Artgasm: April 2010 Art Openings

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How's the saying go again? The only things certain are death and taxes? Well here is something (less depressing) you can count on: another month, another list of great art openings and events. Get at 'em.

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 it 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.

Mike Kelly in Bruce Yonemoto's Kappa. - COURTESY OF THE ARTIST.
  • Courtesy of the artist.
  • Mike Kelly in Bruce Yonemoto's Kappa.
Mark Newport's Gallery Talk and Knit-In: Sat., April 3, free admission. Laumeier Sculpture Park,12580 Rott Rd., Sunset Hills, 314-615-5278, www.laumeier.org.

Michael Wille: Gates and Ways: Opening reception from 6 to 10 p.m. Friday, April 2. Thursdays-Saturdays. Continues through April 24, free admission. Hoffman LaChance Contemporary, 2713 Sutton Blvd., Maplewood, 314-960-5322, www.hoffmanlachancefineart.com.

Americana Obscura: MFA Thesis Exhibition: Photography by Amanda Pfister and ceramics by Nick Ramey. Opening reception from 7 to 11 p.m. Friday, April 16. April 16-May 8, free. Mad Art Gallery, 2727 S 12th St., St. Louis, 314-771-8230, www.madart.com.

Art & Music: New paintings by Firmin Puricelli, new music by the Jim Hegarty Trio. Fri., April 30, 6-10 p.m., free. Three Sinks Gallery, 8715 Big Bend Blvd., Webster Groves, 314-963-3448, www.3sinksgallery.com.

Art Fair at Queeny Park: More than 100 juried artists exhibiting work in all media. Fri., April 9, 6-9 p.m.; Sat., April 10, 11 a.m.-7 p.m.; Sun., April 11, 11 a.m.-4 p.m., $5 at the door. Greensfelder Recreation Complex, Queeny Park (550 Weidman Rd), Ballwin, 636-391-0900, www.co.st-louis.mo.us/parks/queeny.html.

ArtDimensions Spring Group Show: Live music on the first floor, art show on the second floor. Opening reception from 7 to 10 p.m. Friday, April 30, and Saturday, May 1. Starting April 30, Fridays, Saturdays. Continues through May 29. 2720 Cherokee, 2720 Cherokee St., St. Louis, http://2720cherokee.com/

Artropy: A unique art of craft show by the members of ShowMe Etsy. Sat., April 17, 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m., free admission, www.showmeetsy.org. SqWires, 1415 S. 18th St., St. Louis, 314-865-3522, www.sqwires.com

Blank Canvas Studio Spring Art Show: Original art created by adults with developmental disabilities. Fri., April 16, 7-9 p.m., free admission. Resources for Human Development, 122 West Point, St. Charles, 636-724-6616, www.rhd-mo.org.

Cause + Time: An exploration of art that responds to its environment. Opening reception from 6 to 9 p.m. on Saturday, May 1. Starting May 1, Wednesdays-Saturdays. Continues through June 26. Luminary Center for the Arts, 4900 Reber Pl., St. Louis, 314-807-5984, www.theluminaryarts.com.

COCAcabana 2010: KenTACKY Derby: COCA's spring fundraiser has "sassy, silly and Southern" theme this year. Sat., May 1, $175-$450. Palladium St. Louis, 1400 Park Place, St. Louis, 314-799-8886, www.palladium-stl.com.

Do Over: April 16-May 14, Free. Grafica Contemporary Fine Art, 7884 Big Bend, Saint Louis, 314-961-4020.

Eward Crim: My Year in the Park: Photographic essays documenting Crim's daily visits to Forest Park over the course of a year. Opening reception from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, April 30. Starting April 30, Tuesdays-Saturdays. Continues through May 29, free. Norton's Fine Art & Framing, 2025 S Big Bend Blvd., Richmond Heights, 314-645-4040, www.nortonsfineart.com.

