Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Arcade Contemporary Art Projects: Saturday, 3 February 2018

Adorn or Disfigure Exhibit Opening at Arcade Building Feb. 3 6-9 pm
The exhibit runs Feb. 3-28 at the Arcade Gallery

"Daguerreotypes, ambrotypes, photographs and electrotypes, good and bad, now adorn or disfigure all our dwelling... Men of all conditions may see themselves as others see them. What was once the exclusive luxury of the rich and great is now within reach of all."
-Frederick Douglass, Pictures and Progress, 1864

The Arcade Contemporary Art Projects Gallery at Webster University’s Gateway Campus hosts a collection of work featuring student artists in the Department of Art, Design & Art History. Adorn or Disfigure showcases a collection of work that is an extension of the artists’ exploration of contrast, perception, and self-representation within their own practice.

Featured Webster University student artists in the Department of Art, Design & Art History (DADAH) of the Leigh Gerdine College of Fine Arts are Brennan Stamulis, Niki Harris, Aleida Ruelas Hertel, David Pulphus, Alex Williford, Katie Dineen, Andrew Gurney, Moira Smith, Krista Valdez, Quinton Ward, Nathan Walton.

Adorn or Disfigure is a group exhibition rooted in and inspired by the words of African-American social reformer, abolitionist, orator, writer, and statesman Frederick Douglass, especially within the greater context of its meaning in the book or essays, lectures and photographs, “Pictures and Progress: Early Photography and the Making of African American Identity,” by editors Maurice O. Wallace and Shawn Michelle Smith.

"Pictures and Progress explores how, during the nineteenth century and the early twentieth, prominent African American intellectuals and activists understood photography's power to shape perceptions about race and employed the new medium in their quest for social and political justice. They sought both to counter widely circulating racist imagery and to use self-representation as a means of empowerment."

Foundry Art Centre: Friday, 2 February 2018

Photography 6
Friday, February 2, 6 - 8 pm Gallery Talk | 5:30 - 6 pm

Juror Kathleen Sanker

The role of photography in our digital age cannot be overstated.  From a medium whose novelty arose from its ability to accurately record the world around us, the art of photography has expanded through technology to one that should not be accepted at face value.  Although staging, composition, and artistic intent have always formed the base of photographic artwork, the advance in the medium now open a world of possibilities that were not available even a few years ago. Photography 6 captures the breadth within the photographic world. All works operate from a photographic origin, whether manually or digitally manipulated, raw, or incorporated into mixed media pieces.

Foundry Art Centre
520 N Main Center

St Charles, MO 63301

Bonsack Gallery : Friday, 9 February 2018

The Bonsack Gallery will feature a group of illustrations created by Tim Lane for his upcoming biographical novel, Just Like Steve McQueen, from Friday, February 9, through Tuesday, April 3. All are invited to an opening reception from 5:30 to 7:30 pm on February 9.

Tim Lane is a graphic novelist whose books include The Lonesome Go and Abandoned Cars.

Regular gallery hours are 8 am to 5 pm, weekdays.

The Bonsack Gallery
on the campus of John Burroughs School
755 South Price Road
St. Louis, MO, 63124

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

projects+gallery: Friday, 16 February 2017

Amongst friends. will open at projects+gallery from 5:00 - 8:00 pm on Friday, February 16th and is free to the public. Lana Turner will join Dario Calmese for an artist talk on Saturday, February 17th at 1:00 pm. The exhibition will be on view at projects+gallery until Saturday, March 31st, 2018.

Based in New York City, Dario Calmese uses photography to tell stories about the people he has met, the places he has been and the histories he has encountered. His body of work is rooted in the theater of the Anthropocene: at times focused on its players, at other times contemplating the set and costumes, but continually pushing beyond the proscenium and shattering the fourth wall to interrogate the justice and aftermath of a scene.

Calmese’s working process treats photography as architecture: as a “built environment.” He uses film as a blueprint of sorts, constructing narratives that move past Barthes’ past-looking “asymbolic death” to construct a more generative image – pivoting from what has been to what is and could be. The artist states that his blackness, queerness and Americanness inform his gaze, each taking turns as narrator and sometimes performing in fugue.

