The Gallery @ Siba is excited to announce featured artwork
by St. Louis native, Rani Bondhus. The painter’s abstract oil on canvas pieces
are at times playful and other times more cerebral. For inspiration Bondhus
says, “I like to find something beautiful in every crappy thing in life.”
Paintings, like “Free” (pictured below) seem to indicate her purpose, “…When I
make paintings, I can believe I’m accomplishing something good. Art heals!”
Bondhus says her love of painting started when she was 4
years old, and rather than oil paints, chocolate pudding was the medium she
worked with. Her favorite artists are those who demand they get to create what
they want. In particular, she admires Van Gogh, Matisse, Samantha French, and
her friend, Mandy Halford.
Of her own pieces, her favorites are “Running from Sweat,”
and “Thanks for Not discussing the Outside World.” The latter was inspired by a
sign outside the nursing home where Homer’s dad lives in The Simpsons.
To meet Rani and check out some of her other pieces, join us
for a reception on Friday, May 19th from 5:30 pm-8:00 pm. Rani’s art
will also be on display in the Gallery @ Siba through mid-June.
Help deserving Siba students and have a little Cinco de Mayo fun while you're at it.
Who: Join the Siba Scholarship Fund, a 501(c)(3) charitable organization, for it's annual fundraising event to benefit Siba students.
What: 10 rounds of Cinco de Mayo themed Bingo with prizes valued at $100 per game.
Where: IBEW Local One Hall, 5850 Elizabeth Ave., St. Louis, MO 63110
When: Friday, May 5th, 2017. Doors open at 6pm.
Tickets: Advance tickets will receive 9 cards per round and a dauber. Tickets at the door will receive 6 cards per round and a dauber. VIP Reserved table for 8 players includes: 9 cards per player per round and one dauber per player.
Thanks Karlie! Volunteers Score Chance to Work New York Fashion Week
Posted April 20th, 2017
A supermodel, a high-profile fashion show, and an amazing effort
by Siba student volunteers – just another day in the life of our Retail
Management/Fashion Merchandising students. Supermodel and former St. Louisan Karlie
Kloss recently debuted
her clothing line for Express on March 30 at the Pageant and several Siba
students worked behind the scenes to help produce the show. Among the
volunteers was senior, Breonna Williams, pictured below with Karlie.
Breonna interned as a wardrobe stylist for the runway,
getting to work one-on-one with celebrity stylist Karla Welch (pictured below),
who has dressed Justin Bieber and Olivia Wilde. Breonna and her fellow
volunteers also worked closely with organizers from Navia Vision, the New York-based
company responsible for putting on the show. Siba student volunteers assisted
with shopping for accessories to be worn by the models, styling, and backstage
production the evening of the show.
Karla Welch and Navia
Vision were so impressed with Siba volunteers that they have been offered
an opportunity to intern under Karla Welch this summer and participate in New
York Fashion Week!!
Breonna credits her confidence and performance at the
Express show to the experience she’s gained at previous events. “Every fashion
show or event that Siba gets invited to, I volunteer or intern the event. Building
a fashion show is hard work.” And the Karlie for Express show was no different,
“I learned so much with the [Navia
Vision] production team.”
While Breonna already works in the fashion industry as an
Assistant Manager in retail, she aspires to one day be a celebrity stylist,
“…because I love to see the look on people’s faces when you help them pick out
an outfit that makes them feel good inside.” We can’t wait to see Breonna reach
her next goal, because if her record so far is any indication, she’s clearly destined
for great things. A round of applause for Breonna and all of our volunteers for once again representing Siba so well in