Friday, May 31, 2013

Kirkwood Train Station: Thursday, 6 June 2013

Jeanne McGauley Conway's paintings in watercolor and oil will be featured at the Kirkwood Train Station from June 3 - July 1, 2013. Sponsored by the Kirkwood Area Arts Council, a reception will be held on Thursday, June 6th, from 5:30-7 pm.

Concrete Ocean Art Gallery: Friday, 31 May 2013

ArtDimensions in cooperation with Concrete Ocean is proud to present "Busted Spring" an open theme juried group exhibition. Please join us for our opening reception, featuring work by these local artists.

Mark Swain, Sara Levin, Brandon Barnes, Haram Ahn, Hannah Roling, Sam Davis, Michael J. Becker, Snail Scott, Ryan Strong, Cathy Summers, John and Nan Pruitt, Eric Langley, Cindy Royal, Erica Kavanagh.

There will be snacks and a cash bar.

Concrete Ocean Art Gallery
2257 S. Jefferson
St. Louis, MO 63104
(NW corner of Jefferson and Shenandoah)

Friday, May 24, 2013

The Sheldon Art Galleries: Friday, 7 June 2013

The Sheldon Art Galleries
Invite You to
the Opening of Five New Exhibitions 

Wallace Herndon Smith
Bellwether Gallery of St. Louis Artists

City of Gabriels: The History of Jazz in St. Louis, 1895-1973
History of Jazz Gallery
The exhibition and book are made possible by a
generous grant from an anonymous donor.

The City Inside/Out
Bernoudy Gallery of Architecture and Gallery of Photography

Circus Summer
AT&T Gallery of Children’s Art

Shawn Michelle Smith: In the Details
Nancy Spirtas Kranzberg Gallery
Friday, June 7, 2013
5 – 7 p.m., complimentary wine and hors d’oeuvres
Galleries Open until 9 p.m.
For First Fridays in Grand Center

The Sheldon Art Galleries
3648 Washington Boulevard
St. Louis, MO 63108


Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Craft Alliance in the Kranzberg Arts Center: Friday, 7 June 2013

2013 Artists-in-Residence Exhibition
June 7, 2013 – August 25, 2013
Opening Reception: Friday, June 7, 6 – 8pm

The exhibition features the work of ceramicist William Archer Rimel, fiber artist Kelsey Viola Wiskirchen, and metal artists Laura Elizabeth Mullen and Bifei Ciao.

William Archer Rimel
Rimel’s work currently concentrates on “freakish” images that encourage viewers to become voyeurs into a world unknown to them. Rimel focuses on what makes us different, even strange, allowing viewers the “chance to briefly validate themselves as normal human beings.” Rimel explains, “Growing up we were told not to point or stare at things that seemed unusual to us. The idea of the freak show was to do just this. People with genetic abnormalities would be collected and put on display for people willing to pay for a taste of the bizarre.”

Kelsey Viola Wiskirchen
Wiskirchen creates delicate drawings that have been woven and stitched together, documenting stories that have been exchanged between her and others. She experiences the act of weaving and stitching as a form of learning, self-expression, and therapy, both for herself and for the women that she worked with throughout the year at the Crime Victim Advocacy Center. Symbolically, the thread serves as a representative of the women’s individual fragility and also their strength when woven into cloth.  Wiskirchen uses “the materiality of thread and physical dimension of the stitched line [to] represent what is shared during times of togetherness.  The result is a tactile fabric object which documents a story that at first only existed in conversation and memory.”

Laura Elizabeth Mullen
In Mullen’s most recent body of work, she has been using a blast furnace and resin bonded sand molds to cast different components in iron, and then combine them into traditional jewelry formats. Her mixed use of industrial materials such as iron and steel and precious materials like silver, diamonds and pearls, questions perceived notions of value. Mullen explains, “My goal is to evoke contemplation about scale, decoration, material values, viewer interaction, and western society’s perceived gender roles.”

Bifei Cao
Cao combines metal, wood and found objects to craft jewelry and hollowware with an infusion of both Chinese and American aesthetics. His work is both decorative and narrative, using symbols and images such as figures, texts, and buildings. He strives to create a “balance between Eastern and Western cultures and create art forms that enable a crossing of boundaries while defying conventional definitions.”
Craft Alliance’s Artist-In-Residence program operates at its Grand Center location in the Kranzberg Arts Center. The program encourages emerging and mid-career artists by providing them a work space free-of-charge, access to a built-in audience and an opportunity to exhibit and sell their work. The residencies give the public and students in Craft Alliance’s outreach and education programs the opportunity to learn about the techniques and processes involved in creating art with craft materials.

