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Arts Rundown: Laumeier, Kemper, PXSTL, CAM And More

May 8, 2014

Got Mother’s Day plans? Maybe a backyard barbeque? Gardening? Enjoying the flowers at the Botanical Garden?

One St. Louis  Mother's Day weekend tradition is the Art Fair at Laumeier.

You don’t have to wait until Sunday to go out to the sculpture park, as the event starts Friday. In fact, if you are there Friday or Saturday, you might find the perfect Mother’s Day gift from among the 150 artists who have been selected for their work in ceramics, fiber/textiles, glass, jewelry, mixed media, painting, photography/digital, printmaking/drawing, sculpture and wood.

Top: Robert Copeland. Right: Carolyn and John Ruff. Left: Helen Springer
Credit Laumeier Sculpture Park

Some of the artists will be new and some are old favorites, such as 2013 award winners Carolyn and John Ruff of Springfield, Mo.; Helen Springer from Milford, Mich., and Robert Copeland of Chattanooga, Tenn.

While you're there, don’t forget the exhibit open at Laumeier. Mound City looks at St. Louis’ past, even before Laclede and Chouteau. The artists “explore traces of native culture in our contemporary world ranging in topics of disappearance and destruction, resurrection and monument.”

One of those artists is Alison Saar. Her Leelinau at Laumeier brings a Native American legend literally into the branches of the gardens trees.

The Figge Art Museum said of a 2011 show Alison Sarr: Still … “She uses the everyday experience, history and associations of her materials, African art and ritual, Greek mythology and the stark sculptural tradition of German Expressionism to infuse her work with a primal intensity that challenges cultural and historic references and stereotypes.”

To read more about the artist, go to the Phyllis Kind Gallery and the Lux Art Institute

But back to the Art Fair:

When: 6-10 p.m. May 9; 10 a.m.-8 p.m. May 10 and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. May 11.

Where: 12580 Rott Rd.

Cost: $10; 
$5 for children ages 6-11; members and children under 6 are free


In addition at the Art Fair at Laumeier, you can also enjoy:

  • The Art of the Vine: 6-9 p.m. May 9; $12 wristband gets unlimited samples in the Wine Tasting Tent from such wineries as Bommarito Estate Almond Tree Winery, Blumenhof Vineyards & Winery, Noboleis Vineyards, Peaceful Bend, St. James Winery, Sugar Creek Winery

  • The Art of the Ale presented by Schlafly: 5-8 p.m. May 10; $10k for tasting a variety of beers, ales and Schlafly’s new Cider. Meet Ambassador Brewer Stephen Hale who will be answering your questions, sharing stories of the brewing process and its history.

Kemper to Grand Center

Some of the area’s most interesting places to experience art are working together on openings this Friday. Tune into Cityscape tomorrow and read Nancy Fowler’s article on our web site about what is happening. But here are the basics:

Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum

What: Moving Parts: Time and Motion in Contemporary Art

When: Opening reception 7-9 p.m. May 9; exhibit runs through Aug. 31.

Regular hours: 11 a.m.-5 p.m. daily; closed Tuesdays

Where: On Washington University’s Danforth Campus, near the intersection of Skinker and Forsyth boulevards.


Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis

What: 6th Great Rivers Biennial featuring Brandon Anschultz, Carlie Trosclair and Cayce Zavaglia

When: Opening reception 7-9 p.m. May 9; exhibit runs through Aug. 10

Regular hours: 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Wednesday; 11 a.m.–9 p.m.
Thursday and Friday; 10 a.m.–5 p.m. Saturday

Where: 3750 Washington Blvd


Pulitzer Foundation for the Arts

What: PXSTL: Lots Opening Reception

When: 7-9 p.m. May 9

Regular hours at the Pulitzer: noon-5 p.m. Wednesday; 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday

Where: PXSTL is at 3713 & 3719 Washington Blvd.; the Pulitzer is at 3716 Washington Blvd.


Note: The exhibit, “Art of its own Making,” continues through Aug. 20

Bruno David

What: OVERVIEW_2014, plus exhibits by Chris D. Smith and Martin Lang

When: Opening reception will be 5-9 p.m. May 9; though June 21

Gallery hours: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday

Where: 3721 Washington Blvd.


A free shuttle will run between Grand Center and the Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum.

The Dark Room

What: STRATA – photography by Zoe Catalano, Kelsey Rogers, Jesse Firestone, Stan Strembicki

When: Reception 6-9 p.m. May 8, the exhibit runs through June 25

Gallery hours: 4 p.m.-midnight Tuesday-Wednesday; 4 p.m.-1 a.m. Thursday-Saturday; 4 p.m.-midnight Sunday

Where: 615 N. Grand Blvd.


In Old North

What: Femme Fatale Noire

When: 6:30-9:30 p.m. May 9, exhibit on display through June 6

Gallery hours: 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday

Where: 2701 14th St.


And in Soulard

Mad Art

What: "Truth & Innocence" - work by Camden St. Claire, Lyndon Barrois and Sara Lathan

When: Reception 7-11 p.m. May 9; exhibit runs through May 24

Gallery hours: 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Thursday-Saturday

Where: 2727 S. 12th St.