Margaret von Kaenel hosted the International group Salon Forever at Salon Saint Louis in Clayton, Mo at the end of April, 2021.
Despite the pandemic, the event was still held but on a much smaller scale. Salon Saint Louis was more American in on-site participation than Salons held in the past due to the Covid pandemic that hit the world in 2020. 2020 Salon Shanghai cancelled, and Salon Saint Louis almost cancelled. The fact that all overseas participants could not travel to the venue was disheartening. However, many overseas participants sent exhibition panels so there was a total of 51 panels that exhibited. The venue – St. Louis Artist’s Guild – provided tech support genius – Zachary Petot – who set up and monitored all Zoom and electronic capabilities. Those overseas participants could attend the Master Class painting series in real time through Zoom or watch at a better time for them on Face Book at Salon Saint Louis 2021. Also, every day, Margaret utilized Facebook Live to walk the show and highlight the exhibition panels and the painting activity of the attending artists and special events.
The attending group of artists completed their demonstration panels as well as two large community murals that were donated to Doorways and the Finishing Trades Institute – Midwest Region.
Salon Forever is recognized as the most significant gathering of decorative painters in the world. It is an exciting and unique exhibition of masters from across the globe who exhibit and demonstrate their work, discuss techniques and products in the field of the decorative arts. The Salon is a non-profit organization, which began in 1992 in Belgium, reconvened in 1996 in France and has been coming together in growing numbers every year since.
Participants of Salon include Decorative Artists – owners of Art schools, art supply businesses, independent and commercial painting companies, restorers and artists. Salon is a way for some of the most unique traditions within the field of decorative painting to be shared amongst one another and ultimately passed down to participants, students and future generations. This opportunity enhances and extends the level of communication between serious and committed artisans, master-craftsmen, and painters.
Hosting cities/countries include:Bruges Belgium; Arhus Denmark; London England; Chamonix, Paris, Quimiac and Versailles, France; Hamburg, Germany; Bergamo and Lecce Italy; Tokyo Japan; Utrecht (2) and Leeuwarden Netherlands; Oslo Norway; St. Petersburg Russia; Norrkoping Sweden. USA cities include: Alexandria VA, San Antonio TX, Philadelphia PA, Chicago IL, Atlanta GA, Seattle WA, New York NY, and St. Louis, MO.
Salon Saint Louis 2021 Host: Margaret von Kaenel.
The following photos are only a very small portion of the event. To view the event on a walk around….go to Face Book and visit the Salon Saint Louis 2021 page.
Missouri was proud to be the host city for 2021!