Gallery Hours: Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday, 12 – 6pm / Friday, 11am – 6pm / Sunday, 12 – 5pm

Craft Alliance in the Kranzberg Arts Center
501 N. Grand
St. Louis MO 63103

Monday, May 20, 2013

Craft Alliance in the Delmar Loop: thrusday, 23 May 2013

Crafting-A-Future Student Exhibition
May 23 – June 16, 2013

Craft Alliance (CA) is pleased to announce the opening of the Crafting-A-Future Student Exhibition. The opening reception is on Thursday, April 23, from 5 – 7pm in CA’s Charak Gallery in the Delmar Loop.

Crafting-A-Future (CAF) is a multi-year mentoring program that provides talented, underserved high school students throughout the St. Louis metro area with in-depth arts education. In order to develop a body of work, students work closely with local artists in CA’s jewelry/metalsmithing, fiber, clay, woodturning, and graphics studios. CAF nurtures students in their pursuit of an art education beyond what is offered in high school programs. In addition to their studio time, students are exposed to the work of internationally and nationally known artists through exhibitions and lectures. CAF challenges the students throughout their studies, encouraging them to develop their technique and concepts. With the continued support of CAF mentors, students build a portfolio in preparation for post-secondary education. Wolfgang Ibur, a graduating CAF student with a scholarship to the Kansas City Art Institute, explains that CAF has “changed my views on how I make art.  I am able to think about my own work on a deeper level, and in a new light.” The program culminates with an exhibition of their work in CA’s regional gallery in the Delmar Loop.

This year, 30 students in grades 9 through 12 have participated in weekly Saturday CAF classes. More than a mere study in materials and technique, CAF helps shape the lives of our students. Many of the CAF graduates continue on to pursue successful careers in art. Robert Longyear, Community Outreach Manager at CA, continues to have high expectations for this year’s graduating students, and is excited to see what they accomplish as they move forward.

Gallery Hours: Tuesday – Thursday 10am – 5pm / Friday – Saturday 10am – 6pm / Sunday 11am – 5pm

Craft Alliance in the Delmar Loop
6640 Delmar Blvd
St. Louis, MO 63130

Friday, May 17, 2013

Old Orchard Gallery: Friday, 18 May 2013

Please join us for The Paint Webster Reception tonight from 5pm-6:30pm at The Old Orchard Gallery.  Enjoy a glass of wine, some light appetizers and over 50 artworks created during The Paint Webster Plein Air Event last weekend here in Webster Groves.

The Old Orchard Gallery
37 South Old Orchard
Webster Groves MO 63119

1409 Washington Ave.: Saturday, 18 May 2013

May 18, 2013, 6-9 PM

"Magnetic Highway" is a one-night exhibition, curated by adjunct lecturer Jessica Baran, that features works by the 2013 Master of Fine Arts candidates in the Graduate School of Art: Lyndon Barrois, Jr.,
Sarah R. Bernhardt, Hsuan Ying Chen, Serhii Chrucky, JaNae Contag, Carrie DeBacker, Erin M. Duhigg, José Garza, Eric Gray, Meghan Allynn Johnson, Hoa Le, Christine Eunji Lee, Lavar Munroe, Jon A. Orosco, Michael Powell, Bridget A. Purcell, Malahat Qureshi, Natalie Rodgers, Carla Fisher Schwartz, Zak Smoker, Laurencia Strauss, Lili Yang, Vivian Zapata.

1409 Washington Ave.
5th Floor

Northwest Coffee and Roasting Company: Friday, 28 June 2013

Fresh Paint and Ink – new abstract paintings by Michael Bolton and ink on paper drawings by Joanna Hoge

June 18 – July 28, 2013

Opening Friday, June 28th from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm. Free and open to the public, serving coffee, wine and light refreshments.

Michael Bolton continues to push away from structure and formalities in his paintings. Subject matter no longer dominates, but rather color, texture and flow. He rarely uses a paint brush. Instead, he uses pallet knives with ordinary house paint, housing caulk, and other everyday materials.

