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STLCC Artists Featured in Urban Wanders Exhibit

“Heart and Soul 1” by Michelle Streiff

Five artists from St. Louis Community College-Wildwood are among 80 featured in Stray Rescue of St. Louis’ “Urban Wanders” exhibit.

The artists include students Michelle Streiff, Vicky Hefty, Mary Osborne and Tracy Synder, as well as art instructor Mark Oakely.

The mixed media art exhibit runs through July 23 at the Saint Louis University Museum of Art, 3663 Lindell Blvd.

In addition to featuring works of art created by artists, the exhibit also includes pieces created by rescued companion animals.

Each piece of art in the exhibit is inspired by the story of an animal saved by Stray Rescue. The exhibit also includes a special tribute created by Streiff that honors the dogs that were lost and saved during the shelter’s distemper outbreak last year.

“Heart and Soul 2” by Michelle Streiff

Streiff, who is an active volunteer at Stray Rescue and a member of STLCC-Wildwood’s Fine Arts Club, said she was honored to create the tribute.

“In interviewing staff and volunteers for this piece, I found that everyone had a loss that almost broke them, as well as a survivor that inspired them and made it all worthwhile,” she said. “While it was a heartbreaking situation and one that was difficult for me to paint, I hope my piece makes a difference for those who view it.”

All artwork featured in the exhibit is available for purchase via Blacktie-America’s online auction.
Proceeds raised from the sale of each piece support Stray Rescue in its efforts to care for abandoned, abused and neglected animals.