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ST. LOUIS (KPLR) – A world renowned artist from St. Louis has died. Brother Mel Meyer was a member of the Marianist catholic order of priests and brothers.  St. Louisans are very familiar with his art, but he was an internationally recognized artist who created more than ten thousand pieces of artwork.

His art studio is on the campus of St. John Vianney high school in Kirkwood. He made colorful sculptures, paintings and stained glass.  The price of his works ranges from 150 dollars into six figures, with the money going to the Marianist order.   Brother Mel taught at catholic schools in St. Louis and San Antonio.  The Marianist order said he died from complications of heart disease Saturday at his residence on the campus of Vianney high school. He was 85.

News 11's Patrick Clark interviewed Brother Mel in April of this year.  He talked about how his faith and art are inseparable.  He said at the time,”love it.  Part of my life. Yeah, it’s my prayer, it’s my gift. I try to use it."

Public visitation will be Thursday from 5 pm to 8 pm in the chapel at St. John Vianney high school. The funeral mass will be celebrated Friday at 10 am at the Vianney high school field house.

The Marianist order says following the cemetery service Brother Mel's art gallery will be open for browsing and sharing memories.
     
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