Joanna Hoge divides her time between fine art commissions, food styling and personal projects. Her body of work, composed primarily of ink drawings on paper, explores themes of alienation, absurdity and transcendence through nature.

Hours: Mon-Fri 6:00 am to 6:00 pm, Sat-Sun 7:00 am to 6:00 pm

Northwest Coffee and Roasting Company
4510 Maryland Avenue
Clayton MO 63105

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Schmidt Art Center: Thursday, 6 June 2013

Please join us for the opening reception of exhibitions by Laura Strand, Jack Decoteau, and Mary C. Nasser on Thursday, June 6, 6 - 8pm.

Laura Strand - Material Alchemy
Laura Strand's woven textiles foster cross-disciplinary discussions among craft, art history, and cultural geography.

Mary C. Nasser - Navigate
Mary C. Nasser's nature-inspired mixed media paintings, layered with maps and scientific illustrations, parallel both individuals and their relationships.

Jack Decoteau - Portraits and Self Portraits

Jack Decoteau's portraits provide a unique viewpoint of people's lives and societal rules, finding an ever-expanding message in the everyday.

Exhibitions open May 24 - June 21.

Visit us online at for more information on programs and exhibitions.

William and Florence Schmidt Art Center

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Belas Artes: Thursday, 16 May 2013

Belas Artes Open House and Reception

You will have the chance to meet the Brazilian artist Cecilia Andre who is coming to St. Louis for a meeting and greeting


1854 Russell Blvd.
St. Louis MO 63104

Friday, May 10, 2013

The Vino Gallery: Saturday, 11 May 2013

Please join us at The Vino Gallery this Saturday, May 11th, from 6 pm until 9pm, for the opening of the St. Louis Chapter of the Women's Caucus for Art Juried Exhibit. Selected artwork from: Lisa Sisley-Blinn, Amy Firestone Rosen, Roxanne Phillips, Kacey Cowdery, Janet Wade, Erica Popp, Mary Nasser, Corrine Didsheim, Christine Ilewski, Claire Hyman, Christine Giancola, Brittany Jasin, Jennifer Weigel and Virginia Dragschutz. The W.C.A. juried exhibit will be on display through July the 6th, 2013. For more information, please visit WCA-STL.ORG .

The Vino Gallery
4701 McPherson Ave.
St. Louis, MO 63108

Hoffman LaChance Contemporary: Friday, 10 May 2013

'Iconic Apocalypse'
New paintings and sculpture from Illinois graffiti artist Burn353

opening reception from 6-10pm
refreshments provided
Free and open to the public!
Hoffman LaChance Contemporary
2713 Sutton Boulevard
Maplewood MO 63143

SOHA Studio and Gallery: Friday, 7 June 2013

June 7, 6-10pm
Shana Norton | "those that wait" | Cyanotypes
Exhibiting June 7 - 26

Shana Norton exhibits large, soft, subtle Photographs using the Cyanotype Process in a solo exhibit titled, "those that wait" at SOHA Gallery. We welcome you to visit and experience this romantic yet slightly dark imagery. A story, a feeling perhaps... we can relate to.

Hours: Wed, Friday, and Sat 11am - 4pm

SOHA Studio and Gallery
4915 Macklind Ave.
 St. Louis MO 63109

SOHA Studio and Gallery: Friday, 10 May 2013

Timothy Meehan | "Artificial Moons" | Paintings and Video Installation
Opening Reception: Friday, May 10, 7pm
Exhibiting: May 8 - 29

In describing his work Tim uses the terms "Modernistic and Art Brut" yet there is a tenderness to these simple, yet bold, marks. All of the elements complementing each other in movement and composition - while using his, consistent and repetitive, limited palette. Tim strives to find "that one
beautiful moment" in each piece 

Gallery Talk with Tim Meehan, May 22, 7pm

Hours: Wed, Friday, and Sat 11am - 4pm

 SOHA Studio and Gallery
4915 Macklind Ave.
 St. Louis MO 63109

Wednesday, May 08, 2013

May Gallery: Friday, 10 May 2013

May Gallery

Circle of Confusion

amy alderson erin anello • melissa belenzon • ryan duffy • derek feldman • justin hebenstreit • andrea martinezbrendan moloneyloren mueller allyssa ohlmantaylor ringenbergsean sandefur • gabbie stieb • ashli wallace

Watch a time lapse movie of the making of the image.

