Thursday, June 30, 2011

Craft Alliance in the Loop: Friday, 15 July 2011

Kelly Draper
Biennial Faculty Exhibition
Featuring Craft Alliance Artist Faculty Members
FREE Opening Reception on Friday, July 15, 2011, 6- 8pm

The exhibition, which runs through August 14, features work from local and regional artists who have taught classes and workshops in the studios at Craft Alliance during the past two years. This exhibition focuses on the inspiring works of our creative faculty members, showcasing their vision and expertise in their respective media. Active as teachers in the studios of Craft Alliance in the Delmar Loop and Grand Center, these artists are also an integral part of the St. Louis community and
many exhibit their work locally, nationally and internationally. They share their intense joy of creating and love of teaching art with students of all ages. Every faculty member is invested in the artistic growth of their students, willing to give the students ideas and technical information in order for them to succeed. Each faculty member hopes to spark a student’s enthusiasm for finding their voice in clay, metals, glass, weaving, surface design, drawing, painting and graphics.

Opening concurrently in the Charak Gallery is the exhibition, Visual Language, featuring the work of the late Cindy Wrobel. Cindy created an array of sculptural forms through the use of shimmering glass beads and heavy wire combined with found objects. A long-time teacher, student and artist at Craft Alliance, Cindy’s work expresses a whimsical passion for nature and culture.

Gallery Hours: Tuesday – Thursday, 10am – 5pm; Friday and Saturday, 10am – 6 pm, Sunday, 11am – 5pm. Closed Monday

Craft Alliance in the Delmar Loop
6640 Delmar Blvd.
St. Louis, MO 63130
(314) 725-1177

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Good Citizen Gallery: Friday, 22 July 2011

Good Citizen invites you to Crimson and Clover, a solo exhibition by Tory Wright.
Opening Reception, Friday July 22 - 6-10 PM
July 22 - August 20, 2011

Good Citizen will feature the work of Tory Wright in an exhibition titled Crimson & Clover. Exploring the intersection of commerce and fashion and using collage as a drawing tool, Wright transforms familiar faces from high fashion magazines and department store advertising using a photocopier and exacto blades.

Beauty and alienation exist within her new constructs, resulting in a more complex seduction than that of the original imagery. Wright's use of the photocopier negates the pristine production value, prevalent in fashion photography ultimately speaking to both the aspiration and denigration inherent in capitalist culture. Good Citizen will also be featuring Wright's work for the billboard project from July - August.

Tory Wright draws upon her experience working as a visual merchandiser for a large department store. This position has allowed her to observe directly how the methods of advertising are intended to seduce the American consumer. (Transformation through transaction.) Examples of Tory Wight's work can be seen at

Gallery Hours Fri., Sat. Noon - 5 PM and by appointment

Good Citizen Gallery
2247 Gravois Ave,
St. Louis MO, 63104-2852

RAC Gallery: Friday, 5 August 2011

Lyndsey Scott, Sisyphus Remix Remix
The Gallery at The Regional Arts Commission Presents
Critical Mass Creative Stimulus 2011
Emily Hemeyer, Sarah Paulsen, Alex Petrowsky & Lyndsey Scott
Curated by Sarah Colby

Gallery Opening: Friday, August 5 from 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Gallery Talk: Thursday, August 18 from 5:30 to 7 p.m.

Exhibit continues through September 4
Beginning in 2009, every year Critical Mass awards four artists a stipend of $1,000 each to assist them in creating work and expanding their horizons in these tough economic times. In 2010, artists Emily Hemeyer, Sarah Paulsen, Alex Petrowsky and Lyndsey Scott received the award as creative operating capital in recognition of their outstanding work. This exhibition features their painting, performance art, documentary film and animation techniques, and concepts of green lifestyles for the future.

Gallery Talk: Thursday, August 18. Reception: 5:30 p.m., Gallery Talk: 6 p.m.

Gallery Hours: Monday - Friday, 10 a.m.- 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, noon - 5 p.m.

