Artica on the St. Louis riverfront this weekend includes a hell'a big bonfire. More details on that and lots more events after the pic.
Artica 2011: Sign In Space: Two-day outdoor art festival features installation art and performance art, with a parade and burning of Our Lady of Artica Saturday evening. Sat., Oct. 8; Sun., Oct. 9, free admission. Artica, Dickson St. and Lewis St. (Mississippi Riverfront), St. Louis.
Maplewood's Arts & Eats Walk + Second Annual Fiddle Fest: Fri., Oct. 7, free admission. Downtown Maplewood, 7300 Manchester Rd., Maplewood.
City Pics: Architectural images of St. Louis by Chad Williams. Fri., Oct. 7, 5-8 p.m., free. Urban Eats Cafe & Bakery, 3301 Meramec St., St. Louis, 314-558-7580, www.urbaneatscafe.com.
Commonwealth: Derek Larson creates an immersive video installation of a grand outdoor garden with huge sculptures, but indoors. Opening reception from 6 to 10 p.m. Friday, October 7. Fridays, Saturdays. Continues through Nov. 5, free. Good Citizen Gallery, 2247 Gravois Ave., St. Louis, 314-348-4587, www.goodcitizenstl.com.
The Dark Side of Desire: Halloween-themed art show. Opening reception at 7 p.m. Friday, October 7. Oct. 7-Nov. 18, free. Shameless Grounds, 2650 Sidney St., St. Louis, 314-773-9900, www.shamelessgrounds.com.
Feat of Clay: Nine area clay artists challenge your perceptions of what clay art can be. Champagne reception with the artists from 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday, October 9. Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through Oct. 15, free. phd gallery, 2300 Cherokee St., St. Louis, 314-664-6644, www.phdstl.com.
Gateway Pastel Artists Annual Juried Exhibition: Opening reception from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, October 7. Mondays-Saturdays. Continues through Nov. 5, free. Creative Art Gallery, 3232 Ivanhoe, Saint Louis, 314-645-4898.
Greater St. Louis NORML Benefit Art Show: Sales of art by local artists benefits NORML. Fri., Oct. 7, 7-11 p.m., free, donations welcome, www.gstlnorml.com. Community Arts and Media Project, 3022-A Cherokee St., St. Louis, 314-776-1721, www.stlcamp.org.
Primordial Ooze: Group show of work by eleven undergraduate artists. Sat., Oct. 8, 7-10 p.m., free. 2715 Cherokee Street, 2715 Cherokee St., St. Louis.
Sidekicks & Soulmates: Collaborative group show celebrates friendship. Opening reception from 7 to 11 p.m. Friday, October 7. Oct. 7-28, free. Mad Art Gallery, 2727 S. 12th St., St. Louis, 314-771-8230, www.madart.com.
Voice of the Trees Art Show: Mickie Mueller's third oracle deck, Voice of the Trees: A Celtic Divination Oracle, is released for sale, with an exhibit of the card art as well and live music by Keltic Reign. Fri., Oct. 7, 7-10 p.m., free admission, www.voiceofthetrees.com. Red Fish Blue Fish, #7 Hawks Nest Plaza, St. Charles, 636-947-4747, Red Fish Blue Fish's Facebook Page.
Yoichi Nagata: Star of the Stars: Photographic portraits of Tokyo's nightclub district. Opening reception from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, October 7. Oct. 7-Dec. 11, free. S. Carmody Photography, 2707 Sutton Blvd., Maplewood, 314-401-8089, www.carmodyphoto.com.