Amongst friends. is a series of black and white photographs and selected fashion objects from the private collection of Lana Turner, a noted Harlem preservationist and doyenne of style whose extensive inventory of vintage fashion can be understood as an archive of twentieth-century society and a reflection of the role of fashion in the history of African-American culture. Calmese was introduced to Ms. Turner years ago at Abyssinian Baptist Church, while the artist was in search of hats to photograph for a fashion project he was developing as a graduate student. Steeped in traditions passed down since slavery, churches are one of the ornerstones of the African-American community, becoming a space not only for worship, but for people to connect with one another, and to find and express themselves within a chosen family. It is an activated stage within which the clothing you wear becomes performative, and Ms. Turner is no ingénue. She wears her elegant, at times extravagant, wardrobe like armor, expressing her inner strength with accessories that recall generations past and the resilience that continues today.

Upon first meeting, Calmese saw that it was not her hats, but Turner herself who was meant to be the subject of his work. Over years of knowing her he observed that Ms. Turner, who describes the act of dress as her artistic medium – or “painting the body canvas” as she likes to call it – began to actually abstract herself through her self-expression. What began as the process of Sunday presentation over time began to exaggerate itself. Traditional veiled felt hats became umbrella-shaped fascinators and then evolved to 3D printed helmets. Simple gloves transformed into three-tiered satin gauntlets.

Styled by Calmese, exclusively using Ms. Turner’s existing wardrobe, amongst friends. seeks to dig deeper into the idea of the black church as an activator not only for imagination, but a crucible for the construction of self. It engages the many layers of one woman’s self-identity, while transcending itself in order to examine the theatrical performance of fashion and its place within African-
American culture.

Open Wednesday – Saturday: 11 am - 5 pm

4733 McPherson
St. Louis, MO 63108

Monday, January 29, 2018

Bruno David Gallery: Friday, 16 February 2018

GARY PASSANISE Twenty-Seven Nights
DAMON FREED The Correspondence of Color
BEN BROUGH Femmes Fatales
PATRICIA CLARK A Matter of Circumstances

February 16 – April 6, 2018
Opening Reception & Meet the Artists: Friday, February 16, 2018, from 6 to 8 pm

Bruno David Gallery continues its 12th season with four new solo exhibitions. Gary Passanise presents a new series of small works produced in the last ten years. Damon Freed presents recent paintings titled “The Correspondence of Color.” Ben Brough presents an exhibition of new paintings. Patricia Clark presents several new paintings.

Gary Passanise presents an exhibition titled “Twenty-Seven Nights” of small works produced in the last ten years. Gary Passanise continues to work fluidly in a wide range of mediums. The exhibit includes intimate scaled constructions, works on paper and proposals for large scale sculpture. The construct of the ellipse both in two-dimensional and three-dimensional work remains a constant in Passanise’s ever-evolving practice. Also included in this recent body of work are two limited edition prints created specifically for this exhibit.

Damon Freed presents a series of nonobjective abstract paintings titled “The Correspondence of Color.” Damon Freed works in a multitude of styles. Each style plays a role in his language to express color more fully. In this series the paintings began stylistically through systematic ideation. They were mathematically composed by using different proportions of mixing the paint and by way of a ruler to measure out the compositions. The visual spectrum he uses is blue, red, yellow, orange, green, and violet plus black and white; otherwise known as the primary and secondary spectrum. He also mixes tertiaries when needed. When beginning this series with pure color, he decided to paint in acrylic. The acrylics he uses are the most saturated that he has ever used. This allows him to adjust the different areas of color to his liking with ease. He likes a clean appearance and clean edges, so it helps to tape off the areas to be painted. When utilizing paint that dries relatively quickly, one can move from one shape to the next with ease. At present he works with color to satisfy his desire to paint more fully with it and has been working on a book concerning this for three years now. The title of this book is The Correspondence of Color.

Ben Brough presents an exhibition of recent paintings titled “Femmes fatales.” In this new body of work Ben Brough explores the face of the femme fatale. Inspired by American film noir and folklore, these mysterious and dangerous femme fatales are often depicted as villains, using their seductive and enchanting nature to bring about the destruction of men. In these paintings Ben recreates their character, leaving to question whether there could be a soft and warming creature underneath or whether there is nothing beyond the dangerous and deadly charm. By depicting them on brightly painted canvases with the subtle use of collage, Ben captures these frozen moments of the femme fatale and arranges them into monument-like statues, paying homage to these powerful and mystic women. His work is a dialog of personal inspiration, observations and surrounding environments with a journalistic approach to image making

Patricia Clark presents an exhibition of recent paintings titled “A Matter of Circumstances”. This series of paintings and drawings done from 2015 to 2018 are metaphoric and figurative gestures of freeing oneself from the restrictions and burdens of the constant struggles African American women must face in their daily lives. The wrapped figures are a metaphor for events and circumstances in our lives that suppress and stop us from achieving our true potential. These obstacles can also be inner fears and doubts about our abilities to free ourselves from oppressive situations. We must continue to encourage one another to make positive changes in our lives and the lives of those around us.

