Artgasm: This Weekend's Art Openings, August 27-29, 2010

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If you've been looking to inject a little more cute into your life, this weekend is for you. Urban Wanderers: The Tail End features artwork inspired by the rescued dogs and cats of Stray Rescue St. Louis; On some pieces a paw or noseprint was even contributed by the animal itself. Paintings can be bought through auction at www.blacktie-stlouis.com/auctions. The proceeds benefit Stray Rescue, so you can feel good about that purchase, too. Find details on this event and more below.

Self-Portrait, from James Riddle's A Lifetime of Color. - JAMES RIDDLE
  • James Riddle
  • Self-Portrait, from James Riddle's A Lifetime of Color.

James Riddle: A Lifetime of Color: Special exhibition and sale of James Riddle's vibrant art benefits Metropolitan Community Church of Greater Saint Louis. Opening reception ($10 to $50) from 7 to 10 p.m. on Friday, August 27. Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through Sept. 5, $10-$50 on Fri., free admission Sat. and Sun. phd gallery, 2300 Cherokee St., St. Louis, 314-664-6644, www.phdstl.com/.

Smarter/Faster/Higher: Work by Elizabeth Keithline: Twenty-six wire sculpture figures crawl from a grove of wire trees on the south side of the gallery, gradually becoming upright as they reach the north wall of the gallery, where a mechanically reproduced drawing of trees awaits them. Opening reception from from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, August 27. Wednesdays-Sundays. Continues through Jan. 16, free admission. Craft Alliance Grand Center, 501 N. Grand Blvd., St. Louis, 314-534-7528, www.craftalliance.org.

The Artful Palette: Juried painting exhibition. Opening reception from 5 to 9 p.m. Friday, August 27. Tuesdays-Sundays. Continues through Oct. 8, free. Foundry Art Centre, 520 N. Main Ctr, St. Charles, 636-255-0270, www.foundryartcentre.org.

Exposure 13: Group show featuring work by Joe Chesla, Martin Brief and Asma Kazmi. Tuesdays-Saturdays. Continues through Dec. 4. UM-St. Louis-Gallery 210, 1 University Dr. at Natural Bridge Rd. (East Dr, Bldg 44), Normandy, 314-516-5976, www.umsl.edu/~gallery.

Faculty Exhibition: Opening reception from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, August 27. Through Sept. 17, free. St. Louis Community College-Forest Park-Gallery of Art, 5600 Oakland Ave. (Library Bldg), St. Louis, 314-644-9231, www.stlcc.edu.

Hilary Harp: Robot Love: Video exhibit partially inspired by the cover of Patrick Cowley's disco album, Megatron Man. Tuesdays-Saturdays. Continues through Oct. 9, 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.

Jorge Vera: urbanismo: Photographs of empty suburban and urban landscapes. Opening reception from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, August 27. Aug. 27-Sept. 17, free. Webster University May Photography Gallery, 8300 Big Bend Blvd. (2nd Fl., Sverdrup Bldg.), Saint Louis, 314-961-2660, www.webster.edu/maygallery.

Local Flavor: Group show featuring the work of 21 local artists. Opening reception from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, September 10. Starting Aug. 29, Wednesdays-Sundays. Continues through Oct. 2, free. Gateway Gallery, 7921 Forsyth Blvd., Clayton, 314-503-3880.

Sara Levin: Toy Camera Images: Opening reception from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, August 27. Aug. 27-Sept. 17, free. Webster University May Photography Gallery, 8300 Big Bend Blvd. (2nd Fl., Sverdrup Bldg.), Saint Louis, 314-961-2660, www.webster.edu/maygallery.

Urban Wanderers: Artwork inspired by dogs and cats saved by Stray Rescue of St. Louis; proceeds from the auctioned art benefits Stray Rescue. Closing reception, The Tail End, from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday, August 29, features special appearance by St. Louis Blues defenseman (and dog-lover) Barret Jackman. Wednesdays-Sundays. Continues through Aug. 29, free. Saint Louis University-Museum of Art, 3634 Lindell Blvd., St. Louis, 314-977-3399, http://sluma.slu.edu.

Editor's note: 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.

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