Friday, May 03, 2013

Atrium Gallery: Friday, 17 May 2013

Atrium Presents Two New Exhibitions:
 Lore Bert, "30 Lilien," 2012   object with Japanese and Nepal paper and gold leaf   47 1/4" x 47 1/4"
Lore Bert: "Celebration"
May 17 - July 31

Both exhibitions will open Friday, May 17.  Mary Joan Waid will be present for the Reception and will also present an Artist’s Talk Saturday, the 18th at 11:00. Please join us for an Opening Reception, Friday May 17, 6 - 8 pm. Parking available on building lot (east side)

Lore Bert is a minimalist whose major medium is handmade paper. She produces two-dimensional pieces as well as large-scale installation works in historic properties. Her subjects revolve around architecture, geometry, and philosophy, with both abstract symbols and representational elements appearing in various ways.

 Mary Joan Waid, "Lemons and Green," 2010, pastel on paper,  25 1/2" x 19 1/2"
Mary Joan Waid: "Stillness"
May 17 - July 31

"Stillness" is an exhibition of recent pastel works by Mary Joan Waid. This group of new pieces presents her traditional, exquisite, and often haunting still-life works with a closeness and intimacy that relates instantly with the viewer.  Almost as a “still” these beautifully crafted images depict a moment, perhaps fleeting, of an ongoing narrative happening with the subject.  Intense color and minimal background detail focus these subjects in a sense of directness that characterizes Waid’s newest works.

Thursday - Saturday: 10 - 5, Tuesday and Wednesday by appointment

4814 Washington Ave
(Central West End)
St. Louis, MO 63108

Norton's Fine Art & Framing: Friday, 10 May 2013

New acrylic paintings and collages by Glenda Hares, featuring landscapes, still-lifes and florals.

This exhibit and sale starts on Friday, May 10 with a reception from 6pm – 8pm.  It continues through Saturday, June 15. The exhibit is free and open to the public.

Hares works in an impressionistic style that is instantly likable – not tooo realistic, not too abstract. There is just enough definition here without confining the viewers€™ imagination and sensual experience of the work. The most outstanding element here is Hares€™ splendid use of color. This is vibrant, yet softly saturated color. Pastels predominate, but they are never sugary, retaining a vivid richness that is actually quite masterful. Acrylic paint often shows as artificial and synthetic. The acrylic paintings in this exhibit, however, resound with a naturalness that is pleasing and surprising.

 Hares has a quiet, steady passion for her work—she sees art not as a hobby or a ccareer, but as a natural extension of her existence.  "It’s just something that's a part of your life and you do it on a regular basis like brushing your teeth. Whether you feel like it or not, whether you're inspired or not, you just go do it and eventually good things happen," she said. "Or, you hope good things happen, they don't always.”

Regular gallery hours are 10am – 6pm. Tuesday through Saturday.

Norton's Fine Art & Framing
2025 S. Big Bend Blvd.
halfway between Highway 40/64 and Manchester Road.

Fort Gondo: Saturday, 4 May 2013

Mike Newton: CONTACT
May 4 - June 1, 2013
Opening reception Saturday, May 4, 7-10 PM with a performance by the artist.

CONTACT considers interpersonal communication as an analogy for greater struggles with unknowable systems, drawing upon psychological studies of autism, language and anxiety, especially as they relate to eye contact.Conceptualized as a model for an eye contact training video, one
piece calls attention to the strange and unknowable logic of established social conventions and the impossibility of teaching social skills. Much as repeating the same word leaches it of meaning, focusing on out-of-context eye contact renders a traditionally normal act bizarre. A second video
expands upon this idea with additional attention paid to language and emotional digression. By contrasting (ostensibly objective) scientific studies with emotive writing and handmade forms, the piece negotiates the difficult relationship between clinical discourse and lived realities. A third, short animation moves between simple abstractions and illustrations of autistic children from a 1960s study. The illustrations were derived from a film record of clinical research that is now lost, suggesting how individual experience becomes complicated -- if altogether expunged -- within larger systems of archiving, representation and interpretation.

Hours: Thursdays, 12 - 4 p.m. and by appointment fort gondo compound for the arts
3151 Cherokee Street
St. Louis, MO 63118

Thursday, May 02, 2013

World Chess Hall of Fame: Friday, 3 May 2013

The World Chess Hall of Fame is proud to present, Prized and Played: Highlights from the Jon Crumiller Collection. This Friday, May 3rd, visit us from 6-8 p.m. for the opening reception. Featuring over 80 chess sets used for both decoration and play, as well as other one-of-a-kind chess ephemera, this two-floor exhibition is not to be missed!