NEW HOURS: Public Hours: Tuesday through Friday 11 am – 6 pm. Also open by appointment.

Bruno David Gallery
7513 Forsyth Boulevard
Clayton, MO 63105

Thursday, January 25, 2018

Philip Slein Gallery: Friday, 16 February 2018

TRACY MILLER,  Honey, 2015, oil on canvas, 30 x 24 inches

Opening Reception, Friday, February 16th, 5-8 PM

Since 2012, the Philip Slein Gallery has been dedicated to painting. And this, with rare exception, has been abstract painting. As time has gone by, there is a growing awareness here, and especially in New York, of new approaches to figuration, landscape, and still-life work. Some of it comes from long-established artists such as John Dilg and Susanna Coffey, whose unique styles and approaches have at times seem juxtaposed to mainstream considerations.

The still-life genre has come to renewed life with the thick gestural strokes of Tracy Miller and Holly Coulis. Portraiture is seen anew through the eyes of Amy Hill and Susanna Coffey. The landscape is transformed by Colin Brant, John Dilg, Zach Bruder, and Douglas Melini.

The paintings in this exhibition are fresh and exciting. Some may seem difficult, visually, at first glance. Introspection, however, will bear rewards. The lessons of abstract painting are rooted in this shift toward figuration.

In the Project Room: Greg Edmondson. A selection of paintings from Rivers and Beasts, a book documenting work made as Artist in Residence at the Osage Arts Community. The artist will sign copies of the book at the opening reception.

HOURS: Tuesday – Saturday 10AM – 5PM

Philip Slein Gallery
4735 McPherson Ave.
St. Louis, MO 63108

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Duane Reed Gallery: Friday, 16 February 2018

Tom Huck: Recent Works
February 16th - March 31st
Opening Reception: Friday, February 16th, 5-8 p.m.

Tom Huck is best known for his large scale woodcuts. His imagery draws heavily upon the influence of Albrecht Durer, Jose Guadalupe Posada, R. Crumb and Honore Daumier.

About his newest work, Huck writes: “Electric Baloneyland is a piece about the downward spiral of American culture, as played out through the goings on at a local county or state fair. In the central panel a withering lady liberty mermaid is fish hooked during a noodling competition (fishing with bare hands), which is pretty much the state of things in regard to our vanishing liberties, civility, and overall humanity in the US. Originally the piece was inspired by the political climate, as well as childhood memories of being able to win REAL weaponry at a fair in the early eighties...So all throughout my childhood, at least once a year, kids were coming home from the county fair armed with real Rambo knives, Chinese throwing stars, bull whips, and Samurai swords. Looking back on this, it’s apparent to me that this can be an early symptom of an overall illness, especially in rural America. To be able to acquire deadly “toys” with such little effort and playing a child’s game is a summation of the condition we find ourselves in today as a society. In my work, I like to walk a fine line between the whimsical and the terrifying.”

ST. LOUIS, MO 63108

Friday, January 19, 2018

Kemper Art Museum: Friday, 2 February 2018

Public Reception 7-9

Join us on Friday, February 2, for a reception celebrating the opening of the spring exhibitions. 

Valet parking is available on the south side of Steinberg Hall on Forsyth Boulevard ($5; free for members). Find out more >>

Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum
One Brookings Drive
St. Louis, MO 63130

Thursday, January 18, 2018

Dark Room: Friday, 19 January 2018

Friday, 19 January 2018, 6-9 pm

Join us for the opening reception of Transitions: Food of the Youths, Ripple Wave Shadow, and Ashes, a three-series exhibition featuring new works by Tasha Nicolé Burton.

Transitions - Tasha is currently in a transition and so is her work. As she progresses from one chapter to the next in her professional life, the three bodies of work evolves in a way that displays detachment and junction simultaneously.

Food of the Youths - This photostory is a brief look at a larger series on the snacks provided to the school children near the artist’s residence. Daily, what’s left behind in the school's field changes and becomes integrated into a new environment.