Fiber:TwentyTen: Featuring artists in all aspects of the fiber arts, including weavers, basket makers, spinners, knitters, quilters, paper makers, and surface designers. An opening reception will be held April 16, 2010, from 6 to 9 p.m. Tuesdays-Sundays. Continues through May 14, Free. Foundry Art Centre, 520 N Main Ctr, St. Charles, 636-255-0270, www.foundryartcentre.org.

More openings are on the next page....

Fist Fighting Panther with the Bird Who Couldn't Talk: Print and video installations by Kristen Bartel. Fri., April 9, 7-10 p.m., free. The Open Lot, 1310 S. 18th Street, St. Louis, www.myspace.com/openlot.

Great Rivers Biennial: New works by Martin Brief, Sarah Frost and Cameron Fuller. Opening reception on Friday, April 30. Starting April 30, Wednesdays-Sundays. Continues through Aug. 8, free opening night, regular museum admission thereafter. Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis, 3750 Washington Blvd., St. Louis, 314-535-4660, www.contemporarystl.org.

Greg Stimac : An exhibition of photographs and video that challenge and engage the myths of America via the road narrative. Opening reception from 7 to 10 p.m. Saturday, April 24. Starting April 24, Wednesdays, Saturdays. Continues through May 22, free. White Flag Projects, 4568 Manchester Ave., St. Louis, 314-531-3442, www.white-flag-projects.org.

Hooked! Rug Hooking: A Traditional Craft Made New Again : An exhibit and sale of hooked rugs and hooked art by members of the Naomi Miller St. Louis Guild of Rug Hookrafters. An opening reception will be held April 2, 2010 from 6 to 8 p.m. Mondays-Fridays, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Continues through April 29, Free. Green Center, 8025 Blackberry Ave. (Kaufman Park), University City, 314-725-8314, www.thegreencenter.org.

IN-DUS-TRI-AT-ICAL: An art collection from paint chips, stains, marks, spray paint and other forms of industrial materials to represent that environment. Fifteen percent of sold pieces from the show will be donated to Prison Performing Arts in St. Louis. Sat., April 10, 4-7 p.m., Free. Urban Eats Cafe & Bakery, 3301 Meramec St., St. Louis, 314-558-7580, www.urbaneatscafe.com.

Jeffrey Schnieder: Digital Works: Fri., April 9, 4-6 p.m., free. C-Train Gallery, 4320 Forest Park Ave. (CORTEX Building ste 101), St. Louis.

John Barhydt: Machine: Photographic exploration of shapes, colors and textures. Joyce Yarbrough's silhouettes and Dan Fishback's oil paintings also on display. Opening reception from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, April 16. Starting April 16, Wednesdays-Sundays. Continues through May 22, free admission. Gateway Gallery, 7921 Forsyth Blvd., Saint Louis, 314-503-3880.

Juried Exhibition of the Saint Louis Watercolor Society: Opening reception from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, April 30. Starting April 30, Mondays-Saturdays. Continues through May 30. Creative Art Gallery, 3232 Ivanhoe, Saint Louis, 314-645-4898.

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., April 9. Call 314-645-3600 for info. 7300 Manchester Road, 7300 Manchester Rd., Maplewood.

Mary Giles: New work by the acclaimed sculptor. Opening reception from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, April 2. Starting April 3, Tuesdays-Saturdays. Continues through May 14, free. Duane Reed Gallery, 4729 McPherson Ave., St. Louis, 314-361-4100, www.duanereedgallery.com

New Perspectives: SCC Printmaking Invitational: Mondays-Saturdays. Continues through April 8, Free. St. Charles Community College, Gallery, Shook Fine Arts Bldg (4601 Mid Rivers Mall Dr), St. Peters, 636-922-8575, www.stchas.edu/.

Second Chance: Group show featuring work made of recycled materials. Opening reception from 7 to 10 p.m. Friday, April 9. Starting April 9, Fridays-Sundays. Continues through May 1, free admission. Soulard Art Market, 2028 S 12th St., St. Louis, 314-258-4299, www.soulardartmarket.com

Sidney Matias: Gratitude: Closing reception of this show by Brazilian artist features one-night only 20% discount on all artwork. Sat., April 10, 6:30-9 p.m., $15 suggested donation. Belas Artes Multicultural Center & Art Gallery, 1854 Russell Blvd., St. Louis, 314-772-2787, www.belas-artes.net.

