Artist Herbert Gralnick

Herbert Gralnick

Lois Caplan, Special to the Jewish Light

ARTIST HERBERT GRALNICK is back in circulation. Actually, his work is circulating more than Herb is. During a two-day sale Nov. 19 and 20 from noon to 5 the McNair Administration Building, 8136 Groby Road, his small and large sculptures, small and large acrylic canvases, framed collages, limited edition silkscreen prints and one-of-a-kind ceramic platters will be available. The building, by the way, is the University City school district’s administrative headquarters and, appropriately, the artist is a 1955 graduate of U City High. He earned a bachelor of fine arts degree at Washington University and a master of fine arts from the University of Cincinnati and The Art Academy, where he was certified in secondary level and art education.

Herb’s art is in more than 200 private collections (including mine) throughout the United States, as well as in Canada, England, Israel and Mexico. Pieces are included in the collections of a dozen universities, several foreign embassies, and the St. Louis Art Museum’s print library. I give you this information so that, if you purchase a work at his exhibit, you will know that the collectors of Gralnick art are pretty intelligent and sophisticated.  Be proud to join their ranks.

Curating the Gralnick exhibit is Michelle Gralnick, Herb’s very talented daughter who also curates his online art gallery. If you have questions about the collection or the exhibit, Michelle is the one to ask. She can be reached at 314-991-8888. I have left out of this column a fact that does not seem too important to me, probably because my friends and I are so very old. Herb (Michelle tells me) will be celebrating his 79th birthday (a day early) on Saturday Nov. 19. Birthday cake will be served at 4 p.m.  If you miss the cake, don’t blame me.

View some of Herb’s art online at



BARBARA LANGSAM SHUMAN, former president of the Board of Trustees at the Jewish Light, and Margaret Gillerman, a current Light freelancer (and former Post-Dispatch scribe) are co-chairing this year’s 25th Annual Media Person of the Year Gala, which takes place Nov. 30 at Edward Jones Corp. Headquarters, 12555 Manchester @ Highway 270. The event begins with a cocktail reception at 5:30 p.m., followed by a dinner at 6:30 and program at 7:30.

Hosted by the Press Club of Metropolitan St. Louis, this year’s event will honor journalists Dan Martin, Tom O’Neal, Jay Randolph, and Sharon Stevens as well as media institution KMOX. Post columnist Bill McClellan will receive the Press Club’s Lifetime Achievement Award.

Proceeds from tickets, at $150 ($125 for Press Club members) will go to fund journalism and communication scholarships as well as enterprise investigative journalism scholarships and St. Louis Public Library Media Archives. For tickets and more information, go to


SUNDAY NIGHT, NOV. 6, I attended the most beautiful and exciting event of my many years as a columnist and community volunteer. Crown Center for Senior Living celebrated its 50th anniversary of serving seniors in St. Louis at Washington University’s glamorous and gorgeous Hillman Hall. Roughly 250 guests celebrated Crown Center’s golden anniversary of being home to hundreds upon hundreds of seniors. Honorees were Marylen Mann, founder of Oasis, and Nancy Morrow Howell, Director of the Harvey A. Friedman Center for Aging at Washington University. It was truly a grand party complete with delicious cocktail fare and drinks. Go see for yourself how fabulous Hillman Hall is, which appears to me to be the replacement for Brown Hall.