The Gallery at the Regional Arts Commission
6128 Delmar Boulevard on The Loop
St. Louis, MO 63112
(Free parking in the lot behind The Pageant; metered street parking)

Studio Altius: Friday, 8 July 2011

FRESH 2011: Student Photography Show
2nd Annual Full-time Student photography Competition and Exhibition
hosted by Studio Altius Photography

Opening Night Reception: Friday July 8, 2011 6-10p.m.
Exhibition Dates: July 8, 2011 to July 29, 2011

Come see the FRESH vision of photography through the eyes of the best St. Louis area student photographers. The next generation is here! Studio Altius Photography is hosting FRESH 2011, an all student photography exhibition that allows students to experience what it’s like to have their photography judged and on display in a gallery setting. This show exhibits the “fresh” up and coming talents of some of the best St. Louis Area student photographers. Finalists have been selected by a blind jury. The top pieces will be displayed during July 2011 at Studio Altius, with an opening reception July 8th that coincides with Maplewood’s Let Them Eat Art event. The show will be on display at Studio Altius through July 29, 2011.

Additionally, a photo-book will be made showing off the finalists plus several other standout images. This book will be available to purchase during the run of the show. This exhibition is open to the public. For more information about FRESH 2011, please call, email or visit

Studio Altius
2301 South Big Bend Boulevard
Maplewood, MO 63143

Monday, June 27, 2011

Craft Alliance in the Loop: Friday, 26 August 2011

Nnenna Okore: Shokoloko
August 26 – October 23, 2011
FREE Opening Reception on Friday, August 26, 2011, 6- 8pm

The exhibition is inspired by the graceful movement of the egret. As a young child in Nigeria Okore called this bird ‘Shokoloko.’ Nenna Okore was raised in Nsukka, Nigeria, and has emerged as one of the foremost artists of her generation. She relies on the use of flotsam or discarded objects, transforming them into intricate sculpture and installations through repetitive and labor-intensive techniques. Okore’s materials are that of mundane objects such as rope, paper, burlap, food starch, coffees and dyes. Interested in heightening the perception of textures, forms and the organic contours that exist within our environment, Okore creates a conversation between materials. These processes yield dramatic sculptural and spatial compositions that mimic the very essence of the egret. Shokoloko is part of the Innovations in Textiles collaborative, a biennial city wide event. CA will host an Innovations in Textiles Artist’s talk at 3pm, September 17, in the CA gallery on the Delmar Loop. Opening concurrently at the Charak Gallery is an exhibition featuring textile artist Jim Hay. As an international artist working in rural Japan, Hay incorporates textiles from around the world and focuses on the cultural concepts of individuality, conformity, sexuality and myth in his work

Craft Alliance in the Delmar Loop
6640 Delmar Blvd.
St. Louis, MO 63130
(314) 725-1177

Grafica Fine Arts: Friday, 29 July 2011

Tom Hunt’s oil paintings on wood panel may still be wet at his opening reception on Friday, July 29th from 6-9 pm. Tom will have just returned from a trip to Europe with a group of students from Nerinx hall. While students “sleep in” Tom is out painting plein air across Europe. Free and open to the public. The show will remain on display through Friday, August 26.

Grafica Fine Arts
7884 Big Bend Blvd
Webster Groves, MO 63119

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Art St. Louis & St. Louis Artsists' Guild: Saturday-Sunday, 25-26 June 2011

"Drift" and "Fine Line"

FREE Opening Reception at Art Saint Louis:
Saturday, June 25, 2011: 6-8 p.m.

Gallery Hours: Monday 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Tuesday-Friday 10 a .m.-5 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Closed Sundays, holidays & between exhibits.

FREE Opening Reception at St. Louis Artists' Guild:
Sunday, June 26, 2011: 1-3 p.m.
Gallery Hours: Tuesday-Sunday 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

Art Saint Louis proudly presents our newest exhibits, "Drift" and "Fine Line," on view in the Gallery June 25-August 19, 2011. Juror: Dr. Ivy Cooper, Professor of Art History at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville.

