Artgasm: This Weekend's Art Openings, September 24 -26, 2010



This weekend, the Strange Folk Festival upgrades the one-stop shopping experience with two days of indie crafts, music and even books from local authors. Shop for handmade soaps, jewelry and a host of other crafts -- but be sure to stop by the petting zoo for a meet-and-greet with an alpaca. Just try to find that at Target. Find more details on this event and lots more in the list below.

From Michael Eastman and Master Artists Series Students. - MICHAEL EASTMAN
  • Michael Eastman
  • From Michael Eastman and Master Artists Series Students.

Bird's Eye View: Black and white landscape photography by Michael Johnson and ceramic and wire bird sculptures by Jerry Breakstone. Opening reception from 7 to 10 p.m. Saturday, September 25. Starting Sept. 25, Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through Nov. 6, free. phd gallery, 2300 Cherokee St., St. Louis, 314-664-6644,

Michael Eastman and Master Artist Series Students: A selection of photographs made by Michael Eastman and the students in his Master class. Opening reception at 6 p.m. Friday, September 24. Sept. 24-Nov. 14, free. Center of Creative Arts (COCA), 524 Trinity Ave., University City, 314-725-6555,

Strange Folk Festival: A fantasy world of DIY craft and culture, with live music, food and alpacas. Sat., Sept. 25; Sun., Sept. 26, free admission. O'Fallon Community Park, 401 E. Fifth St., O'Fallon.

Art in an Instant: Fri., Sept. 24, 5:30-7:30 p.m., Free. Thomas Jefferson School, 4100 S. Lindbergh Blvd., Saint Louis, 314-843-4151,

The Artist and the Capable Observer: A career-spanning survey of the paintings, watercolors and drawings of James Rosen. Opening reception from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Sunday, September 26. Starting Sept. 26, Tuesdays-Sundays. Continues through Dec. 12, $1-$5 suggested donation. Saint Louis University-Museum of Contemporary Religious Art (MOCRA), 3700 West Pine Mall, St. Louis, 314-977-7170,

CREATOR/RECORDER: New photographic works by Webster University alumna Sarah Carmody, exploring the dichotomy between a photographer as a documentarian and as an originator. A reception with the artist will take place Friday, September 24, from 5 to 7 p.m. Through Dec. 5, Free. Webster University May Photography Gallery, 8300 Big Bend Blvd. (2nd Fl., Sverdrup Bldg.), Saint Louis, 314-961-2660,

(dis)Mantle: Site-specific installation by Jill Downen. Opening reception from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 25. Starting Sept. 25, Wednesdays-Saturdays. Continues through Oct. 30, free. Luminary Center for the Arts, 4900 Reber Pl., St. Louis, 314-807-5984,

Room With A View: Juried exhibition of art that explores interiors and exteriors. Opening reception from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 25. Mondays-Saturdays. Continues through Oct. 21, free admission. Art Saint Louis, 555 Washington Ave. #150, St. Louis, 314-241-4810,

Scapes: Land-scapes, Figure-scapes and City-scapes:  Comprehensive exhibit of the recent work by Alvin Horst, focused on the naturalistic forms of still life. An opening reception will be held Friday, September 24, from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays. Continues through Oct. 30, Free. Norton's Fine Art & Framing, 2025 S. Big Bend Blvd., Richmond Heights, 314-645-4040,

SLU Faculty Art Exhibition: An opening reception will be held Friday, September 24, from 4:30 to 7 p.m. Fridays, Saturdays, 12-4 p.m. Continues through Oct. 16, Free. Saint Louis University-Boileau Hall, 38 Vandeventer Ave., St. Louis.

Threads of Tradition: Contemporary interpretations of traditional quilt patterns by area quilters. Reception from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 26. Wednesdays-Sundays. Continues through Oct. 3. Saint Louis University-Museum of Art, 3634 Lindell Blvd., St. Louis, 314-977-3399,

Editor's note: If you don't see your show listed, please leave the information in the comments (and drop a note to 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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