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The Sainte Genevieve Art Guild brings together artists and people who love art. 

The goal of the Guild is to promote creative expression, as well as maintain the history and legacy of the creative spirits who have lived and worked in this area before us.  

We welcome amateur and professional artists of all persuasions – fine artists, thespians, musicians, photographers, graphic artists, as well as those who consider themselves patrons of the arts.  As a well-established network for artists, the Sainte Genevieve Art Guild provides a close-knit environment where artists can learn, share ideas and test their talents.

In recent years, the Guild has partnered with community groups, such as the Ste. Genevieve Downtown Renewal Project (SGDRP), a Main Street affiliate, who shares our belief in the role art can play in revitalizing a community.   SGDRP is the proud sponsor of the 4th Friday Art Walk.

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d'imajj TO CELEBRATE 1ST ANNIVERSARY DURING STE. GENEVIEVE MAY 4TH FRIDAY

The artists' group d'imajj will be celebrating something special during Ste. Genevieve’s May Fourth Friday Art Walk...the first anniversary of the opening of the d'imajj gallery in the historic Jean Baptiste Valle House.

"We're very pleased to be marking this anniversary," d'imajj spokesman Jean Rissover says. "We had a successful first year and we're looking forward to the 12 months ahead. So we're celebrating during the May Fourth Friday with new art, live music, and some special surprises. We hope everyone will join us."

The gallery, located at the corner of Market and Main, is the result of a unique collaboration between the Bolduc House Museum and the six d'imajj artists (Donna Hart, Iris Vincent, Mary Peura, Anita Alsup, Jan Kraus, and Rissover; Rissover is a member of the Cape Visual Arts Cooperative; Vincent is a former member).

The Jean Baptiste Valle House was acquired by the Bolduc in 2013, thanks to a gift from Mary Pillsbury Wainright which made it possible for the Missouri Chapter of the National Society of the Colonial Dames to buy the house and grounds.

"The house is one of the most historic in the community," Rissover says. "A vertical log built in 1794 by the last commandant of Ste. Genevieve, it was a center of goverment and social life in the town. Its garden was the site of one of the few ceremonies marking the Louisiana Purhase. The garden itself is believed to be the oldest formal rose garden west of the Mississippi River. It's a wonderful addition to the Bolduc campus. But not a lot of people really knew much about it."

The reason? The house was a private home for over 200 years, so for over two centuries--except on a few occasions when it was included on ticketed house tours--the house wasn't a place the general public could visit. Even after the purchase by the Colonial Dames, furnishing the house and opening it as a staffed museum site wasn't really practical or affordable.

Rissover says she learned last year that the museum group was looking for a way to showcase the elegant structure and its grounds to the public, preferably without having to charge an admission fee.

"That was what prompted the idea of having our artists serve as volunteer docents in exchange for the opportunity to show our art," she says. "We are all retired so it works for us to take turns volunteering there. That really cuts down on staffing costs."

A few pieces of elegant furniture and the art on the walls make the house warm and welcoming...just as it was for most of its history. And the open spaces in the gallery make it practical to stage events there, including weddings, receptions, parties, meetings and conferences.

"We all enjoy meeting people and telling the story of the house, talking about the art, answering questions, and letting visitors know that the house and grounds are available to rent as an event venue," Rissover says.

One of the questions most often asked has to do with the group's name.

"They wonder if it's French, or is some technical art term," Rissover says. "Actually, it's just us...our first initials. D for Donna, I for Iris, M for Mary, A for Anita, J for Jan, and J for Jean. As for the apostrophe? Well, it does add a little French flavor. In a house with a history like this one's, it's rather what one would expect."