There is not, to our knowledge, an artistic census of the city that would delineate exactly how many working artists there are in the metro area. But there is a pretty efficient barometer of this population: The City-Wide Open Studios Weekend. Yes, its only Tuesday, and a bit early for weekend status; the CWOSW takes place Saturday and Sunday (July 25 and 26). The Open Studio Preview Party from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. this evening at Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis (3750 Washington Boulevard; 314-535-4660 or openstudiosonline.org) is a sneak-peek at the barometer, as participating CWOSW artists have example -- and exemplary -- work hanging at the Contemporary. Youll mingle with other art lovers, hobnob with the artists, and perhaps begin formulating a course for this weekends tour based on what you see; you dont want to miss seeing Jeremy Rabus soaring abstracts (hes in Tower Grove West) or Cameron Fullers totemic animal drawings (Tower Grove South), after all. Admission is free, and maps showing the location of all participating artists will be available as well.
Tue., July 21, 2009