"Drift" is a unique all media exhibition co-presented by Art Saint Louis and the St. Louis Artists' Guild and will be presented as one exhibit at our two locations. Our aim is to use the show as an opportunity to focus on the geography of our two organizations, the vast community that we serve.

As an exhibit, "Drift" looks at our movement between East and West and the relationship to nature and the world in which we inhabit. It also focuses on how people are affected by time, space and movement.The works in this show highlight these ideas and communicate a profound relationship with these concepts. Many questions can be asked that relate to the idea of Drift: How do you relate to your environment? How does travel affect your daily experience? Do you notice the change of the seasons? How does environmental change impact your existence? Does time fly? What is your relationship with time? Many of these questions are addressed and answered by the artworks featured in the show.

From 202 artworks submitted by 111 St. Louis regional artists for her consideration, Dr. Cooper selected 85 artworks by 71 artists for Drift. Featured are artworks in all media, including ceramics, digital media, fiber, installation, metals, mixed media, painting, paper, photography, printmaking, sculpture, video, and more. Click here to view some of the featured artworks in the Art Saint Louis portion of the exhibit.

Featured artists selected for Art Saint Louis portion of "Drift" are Peter Ahart (Patchak), Fairview Heights, IL; Robin Bandy, O'Fallon, IL; Robert Boettcher, St. Louis; Jessi Cerutti, St. Louis; Carol Corey, University City, MO; Debbie Corson, Kirkwood, MO; John Early, St. Louis;
Shelley J. Espelien, Ballwin, MO; Muriel Eulich, St. Louis; Wm. Daniel File, Manchester, MO; Mark A. Fisher, St. Charles, MO; Christine Giancola, Florissant, MO; Peter Gifford, St. Louis;
Beth Goyer, Des Peres, MO; SJ Hammack, Kirkwood, MO; Aaron Heil, Alton, IL; Helen D. Hume, Manchester, MO; Dustin Lucas, Mascoutah, IL; Nathan Marshall, Carbondale, IL; Melonnie Murphy, St. Louis; Louis Nahlik, Chesterfield, MO; Stephanie Ognar, Champaign, IL; Megan Rieke, St. Louis; Angélica Avendaño Rosso, St. Louis; Frank Roth, St. Louis; Robert Schleicher, Maplewood, MO; Robin Street-Morris, St. Louis; Mark Travers, Creve Coeur, MO; Jim True, Crystal City, MO; Steve Turner, St. Louis; Gwyn Wahlmann, Kirkwood, MO; Michelle M. Zabriski, St. Louis; Barbara Zucker, St. Louis.

Some of the works featured in the St. Louis Artists' Guild portion of "Drift." Pictured: Rebecca Baumgartner, Blake Carroll, Pat Owoc, Matt Pierson.

A free reception for the portion of "Drift" that is presented at the St. Louis Artists' Guild will be held on Sunday, June 26, 1-3 p.m. Featured artists selected for SLAG portion of "Drift" are
Peter Ahart (Patchak), Fairview Heights, IL; Jake Amundson, Greenville, IL; Adrian Aquilino, Wildwood, MO; Rebecca Baumgartner, St. Louis; Lon Brauer, Granite City, IL; Peter Bushell, Mahomet, IL; Blake Carroll, Festus, MO; Cathie Crawford, Peoria, IL; Robert Dill, Kirkwood, MO; Dion Dion, Manchester, MO; Suzy Farren, Webster Groves, MO; Mark A. Fisher, St. Charles, MO; Tito Gay, University City, MO; M.J. Goerke, St. Louis; Nicholas Gram, Springfield, IL; Rebecca A. Grant, Alton, IL; Lindsey Greeling, Troy, IL; Heather Haymart, Ballwin, MO; Barbara Johnson, University City, MO; Jieun Kim, University City, MO; Ruth Kolker, Creve Coeur, MO; Hoa Le, St. Louis; Nathan Marshall, Carbondale, IL; Metra Mitchell, St. Louis; Frank O'Brien, St. Louis; Pat Owoc, St. Louis; Adrienne Patel (Vanmala), St. Louis; T. Matthew Pierson, Wentzville, MO; Megan Rieke, St. Louis; Johnnie Rogers, St. Louis; Naomi Runtz, Creve Coeur, MO; Marceline Saphian, Chesterfield, MO; Robert Schleicher, Maplewood, MO; Sean Semones, St. Louis; Terry Shay, Richmond Heights, MO; Joanne Stremsterfer, St. Louis; Susan Sullivan, St. Louis; Tom Tritschler, St. Louis; Andrea Vadner, Richmond Heights, MO; Ron Vivod, Collinsville, IL; Vivian Waters, St. Louis; Jennifer Weigel, St. Louis; Jessie Whitfield, St. Louis.

