Artist: Gary Gackstatter

About the artist: Gary Gackstatter is an active artist, composer, conductor, clinician, performer and teacher, teaching at STLCC Meramec as Coordinator of Music and conductor of the Symphonic Band and Meramec Orchestra since 2007. He holds a BME from Southwestern Oklahoma State and a MMP/Conducting Certificate from Wichita State University. A two-time Kansas Governor's Arts Award recipient, he is directly responsible for many art events including symphonic debus, band/orchestra festivals, internationally known guest artists and projects combining multiple art forms. His vision to combine the various arts genres in performances has gained national attention.

His latest venture, Pen and Ink, is a collection of his artwork and writings. Gackstatter's artwork has been featured at the St. Louis Art Fair, Art and Air, The Green Center, Argonne Gallery and several one-man shows, combining art exhibits and original music. Gackstatter is also presently serving as the Music Chairperson for the Kirkwood Area Arts Council.

Artist's statement: Drawing with pen and ink speaks of another time. A certain sweetness comes over me when I pick up my pen and hear the little 'tink' when I dip its metal tip into the bottle of ink. This tactile act makes time disappear and makes each stroke of the pen a tiny line filled fat with memory and meaning. Layering these lines builds not only visual depth but also a depth of feeling, running both ways between artist and subject. They say that you never really know a subject until you draw it. I would add that the subject doesn't know you either, until then. That tree, that limestone fence, that stone bridge or that or that mountain seem to actually care if you get it right when you draw with pen and ink. There is a spirit embedded in these things that calls to me and says very softly, "Draw this." Sometimes I won't know why until I get into it, but it has to start there. I have to pay attention, walk slowly, or I'll miss them when they whisper... (Artist's website)

Solitude
$500

Aspens I
$300

Aspens II
$300

Small Town
$275

Fence Posts
$400


Stone Bridge
$250

Taos Storm
$400

Haybales
$150

Sycamores
$600

Lone Tree
$300

The Farm
$500

Storm Clouds
$600

Summer Creek
$500

Touched
$250