Half Religion, Half Bar: Church of the Open Tab
“Hard times is where the good times begin” is the motto of Steve Power’s “Church of the Open Tab” project. Located at St. Louis’ White Flag Projects, the space is a combination of church and bar, that celebrates the seedy dark side of the world where good things can emerge from. Dead musicians, who lived debaucherious lifestyles, but produced great art are immortalized as patron sints by stained glass style portraits on the walls. A jukebox acts as a central pulpit, and a beer vending machine dispenses social lubricant to keep the spirit of community and friendship alive. Powers was helped by a large crew of artists to make this exhibition happen, including master sign painter and cartoonist Justin Green. Church of the Open Tab is open through June 7th. See pictures of the show here, and watch a video about the church below.