Monday, February 24, 2014

May Gallery: Friday, 28 February 2014

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José Hernández-Claire:

Broken Roots:
Illegal Immigration into the U.S.

© Jose Hernandez-Claire

28 February - 28 March 2014

With a talk by Mr. Hernández-Claire on Friday, 28 February, at 3 pm in Sverdrup 123
Opening Reception Friday, 28 February, 5-7 pm

fonca conaculta

and in the Small Wall Gallery, Hayden Molinarolo
curated by Laura Schilli

Saturday, February 22, 2014

Duet: Saturday, March 29 2014

Yamini Nayar & Jerry Monteith

March 29 –May 31, 2014
Opening Reception: Saturday, March 29, 6pm-9pm

To see a world in a grain of sand
And heaven in a wild flower
Hold infinity in the palm of your hand
And eternity in an hour—William Blake

In Duet’s second exhibition Yamini Nayar and Jerry Monteith explore the vertigo inducing ecstasy of dramatic scale shifts. The monumental and the microscopic collide in both 2D and 3D forms where it becomes difficult to tell where surface and volume begin and end. Nayar’s photographic work compresses space combined with an astonishing set of collaged figure ground reversals as a paradoxical sense of order emerges like a pyroclastic force from otherwise scrambled bric-a-brac. Monteith starts small and continues to pare down to what seems like a sub-atomic vanishing point. The effect of Monteith’s grain-like ‘Attractor’ series evokes Blake’s “hold infinity in the palm of your hand” as Nayar’s Chrysalis provides the embodiment of “eternity in an hour.”

3526 Washington Ave #300
St Louis, MO, 63103

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Art Saint Louis: Friday, 7 March 2014

 Free reception Friday evening
March 7, 2014, 6-8 p.m.

MARCH 7-27, 2014

Art Saint Louis proudly presents "Varsity Art XVIII," on view Friday, March 7 through Thursday, March 27, 2014 in our NEW Gallery at 1223 Pine Street in the historic Park Pacific building in downtown St. Louis.

 Please join us in the Art Saint Louis Gallery this Friday evening, March 7 from 6-8 p.m. for the free opening reception for "Varsity Art XVIII." If you miss the reception, the exhibit is on view through March 27 and Gallery hours are Monday, 7 a.m.-4 p.m., Tuesday through Friday, 7 a.m.-5 p.m. and Saturday, 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Free & open to the public.   

For the past eighteen years, Art Saint Louis has worked with art Professors and instructors in St. Louis regional colleges and universities to present the "Varsity Art" exhibition. This year's 18th annual exhibition highlights the works of 33 outstanding undergrad and grad level students representing 17 Missouri and Illinois colleges and universities.

The 17 participating institutions & 33 featured students in this year's exhibit are:
Graphic design by John M. Goessmann.

East Central College: Ricky Briggenhorst, Nick Telarico
Fontbonne University: Albert Yowshien Kuo, Erica Popp
Greenville College: Lisa Burhanna, Kylie Edwards
Jefferson College: Chloe Hamilton, Jeremiah Shewcraft
Lindenwood University: Erin Jameson Brown, Matthew Noblett
Maryville University: Maura T. Mayer, Rachel Vincenz
McKendree University: Kayla Jenkins, Kayla Morelan
St. Charles Community College: Brandon Arnold, Kentrell Strong
St. Louis Community College Florissant Valley: Jerren McKenny, Dominic Phillips
St. Louis Community College Forest Park: Deanna Michelle, Joseph Hellberg
St. Louis Community College Meramec: Damon Gaspar, Brian Lathan
St. Louis Community College Wildwood: Zoey Fiedler, Kaitlyn Swartz
Saint Louis University: Hongchen Li, Bobby Pickner
Southern Illinois University Edwardsville: Eric Heerspink, Jeramy White
University of Missouri-St. Louis: Sarah Cress-Ackermann, Victoria Wayne
Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts, Washington University in St. Louis: Anya Kavanaugh
Webster University: Conor Murphy, Montgomery Reed

HOURS Monday 7 a.m.-4 p.m., Tuesday through Friday, 7 a.m.-5 p.m., Saturday 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m., Closed Sundays.

