Sandra Payne: A World of Shine


On my birthday, I visited an art gallery in St. Louis called Barrett Barrera Projects. Sandra Payne was the featured artist and I read that her exhibit was closing on October 22, 2022. I would have missed this exhibit but I happened to notice a link from Hyperallergic. Hyperallergic is an online arts magazine, based in Brooklyn, New York.  Here is a link to the article on Sandra Payne on Hyperallergic.  She studied art in New York in the 70s, and later worked as a librarian. To think that Covid kept her from experiencing her first exhibit is such a tragedy.

Sandra Payne was talented in collecting and arranging various items such as vintage perfume bottles. She created collages by cutting out photos of various jewelry and these photos were used for wallpaper at the exhibit. She also made silhouette portraits.

Here are a few of the photos I took with permission from the gallery.

vintage perfume bottles
silhouette portraits
Four collages

Her art did lead to meaningful conversations. I received the newsletter from Barrett Barrera in my email today.

From the newletter: “The process of deinstalling the most recent exhibition of artwork by late St. Louis artist Sandra Payne at projects+gallery–A World of Shine–was particularly poignant after all of the wonderful conversations and connections it sparked, shining a light on a very deserving artist who is just now getting her due decades later. Our enthusiasm for Payne’s artistic legacy will continue and we sincerely thank everyone who has shown support for her work and for the exhibition.”

I will be back to visit this lovely local art gallery again. Barrett Barrera Projects is located at 4733 McPherson Avenue, St. Louis, Missouri. Here is a link to the gallery website and a link to Sandra Payne A World of Shine.

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