CONCURRENT EXHIBIT: Presented concurrently with "Drift," "Fine Line" is a multi-media exhibition curated by Art Saint Louis Gallery Director Robin Hirsch and features works that emphasize the line as shape and form as well as artworks that might be considered as having crossed a fine line.

Presented in the North Gallery and Dion Dion Gallery, the ten featured artists in Fine Line include Gina Alvarez, St. Louis; Lon Brauer, Granite City, IL; Melody Evans, Webster Groves, MO; Mark A. Fisher, St. Charles, MO; Bob Hartzell, St. Louis; Jason Hoeing, Shrewsbury, MO; Cary Horton, Shrewsbury, MO; Richard McAfee, St. Louis; Deanna Nash, St. Louis; Brian D. Smith, St. Louis.

Art Saint Louis
555 Washington Avenue, #150
St. Louis, MO 63101

St. Louis Artists' Guild
Two Oak Knoll Park
St. Louis, MO 63104

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Poor Souls Gallery: Friday, 1 July 2011

Join us to celebrate the gallery opening of Poor Souls Society Art Gallery (and a sneek peek of our future Poor Souls Wine Bar, Tea House & Internet Cafe). Friday, July 1st 2011 from 6PM until 10PM.

All located in the heart of Old North St. Louis! Poor Souls Society has created a dynamic space for artists to display their wares, promote themselves and where (even you as possible future) Poor Souls members can host events, workshops, pay for membership fees (all while giving back) by teaching classes, hosting gallery & cafe hours.

Artists That Are Exhibiting (in diverse mediums and volume): Joel Ray, Joyce Trotter, Vivian Waters, Seitu, Grant Welland, Rob Crowe, Joe Sweet, Alicia Green, KLM & both Jim Trotter Sr. & Jr.

Poor Souls Society
Artist Factory
2701 14th Street
Saint Louis, MO. 63106
347-92-SOULS (347-927-6857)

Monday, June 20, 2011

S. Carmody Photography: Friday, 1 July 2011

UpCycled – mixed media by Eric Nichols and high dynamic range photographs by Sarah Carmody

Preview Reception with artists: Friday, July 1, from 6PM-9PM
Open House with artists during the "Let Them Eat Art" festival, July 8, 6PM-11PM
Show runs though August 12, 2011

"One man's trash is anther's treasure." Eric Nichols and Sarah Carmody make use of this adage in the UpCycled exhibit that opens July 1 at S. Carmody Photography. Pieces are derived and inspired by discarded items that are reworked into new creations.

Nichols' foundation in sculpture serves as a basis for his pieces that integrate multiple mediums such as painting, printmaking, drawing, and digital imaging. The mixture of these divergent mediums present complex problems that must be balanced, and doing so results in a calculated development of coherence.

Beautifully grained marine-grade plywood serves as the structural basis upon which Nichols applies techniques. The wood is cut, sanded, and sometimes burned with metal objects. He then applies stencils, paint, digital prints, and found objects that may protrude from the composition. The components are situated within the layers of the gelatinous surfaces that coat the wood, thus creating a sense of depth, dimensionality, and texture.