Art Saint Louis is located at 1223 Pine Street in the heart of downtown St. Louis at the historic Park Pacific Building. The building is bordered by Olive, 14th, Tucker and Pine. Art Saint Louis is located on the Pine Street side (one-way Westbound) of the building. There is no direct access to Art Saint Louis from or through the Park Pacific Building. Need a map? Click here.

There is metered street parking on Pine Street and Olive Street. Meters run until 7 p.m. daily, 7 days a week. There is hourly parking in the Park Pacific parking garage (pay by cash only until 8 p.m. or anytime by credit card). Download a free Downtown Parking Guide here.

The Gallery is easily accessible by MetroLink and MetroBus with MetroBus stops on Olive Street and Tucker right near the building. 

Art Saint Louis
1223 Pine Street

St. Louis, MO

St. Charles Community College: Wednesday, 21 February 2014

Rescheduled from snow day

MFA Invitational
St. Charles Community College
Through Februay 21, 2014
Reception: Wed., Feb. 19, 6pm - 8pm

Friday, February 14, 2014

Gallery at RAC: Friday, 28 February 2014


Opening reception on Friday, February 28 from 5:30 - 7:30 pm.

The Regional Arts Commission brings the tradition and vibrant culture of Latin American Carnaval to Saint Louis with its Latinicidad exhibition. Curated by Ciléia Miranda-Yuen, the exhibit showcases artists whose works encapsulate the festival’s spirit with a variety of traditional masks, dresses, and paintings. There will also be performances at the reception of guitar, poetry, and dance. Accompanying the exhibition will be our own Carnaval event uniting the community in a celebration of history, art, and custom.

Fabio Rodriguez, Ashley Reese, Emily Thebeau, Haley Smith, Joseph Lambert, Kiliegh Meredith, Steve Poole, Eliana Cristancho, Luisa Otero, Marlene Lewis, Henryk Ptasiewicz, Gabriela Toujas, Carmen Dence, Bianca Azevedo, Eliana Oliveira, Biljiana Erdeg, Vlatko Erdeg, María T. Balogh, and Lauren Wilmore

Following in true tradition, the celebration continues on with a community Carnaval festival on Sunday, March 2, from 3:00 – 6:00 pm.
Gallery Talk on Wednesday, March 26, from 5:30 – 7:00 pm.
The exhibition runs from February 28 to March 29

Gallery hours: Monday-Friday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m and Saturday noon to 5 p.m.

The Gallery at the Regional Arts Commission
6128 Delmar Blvd.
St. Louis, MO 63112
Free parking behind The Pageant & metered street parking314-863-5811

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Compônere Gallery of Art: Sunday, 2 March 2014

Del Dace: “Journey”
(Paintings and Drawings)

February 23rd 2014 - March 29th 2014
Reception 2-4 p.m. Sunday March 2nd 2014
m-t 11-5| f-s 11-9 | s 1-5

Compônere Gallery of Art – 28 years of art
6509 Delmar Blvd
St. Louis MO 63130

Fifty09 Gallery: Friday, 28 February 2014

Fifty09 Gallery's February Exhibition:
Speilhouse by Tara Morton

February 28 – March 21
Opening Reception: February 28 from 6-9pm

Game Night is hosted by Speilhaus (German for “playhouse”), a quirky new addition to the wonderful things St. Louis has to offer. Speilhaus founder Tara Morton began collecting board games many years ago, and as her collection grew, she realized that she had a strong desire to share her collection with people that wanted to play. Speilhaus will offer super-affodable board game rentals, and for the exhibition, all games will be available to play for a good ol’ fashioned family game night. Attendees can expect a spectacular display of board games and board game pieces while enjoying hours of fun playing with friends or strangers.

