St. Louis art-scene enthusiasts might feel like they've seen all of the art there is to see in our fair city. And that is simply impossible! With more than 150 artists' studios available for the touring this weekend, plus an opening at Craft Alliance dedicated specifically to the work of emerging and learning artists, fresh creativity abounds this week. Check out our listings below for all of the details.
Belas Artes 2010 African World Festival: Colors of Africa art exhibit coincides with month-long celebration of African music, film, dance and workshops. Saturdays. Continues through July 31, free. Belas Artes Multicultural Center & Art Gallery, 1854 Russell Blvd., St. Louis, 314-772-2787, www.belas-artes.net.
Blink: A multimedia contemporary art exhibition featuring the works of regional artists capturing or depicting brief moments in time, as in "blink of an eye." Mondays-Saturdays. Continues through Aug. 26, Free. Art Saint Louis, 555 Washington Ave., #150, St. Louis, 314-241-4810, www.artstlouis.org.
City-Wide Open Studios Tour: More than 150 working artists invite you to tour their studios. Maps are available at the Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis, and don't forget to return to the Contemporary for the barbecue at 4 p.m. Sunday, July 25. Sat., July 24, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; Sun., July 25, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., free, www.openstudiosonline.org. Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis, 3750 Washington Blvd., St. Louis, 314-535-4660, www.contemporarystl.org.
City-Wide Open Studios Barbecue: After touring the participating artists' studios across this fair city, return to the Contemporary for barbecue from Pappy's Smokehouse; free for kids younger than twelve and participating artists, $10 for everyone else. Sun., July 25, 4-8 p.m. Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis, 3750 Washington Blvd., St. Louis, 314-535-4660, www.contemporarystl.org.
Emerging Artists: Works from the Studio: Opening reception from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, July 23. Tuesdays-Sundays. Continues through Aug. 29, free. Craft Alliance, 6640 Delmar Blvd., University City, 314-725-1177, www.craftalliance.org.
Greg Matchick: Go With the Flow: Matchick uses water as inspiration for his photographs. A reception will be held Friday, July 30, from 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesdays-Sundays. Continues through Aug. 29, Free. Gateway Gallery, 7921 Forsyth Blvd., Clayton, 314-503-3880.
The Ride of Your Life: Paintings of bicycling by Sonny Hartman. Tuesdays-Sundays. Continues through Aug. 17, free. Grand 4140 Gallery, 4140 S. Grand Blvd., St. Louis, www.grand4140.com.
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