Carmody indulges her fascination with urban decay and the departure of reality from human perception with a new series of images acquired during a visit to G & J Recycling in Arnold, MO. In capturing the images, Carmody employs high dynamic range (HDR), a technique that produces seemingly exaggerated detail and tonal range. In actuality, all the tones and detail represented are present within the actual scene, but are outside the parameters of human perception. HDR is achieved by shooting the same image at various exposures, combining them, and then selectively enhancing and de-emphasizing elements as desired. Decisively extracting vignettes from the rubble, Carmody strives to create aesthetic harmony.

S. Carmody Photography
2707 Sutton Blvd.
Maplewood MO 63143

PHD Gallery: Saturday 25 June 2011

Opening at PHD Gallery on Saturday, June 25, 2011
"TOM of FINLAND, Original Drawings."

This is a very rare opportunity to see (and own!) actual graphite on paper originals by the iconic

Join us for the opening reception Saturday, June 25th, 7-10 PM.

Anuia Kahn: "Film Noir in gallery3

(Gay Pride Weekend) Your $10. donation benefits Tom of Finland Foundation

PHD Gallery
2300 Cherokee Street
St. Louis, MO 63118
(314) 664-6644

Turner Center for the Arts: Friday, 8 July 2011

I See Things This Way
July 8, 2011
5:00-9:00 pm

A solo exhibition featuring the artwork of self-taught artist Dave Walter will be on display at the Turner Center for the Arts from 7/5-7/31. The opening reception will be held on July 8, concurrent with Let Them Eat Art, a Maplewood city-wide arts event, from 5:00 PM - 9:00 PM. To preview Dave's work or to learn about Turner Center, visit:

3109 Sutton Blvd
Maplewood, MO 63143

Old Orchard Gallery: Friday, 17 June 2011

Please join us for the opening reception of "33June" on Friday, June 17, from 5:30pm to 10pm.

The 33June exhibit opening features 33 artists, music, drink and food. It's .free and open to the public at 37 South Old Orchard in Webster Groves.

For a list of participating artists and a Google map showing our gallery location, visit

Friday, June 10, 2011

artmart studios: Friday, 10 june 2011

Recent Webster BFA graduate Kate King breaks onto the scene this Friday June 10th 6-10pm with her first solo exhibit at artmart studios located at 2335 S. Hanley Rd (right next to artmart.)
Kate directly explores her mothers vices and comments on the complications of a strict catholic upbringing with the use of outragous mediums like bacon, butter and grease. Works also include, fabric work, painting, instulation and more.
Please come out and support Kate on her first solo show and eat some deliscious bacon goodies, and drink some free wine! We will also be handing out free "Luscious" posters.

"Luscious, better than butter"
Friday, June 10th 6-10pm 2335 S. Hanley Rd, Maplewood MO, 63114

Wednesday, June 08, 2011

Luminary Center for the Arts: Friday, 10 June 2011

Join us for the Analogue Opening Reception from 6-9pm on Friday, June 10th. Analogue brings to the forefront the concept that contemporary culture is perceived through a discontinuous series of analogies rather than a linear narrative. Finding in the commercial landscape a language of representation and reference, the five artists in Analogue make use of common cultural material—consumer goods inverted, remade and expanded upon; survival recast as a particular set of products; the infuriating experience of waiting for YouTube to load given physical presence.

Participating artists include Ethan Greenbaum, Caleb Larsen, Zoe Sheehan Saldana, Helmut Smits and Ryan Thayer.

John Early's new site-specific installation, Terra Firma, opens in the Installation Space. Terra Firma stems from a recent documentary chronicling the career of BMX rider Mat Hoffman, who has devoted much of the past twenty-five years to launching himself and his bike to unbelievable and unprecedented heights. Using as a frame of reference Hoffman's relentless pursuit to push the bounds of gravity, Terra Firma explores the condition of humankind's earthbound existence and the desire to transcend and push beyond that limit.