Missouri History Museum: Friday, 14 February 2014

250 in 250
Opens Friday, February 14
Missouri History Museum
FREE admission

The Missouri History Museum commemorates the 250th anniversary of St. Louis through an exciting exhibition that showcases the stories of 50 people, 50 places, 50 moments, 50 images, and 50 objects. Discover stories of murderers and musicians, prostitutes and poets, composers and clowns. See objects older than 250 years and some we still use today. Hear first-hand accounts of the big and small moments that have made St. Louis history and view images of St. Louisans at work and play. A complete picture of St. Louis’s history is impossible, but we can give you 250 fascinating snapshots. See the city in 250 new ways.

The exhibit opens Friday, February 14th at 10am, and Museum galleries will remain open until 10pm to allow visitors to enjoy the exhibit in the evening. February 14th through 17th, the Museum will host a variety of FREE family activities, including crafts, carriage rides, cupcake decorating, musical performances and more. See the Museum’s website for a complete schedule of activities.

Saturday, February 08, 2014

Clayton Fine Art Gallery: Wednesday, 12 February 2014

Don't forget our Clayton Fine Art Gallery Second Wednesday Art Party is from 5 to 8 p.m. the second Wednesday of each month. The next one will be Wednesday February 12. 

Join featured Resident Pastel Artist,  Juliette Travous,  and visit with guest artists Cheryl Dorris, John Marcum, Barbara Shapiro, and Dries Alberts, and hear the stories behind their exciting new works on display during the current exhibit.

Clayton Fine Art Gallery represents a core group of Resident Artists. Periodically we also invite juried artists as guests of the gallery to complement our exhibition. You will discover a variety of artistic styles and mediums, including oils, acrylics, watercolors, mixed media, photography, pastels, sculpture, and more.  Styles include contemporary, classic, realism, abstract, and impressionism.  

We are located next to Imo's Pizza on the west side of the street and across the street from Clayton City Hall and the US Post Office

Gallery Hours: Wednesday to Saturday 11-6,  Sunday 12-5, Closed Monday -  Tuesday.
Clayton Fine Art Gallery
21 North Bemiston
Clayton, Missouri 63105

Wednesday, February 05, 2014

Craft Alliance Gallery in the Kranzberg Art Center: Friday, 7 February 2014

Join us for the opening reception of Fail-Safe: Discomforts Close to Home next Friday, February 7th from 6:00-9:00pm in our Grand Center gallery. This exhibition is comprised of a group of  fiber artists and has been curated by Marci Rae McDade, the editor of Surface Design Journal.

The exhibition features 13 artists who all work with fiber and textiles, but use them in very different ways. Marci McDade and artists Mary Smull and Amanda McCavour will all be in town to celebrate the show’s opening.

Material and Meaning –Brown bag lunch lecture
Friday, February 7, 12:30pm
Join Fail-Safe exhibition curator Marci Rae McDade for an in-depth conversation about the use of traditionally "safe and comforting" fiber materials and techniques to convey potent messages of societal discontent. Examples of works included in the show will be discussed along with important aspects of this tenaciously tactile genre of contemporary art.

Craft Alliance Gallery in the Kranzberg Art Center
501 N. Grand Blvd

Tuesday, February 04, 2014

Philip Slein Gallery: Friday, 28 February 2014

Reception: Friday, February 28th, 2014, 6-8 pm runs through March 29th

Western thought, says Derrida, has always been structured in terms of dichotomies or polarities: good vs. evil, mind vs. matter, soul vs. body, man vs. woman, life vs. death, being vs. nothingness, presence vs. absence. If there is a predominant polarity in Gary Stephan's recent paintings, it is this last one. When Derrida spoke of presence vs. absence he usually referred to language, specifically the spoken vs. the written. In the case of Stephan's paintings, we're talking about visual language, layers of paint, some diaphanous and some not. The presence is what covers, and the absence is what is covered.

Stephan's work reflects the zeitgeist, deconstruction, and most of all, a language that is characterized by absence. It is an issue that Stephan says he has worked on for years: how can one "preserve the pleasure of the object and the pleasure of being in the world, and still work on the possibility that this is all nothing, this is all void."

