Artgasm: February 2010 Art Openings

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Baby, don't be coy. You know you want to as much as I do. What's that? Do I have protection? Baby, don't worry about it -- these are art openings, and ain't nobody ever got pregnant at an art opening. OK, that one time somebody did, but I'm pretty sure that was planned. And now we can make a plan: More than 30 shows go live this month, and if we start slow and finish strong, we can hit up every one of 'em.

Self-Made Man opens at Laumeier Friday, February 5. - COURTESY MARK NEWPORT
  • Courtesy Mark Newport
  • Self-Made Man opens at Laumeier Friday, February 5.

Allison Smith: Needle Work: Opening reception from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday, February 5. Washington University-Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum, 1 Brookings Dr. (Steinberg Hall), University City, 314-935-4523, kemperartmuseum.wustl.edu.

American Indian Art and Iconography: Starting Feb. 5. Washington University-Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum, 1 Brookings Dr. (Steinberg Hall), University City, 314-935-4523, kemperartmuseum.wustl.edu.

The Art of the Book: Journals Then and Now: Opening reception from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 11. University of Missouri-St. Louis-Gallery 210, 1 University Dr at Natural Bridge Rd, 314-516-5976 or www.umsl.edu/~gallery.

Barry Leibman: The Mahler Suite: Opening reception from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, February 19. Sheldon Concert Hall, 3648 Washington Blvd., St. Louis, 314-533-9900, www.thesheldon.org.

Barry Leibman: New Works: Philip Slein Gallery, 1319 Washington Ave, 314-621-4634 or www.philipsleingallery.com

Brilliant Ink: Art by Arlene Ligori, Gary Gacksatter and Don Casper: Opening reception at 5 p.m. Friday, February 5. Marbles Yoga Studio, 1905 Park Ave., St. Louis, 314-621-4744, www.marblesyoga.com.

Craig Downs: Love Comes to Town: A series of original paintings on the theme of love. Opening reception from 5 to 8 p.m. Saturday, February 13. Urban Eats Cafe & Bakery, 3301 Meramec St., St. Louis, 314-558-7580, www.urbaneatscafe.com.

Crossing the Divide: Jesuits on the American Frontier: An opening reception will be held Friday, February 26, at 5:30 p.m. Saint Louis University-Museum of Art, 3634 Lindell Blvd., St. Louis, 314-977-3399, sluma.slu.edu.

Excavating The Emptied Globe: Images and Artifacts from a Lost St. Louis Environment: Opening reception from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, February 19. Duane Reed Gallery, 4729 McPherson Ave., St. Louis, 314-361-4100, www.duanereedgallery.com.

Front Room: David Musgrave and Erin Shirreff: Starting Feb. 17. Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis, 3750 Washington Blvd., St. Louis, 314-535-4660, www.contemporarystl.org.

Front Room: Pablo Pijnappel: Sat., Feb. 20; Sun., Feb. 21. Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis, 3750 Washington Blvd., St. Louis, 314-535-4660, www.contemporarystl.org.

Fuzzy Logic: An opening reception will be held Friday, February 5, from 6 to 9 p.m. Des Lee Gallery, 1627 Washington Ave. (University Lofts Bldg.), St. Louis, 314-621-8735. Jamaa: An opening reception will be held on Friday, February 12, from 7 to 10 p.m. Soulard Art Market, 2028 S 12th St., St. Louis, 314-258-4299, www.soulardartmarket.com.

Jerstin Crosby: In the Manner of Smoke: Opening reception from 6 to 10 p.m. Friday, February 19. Good Citizen Gallery, 2247 Gravois Ave., St. Louis, 314-348-4587, www.goodcitizenstl.com.

The Jesuit Influence on Baroque Architecture: Opening reception from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, February 19. Sheldon Concert Hall, 3648 Washington Blvd., St. Louis, 314-533-9900, www.thesheldon.org.

Kuna Mola: Maintaining Tradition Amid Change: Opening reception from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, February 19. Sheldon Concert Hall, 3648 Washington Blvd., St. Louis, 314-533-9900, www.thesheldon.org.

Legends of St. Louis Blues Music: Opening reception from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, February 19. Starting Feb. 19, Tuesdays-Saturdays. Continues through Aug. 28, free. Sheldon Concert Hall, 3648 Washington Blvd., St. Louis, 314-533-9900, www.thesheldon.org.

Lueken Kraft Yang: Opening reception from 6 to 10 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 13. Fort Gondo Compound for the Arts, 3151 Cherokee St, www.fortgondo.com.

Maplewood Arts Walk: The shops and art galleries of Maplewood offer open houses, live music, special performances and food and drink specials from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, Feb. 12. 7300 Manchester Rd., Maplewood, 314-645-3600, www.cityofmaplewood.com.

Mark Newport: Self-Made Man: Opening reception from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, February 5. Laumeier Sculpture Park, 12580 Rott Rd., Sunset Hills, 314-615-5278, www.laumeier.com.

Mark Oakley's Thesis Show: Feb. 16-March 12. St. Louis Community College-Forest Park-Gallery of Art, 5600 Oakland Ave. (Library Bldg), St. Louis, 314-644-9231, www.stlcc.edu.

Naughti Gras 3: Fri., Feb. 5, 7 p.m.-1 a.m.; Sat., Feb. 6, 7 p.m.-1 a.m., $5. Koken Art Factory, 2500 Ohio Ave., St. Louis, 314-776-7600, www.kokenartfactory.com.

Newtonland: Orbits, Ellipses and other Planes of Activity: Opening reception from 7 to 10 p.m. Saturday, February 27. White Flag Projects, 4568 Manchester Ave., St. Louis, 314-531-3442, www.whiteflagprojects.org.

Nothin' But the Blues: Art and Writing by Area Students: Opening reception from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, February 19. Sheldon Concert Hall, 3648 Washington Blvd., St. Louis, 314-533-9900, www.thesheldon.org.

Oh! What A World! Feb. 5-March 1. The Riverside Gallery, 13 W. Moody, Webster Groves, 314-221-6432, www.theriversidegallery.com.

Red Muck: Opening reception from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, February 5. The Chapel, 6238 Alexander Dr., Clayton, www.chapelvenue.com.

Re(sound): Opening reception from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, February 5. Webster University-Cecille R. Hunt Gallery, 8342 Big Bend Blvd., Webster Groves, 314-968-7171.

Sharon Lockhart: Lunch Break: An opening reception will be held on Friday, February 5, from 7 to 9 p.m. Washington University-Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum, 1 Brookings Dr. (Steinberg Hall), University City, 314-935-4523, kemperartmuseum.wustl.edu.

Sheila Harris: Opening reception at 2 p.m. Sunday, February 14. Jefferson National Expansion Memorial, 707 N First St., St. Louis, 877-982-1410, www.gatewayarch.com/.

Uncovering the Path to Freedom: Photographs of Underground Railroad Sites by William Earle Williams: Opening reception from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, February 19. Sheldon Concert Hall, 3648 Washington Blvd., St. Louis, 314-533-9900, www.thesheldon.org.

Under the Influence: Feb. 6-April 21. The Metropolitan Gallery, 2936 Locust St., St. Louis.

If you don't see your show listed, please leave the information in the comments (and drop a note to calendar@riverfronttimes.com so we can list in the online calendar). All art openings are free unless noted.

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