The Luminary Center for the Arts
4900 Reber Place
St. Louis, MO 63139

SLU Museum of Art: Friday,17 June 2011


Paintings that focus on the life and spiritual exercises of St. Ignatius of Loyola, the founder of the Society of Jesus will be on display in the Community Gallery of the Saint Louis University Museum of Art. Adsum: Contemporary Paintings on Ignatian Spirituality begins with a reception on Friday, June 17 from 5:30 - 8 p.m. The exhibition continues until August 7.

The 25-paintings in the exhibition are the work of Holly Schapker. Large oils on canvas - the Montserrat Landscape, the largest, is 6’ x 4,’ Adsum includes unique textures created by actual maps, leaves, or twigs. "Not a word that is well translated in the English language, 'Adsum' means being in a state of mind where the person is completely available and willing to serve God," says Schapker. "These paintings represent my interpretation of the mission of St. Ignatius Loyola, and (the paintings) have taken me almost three years to complete. They incorporate all I know and feel about life as a Catholic and as an artist."

The Saint Louis University Museum of Art
3663 Lindell Blvd.
St. Louis, MO 63108

Missouri Botanical Garden: Friday, 10 June 2011

Tuesday, June 07, 2011

Gateway Gallery: Friday, 10 June 2011

Gateway Gallery Reception
June 10, 2011 6PM-9PM

Resident Artists John Barhydt, Vic Barr, Janet Fons, Heather Haymart, Dawn Gano, Sheldon Johnson, Vic Mastis, Meg Matson, Greg Matchick, Garry McMichael, Sandy Moriarty, Janice Schoultz Mudd, Annie Smith Piffel, Linda Smith, Michele Wells, D. A. Williams, Joyce Yarbrough.

Gallery Hours: Wednesday 11-6, Thursday 11-6, Friday 11-7 , Saturday 11-6 · Sunday 10-5, Closed Monday and Tuesday

Gateway Gallery
7921 Forsyth Blvd.
Clayton, Missouri 63105

Saturday, June 04, 2011

Good Citizen Gallery: Friday, 22 July 2011

Tory Wright: Crimson & Clover
Opening Reception, Friday July 22 - 6-10 PM
July 22 - August 20, 2011

Good Citizen will feature the work of Tory Wright in an exhibition titled Crimson & Clover. Exploring the intersection of commerce and fashion and using collage as a drawing tool, Wright transforms familiar faces from high fashion magazines and department store advertising using a photocopier and exacto blades.

Beauty and alienation exist within her new constructs, resulting in a more complex seduction than that of the original imagery. Wright's use of the photocopier negates the pristine production value, prevalent in fashion photography ultimately speaking to both the aspiration and denigration inherent in capitalist culture. Good Citizen will also be featuring Wright's work for the billboard project from July - August.

Gallery Hours Fri., Sat. Noon - 5 PM and by appointmen

Good Citizen Gallery
2247 Gravois Ave
St. Louis MO 63104-2852

Framations: Friday, 17 June 2011

Circle of Seven and Greg Kluempers Exhibitions to open June 17 at Framations
Free Reception on Friday, June 17 from 6-8 pm. The exhibit will continue through July 21.

The Circle of Seven is a group of seven women brought together by artist Natalie Fleming. Once a month they gather at Natalie's to paint, share ideas, discuss trends in art, explore new techniques, and enjoy each others company. Their styles are as different as they are but their goals are similar. They are passionate about their painting and work together to expand their knowledge and perfect their skills. This exhibit features the work of Diana Saffo Bono, Virginia Dragschutz, Jessica Dreyer, Natalie Fleming, Crystal Goldkamp, Annette McGarrahan, and Nancy Young.