Ashes - Activated charcoal with its heaviness and its complete darkness gets manipulated by strokes of a tiny spoon on wood and marble canvases creating starkness, separation and balance.

Ripple Wave Shadow - It is impossible to recreate the same pattern as speed, motion, thickness and tools develop the differences from one batch to the next. This group is a study in sacred geometry and its complexities.

Dark Room at The Grandel

3610 Grandel Square
St. Louis 63103

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Grafica Fine Art: Friday, 9 March 2018

Allen Kriegshauser: "Whirling Dervishes"
Friday, March 9 from 6-9 pm

Our featured artist is Sandy Haynes.  Sandy captures the light and in her plein air paintings -- and wonder of everyday life in her studio work .   Click link below to enjoy!
Allen Kriegshauser will  be here for our 3rd Thursday "Artful Conversation" in March.

Grafica Fine Art & Custom Framing
7884 Big Bend Blvd.
St. Louis, Missouri 63119

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Framations: Friday, 26 January 2018

12th Annual Photography Exhibition in Historic St. Charles

Framations Art Gallery is pleased to invite the public to view and be a part of their 12th Annual Photography Competition. Dozens of artists will come from around the St. Louis Region to enter Beyond the Lens XII, to be display January 26 - March 1, 2018. There will be an Opening Reception for the exhibit on January 26 from 6-8pm. The reception is free and open to the public. Works will be available for sale in a wide range of photography styles, sizes and price range, to please all lovers of photography. The public is also invited to participate in the People's Choice Award.

The Juror for this exhibit will be David Johnson, an artist, educator, and curator based in St. Louis.

218 North Main Street
St. Charles, MO 63301

Sunday, January 14, 2018

Parish Gallery: Friday, 19 January 2018

 We Are Artists, First
A group show of artists affiliated with the organization Artists First STL.
Friday, January 19, 6 to 8 p.m.
Art unleashes the human spirit; it dissolves human made barriers and it unites all human kind. The We are Artists, First exhibit gives voice to those who have been labeled, to those who society has placed its own identity on, to those who rise above and dismantle divisions. The showcased artwork is a testament to resiliency, hope and a reminder that human beings are human beings. We are Artists, First invites the viewer to ponder what connects human kind rather than separate.
Artists First is a nonprofit organization that provides aspiring artists of all abilities access to quality materials, expansive studio space, respectful guidance, and a friendly, supportive community. At Artists First, individuals are offered a platform to grow through creative self-expression socially, intellectually and emotionally.  Artists First's open studio programs promote arts, community involvement, education and wellbeing for adults with disabilities, youth with and without disabilities and current and former Armed Service members.  Using a creative approach genuine community integration, personal and financial growth of disenfranchised individuals is furthered.
Parish Gallery
600 N. Euclid Ave, 63108
n Trinity Church in the CWE

Saturday, January 13, 2018

The Gallery Within: Monday, 15 January 2018

“Fatherhood in Black and White” Art Show
January 15, 2018 – February 25, 2018

Opening Monday, January 15, 2018, which is Martin Luther King Jr. Day, at 6:00PM.

In 2012 I created a project entitled 365 days with dad, an art project in which I painted 365 paintings of fathers and their children. it took me 787 days to create and  to this date this is the most popular art project I have ever created and people still in awe at the fact that I was daring to paint so many images, but what is more daring is that we have to show children in his world that there are indeed fathers who believe that our children need us in their lives every single day.

The Gallery Within WGCC
Webster Groves Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)
1320 West Lockwood Ave.
St. Louis, MO 63122

Friday, January 12, 2018

Webster Arts: Thursday, 18 January 2018

Opening Reception, Open Theme Annual 2018
Thursday, January 18 at 6 PM - 8 PM

We asked artists from around the country to send us their best work. Juror Edna Patterson-Petty selected 45 works to be exhibited from the 407 submitted. Come enjoy our opening reception, free and open to the public. Webster Arts Center is located in Schultz Hall on the Eden Campus, immediately west of the field at Bompart & Lockwood in Webster Groves. Follow the signs!

