It's been a long week of DeathStormWatch 2011, so why not get out of the house and give your brain something else to think about? One good option is John Talbott Allen's 2192 Little Pieces at Hoffman LaChance Contemporary. The exhibit uses children's books as a medium for exploring the oversimplification of war. Your mind will thank you for it. Get details on this event and lots more in the list below.
Art Feast 2011: 12th annual gala fundraiser for Chesterfield Arts. Sat., Feb. 5, 6 p.m., $125. Kemp Auto Museum, 16955 Chesterfield Airport Rd., Chesterfield, 636-537-1718, www.kempautomuseum.org.
Brooks Jonquil: Physical Spectrum: Jonquil uses the material qualities of mirrors, glass and digital photographs to probe the relationship between the physical and the intangible. Opening reception from 7 to 10 p.m. Saturday, February 5. Feb. 5-March 12, free. Los Caminos, 2649 Cherokee St., St. Louis, www.loscaminosart.com.
El Cheapo Poster Sale: Firecracker Press sells off its stock at bargain prices. Sat., Feb. 5, 10 a.m., $5 early bird admission, free after 11 a.m. The Firecracker Press, 2838 Cherokee St., St. Louis, 314-776-7271, www.firecrackerpress.com.
John Talbott Allen: 2192 Little Pieces: Allen explores the oversimplification and abstraction of war in the medium of a child's storybook. Opening reception from 6 to 10 p.m. Friday, February 4. Fridays, Saturdays. Continues through Feb. 26, free. Hoffman LaChance Contemporary, 2713 Sutton Blvd., Maplewood, 314-960-5322, www.hoffmanlachancefineart.com.
Pictures and Pictures of Pictures: Artwork by Michael H. Lucas and Benjamin Mudd. Opening reception from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, February 4. Feb. 4-27, free. University City Public Library, 6701 Delmar Blvd., University City, 314-727-3150, www.ucpl.lib.mo.us.
Something Happened: The Luminary's artists-in-residence (Sarrita Hunn, Stephen Hoskins, Amy Reidel and several others) display work that came about through experimentation during the past year. Free opening reception from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, February 4. Wednesdays-Saturdays. Continues through March 11, free. Luminary Center for the Arts, 4900 Reber Pl., St. Louis, 314-807-5984, www.theluminaryarts.com.
Stephen Hoskin: familiar: Drawn and painted portraits. Opening reception from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Friday, February 4. Mondays-Fridays. Continues through March 1, free. Bonsack Gallery, 755 S. Price Rd. (in John Burroughs School), Ladue, 314-993-4040, www.jburroughs.org/art/BonsackGallery/titlepage.html.
STLPaints: New paintings from nonobjective abstract artists Myles Keough, Zack Smithey and Bob Treece. Opening reception from 6 p.m. to close on Saturday, February 5. Sat., Feb. 5, free. The Vino Gallery, 4701 McPherson Ave., St. Louis, 314-932-5665, www.thevinogallery.com.
Closing Reception: Typography of the Nothing First Century: Fri., Feb. 4, 7 p.m., Free, www.jennfoolery.com. Concrete Ocean Art Gallery, 2257 Jefferson Ave., St. Louis, 314-497-0199, www.myspace.com/concreteoceanart.
Editor's note: If you don't see your show listed, please leave the information in the comments (and drop a note to [email protected] so we can list it in the online calendar). All art openings are free unless noted. For a full list of all ongoing art shows in the St. Louis area, please click here.