Offset the commercialism and blind consumption of Valentine's Day weekend with some educational art appreciation. One good option is Dreamscapes, an exhibit of works concerned with dreams and their meanings. Get details on this event and lots more in the list below.
Art Benefit for The Moms Project: Art sale features work by Alicia LaChance, Karen Jones, Sara Hale, Kit Keith, William LaChance, Tony Renner and others; proceeds benefit the production of the Moms Project video. Fri., Feb. 11, 7:30-11 p.m., free admission, www.themomsproject.com. Schlafly Bottleworks, 7260 Southwest Ave., Maplewood, 314-241-2337, www.schlafly.com.
Dreamscapes: New exhibition features work that question the content and purpose of dreams. Opening reception from 5 to 9 p.m. Friday, February 11. Starting Feb. 12, Wednesdays, Saturdays. Continues through Aug. 13, free. Pulitzer Foundation for the Arts, 3716 Washington Blvd., St. Louis, 314-754-1850, www.pulitzerarts.org.
Fiery Pool: The Maya and the Mythic Sea : An exhibition of water-inspired art from Mayan history. Starting Feb. 13, Tuesdays-Sundays. Continues through May 8, $4-$8, free on Friday. Saint Louis Art Museum, Forest Park, St. Louis, 314-721-0072, www.slam.org.
Jessica Stockholder: Grab grassy this moment your I's : Eleven quirky sculptures made from unexpected and uncommonly common materials. Opening reception from 5 to 7 p.m. Saturday, February 12. Starting Feb. 12, Tuesdays-Sundays. Continues through May 29, free. Laumeier Sculpture Park, 12580 Rott Rd., Sunset Hills, 314-615-5278, www.laumeier.org.
Labor of Love 2: Group show. Opening reception from 7 to 10 p.m. Friday, February 11. Wednesdays-Sundays. Continues through Feb. 25, free. Soulard Art Market, 2028 S. 12th St., St. Louis, 314-258-4299, www.soulardartmarket.com.
Mad Libs Mad Love: Firecracker's printing press technicians provide the Mad Libs-style card, you provide the name and adjectives and watch them print you up a mash note for the ages. Sat., Feb. 12, 2-4 p.m., $10 for the card. The Firecracker Press, 2838 Cherokee St., St. Louis, 314-776-7271, www.firecrackerpress.com.
Mark's Nature: Drawings and paintings by Mark Sheppard. Opening reception from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, February 11. Feb. 11-March 31, free, but donations welcome. Green Center, 8025 Blackberry Ave. (Kaufman Park), University City, 314-725-8314, www.thegreencenter.org.
Splendid Heritage: Perspectives on American Indian Art: An exhibition of Native American objects that interprets them as both cultural signifiers and fine art items. Feb. 12-April 24, $5-$8. Missouri History Museum, Lindell Blvd. & DeBaliviere Ave. (Forest Park), St. Louis, 314-746-4599, www.mohistory.org.
Valentine's Free Family Day: Hands-on activities, special performances and interactive projects -- everyone who wears red will be entered into a special prize drawing. Sat., Feb. 12, 1 p.m., free admission. Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis, 3750 Washington Blvd., St. Louis, 314-535-4660, www.camstl.org.
The Value of Nature: Considers how nature affects human well-being and vice-versa. Works by D.A. Williams, Tom Hammond, John Fennell and Timothy Bolt. An opening reception takes place Friday, February 11, from 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesdays-Sundays. Continues through April 2, Free. Gateway Gallery, 7921 Forsyth Blvd., Clayton, 314-503-3880.
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