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New Sheldon exhibitions explore 'Darkness,' 'Shade' and artists' progeny

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Feb. 16, 2012 - Get seven openings for the price of one -- although all are free -- at the Sheldon Friday night.

In its Bellwether gallery, the Sheldon presents "Liquid Terrain: 20 Years of Works on Paper by Eva Lundsager," exploring the worlds between landscape and abstraction. In the gallery of photography, "Edge of Darkness: Photographs by Steve Giovinco and Tim Simmons" examines the very moment at which light disappears.

"The Beat Goes On: Instruments from the Hartenberger World Music Collection," in the history of jazz gallery, exhibits a collection ranging from drums of Africa to jazz instruments played by Clark Terry and Artie Shaw. The Bernoudy gallery of architecture displays "Made in the Shade: Paul Rudolph's Florida Houses Revisited," models and drawings of the Washington University architect's mid-century projects.

The Nancy Spirtas Kranzberg gallery debuts the work of a St. Louis-based photographer in "Northern Haiti: Human Landscape-Photographs by Patti Gabriel."

And an exhibition in the gallery of children's art explores the implications of being born of an artistic parent. "Art by the Children of Artists" displays the work of young artists whose parents are active in the local arts community.

Sheldon Art Gallery Openings

Where: Sheldon Concert Hall, 3648 Washington Blvd., 63108

When: Opening reception 5-7 p.m., Fri., Feb. 17; closing dates vary

How much: Free

Information: www.thesheldon.org

Other arts openings and events in St. Louis this weekend:

'Where Are You Now'

What: Art of Matthew O'Shea and Barclay Hughes

Where: Duane Reed Gallery, 4729 McPherson Ave., 63108

When: Fri., Feb. 17

How much: Free

Information: www.duanereedgallery.com

'Red' Group Exhibition

Where: Atrium Gallery, 4728 McPherson Ave., 63108

When: Opening reception 6-8 p.m., Fri., Feb. 17; runs through March 25

How much: Free

Information: www.atriumgallery.net

'An Orchestrated Vision: The Theater Of Contemporary Photography'

Where: Saint Louis Art Museum, Forest Park, 63110

When: Feb. 19-May 13

How much: $10; $8 students, seniors; $6 ages 6-12

Tickets/Information: www.slam.org

'Hanging With Friends'

What: Art of Daniel L. Hodges

Where: Vaughn Cultural Center, the Urban League, 3201 Grandel Sq., 63108

When: Runs through Feb. 19

How much: Free

Information: www.ulstl.org/vaughn_cultural_center.aspx

Nancy is a veteran journalist whose career spans television, radio, print and online media. Her passions include the arts and social justice, and she particularly delights in the stories of people living and working in that intersection.