Sunday, December 19, 2010
"We are currently constructing a space within Pig Slop devoted to exhibiting artwork: 48 linear feet of white wall space. The money will specifically go toward building materials (lumber, drywall, hardware), track lighting/clamp lighting, and materials to prepare the floors. This exhibition space will provide artists within the community an accessible venue for dispaying work. Any remaining money would go toward purchasing a PA for events that require amplification"
"Now that its winter and all the bees are huddled together, trying to keep from freezing, and there
is nothing I can do as apiary inspector until March, I am going to Brazil for 10 weeks to work with
Brazilian Honey Bees and Beekeepers! I leave on December 29th and wont come back until after
Carnaval, in mid March.
While I'm in Brazil, I'll be volunteering my assistance on two radical farms. First, I'll visit the MST
just outside of Teresina in Maranhao. The MST is a collective of rebel farmers who are reclaiming
deforested land. By organizing, they've been able to get the government to create “The Landless
Peasant Act”. This official recognition grants them the power to move onto ruined jungle lands and
be productive in raising a huge array of crops. I'll be working with a beekeeper who is extraordinary
because he keeps 4 different species of honey bees, and one species in particular makes a uniquely
delicious honey. The reason why this is extraordinary is because in Brazil, since an experiment with
breeding honey bees in the late 1950s went haywire, and 20 some odd very aggressive queens got
loose from a laboratory, all the honey bees now are “Africanized” - these are the killer bees that are
slowly moving their way up through our country, rumored to chase people and murder poodles. There
are many misconceptions about these aggressive bees from south of the border. One is that different
species of Africanized bees can't be maintained because they're too hard to control. This is a myth that I
will be able to speak about when I return in the spring. This experience will help me educate the public
about beekeeping through the many presentations I give as Apiary Inspector.
I have a good bee-suit, I have all the equipment I need. I have my plane tickets, my visa, my passport
– I'm totally ready to roll! But when I get there, I will have a very limited amount of spending money
for my 10 weeks. I want to pad my bank account a little better, because there will be busses to ride
and things to see down there that without some extra cash, I wont be able to afford to travel to. Also,
I started a raw food diet – which I'm really enjoying. I want to be able to buy some miso and tahini,
maybe some sea vegetables, and then do some fancy food making for my hosts and hostesses. If I get
this grant, it will make my trip a lot better by giving me a chance to get out and explore a little more."
$205 will go to each endeavor, thanks to all sloupers new and old.
The mushroom and barley was kick ass. Thanks Bridge Tap Room and Wine Bar!!
And squeezing together at Paperboat Studios was the best ever seriously. Thanks, Amy! She told us all to come visit any time. We should. We will.
Oh, and Rob, thanks for enchanting us with your new accordion while we did our thing. It's a beauty and so are you.
Next Sloup: January 30th from 2-4 pm at the Contemporary Art Museum, soup by Local Harvest.
Saturday, December 11, 2010
Bring your friends, and email us your proposal by midnight the night before Sloup. That's right. You can apply right up until the witching hour.
And don't miss Googolplexia's new accordion debut. The "violet menace" will be in the house.
Monday, November 22, 2010
Tuesday, November 2, 2010
Soup by Amanda Jerauld, Executive Chef, The Cherokee Peach.
Currently of kitchen staff at Eclipse Restaurant.
Monday, October 25, 2010
Wow! This Sloup was superfantastic!! Thank you Pig Slop Studios for hosting and thank you Mary and Araceli from Rue Lafayette for making the most delicious soup! Thank you everyone that attended/applied/contributed - Sloup couldn't do it without you! We made our largest grant yet: $380!
Sunday, October 24, 2010
Tuesday, October 5, 2010
And Rue Lafayette will be cooking up and donating a Cream of Mushroom & Leek Soup with white Truffle oil!
And we are now on the facebook and Twitter! Find us!
Monday, September 27, 2010
***"On October 30th and 31st, we will offer free Halloween pictures at our studio in Cherokee Street to anyone who comes. We will take pictures for everyone in front of a huge chalkboard background designed by local artist Ryan Frank, and print 4 x 6 pictures for free. Each picture is delivered in a photo folder that also acts as a frame. There will be lots of Halloween themed props and there will be candy. The event will last for about 7 hours each day. We estimate to be able to print at least 250 pictures each day. At 2 to 4 people per picture, we should be able to serve 500 to 1000 people in the two days of the event. We will have one photographer, one make up assistant, one person doing registration, one person printing and one person delivering the pictures. We also plan to provide some entertainment outside since people may have to wait for an hour or so. Later this year, we plan to have an art exhibit in one of the local galleries inviting everyone who came and got their picture taken on Halloween and Easter, as well as the general public. We will promote the event trough flyers in local stores (barber shops, Family Dollar, etc), radio advertisement (KDHX, 104.1, 104.7, 107.7) and press releases in the local and regional papers (STL Today, RFT, Globe Democrat, St Louis Beacon, etc). This is a community sponsored event. Novation Church, KDHX, Fort Gondo, JAD productions, Jackson Pianos, Cherokee Kuts, Foam and others have already committed to sponsor part of the event, and we are working in securing sponsorship from other individuals, groups and institutions in the neighborhood. We want the Halloween pictures to be an opportunity for businesses, individuals and groups on Cherokee Street to give back to the neighbors that make the street what it is. We also want this event to be an opportunity for people in the neighborhood to interact with the artistic community. This is why we are reaching to local sponsors and this is why it is very important for us to get a grant from Sloup. We want to make sure this is a gift from the different forces changing Cherokee Street, to the neighborhood we are changing."
