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Local Bank and Local Art Gallery are Partnering to Display a Never-Before-Seen Art Exhibit by Late St. Louis Artist, John M. Heller

May 1, 2017 – Reliance Bank and Kodner Gallery Fine Art, two locally owned and locally managed businesses, are partnering to exhibit the never-before-seen original paintings by well known St. Louis artist, John M. Heller (1891-1971). All artworks will be on exhibition and available for purchase May 12 – May 31, 2017 at Reliance Bank’s Frontenac branch located at 10301 Clayton Road.

Located in the heart of the City of Ladue, Kodner Gallery has specialized in fine American and European art of the 19th, 20th and 21st centuries. Kodner Gallery provides a personal, private and confidential venue for those who wish to acquire or sell their works of fine and rare art. Other services include appraisal, restoration, conservation and framing consultation.

Jonathan W. Kodner, President & Director of Kodner Gallery stated “We are excited to share these beautiful, re-discovered works by one of Missouri’s underrated masters.”

Below is additional information about the featured artist:

John Heller studied at Washington University, the Cincinnati Art Academy and the Pennsylvania Academy of Art and painted alongside some of the great American Impressionists including Richard Miller, Fred Green Carpenter and Paul Cornoyer.  Heller also completed periods of study in Germany, England and France. In fact, while studying in Europe, he sensed correctly that soon the continent would be at war. He purchased, in bulk, the most superior paints and pigments that would eventually be unobtainable and carefully preserved them for later use.  This precise care and attention to detail would come to define his later work.

Heller became best known for his large-scale mural works in St. Louis-area banks, post offices and schools, but up until recently, very few of his individual paintings have been seen at public market.  Kodner Gallery is excited to announce the acquisition of a large collection of Heller’s paintings which have never been on public view.  This collection, which was discovered in a local Missouri estate, includes some of Heller’s finest work. The artist’s great skill is seen in a variety of subject matter, such as portraits, genre scenes and historical works.

Thomas H. Brouster, Sr., Chairman & CEO of Reliance Bank said “We look forward to a great partnership with Kodner Gallery to showcase this collection of paintings.”

With over 20 locations in the St. Louis metropolitan area, Reliance Bank is dedicated to building customer relationships by providing a full range of banking services and unmatched personal service. As of December 31, 2016, the Bank’s total assets were approximately $1.3 billion. The Bank’s website can be found at www.reliancebankstl.com.

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