Best Art Gallery

Philip Slein Gallery

As director of Washingon University's Des Lee Gallery downtown since 2000, Phil Slein has done an impressive job. So expectations were high in 2003 when he opened his own downtown gallery on the third floor of the historic Ely-Walker building at 1520 Washington Avenue. In its first year, the Philip Slein Gallery hosted some of the strongest shows in town: Schmidt's Picks, a group show featuring local and regional artists; Ron Leax's Laboratories or Last Suppers; and Lisa Bulawsky's solo show. The gallery itself is a stunning space, with warm, gleaming hardwood floors and enormous windows overlooking the avenue. Slein has reserved a huge portion of the space as a reading library featuring works from his own art collection. He's smart, down-to-earth and committed to downtown St. Louis and local artists. Now, if he could only be cloned....
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