Hours: Tues.-Sat. 10am-5pm

The Philip Slein Gallery
4735 McPherson Ave.
Central West End

Bruno David Gallery: Friday, 7 March 2014

March 7 – 29, 2014
Opening Reception: Friday, March 7th, from 5:00 to 9:00 pm
SHAWN BURKARD: Formations (Front Room)
HEATHER BENNETT: Rivington (New Media Room)

The opening reception will be Friday, March 7, 2014 from 5 to 9 pm. On the same night, Grand Center’s First Fridays will also be from 5 to 9 pm. Every first Friday of the month, museums and galleries in St. Louis’ Grand Center are free and open to the public until 9 pm.

Shane Simmons has spent the last few decades on the construction of an internal exploratory apparatus through the practice of painting, He sees painting as being entwined at the very root of the mysterious stage of our evolution in which we as a species invented a new type of power through the generation of culture, thereby acquiring some of our most essential tools for communication, propagation, and progress.

Believing that painting still holds promise as an effective method for accessing, describing, recording and transmitting the details of remote aspects of the human experience, he has sought to discover empirical information about the nature of the millennial struggle of the human animal to understand it’s self and its environment. He seeks to do so not only through a sincere pursuit of the perfection of the craft, but by simultaneously positioning himself in direct contact with a substantial sampling of a vast array of human artifacts old and new through his work as an art handler.

In this collection of paintings, he submits a record of images developed using this equipment and presents us with those visions. This show marks Kahler’s first solo exhibition with the gallery. A fully illustrated book accompanies the exhibition.

In the New Media Room, the gallery presents a video “Rivington” by Heather Bennett.

Rivington is a strangely telling document. Once the concept is set, the location rented, the props in place, composition directives given and make-up applied, there is only to sit in a rumpled white bed and play the part of the intended fiction. Rivington records 35 minutes of the last part of this process in the making of the image Charlotte in 2006. Charlotte is a tongue in cheek portrayal of the sexually charged cliché of the older, jaded woman preying on/being preyed upon by the carefree young man. It is a scene we all know but from no particular source. This version is intended to disrupt our acceptance with a paraphrase of the same media driven language with which we are acutely yet carelessly familiar, with a few major tweaks. The most predominate of which is a subject/object reversal. In the video, the artist taking the part of the woman is seen in the particular point of the image construction where the subject must play the object. The uncomfortable vacillation between the two is visibly palpable here. Our erstwhile Charlotte must subsume herself and imitate the object in order for the critique to function, however for the very same reason, the presence of the subject must remain. Hovering on this precipice, the subject slightly emerges and is demurely checked by the artist with a deference to those assisting who are capable of viewing the scene. The subject worries about the addition of unwanted props, scene cropping, the placement of the sunlight, silently, while impersonating the object. Around this struggle, we see the aesthetic recital of the composed scene with reality as a backdrop in the form of the typical surroundings of a photo shoot; an existing soundtrack, off camera banter between friends acting as assistants and the authoritative voice of the anonymous photographer keeping time.

As with the other pieces in the body of work entitled “Sidetrack,” Rivington leaves the artist slightly vulnerable and somewhat exposed as we are allowed to watch her struggle for the balance between forgery and criticism. She slowly metes out her control with a staccato reticence, wavering within the pregnant poles of her heated appropriation. Rivington is a circuitous document, which is made before the mechanisms of the finished piece take hold, giving us an ironic insight into the conclusions towards which the final work nudges. In the end, the male model for the ‘carefree young man’ pulls up his pants front and center of the camera and both figures walk away leaving us staring at an empty bed and maybe wondering what was there in the first place. Rivington was first shown in 2010 at the Stephan Stoyanov Gallery.

In the Front Room, the gallery presents an exhibition “Formations” by Shawn Burkard. This new series of small drawings formed through a gradual accumulation of odd geometric shapes overlapped to obscurity. They derived from the drawing process of ink lines that bleed through the paper onto the sheet of paper under the top layer. Each drawing layer stemmed from the drawing before it, like reverse erosion. Each drawing organically created the next drawing, a cycle of drawing and redrawing layers. This show marks Burkard’s fourth solo exhibition with the gallery. A f\ully illustrated book accompanies the exhibition.

Hours: Mon-Sat 10:00 am – 5:00 pm