Thanks to Alissa and Eric, our first house-sloup was all the cozy we had dreamed of and more. And thanks to all who came out and glowed under the trees of light at their 3210 Cherokee home, each project will receive a $150 grant!
NEXT SLOUP: October 24th
THINGS WE'LL NEED: a big pot of soup, your proposals, costume ideas
And hey check out the new Sloup Archive, where we've started caching every proposal ever submitted to Sloup as examples for future applicants and to simply be an all-out inspiring trove of artistic intention.
Saturday, September 25, 2010
PRE-GAME: 3317 Demenil Place. Make soup with us starting at noon. BYO beer snacks albums moxy.
PARADE-GAME: We walk the soup up Cherokee in a little red wagon.
GAME-GAME: 3210 Cherokee Street, Alissa and Eric's House, we do sloup for real. Bring a new pal.
Tuesday, September 14, 2010
At noon, at 3317 Demenil Place we will start the broth for our everybean soup and we'll also turn up the music and start drinking beer. Come help or just hang out! BYO drinks and records and snacks. Seriously. Come and be with us all day.
THEN! At 5:30, we'll put the pot in the wagon, yeah a little red one, and roll it down the street together to Compton and Cherokee and have Sloup proper. It will be as much a parade as we make it.
Alright. Now, APPLY.
Monday, August 30, 2010
If awarded a Sloup Grant, I would use the funds to purchase the supplies to build a small portable workshop bike trailer for Perennial, a new non-profit in St. Louis that serves as an educational and supply resource for creative reuse. While I will salvage most of the materials to build the trailer, I would use the Sloup Grant to purchase a new set of tools and supplies to travel in the workshop."
Thanks to everyone who came out last night, making this our largest grant yet: $350!!
Urban Studio Cafe: you're fantastic. Your outdoor tables are so inviting, your counter tops are so versatile, and your four walls held our soup talk brightly.
Newstead Tower Public House: thank you for your garlic, your tomato, your basil, for blending them sweetly into chilled perfection. We feasted all night!
Thank you Grace Woodard for telling us all about Urban Studio Cafe's amazing happenings and ambitions. We know many Sloupers were visiting Urban for the first time and plan to come back.
Next Sloup: September 26th!
Sunday, August 29, 2010
Thursday, August 26, 2010
-The soup will be donated by the Newstead Pub, courtesy of chef Anthony Devoti. It promises to be divine, and is yet to be revealed! Come find out with us.
-Sloup got some seriously flattering love this week. Gosh gosh gosh! Let's toast together.
-Lastly, we are waiting on your application. Please fill our inbox with a back to school rush of things you want to make and do. [Deadline: midnite saturday!] [Goal: so much goodness it's hard to vote!]
Fabulous. We'll see you there!
Monday, July 26, 2010
Jordan: "I worked with two photographers to create a set of 19 postcards about St. Louis' urban landscape - specifically, how it is impacted by the city's precipitous 59% drop in population from 1950 – 2000. There are cards about the urban wilderness on the former Pruitt-Igoe Public Housing complex site; the reuse of materials from demolished buildings; abandoned schools; urban agriculture, and more. I selected 19 sites, the photographers shot at the sites, and I wrote text for the back of each card. We printed a small run of cards. Instead of selling the cards in shops, we gave a few sets to friends, and left a few sets out in public places, to be picked up, discussed, and shared. I left sets of cards at the arch grounds, the downtown public library, and City Garden. With the Sloup Grant, I would print more sets of these cards (and $10 could print about 1 and 1/4 sets at Kinko's, the least expensive option) and leave them, free for the taking, in more public places. I would like to leave them at markets, parks, and institutional buildings (places with a lot of foot traffic), but I am open to / looking for more suggestions. Also (though I would still need to coordinate with the photographers) I would like to add a few cards to the set – maybe one about squatting, one about urban wildlife, one about brownfield reclamation, and one about that old core of a building on the north side that fireman use for training."
Adrian: "The St. Louis Artists’ Guild, in collaboration with ArtDimensions, the Indonesian Consulate General in Chicago and the Embassy of the Republic of Indonesia in Washington, D.C. are organizing a study abroad program sending St. Louis artists and community activists to Indonesia for a two-week period. While in Indonesia, the artists will be immersing themselves in the country’s rich culture to create work inspired by Indonesian art and design, culminating in an art exhibition in one of Jakarta’s top galleries. A group of artists planning on participating in the study abroad program are trying to raise money independently to finance the program’s artists’ journey. The fundraising committee would like to raise enough money to subsidize artists who would usually not be able to afford to travel abroad. Our goal is to have enough funds to pay for all the artists’ airfare, accommodations, local travel, and one meal a day. A Sloup grant alone would not cover all this, but every little bit helps! If the Indonesian Study Abroad Program Fundraising Committee were to win a Sloup grant, all of the money would go towards funding the artists who would like to participate in the program in Indonesia."
