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A World’s Fair Home – Karen Kalish Clayton mansion showcases her art collection – pub’d Missouri Life

Good afternoon everyone,

I had the opportunity to step inside a real piece of history – a World’s Fair Home patterned after the Missouri Building from the World’s Fair in 1904, when a query I submitted to Missouri Life that came to fruition.

Entrepreneur, Karen Kalish owns the magnificent home in the historic Old Town Clayton district, and has filled it to the brim with her personal charm and eclectic style, all the while showcasing her extensive collection of art work.

Here’s my feature article and photographs that appeared in the August 2015 issue of Missouri Life. I especially fell in love with her pets while doing the story.

Maybe, she’ll invite me back just to hangout?

Peace out and love,

Sheree

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2013 in review – Sheree’s Top Five Blog Posts

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2013 annual report for my blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

A New York City subway train holds 1,200 people. This blog was viewed about 4,600 times in 2013. If it were a NYC subway train, it would take about 4 trips to carry that many people.

Click here to see the complete report.

Just published – White Cliff Manor – A Missouri Relic’s Foreign Past

Elated, I received my August 2013 of Missouri Life Thursday afternoon.  Happy because my feature story about White Cliff Manor and its owner, Brian Helms, graced 4 pages of the magazine.

6 DSC_1422 Brian, entrance to B and B copyrI had much fun researching this historic home, unchanged by time.  (That was my original title – Unchanged by Time.)  And hubby and I experienced first-hand the home’s opulence and grace during an overnight stay.

Through Brian Helms, I learned the interesting past of White Cliff Manor, built in the 1870’s by the Schaaf family, the largest wheat producers in the state.

I soaked up facts like a loofah sponge on Italianate architecture, New Orleans inspired porches, the loving family that lived in the palatial mansion, and the TLC Brian afforded the home long after his purchase.

I believe you learn something new every day.  And a writer friend once told me, don’t ever stop learning.  That’s when you stop believing in yourself.

So please enjoy my story that graces 94-97 of Missouri Life.  It was a pleasure and an honor to document a man’s quest to restore a pertinent part of history to the Mississippi River Valley.

MO Life – White Cliff Aug 2013

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Letters From All Over – Missouri Life – Tribute to Frank Lloyd Wright

I received my copy of the Missouri Life April/May 2013 in the mail yesterday.  A thick magazine, it’s full of stories and fun things to do in Missouri.

I flipped open the copy and began browsing.

Much to my delight, on page 16, the second comment in the “Letters From All Over section” was a nice thank you letter from Joanne Kohn, Board Chairman for the Frank Lloyd Wright home on the feature article I penned with photography in the February 2013 issue.

Last month Joanne sent me an email, thanking me for the article and the photography.   I immediately forwarded the email to my editor, Danita.  Little did I know she’d be publishing the kind words in the April magazine.

In turn, I sent her a nice thank you for using Joanne’s comment.

Attached is the comment for your reading pleasure.

Also if you want to read the original article “Gateway to Wright” click here and it will link to my blog post of February 5, 2013.

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New Publication – Gateway to Wright – Missouri Life

Last fall, I sent a proposal to my editor at Missouri Life for an idea on a famous home.  I receive a contract for a feature story with photos for the Frank Lloyd Wright Home in Ebsworth Park.  A fan of Wright’s for many years, I was ecstatic to receive the assignment.

After contacting Joanne, the home’s board chairman, we set up a time for a tour.  Although I’d visited the iconic structure before with hubby and family, the second time around left me with a new found appreciation for Wright’s concepts and architecture.

Over the course of my assignment, my love affair with Frank Lloyd Wright deepened.  His Japanese-inspired influence, use of geometric shapes and natural materials made him all the more appealing to me.

Joanne mentioned I was only the third photographer allowed to capture the home’s interior, and the first photographer to have a published photo of the Cherokee Red gate at the entrance of the home.  I’m the first writer/photographer to do a story on the home fact-checked by the board chairman.

Joanne sent me a very nice email on February 8, 2013.

“Dear Sheree,
I was able to buy Missouri Life this week and saw and read the article.  It is outstanding!  The photography is amazing.  Thanks for taking so much time to hone the article and make it as interesting and as accurate as possible.
We are going to distribute the article widely to our friends and patrons.  It is a great tribute to your perception and to the house.
Thanks so much.”
Joanne

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Hope you enjoy the article.  It’s one of my proudest achievements.

With the exception of one photo, I used ambient light to capture the home’s essence.

Click on the link and copyrighted material below:

Mo Life Feb 2013 – LR FLW