chance for photography enthusiasts to spot cameras they had during childhood, or ones they saw their grandparents use. The exhibition features cameras from a collection of 6,000 items in the IPHF collection. The display is curated across six displays: view cameras, stereo cameras, twin lens cameras, miniatures, folding cameras and box cameras.

The Lambert Gallery is located in Terminal 1 in Baggage Claim near the exit for Concourse C. “A Heritage of Cameras” was selected for display by the Airport Art Advisory Committee (AAAC) as part of a series of exhibitions in the Lambert Art and Culture Program. The exhibit is made possible by support from the St. Louis Regional Arts Commission. It’s also sponsored by Cheri K. Combs, Managing Partner, Deloitte. 

The International Photography Hall of Fame & Museum operates as a nexus for photographic activity in Grand Center and the St. Louis region. IPHF hosts photographic exhibits and competitions, displays its museum of cameras and provides workshops in all aspects of historical and contemporary photographic techniques. IPHF also presents guest speakers and panel discussions, hosts meetings of local photographic organizations, and offers its traveling exhibitions in venues across the country. Wider distribution channels include a quarterly newsletter, website, and podcasts. www.iphf.org

New Exhibit at Lambert Highlights Airport’s Rich History in Aviation

A new exhibit at Lambert- St. Louis International Airport may bring back memories for some travelers and serve as a history lesson for others.  The new exhibit, sponsored by The Greater St. Louis Air and Space Museum, gives passengers a glimpse of historical artifacts from Ozark Airlines, Trans World Airlines and flight instruments from the days of Lambert Field.  This abbreviated history lesson lasts as long as it takes visitors to walk by the display cases.   But many visitors can’t resist stopping to read the information about the well preserved treasures. 

The exhibit showcases important memorabilia including the uniforms and travel bags of former stewardesses and pilots from Trans World Airlines and Ozark Airlines.  Travelers will also see samples of old airline tickets from most of Lambert Airport’s current carriers.  The display cases are filled with unique items reminiscent of the early days of aviation including a TWA customer blanket, a key chain and matches from the elite TWA Ambassadors Club. The exhibit is not without military presence with an actual ejection seat from a fighter jet.  A poster of Teddy Roosevelt in an open biplane in 1910 at Kinloch Field is further proof of St. Louis’ place in aviation history. The airport’s name changed several times from Kinloch Field to Lambert Field to its current name, Lambert- St. Louis International Airport. 

Passengers wishing to learn more can visit the Greater St. Louis Air and Space Museum for additional aviation history.  The museum is located at the downtown St. Louis Airport in Cahokia, Illinois. 

The Greater St. Louis Air and Space Museum is operated by volunteers and is only open on the weekends, Saturdays and Sundays, from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m.

Summer Shows Signs of Rebound in Lambert Passenger Activity

Lambert-St. Louis International Airport is starting to see a rebound of passenger activity levels with the peak summer travel season which attributed to a more positive enplanement trend for the second quarter of 2014.

 

With the most recent statistics for June 2014, the number of commercial enplaned passengers was down .05 percent with 589,071 passengers boarding flights versus 592,192 in June of 2013.  It was the busiest month of the year so far for Lambert. The total number of departing and arriving passengers for June was 1,175, 898 versus 1,184,461 in June 2013, down 0.7 percent.  For the first six months of 2014, Lambert is down 3.7 percent in total passengers.  

 

In the first quarter, total traffic of 2.7 million passengers was down 4.4 percent, year over year, primarily attributed to winter weather cancellations. The second quarter, total traffic of 3.3 million passengers was down 3.1 percent, year over year.

 

In June, several carriers added new flights including new service from St. Louis to Portland, OR and Trenton, NJ as well as more flights to San Francisco and Washington National.

 

Through the second quarter, Southwest Airlines continues to hold the biggest market share with 50 percent of passengers served at Lambert. American holds a 15 percent market share while Delta serves nearly 14 percent of Lambert passengers.

Art, Sculpture Highlight New Lounge in Lambert’s Terminal 1

Lambert- St. Louis International Airport has transformed a vacant airline ticket counter area into a high profile lounge that includes new art, a live green wall, a water feature and a new view out of the terminal’s historic arched windows.

The Terminal 1 Ticketing Lounge is one of the final projects in Lambert’s extensive renovation campaign, the Airport Experience Program. The lounge space, with red leather seating, offers a respite for travelers who are going through the check-in process.

One of the new focal points for the lounge is the addition of “China China,” a 6-ft tall bronze sculpture featuring two ancient Chinese figures. The sculpture, installed earlier this month, is on loan from The Gateway Foundation of St. Louis. 

Two temporary art cases in the lounge exhibit rotating exhibits. The first works on display are from local artists Sam Stang and Michael Bauermeister. Stang, founder of Augusta Glass Studio, is exhibiting several Murrini bottles and a plate that use European glass blowing techniques. Bauermeister, who is nationally known for his wood works, is displaying a sample of his signature pieces including bowls and vessels.

The lounge has two book-end walls that also offer inspiration to travelers and visitors. A live green wall, featuring several species of plants anchors one side; the other features a cascading water wall that amplifies a LED light show. To the south, the removal of ticket counters opens up the 30-ft. high vaulted windows with a view of the entrance roadway to the terminal and a new courtyard that features teak benches and a series of planters with native Missouri birch trees.  The Airport is considering adding additional art sculptures in the courtyard to complete the exterior space.

The $70 million Airport Experience began in 2008 and resulted in the Airport’s largest interior makeover in its history, with renovations to Terminal 1 and Concourses A & C. The architect for the renovations is exp., which has offices in St. Louis. The project manager is Kwame Building Group. Projects included new or improved restrooms, an expanded Checkpoint C, terrazzo flooring in Terminal 1, new lighting, new signage and new art installations. The final Airport Experience project is the installation of a new copper roof on Terminal, 1 which is scheduled to be completed at the end of the year.

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