Artgasm: This Weekend's Art Openings, June 11 - 14, 2010

Want to feel better about your current relationship status? Whether you're steadfastly single or smugly settled, you can visit the Museum of Broken Relationships and just be glad you aren't one of the anonymous donors who had to get rid of their ex's crap. The exhibit is just one of this weekend's art openings and events. Check out the full list below.

I Am Ahab!, from Artcrank. - Trevor Collins
Trevor Collins
I Am Ahab!, from Artcrank.
19th Century Ladies Craft Exhibit: Featuring exhibits and demonstrations of both common and strange crafts from the Victorian Era such as silhouette cutting, crochet, tatting, spinning, theorem painting, taxidermy, and hair-work. Sun., June 13, 11 a.m.-4 p.m., $5. Chatillon-DeMenil Mansion, 3352 DeMenil Pl., St. Louis, 314-771-5828,

Artcrank: Sat., June 12; Sun., June 13, free admission, posters are $30 each. Atomic Cowboy, 4140 Manchester Ave., St. Louis, 314-775-0775,

Lots more after the jump... 

Museum of Broken Relationships: This traveling museum displays the many mementos from relationships long gone, all donated by the anonymous broken-hearted: There are the gifts he gave you, the day-to-day necessities she left behind and even those oddball items that just remind you of what you'd rather not remember. Opening reception from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Friday, June 11. June 11-27, free admission. St. Louis Public Library, Schlafly Branch, 225 N. Euclid Ave., St. Louis, 314-367-4120,

Brandon Anschultz: Stick Around for Joy: A site-specific installation created expressly for the estate house that now serves as Laumeier Sculpture Park's indoor galleries. Opening reception from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, June 11. Tuesdays-Sundays. Continues through Sept. 26, free. Laumeier Sculpture Park, 12580 Rott Rd., Sunset Hills, 314-615-5278,

The BIG Gay Art Show: Coinciding with Pride Month, this exhibition seeks to honor the LGBT community through the arts. An opening reception will be held Friday, June 11, from 7 to 10 p.m. June 11-July 3, Free. Soulard Art Market, 2028 S 12th St., St. Louis, 314-258-4299,

Central West End Art Fair & Taste: Combination outdoor art festival and food celebration features artist booths and restaurants preparing their finest samples while bands play and short films screen courtesy of Cinema St. Louis. Fri., June 11, 5-11 p.m.; Sat., June 12, 11 a.m.-11 p.m.; Sun., June 13, 11 a.m.-5 p.m., free admission, Maryland and Euclid Avenues in the Central West End, Maryland Ave. and Euclid Ave., St. Louis,

Maplewood Arts Walk: The shops and art galleries of Maplewood offer open houses, live music, special performances and food and drink specials from 6 to 9 p.m. Most events are free, but some require tickets; visit for details. Fri., June 11; Fri., Oct. 8, call 314-645-3600 for info. 7300 Manchester Road, 7300 Manchester Rd., Maplewood.

Natalie Fleming & Sharon Hopper: Two new exhibits by the regional artists: Natalie Fleming's Love it All - Tradition and Exploration with Natalie Fleming, and Sharon Hopper's Hopper Portrait and Fine Art: Saving Memories One Portrait at a Time. An opening reception will be held Saturday, June 12, from 1 to 4 p.m. Starting June 12, Tuesdays-Sundays. Continues through July 3, Free. Framations, 218 N Main St., St. Charles, 636-724-8313.

Pop is Personal: Celebrity portraits and album covers by internationally renowned pop star photographer Joseph Cultice, from Marilyn Manson to the Jonas Brothers. An artist's reception will be held Friday, June 11, from 6 to 9 p.m. June 11-July 31, Free. S. Carmody Photography, 2707 Sutton Blvd., Maplewood, 314-401-8089,

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.

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