Artgasm: This Weekend's Art Openings, 11.5 - 11.7, 2010


Where do Iron Maiden songs and Mother Goose rhymes meet? At the Famous Fictional Verses art show, opening at Mad Art Gallery this weekend. Portraits from over 25 local artists will be on display, all inspired by the lyrics from poetry or popular music. Find details on this show and lots more in the list below.
From Ann Mansolino: Thresholds. - ANN MANSOLINO.
  • Ann Mansolino.
  • From Ann Mansolino: Thresholds.

Famous Fictional Verses: Portraits of beloved made-up people and creatures from the realm of poetry and song. Nov. 5-27, free admission. Mad Art Gallery, 2727 S. 12th St., St. Louis, 314-771-8230,

Which Witch Is Which? And/or Summertime: Art that explores the idea of shifting realities. Opening reception from 7 to 10 p.m. Saturday, November 6. Starting Nov. 6, Wednesdays-Saturdays. Continues through Dec. 18, free admission. White Flag Projects, 4568 Manchester Ave., St. Louis, 314-531-3442,

Ann Mansolino:Thresholds: Contemporary photography that explores issues of memory, identity and personal history. Opening reception from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, November 5. Tuesdays-Saturdays. Continues through Dec. 4, free. Webster University-Cecille R. Hunt Gallery, 8342 Big Bend Blvd., Webster Groves, 314-968-7171.

Art of the Motorcycle: Exhibition of vintage and modern bike; tickets include dinner, beer and wine. Sat., Nov. 6, 7-11 p.m., $50-$55. Foundry Art Centre, 520 N. Main Ctr, St. Charles, 636-255-0270,

Art St. Louis XXVI, the Exhibition: 60 works of art by 31 regional artists. Opening reception from 7 to 9 p.m. Saturday, November 6. Starting Nov. 6, Mondays-Saturdays. Continues through Dec. 30, free. Art Saint Louis, 555 Washington Ave. #150, St. Louis, 314-241-4810,

Artists Boutique Holiday Fine Art and Craft Show: Featuring hand-made paper collage, jewelry, ceramics and other fine arts. Sat., Nov. 6, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; Sun., Nov. 7, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., free, Kirkwood Community Center, 111 S. Geyer Rd., Kirkwood.

ARTstravaganza!: Fine, fun and folk art created by The Best of Missouri Hands artists. Fri., Nov. 5, 4-10 p.m.; Sat., Nov. 6, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sun., Nov. 7, 11 a.m.-4 p.m., free. ArtSpace at Crestwood Court, Watson Rd. and Sappington Rd. (Crestwood Mall), Crestwood.

Bagged Sunshine: Art exhibit highlighting the work of Gloria Douglas, a fusion of mixed media using brown paper grocery bags and glow in the dark paint, portraying her journey through breast cancer diagnosis, treatment and reconstructive surgery. An opening reception will be held Friday, November 5, from 6 to 8 p.m. Through Nov. 29, Free. University City Public Library, 6701 Delmar Blvd., University City, 314-727-3150,

Choice Art 2010: An art auction to support Planned Parenthood of the St. Louis region. Featuring work by more than 40 local and national artists. Tickets include an open bar and appetizers and must be purchased in advance. Sat., Nov. 6, 7 p.m., $30, Concrete Ocean Art Gallery, 2257 Jefferson Ave., St. Louis, 314-497-0199,

D'Sousa and Byrne: New work by Daniel Byrne and William D'Sousa. Preview from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, November 5. Opening reception from 5 to 9 p.m. Saturday, November 6. Tuesdays-Sundays. Continues through Dec. 31, free. Rowhouse Gallery, 911 North Tucker, St. Louis, 314-276-7211.

Holiday Fair Trade Craft Sale: A local, regional and international craft fair featuring fairly traded items handmade by marginalized men and women. Sat., Nov. 6, 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Free. Trinity Lutheran Church, 14088 Clayton Rd., Chesterfield, 636-227-5432.

St. Louis Arc Craft Fair: First annual craft fair featuring handmade jewelry, holiday decorations and more. Fri., Nov. 5, 2-7 p.m., Free. St. Louis Arc Family Center, 1177 North Warson Rd., Olivette,

The Three Graces Live Painting: Marilynne Bradley, Marlene Lewis and Lynn Bozzay paint live in the studio. Sat., Nov. 6, 12-4 p.m., free. Grafica Contemporary Fine Art, 7884 Big Bend, Saint Louis, 314-961-4020.

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.