It's Mardi Gras weekend, but if you'd rather indulge senses other than gustatory and impropriety, there's always an art show somewhere. Several somewheres, as a matter of fact. If you don't see your show listed, please leave the information in the comments (and drop a note to email@example.com so we can list in the online calendar).
All art openings are free unless noted. For a full list of all ongoing art shows in the St. Louis area, please click here.
the art of the book: journals then and now: Through May 8, Free. UM-St. Louis-Gallery 210, 1 University Dr. at Natural Bridge Rd (East Dr, Bldg 44), Normandy, 314-516-5976, www.umsl.edu/~gallery.
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. Feb. 13-March 12, free. Urban Eats Cafe & Bakery, 3301 Meramec St., St. Louis, 314-558-7580, www.urbaneatscafe.com.
Heart of the Town: Photography exhibit featuring alternative process works by Jane Linders. Opening reception from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, February 12. Feb. 12-March 31, free. S. Carmody Photography, 2707 Sutton Blvd., Maplewood, 314-401-8089, www.carmodyphoto.com/.
Jamaa: Jamaa, Swahili for family, recognizes the importance of community in African American culture. This group show will feature works from several area artists. An opening reception will be held on Friday, February 12, from 7 to 10 p.m. Feb. 12-March 9, Free. Soulard Art Market, 2028 S 12th St., St. Louis, 314-258-4299, www.soulardartmarket.com.
Lueken Kraft Yang: Beverlyear Exhibition 2 features mixed media works by Brittany Lueken, Bridget Kraft and Beverly Yang. Opening reception from 6 to 10 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 13. Feb. 13-28, free. Fort Gondo Compound for the Arts, 3151 Cherokee St., St. Louis, 314-772-3628, 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.. Most events are free, but some require tickets; visit www.cityofmaplewood.com for details. Fri., Feb. 12, call 314-645-3600 for info. 7300 Manchester Road, 7300 Manchester Rd., Maplewood.
Sheila Harris: Forty watercolor paintings of buildings that once stood on the Arch grounds. Opening reception at 2 p.m. Sunday, February 14. Feb. 14-Aug. 22, free. Gateway Arch, 707 N First St., St. Louis, 877-982-1410, www.gatewayarch.com/.
Under the Influence: Through April 21, Free. The Metropolitan Gallery, 2936 Locust St., St. Louis.