Staff Staff Accomplishments

Reed art teacher collaborates with Saks 5th Avenue on art exhibit

Reed Elementary School art teacher Ali Breitbach will have her artwork featured in an upcoming art exhibit at Saks 5th Avenue in Frontenac.

Realities opens Sept. 9 and will feature 20 years-worth of Breitbach’s work in areas of fine art and fashion design.

“This is truly a dream come true!” Breitbach said. “I am beyond thrilled to share this with our community since it has been part of my life for 15 years as a Ladue Schools employee.”

Visitors will get to see hand-cut collages, transfers on wood panels and canvas, textiles, life-sized illustrations and paper cut-outs of Breitbach’s clothing designs, and more.

A reception will be held at the gallery on Saturday, Oct. 9 from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m.

The opportunity came about after Breitbach recently visited the store with her daughter and saw its gallery space; she contacted Saks management who helped make the exhibit a reality.

Breitbach said the exhibit is especially meaningful because her family has a long history with Saks dating back to her childhood, when her grandmother worked a second job at the store and would often set aside clothing for her to try on.