SIUE Art Auction: Live and silent auctions of donated art; proceeds benefit the undergraduate and graduate programs; auction held in the N.O. Nelson Complex. Thu., April 8, 6 p.m., $5 at the door, www.siuefriendsofart.com. Lewis and Clark Community College, 5800 Godfrey Rd., Godfrey, 618-468-7000, www.lc.edu/.

The Sorcerer and the Apprentice: Group show featuring work by the faculty and students of Chesterfield Arts. Opening reception from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, April 16. Starting April 16, Tuesdays-Saturdays. Continues through June 9, free admission. Chesterfield Arts, 444 Chesterfield Ctr, Chesterfield, 636-519-1955, www.chesterfieldarts.org.

Spring Artwalk: Live public art with community interaction sponsored by St. Charles Riverfront Arts. April 23-25, free admission. Main Street in St. Charles, St. Charles, MO, St. Charles.

St. Louis Center for International Studies Fifth Annual International Photo Contest Winners: Opening reception at 4 p.m. Tuesday, April 6. Starting April 6, Mondays-Thursdays. Continues through April 16, free. UM-St. Louis-Gallery Visio, 1 University Dr. at Natural Bridge Rd (Millennium Student Ctr.), Normandy, 314-516-7922, www.umsl.edu/~visio

St. Louis Point-of-View: Photographs from the Public Policy Research Center Photography Project: Retrospective of the last 5 years of photography exhibits sponsored by the Public Policy Research Center. Opening reception (reservations required; call 314-516-5273) from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tuessay, April 6 . April 6-Aug. 22, free. Missouri History Museum, Lindell Blvd. & DeBaliviere Ave. (Forest Park), St. Louis, 314-746-4599, www.mohistory.org.

Swarm: Thought Patterns and Bits and Pieces: Swarm features Stefanie Kirkland's collages; Bits and Pieces mixes found objects with glass art by members of AstralGlass Studio of New Haven. Fri., April 16, 6-10 p.m., free. Third Degree Glass Factory, 5200 Delmar Blvd., St. Louis, 314-367-4527, www.stlglass.com.

Three Short Films by Bruce Yonemoto: Kappa, Vault and Garage Sale II will be screened at 8 p.m., with Mr. Yonemoto in attendance. Fri., April 9, 8 p.m., free. White Flag Projects, 4658 Manchester Ave., St. Louis, 314-531-3442 or www.white-flag-projects.org.

The TreeHugger Project: Southwest Garden Neighborhood Association presents Agnieszka Gradzik and Wiktor Szostalo's environmental art figures hugging trees. April 23, free. Shaw and Vandeventer, S Vandeventer Ave. and Shaw Blvd., St. Louis.

Under the Influence: An artist's reception will be held April 19 from 6 to 9 p.m. Through April 21, Free. The Metropolitan Gallery, 2936 Locust St., St. Louis. Unfolding: Painting and drawing by Galina Todorova. Opening reception from 7 to 9 p.m. Saturday, April 3. April 3-30, free. Marbles Yoga Studio, 1905 Park Ave., St. Louis, 314-621-4744, www.marblesyoga.com.

Visceral: Photography by Lauri Baker; part of the Maplewood Art Walk. April 9-May 31, 6-9 p.m., free, www.lauribaker.com. S. Carmody Photography, 2707 Sutton Blvd., Maplewood, 314-401-8089, www.carmodyphoto.com/.

Wall Ball 2010: Local artists create paintings in four hours or less, allowing you to bid on works-in-progress, with proceeds benefitting the Saint Louis City Open Studio and Gallery; live music, food & drink and surprises. Sat., April 3, 7 p.m.-midnight, $30-$40, www.scosag.org. NEO on Locust, 2801 Locust Ave., St. Louis, www.neostl.com.

Worst Case Scenario: 18-minute black and white video manipulation by British filmmaker John Smith. Tuesdays-Saturdays. Continues through May 29, 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.

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