Lots of fabulous first-time Sloupers ventured out last night and were rewarded with the finest brightest corn soup we've ever met (thank you, Danny! it was genius!), enough relief from the summer heat to really enjoy it, the chance to make a button with Studio STL's rad new button maker (courtesy of Emma O'brien! Studio STL clearly has it going on, check out their website), and great conversation that mingled with the packing peanuts of BJ Vogt's volcanic sculpture named "We are better volcanoes than volcanoes," which we all orbited around until the sun fell.
Next Sloup: Urban Arts Cafe, August 29th
Apply. Be there. Peace.
Tuesday, July 20, 2010
St Louisan and fellow foodie Danny Aloush helped round out this month's menu with
a great summer soup recipe.
We're being hosted by Open Lot
Emma O'Brien from Studio STL will talk about the Sloup Grant they received and share some more awesome information about Studio STL
you'll be there, and that's the best part!
See you at Open Lot 1310 S. 18th St.
St. Louis, MO 63104 this Sunday at 6 p.m.
Sunday, June 20, 2010
will "continue recording, producing, releasing, and distributing fine artistic material in a wide range of media and disciplines, including (but certainly never limited to) music, film, video, photography, art, and beyond." All local, check it out.
$170! 95 degrees, thank you Sloup warriors. The kale was hot but light on the tongue.
Thank you to our neighbor The Stable for our primary distraction from the heat: Amalgamated Hefeweizen and Amalgamated Rye IPA and Amalgamated Rum... sooo delicious! Please thank them by taking some home or drinking some in house.
It was a beautiful night at Slow Rocket Urban Farm as the sun set on the second longest day of the year.... fireflies, territorial kittens, friendly chickens... and kale and kale and kale and kale and beets and turnips oh my.
Next Month's Sloup: Open Lot, 6 pm, July 25th. Let's sweat it out together.
Thursday, June 10, 2010
We're excited about going mobile--showing up places with a pile of bowls and some awesome applications from you artists out there.
See you at Slow Rocket Urban Farm, 1944 Cherokee Street, at 6 p.m. on the 2oth--after you call your dad.
Sunday, May 23, 2010
$240!! Thanks, everyone! See you next month?
And! Thank you Mangia Italiano for donating the most delicious fire roasted tomato soup we've ever tasted! It was sort of ridiculous. People were sputtering infomercials about it.
And! Amanda Goldblatt gifted us popsicles. Bomb Pops to be precise. Anyone who didn't eat 3 was a wuss.
And! We had the most proposals yet this month-plans for beautiful projects that should happen! Bring it on, brave ones.... apply frequently and wildly!
We're spinning with new ideas about Sloup going mobile and getting stronger, so please check back for another post soon. And send thoughts!
Sloup #5 will be at Slow Rocket Urban Farm on June 20th! Yeah, that's Father's Day! Bring your dad. We'll father your art project. Dads.
Friday, May 21, 2010
We are excited.
Are you excited?!
plus--Claire Wolff (our first Sloup grant recipient) comes back to talk about Urban Arts Cafe's merch-makin' magic and we brainstorm together about Sloup going mobile! Don't miss it!
oh oh and applications aren't due 'til tomorrow at midnight, pumpkins.
Monday, April 26, 2010
Thanks to an awesome friendly hungry crowd, the Sloup grant totalled $280 this month!
Special thanks to Heather Overby, who made the most amazing coconut curry a rainy night has ever beheld, and to Kimmy Wardenburg (with her mom, Mary!) for sharing her Fresh Bread project--this month's edible donations were especially beautiful, on top of tasty.
Next Sloup: May 23rd
Please email us your wildest project proposals--and ideas for soups and breads you'd like to give to Sloup!
Tuesday, April 20, 2010
Don't worry about who gets the kitty! Just put what you want to do out there. It'll feel way more possible after some soup and conversation.
Or consider the application an end unto itself, a statement of artistic desire. You've got a soup-eating audience.
And check it:
Kimmy Wardenburg prints promises on bread, and she's doing it live at Sloup! Then we eat it.
Sunday, March 28, 2010
The Sloup Grant totaled $210 thanks to everyone who came out and to The Mud House for donating this month's soup--a hearty chickpea minestrone!
Next Sloup: April 25th (it'll sneak up on us - send in your feedback and your proposals as you dream them!)
Sunday, March 21, 2010
Also, bring a bowl! Last month, our bowls were on loan, but it's time to put together a permanent collection for Sloup. Bring that bowl you don't ever use and give it a new purpose in life.
Friday, March 5, 2010
Monday, February 22, 2010
The Sloup Grant totaled $240 thanks to everyone who came and voted and ate soup! Success!
Sloup is a work in progress. What works? How could it work better? Please send feedback, ideas...and proposals!
Next Sloup: March 28th