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

examples of Laumeier art fair art
Laumeier Sculpture Park

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 Leelinauat 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

Information: www.laumeiersculpturepark.org/programs_events/art_fair

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. Information: kemperartmuseum.wustl.edu

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 Information: camstl.org/exhibitions/main-gallery/great-rivers-biennial-2014/

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. Information: http://www.pulitzerarts.org/events/public-programs/ 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. Information: www.brunodavidgallery.com 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. Information: www.thedarkroomstl.com

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. Information: https://www.facebook.com/14thStreetArtCommunity

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. Information: madartgallery.org

Donna Korando started work in journalism at SIU’s Daily Egyptian in 1968. In between Carbondale and St. Louis Public Radio, she taught high school in Manitowoc, Wis., and worked at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. She was the copy editor and letters editor for the editorial page from 1973-77. As an editorial writer from 1977-87, she covered Illinois and city politics, education, agriculture, family issues and sub-Saharan Africa. When she was editor of the Commentary Page from 1987-2003, the page won several awards from the Association of Opinion Page Editors. From 2003-07, she headed the features copy desk.