Complimentary Valet
World Chess Hall of Fame
4652 Maryland Avenue
Saint Louis, MO 63108

Gateway Gallery: Friday, 10 May 2013

Come share an evening of art and refreshments with the artists and guests of our gallery at the reception next Friday evening, May 10, from 6 to 9PM. 

Please join our featured artists and friends, and visit with our current guest artists Denzil Hawes-Davis, Carol A. Fleming, and Cheryl Dorris, and hear the stories behind their exciting new works on display during our exhibit entitled "Exploring the Landscape with Paint."  

  Gateway Gallery
21 North Bemiston
Clayton, Missouri 63105

Wednesday, May 01, 2013

Luminary Center for the Arts: Saturday, 4 May 2013

Whole City: St. Louis
organized by Works Progress (Minneapolis)

The Luminary Center for the Arts
Temporary Gallery at 2644 Cherokee Street, St. Louis 63118
May 4 – May 25, 2013
Opening Reception on May 4th from 7-9pm
Part of the How to Build a World That Won't Fall Apart Exhibition Series

Join us this Saturday during Cherokee Street's Cinco de Mayo festival for the Whole City opening reception. Whole City is a month-long project by Minneapolis-based public art studio Works Progress asking inhabitants of St. Louis to tell us about its identity as a place, as well as the creative life and aspirations of its residents – beginning with the question, What makes us whole?

Using collaborative inquiry and reflection, Works Progress will explore St. Louis – specifically, the connections and disconnections that socially-engaged artists and other creative practitioners have made both inside and outside the arts community, and how those connections or disconnections might shape and shift the future of the city.

Throughout the course of an intense one-week residency Works Progress will tour St. Louis, asking residents from in and outside the arts the same question: What makes us whole? The variety of answers collected through face-to-face conversation, postcards, images, short interviews and social media will be on display at The Luminary from May 4th-25th, 2013 along with a broadsheet compiled in dialogue with parallel initiatives nationwide.

This project is part of a broader conversation about the creative reimagining of public life being launched by artists in Minneapolis-St. Paul. To join the conversation visit

Kirkwood Area Arts Council: Thursday, 2 May 2013

KAAC is presenting the "Transportation Photography" exhibit. The opening reception will the held at the Kirkwood Train Station, Thursday, May 2, 2013 from 5:30 - 7:00 pm.  The station is located at 110 West Argonne Drive, Saint Louis, MO, 63122. (Invitation attached)

The exhibit runs from April 29, 2013 through June 3, 2013 and may be viewed when the station is open. (Check for cars parked in the volunteer spots in front - then you know someone is there!)
Kirkwood Area Arts Council

Philip Slein Gallery: Friday, 17 May 2013

Valerie Jaudon, Circa, 2012, oil on linen, 56" x 64"

Variations: featuring the work Arnold Helbling, Stephen Ellis, and Valerie Jaudon.

Reception: Friday, May 17th, 2013, 6-8 pm
runs through June 29th

Viewing nature through his singular vision, Arnold Helbling abstracts its forms and renders them with a distinctive palette featuring tones simultaneously soft and lush. These paintings can be read as both representational (microscopic views of cell structure) and as abstract (permutations on a somewhat refashioned grid.) Helbling's touch of brush to canvas both challenges and seduces the viewer

Stephen Ellis's work is bold and assertive, often with multiple layers which tend to work against a singular reading of the canvas. Yet this work is rendered with complete assurance by a hand that understands full well the attitudes and history of the New York School and expands the canon.

Valerie Jaudon makes work so exquisitely crafted that it almost belies its place in a field where "expression" is often defined by an emotional use of the brushstroke. Her brushstrokes do indeed carry emotion, but they are controlled by a rigorous attention to the formal elements of the painting's structure and thus the viewer must approach the canvas with an inquiring eye to become fully engaged. It is this formality which allows Jaudon's work to expand beyond the studio and the canvas to become part of our day-to-day environment. 

Hours: Tues.-Sat. 10am-5pm  
The Philip Slein Gallery
4735 McPherson Ave.

Central West End