Ars Populi's a great place to visit this weekend if you're looking to see a lot of new faces. Aside from the 100 artists participating in the show, all of the exhibited pieces are representations of human visage. More details on this event -- and many more exhibits -- after the jump.
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Cosima von Bonin: Character Appropriation: Large-scale stuffed animals from this Germany-based conceptual artist, electronic soundtracks crafted by her collaborator, Moritz von Oswald. Opening reception from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday, May 6. Mondays, Wednesdays-Sundays. Continues through Aug. 1, free. Washington University-Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum, 1 Brookings Dr. (Steinberg Hall), University City, 314-935-4523, kemperartmuseum.wustl.edu.
The Human Face: 100 artists depict the human face in various media. Open 1 to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, May 7 and 8). Sat., May 7; Sun., May 8, free. Ars Populi, 6010 Kingsbury Ave., St. Louis.
2011 MFA Thesis Exhibition: Opening reception from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday, May 6. Mondays, Wednesdays-Sundays. Continues through Aug. 1, free. Washington University-Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum, 1 Brookings Dr. (Steinberg Hall), University City, 314-935-4523, kemperartmuseum.wustl.edu.
Laumeier Art Fair: May 6-8, $5-$8, free for members. Laumeier Sculpture Park, 12580 Rott Rd., Sunset Hills, 314-615-5278, http://www.laumeiersculpturepark.org/programs_events/art_fair.
Ruptures: Eleven contemporary artists explore painting. Opening reception from 6 to 10 p.m. Friday, May 6. Fridays, Saturdays. Continues through May 28, free. Hoffman LaChance Contemporary, 2713 Sutton Blvd., Maplewood, 314-960-5322, www.hoffmanlachancefineart.com.
Glenda Hares: Explorations: Original landscapes, still lifes and florals. Opening reception from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, May 6. Tuesdays-Saturdays. Continues through June 18, free. Norton's Fine Art & Framing, 2025 S. Big Bend Blvd., Richmond Heights, 314-645-4040, www.nortonsfineart.com. Impossible Vacation: Group show features work by Lin May, Virginia Overton and Thomas Helbig. Opening reception from 7 to 10 p.m. Saturday, May 7. Starting May 7, Wednesdays-Saturdays. Continues through June 5, free. White Flag Projects, 4568 Manchester Ave., St. Louis, 314-531-3442, www.white-flag-projects.org.
Joey Potts: Character Analysis: Illustration, painting and assemblages by this Chicago-based artist. Opening reception from 7 to 11 p.m. Friday, May 6, with special guest DJ and food from Jilly's and Labeebee's. Starting May 7, Saturdays. Continues through June 4, free. Aisle 1 Gallery, 2627 Cherokee St., St. Louis. Oak Leaf Artist Guild Spring Show: Group show of work created in the past three years. Opening reception from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, May 6. Mondays-Saturdays. Continues through June 20, free, www.oakleafartistsguild.org. St. Peters City Hall, 1 City Center, St. Peters, 636-477-6600.
On the Edge of Excess: Group show featuring art on the theme of repetition. Opening reception from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, May 6. Tuesdays-Sundays. Continues through June 10, free. Foundry Art Centre, 520 N. Main Ctr, St. Charles, 636-255-0270, www.foundryartcentre.org.
Paroxysm: Paroxysm's opening reception is a fundraiser to promote Gateway for Growth, a new non profit organization providing free yoga at rehab centers and women's homeless shelters in St. Louis. Fri., May 6, 7 p.m.-midnight. Gallery AM-Art Monster, 2617 Cherokee St., St. Louis.
Perspectives: phd gallery's first artist showcase features work by Deanna Chafin, Dennis DeToye and Ruth Reese. Opening reception from 7 to 10 p.m. Saturday, May 7. Starting May 7, Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through June 11, free. phd gallery, 2300 Cherokee St., St. Louis, 314-664-6644, www.phdstl.com/.
PHOTOphilia: Opening reception from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, May 6. May 6-July 29, free. Webster University May Photography Gallery, 8300 Big Bend Blvd. (2nd Fl., Sverdrup Bldg.), Saint Louis, 314-961-2660, www.webster.edu/maygallery.
Sun Smith-Foret: Final Cut: More than 30 tapestries that reinterpret cinema genres through the African art of strip piecing. Opening reception at 6 p.m. Friday, May 6. Wednesdays-Sundays. Continues through July 3, free. Saint Louis University-Museum of Art, 3663 Lindell Blvd., St. Louis, 314-977-3399, sluma.slu.edu.
Thanks, Mom! Mother's Day Gift Event: Make a special gift for mom with the help of a Fusion artist. Sat., May 7, 12-9 p.m., free to $10, depending on project. Fusion, Clarkson Rd. & Chesterfield Pkwy. South (Chesterfield Mall), Chesterfield, www.fusionbysmh.com.
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