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.
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.”
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
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
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
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.