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Robert Powell: community leader, founder and executive director of Portfolio Gallery & Education Center, St. Louis–“Maybe easy isn’t what’s important.”

You read about the current Portfolio Gallery show "Visual Language" earlier on Riehlife. Today you'll meet the man who founded Portfolio Gallery and Education Center 18 years ago in 1989: Robert Powell. I first met Robert Powell at the Urban League's Black Fine Art show. I walked into his booth and felt swept-up in his […]

Portfolio Gallery Shows “Visual Thoughts” through October 31st

Visual Thoughts Portfolio Gallery 3514 Delmar Blvd Grand Center, Arts, Entertainment & Education District St. Louis, Missouri 63103 Through October 31st Monday through Friday 5:00 PM to 9:00 PM & by appointment 314-533-3323 Robert Powell, Executive Director of Portfolio Gallery & Educational Center, alerted me today to a current group exhibit at the gallery […]

Lonnie Powell: Masterful drawings at Portfolio, STL

Click here for Lonnie Powell's bio and more details about his Porfolio exhibit. I just came back from viewing Lonnie Powell's show at the Porfolio Gallery and Education Center in St. Louis. Powell works in a variety of styles and media in his show "Still All Over the Place" that will be up through January […]

Bonnye Brown’s Padded Paintings at Porfolio Gallery

Bonnye Brown has developed an innovative use of padding in her paintings that fascinated me and gives them dimension. She has an affinity for the world of women as a subject for her art. Riehlife: Bonnye, tell us about your show at Portfolio Gallery. Bonnye Brown: I have about seven pieces of artwork in the […]

Riehlife Conversation with Photographer Robert Hale: Beauty, humanity, and craft

“Seven Days in Haiti,” film-in-the-making by Phillip Johnson

WHAT: Meet and Greet St. Louis writer and filmmaker Phillip Johnson WHERE: Portfolio Gallery & Education Center 3514 Delmar St. Louis, MO Telephone: (314) 814-0141 WHEN: Friday, Nov.12th, 5:30 -7:00 p.m. TOPIC: Phillip's upcoming trip to Haiti to begin production of his film "Seven Days in Haiti". The film will look at the upcoming Presidential […]

St. Louis Art Museum Groundbreaking Ceremony

Today marked the groundbreaking for the expansion of the St. Louis Art Museum. Among other friends I bumped into Robert Powell (executive director of the Portfolio Gallery and Education Center), and Freida Wheaton (woman of the arts and owner of Salon 53). Every time I meet her Freida has joined another board. In a chock-a-block […]

Riehlife’s St. Louis Black Fine Artist Feature Series Continues

This conversation with Joseph LaMarque is the seventh in my series of profiles on African-American fine artists and leaders of cultural organizations in St. Louis which now include (in alphabetical order): Rene Dimanche Jr., Ron Himes, Joseph La Marque, Edna J. Patterson Petty, Robert Powell, Freida L. Wheaton, and Rochleigh Z. Wholfe. You can go […]

Missouri History Museum evening “Journey of African-American Cultural Institutions: Where do we go from here?” generates thirst for continued Kgotla gatherings to pull together and package African-American Cultural Institutions to attract Heritage Tourism Dollars to St. Louis

During my years of community development in Gabane, Botswana (just outside of Gaborone, home of the fictional Precious Ramotswe) working to set up and stabilize Tswaragano Craft Center there, I sat in many a Kgotla meeting or community and tribal council (see Wikipedia note at end of post). Last week in the cave of the […]

Women & Wardrobe: The Riehl Collection (20 images still available)

20 images still available! Contact Janet to reserve your image  or attend the Gallery Talk at Portfolio (3514 Delmar) on August 21, 2014 at 10:30 a.m.