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The Forest for the Trees

Mary Sprague opens our eyes


Trees often get lost in the landscape — in fact, they usually go completely unnoticed until they're gone. And even when we do pay attention to them, we see each of these woody plants as a whole rather than as the sum of its parts: That cluster of leaves provides us shade, but we don't take into account each leaf's part in that scheme; those branches amass to give the tree its shape, but we forget that every stick is integral to the form. In the exhibit Mary Sprague: Trees, the longtime St. Louis artist has considered every leaf and twig, and each branch and trunk has been realistically rendered, making these intricate drawings simply stunning (that's her Elm Near Quincy, pictured). To view the show and meet the artist, pay the Duane Reed Gallery (7513 Forsyth Boulevard, Clayton; 314-862-2333 or a visit during the free opening reception, held from 5 to 8 p.m. on Friday, September 12. Kreg Kallenberger's landscape-influenced glass works are also on display, and he'll be in attendance at the opening as well. Both exhibits remain up through Saturday, October 18; the gallery is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday.
Tuesdays-Saturdays. Starts: Sept. 12. Continues through Oct. 18, 2008