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Kids' Night Out - August 16

Want to get the kids fired up for the school year? Give them one last fun night out at Third Friday!

At Kids’ Night Out, we let the kids create their own unique drawings. Our talented glass artists will pick a handful to transform into a work of glass art!

Also show your support for St. Louis area kids by donating art supplies. Drop off your donation at Third Friday and you’ll receive a free snow cone from St. Louis Snow Cone! Third Degree is proud to partner this year with Gloves 4 Grades to ensure local children receive the supplies they need.


Amazing Glassmaking Demonstrations:
Glassblowing Demos at 6:15p, 7:30p, 8:45p
Flameworking Demos at 6:30p & 7:45p

Discover your inner creative with a glass art Experience! $35 per project*
Glassblowing (Ages 10+): Sculpt glowing molten glass into a paperweight.
Flameworking (Ages 10+): Melt glass rods through a torch to craft beautiful beads. Add them to a bracelet, keychain, or necklace pendant!
Fused Glass: (Ages 6+): Cut and layer pieces of glass to create jewelry, wine charms, bug magnet, glass tile, or nightlight.
*Experiences are first come, first served. No advance registration available. See below for available options.

Who doesn’t love pizza? Grab a bite or a whole slice from the Pi Pizza truck!

East Gallery presents new artwork by Ash Forrest. See more info below.

7:00p: Celia is back with her hilarious all-ages performance!

8:30p: The St. Louis Fire Technicians blaze their way through more fantastic fiery feats!

Doors open at 6:00p.
Admission is FREE for all ages
No RSVP required

Limited onsite parking is available. Guests arriving later at the event may have to park nearby on Delmar Blvd. 

ON DISPLAY: "Invented Topography" by Ash Forrest

Artist Bio

Ash Forrest is an artist currently based in St Louis who works in several different mediums, including painting, photography and printmaking. Of these, her biggest passion lies in large abstract paintings, drawing inspiration from maps, landscapes and nostalgia.


Artist Statement

“The connection between each us and our relationship with this world is inseparable. We shape these places through our actions and intentions, just as our interaction with them gives rise to our constantly evolving forms. This kind of change can be slow, methodically and considered – taking place over generations and decades at a time. It can also be sudden and swift, as urgent and intense as a sweeping gust of wind or all encompassing wave, brought up from the depths of the ocean to fall on dry land once more. The contrast between these things is not a battle between binary values but an evolving journey that can be charted over the course of a more fluid spectrum. It is neither controllable or exceptional, but constant and effervescent. It is this continually unfolding and still-being-written story that I want to capture in my art and in this series.

“In this series, I begin often with a watered down wash of acrylic where I can let the paint flow as freely as my thoughts. It is at this stage when the lighter and softer shades are most apparent and readily communicated. This allows for the fashioning of a foundation for each scene before steadily building up to more conscious application of thicker layers and concentrated segments where I can bring further focus to each unique type of landscape. At this stage, a certain rebelliousness and revolutionary spirit begins to shine through where I feel a strong need to escape and move beyond the limits of the confines brought about by the set shapes of my own creation. This enables for a more experimental approach to let specks and splatters of paint fall where feels most appropriate to the overall look and feel that I have in mind. Not entirely chaotic, but neither too tightly controlled. The process of each piece is as significant as the eventual output. From letting the initial layers soak up their water, as I guide the paint across the canvas – guiding them, as they dry out before finally settling into place. The steady shift from the abstract washes to the focused layers. Allowing the palette knife to give more definite structure and precise patterns to compliment and supplement the preceding shape. Layers to reflect the variety of terrains, climates and even cultures that inhabit them.

“These paintings are scraps of maps, fragments of memories, pieces of my heart and snapshots of a moment’s instant of what I see and sense of the world that surrounds us. They are my translation of what that means. It is a sequence of colors on canvas but also – if only for a moment in your imagination, if you’ll let it – something more.”

See more of Ash's work