Honor Awards Highlight Weekend's St. Louis Art Happenings

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This Saturday, Art St. Louis hosts its annual Honor Awards. Ten award of excellence recipients will display new work at this free reception. More details on this event -- and many more exhibits -- after the jump.

Deer Pair, part of Art Saint Louis' Honors Awards 2011. - CHRISTA DENNEY
  • Christa Denney
  • Deer Pair, part of Art Saint Louis' Honors Awards 2011.

Focus on the Collection: Engraving in Renaissance Germany: Tuesdays-Sundays. Continues through July 10, free. Saint Louis Art Museum, Forest Park, St. Louis, 314-721-0072, www.slam.org.

The Red Thread Project: An afternoon of knitting and crafts in preparation for a community outreach program of donated hats that will take place in May. Stop by from 1- 4 p.m. Sat., April 16, free. Laumeier Sculpture Park, 12580 Rott Rd., Sunset Hills, 314-615-5278, www.laumeier.org.

Yingxue Zuo: Blend of Styles: Plein air paintings of rural and industrial China that also incorporate some of the compositional techniques of classical Chinese painting. Opening reception from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, April 15. Wednesdays-Sundays. Continues through May 29, free. Saint Louis University-Museum of Art, 3663 Lindell Blvd., St. Louis, 314-977-3399, sluma.slu.edu.

ARTini: Young Friends of Grand Center present their new event, a fusion of art, music and food. Fri., April 15, 7-11 p.m., $20-$25. Centene Center for Arts & Education, 3547 Olive St., St. Louis, 314-289-4000, www.keeparthappening.org. Eighteen Hours LaTer: Multimedia art exhibit features work by Tonya Yates, Grace Kettenbrink, Paul LaFlam and Connie LaFlam. Sat., April 16, 6-9 p.m., free. Syndicate, 915 Olive St. (4th floor gallery), St. Louis.

Florida the Tropical Bliss: Paintings by Vic Mastis. Opening reception from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, April 15. Wednesdays-Sundays. Continues through May 21, free. Gateway Gallery, 7921 Forsyth Blvd., Clayton, 314-503-3880.

Honor Awards 2011: Award-winning work by ten local artists including Christa Denny, Khara Koffel and Sun Smith-Foret. Opening reception from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday, April 16. Starting April 16, Mondays-Saturdays. Continues through May 19. Art Saint Louis, 555 Washington Ave. #150, St. Louis, 314-241-4810, www.artstlouis.org.

Paintings by Andy Brandmeyer: New work from this Fontbonne MFA candidate. Opening reception from 7 to 11 p.m. Friday, April 15. Mondays-Fridays. Continues through May 6, free. Concrete Ocean Art Gallery, 2257 Jefferson Ave., St. Louis, 314-497-0199, www.concreteoceanart.com.

Parental Advisory: Group show by the students of the UMSL studio art program. Tuesdays-Saturdays. Continues through April 30, 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. Primitive Numeric System: Steel sculpture by Robert Michelmann. Opening reception from 6 to 10 p.m. Friday, April 15. Tuesdays-Sundays. Continues through May 17, free. Third Degree Glass Factory, 5200 Delmar Blvd., St. Louis, 314-367-4527, www.stlglass.com.

RE: Art to Celebrate the Earth: Group show features art inspired by nature and the natural world and works created from recycled and reclaimed materials. Fri., April 15, 6-9 p.m., free. The Vino Gallery, 4701 McPherson Ave., St. Louis, 314-932-5665, www.thevinogallery.com.

Third Friday: Fire and Ice ... Cream: Third Degree's monthly open house comes with free ice cream courtesy of Serendipity Ice Cream, two art openings, live music from the River Rats and Segway rides from 6 to 8 p.m. ($5 for five minutes). Fri., April 15, 6-10 p.m., free. Third Degree Glass Factory, 5200 Delmar Blvd., St. Louis, 314-367-4527, www.stlglass.com.

Verations by Vian: Photography by Vivian Waters. Opening reception from 6 to 10 p.m. Friday, April 15. Mondays-Sundays. Continues through May 17, free. Third Degree Glass Factory, 5200 Delmar Blvd., St. Louis, 314-367-4527, www.stlglass.com.

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