Webster Arts
483 East Lockwood
Suite #108
Webster Groves, Missouri 63119

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis: Friday, 19 January 2018

Salvatore Scarpitta, Sal’s Red Hauler Special, 1966–67. Race car, 43 x 106 x 50 "

Join us for the opening of our spring exhibitions
Friday, January 19
7:00–9:00 pm Public Reception

CAM is pleased to present our Spring 2018 season: Salvatore Scarpitta: Racing CarsTrenton Doyle Hancock: The Re-Evolving Door to the MoundverseTim Youd: St. Louis RetypedStanya Kahn: Friends in Low Places; and ArtReach: Vashon High School in the Education Gallery.

Museum hours: Wed–Sun 10:00 am–5:00 pm; Open until 8:00 pm Thu & Fri

Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis
3750 Washington Boulevard
St. Louis, Missouri 63108

Thursday, January 04, 2018

St. Louis Artists' Guild: Saturday, 13 January 2018

The Portfolio Gallery presents “All Colors,” a Visual Arts Invitational & Juried Exhibition at the St. Louis Artists' Guild.
Opening Reception: January 13, 7-9 pm, on view through February 28.

“All Colors” will showcase artists from around the country that many mainstream publications have overlooked.

Jurors: Dion Dion and Vernon C. Mitchell, Jr. 

Exhibiting Artists: Akeem Agbelekale, Paul Bayer, Cbabi Bayoc, Sami Bentil, Charles Bibbs, Nedra Bonds, Chris Boyko, Manulitat Brown, Michael Brown, William Burton Jr., Kenneth Calvert, Kathryn Cirinclone, Gunda Lock-Clay, Rickie Frager, Lonnie Ghram, Robert Hale, Julin Harrell, Julian Herrl, Anthony High, LaToya Hobbs, Don Jackson, Suzanne Jackson, Terry Jackson, Sylvester Jacobs, Ronald Johnson, De'Jorneioo Jones, Linda D. Jones, Robert Ketchens, Basil Kincaid, Ellen Klamon, Joseph LaMarque, Adam Long, Dean Mabe, Josh Mayfield, Dr. Carolyn Mazloomi, Darnell Malone, Sherry Whetstone McCall, Wanda Meekins, Ben Mercer, Ed Johnetta-Miller, Dean Mitchell, Abraham Mohler, William Murphy, Najjar Abdul-Musawwir, Ellis Outlaw, Hassan Paige, Adelia Parker-Castro, Adrienne Patel, William Perry, Edna Patterson Petty,  Lonnie Powell, Robert A. Powell, Luisa Otero Prada, Jane Reed, Stella Dawn Richey, Janet Riehl, Marilyn Robinson, Sonnie Joi Ruffin, Deloris Stith Rutlin, Linda Schwermer, Keith Shepherd, Dexter Silvers, Sandra Smith, Raymond Thomas, Solomon Thurman, Angie Turner, Joy Wade, Doretha Washington, Cody Wheelock, Darryl White, Billy Williams, Sheryl Yeager, Ronald Young

Gallery Hours: Tuesday-Friday 10 am-6 pm and Saturday 10 am-4 pm

St. Louis Artists' Guild
12 North Jackson Avenue
St. Louis, MO 63105

Wednesday, January 03, 2018

Intersect Art Center: Saturday, 3 February 2018

On February 3, 2018, the new exhibit Ebb//Flow: Artists of St. Louis celebrates its opening at Intersect Arts Center from 4:00-8:00 p.m.

The exhibition features the launch of limited edition packs of trading cards featuring more than 60 visual artists based in St. Louis, as well as large-scale portraits and work by artists featured in the series. Included in the exhibition and card series are Carlie Trosclair, Edo Rosenblith, Ken Wood, Eugenia Alexander, and Sarah Paulsen, among many others.

Dave Moore created the trading cards to showcase the diversity and community among St. Louis artists, as well as to promote awareness of the strength of that community to a larger audience. Packs of the cards will be available at the opening (and yes, they will have gum!), and images of all the cards, including the artists’ “stats” can be seen at

Intersect Art Center
3636 Texas Ave.
St. Louis, MO 63118

Tuesday, January 02, 2018

Green Door art gallery: Friday, 19 January 2018

“Pastel Painting,” the 2018 Member exhibition of the Gateway Pastel Artists, and the Mary Egelbreit Originals exhibition will be held from January 17, 2018 thru February 25, 2018 at Green Door art gallery. The opening reception on Friday, January 19, 2018 from 5-8 pm is free and open to the public.
Hours Wednesday thru Sunday 10:00 am to 5:00 pm- Closed Monday and Tuesday.

Green Door art gallery
21 N. Gore in Old Webster Groves
(314) 402-1959