Also on display at Framations from June 17 - July 21 will be an exhibit of photography by Greg Kluempers. In Gallery Two, the exhibit entitled A Decade of Images, will display Kluempers' love of both landscapes and structures. In his words: "My work explores the relationship of forms, textures and color in the everyday world. Many of my images are extractions from an old building, a distorted reflection, an architectural detail and the juxtaposition of adjoining buildings. I use these to create abstract geometrical images."

Framations will also be hosting a Blood Drive on June 17 from 3-6 pm with the help of Mississippi Valley Regional Blood Center and their Donor Bus. All donors will receive a $10 Framations Gift Certificate. Call to schedule an appointment or visit the website for more information.

For more information about these exhibits, visit Or call (636) 724-8313

Friday, June 03, 2011

Craft Alliance in the Kranzberg Arts Center: Friday, 17 June 2011

Connected by Intricacy: 2010-2011 Artists-In-Residence Exhibition
June 17 – August 28, 2010
FREE Panel Discussion 5 pm
FREE Opening Reception on Friday, June 17, 6-8 pm

Gallery Hours: Wednesday – Saturday, 12noon – 6pm; Sunday, 12noon – 5pm, Closed Monday and Tuesday

The exhibition features the work of Rena Wood (Fiber Residence), Rachel Akin (Clay Residence), Gina Rosienski and Gwen Oulman Brennan (Metals Residence). The exhibition is the culmination of their comprehensive artistic investigation during their residencies. An in-depth panel discussion with the Artists-In Residence will be lead by artist Nancy Newman Rice at 5 pm.

“I like the idea of using craft materials to blur the boundaries between what is considered fine art and what is considered craft,” said Rena Wood. The foundations of her work are hand-dyed sections of silk that create a background for each piece. Influenced by the composition and line quality of traditional Asian landscape paintings, Wood uses hand embroidery to ‘draw’ on the fabric allowing each stitch to influence the next. The finished work maintains a mutable quality; changing with each viewing dependant upon the time of day, quality of light, and the viewer’s position in relation to the piece.

Inspired by vintage glass forms, Rachel Akin creates soft, curvaceous porcelain vessels. During her residency she has focused on creating two bodies of work: utilitarian wares for daily use and dessert vessels for special occasions. Her elegant wheel-thrown vessels are embellished with hand rolled beads of porcelain creating a pearl-like rim. “I enjoy embellishing the surfaces of my work and creating tactile surfaces on objects that invite one to touch and use them,” said Akin.

“I enjoy manipulating the dichotomy between line and form, masculine and feminine, found and fine,” said Gina Rosienski. “That is where my most recent enthrallment with bullet casings has stemmed from.” Masculine bullet casings juxtaposed with baroque inspired feminine filigree provide an inspiring conversation. Rosienski’s jewelry blurs the distinction between wearable sculpture and jewelry, creating pieces that cannot exist without the body they rest on.

Gwen Oulman Brennan’s jewelry forms a relationship between shoelaces and reflectors, two objects that have become so familiar to us that they are often taken for granted. She has translated the shapes and textures of these everyday items into cast metal and carved bone. “The labor intensive carving of such a simple form whose function is so immediate felt contradictory yet necessary,” said Oulman Brennan. Her work inspires the viewer to investigate the push and pull of connections and relationships.

Craft Alliance in the Kranzberg Arts Center
501 N. Grand
St. Louis, MO 63103
(314) 534-7528

Foundry Art Center: Friday, 17 June 2011

June 17, 2011 - July 29, 2011
Opening Reception: June 17, 2011 6-8pm

Contemporary Narrative
A fiction novelist writes to create a world where the reader envisions the events within their mind. In this exhibition, artists must create work with a narrative quality through which their personal version of reality is conveyed to the viewer. Art typical of this genre may feature components working together to tell a story. Works of a literary sense might include the use of symbolism, or the creation of a unique setting and interactions between subjects. All works should be fictitious – a story completely invented by the artist. Contemporary Narrative is open to artists working in all media.

