Raising the Roof

By on May 23, 2019

From Ladue News:  In an extraordinarily intriguing fashion, area artists Pat and Carol Schuchard have lately been exploring the interrelations between their métier and architecture through a trio of high-profile event spaces.

Those three spaces constitute distinct marvels of modernity: Maplewood’s glitzy Majorette, St. Louis’ Louis C. Spiering-designed Boo Cat Club and, perhaps most prominently, Das Bevo – the latest incarnation of the Busch dynasty’s beloved Bevo Mill on the South Side.

Over time, the Schuchards have accrued artistic gravitas both nationally and internationally. As a studio artist here for more than three decades, Carol Schuchard has exhibited in domestic and foreign galleries and museums alike. So, too, has her husband, who has earned particular acclaim for his portraiture. Prior to his 2007 retirement as a professor of painting in the Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts at Washington University in St. Louis, Pat Schuchard also served there as Des Lee Endowed Chair for Community Collaboration.

“My father knew carpentry and built things – I studied art and did rudimentary carpentry, building frames for paintings and such in my studio,” Pat Schuchard says, before enumerating various works crafted over time. “These architectural projects, as well as studio paintings, sculpture, portrait paintings and more, were coming out of the same studio. I think it’s all art with an always-expanding palette.”

Carol Schuchard wryly echoes her husband in contemplating what led the two of them to contemplate turning to event spaces after such lengthy careers in fine art. “It’s seemingly counterintuitive that 30 years of solitary studio work and exhibits could seamlessly move toward development of historic buildings,” she says. “Both of these artistic activities demand one’s personal attraction to beauty.

“Renovation and revival of large, unloved buildings with hope for creative renewal is a more public statement of artful endeavor. When asked if I’m ‘still making art’? Yes!”

Carol Schuchard says her prior experience with similar projects was confined to renovations of old homes, before continuing, “But I always had a fascination and love for St. Louis’ rich stock of neglected and beautiful architecture.”

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