Going Solo - Tommy White
Gallery III

Jeana Eve Klein
Ameristar Gallery

Thursday, June 02, 2011

Meramec Contemporary Art Gallery: Fridau, 3 June 2011

Nests, Shells and Corners
Curated by Ken Wood

Opening reception for art exhibition June 3, 5:30-8pm

Six artists rethink how we occupy everyday spaces: home, office, and studio. Featuring Carlie Trosclair, Nick Hutchings, Gabriela Salazar, John Early, R. C. Sayer and Jonggeon Lee.

Through July 31. Hours: T-TH. 11-4 and Sat. 11-3. Closed Monday, Friday and Sunday plus holidays.

Meramec Gallery of Contemporary Art
St. Louis Community College at Meramec, room HE 133
11333 Big Bend Blvd.
Kirkwood, MO.

Wednesday, June 01, 2011

Kirkwood Art at the Station: Thursday, 2 June 2011

Please join us tomorrow night at the Kirkwood Train Station as we welcome Charm Lindner during a reception from 5:30 to 7:00 pm. Her art - color pencil and water color - will be on display from May 31 through June 27, 2011.

As always, the event is free and open to the public.

Kirkwood Area Arts Council

White Flag Projects: Saturday, 18 June 2011

Another Kind of Vapor
Opening reception Saturday evening, June 18, 7–10 PM
June 18 – July 23, 2011

IAIN BAXTER&, Robert Heinecken, David Lieske, Paul McCarthy, Otto Piene, William Pope.L, Dieter Roth, Ed Ruscha, and Jennifer West
Curated by Jenny Gheith and John McKinnon

It's a conservator's nightmare... unfixed photographs fade; fire and smoke burn a board's surface; abstract projections reveal film leader dowsed in chocolate sauce, ketchup, mayonnaise, and apple juice; dyed canvas bleaches in the sun; Pepto-Bismol and caviar act as printing materials; laundry detergent bottles leak as they balance a surface of peanut butter and charcoal; an artist covers his body with food; objects are molded in plastic; 40-year-old flies lay dead in a jar. Taking inspiration from Dieter Roth's now legendary exhibition Staple Cheese (A Race), Another Kind of Vapor presents artists who have experimented with non-traditional materials. Some sculpt, mold, and print with these substances, others conserve marks and stains. Allowed to decay, decompose, or remain in stasis, these objects endure as symbols of impermanence, waste, memory, and time.

4568 Manchester Avenue
St. Louis, MO 63110

Concrete Ocean Art Gallery: Friday, 3 June 2011

Summer has finally arrived with some hot weather, and you still have time to see some very cool art this coming Friday, June 3rd, 2011 from 7 PM until 11 PM as the Concrete Ocean hosts the closing reception of our May exhibit

"The Process: Life and the Vibrations of Sound" by Zack Smithey.

Concrete Ocean Art Gallery
2257 S. Jefferson @ Shenandoah
St Louis, MO 63104
314-448-1796, or 314-497-0199

RAC Gallery: Friday,17 June 2011

Point of Departure: Cbabi, Jarvis, Lobdell
Cbabi Bayoc, Phil Jarvis, and William Lobdell
Curated by Davide Weaver

Gallery Opening: Friday, June 17 from 5:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Gallery Talk: Thursday, June 30 from 5:30 to 7 p.m.
Exhibit continues through July 24

Point of Departure: Cbabi, Jarvis, Lobdell features Cbabi Bayoc, Phil Jarvis, and William Lobdell, whose talents span illustration, drawing, painting and sculpture. For this exhibit, the artists begin with a “point of departure” – a single image or idea – which inspires both unique works as well as collaboration based on respecting each others’ vision.

Gallery Hours: Monday - Friday, 10 a.m.- 5 p.m., Saturday and Sunday, noon - 5 p.m.

The Gallery at the Regional Arts Commission
6128 Delmar Boulevard on The Loop
St. Louis, MO 63112

Joseph Sisters Gallery: Friday, 24 Juine 2011