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Friday, May 7, 2010

Artgasm: This Weekend's Art Openings, May 7 - 9, 2010

Posted By on Fri, May 7, 2010 at 8:30 AM

Do you love kitchsy Japanese cartoon cats? Do you also love the spare realism of Edward Hopper? Well, you're in luck this weekend as Leslie Holt's Hello Modern Art debuts at phd gallery. Her miniature replicas of classic art pieces, updated with the adorable bow-adorned Hello Kitty in the mix, are in St. Louis after a national tour.
Hello, Hopper - LESLIE HOLT
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Lots of listings after the jump...

Art Fair at Laumeier: Featuring the Art of the Vine wine tasting on Friday. For an additional $10 to $12 admission charge, get unlimited wine tastings from area producers. Also enjoy the Sunset Hills Jazz Festival on Saturday from 3 to 8 p.m., and Creation Location, a children's Creative Zone, on Saturday and Sunday. Fri., May 7, 6-9 p.m.; Sat., May 8, 10 a.m.-8 p.m.; Sun., May 9, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., $5-$8. Laumeier Sculpture Park, 12580 Rott Rd., Sunset Hills, 314-615-5278,

Art for a Cure: Charity art show featuring over 45 pieces from local artists, dinner, drinks and live entertainment. Proceeds benefit 10-month-old Jax Guffey and the BAaware organization. Fri., May 7, 7-11 p.m., $30, ArtDimensions Gallery and Studios, 2720 Cherokee St., St. Louis, 314-330-8869,

Craft Alliance's ARTrageous Party: Enjoy an evening with urban mural art along with fashion, food and music. All proceeds benefit Craft Alliance. Sat., May 8, 6 p.m.-midnight, $35-$500, Palladium St. Louis, 1400 Park Place, St. Louis, 314-799-8886,

Exposed: A Group Show: Featuring the work of 16 emerging photographers, including Ashley Lam, Emily Schmutz and Robert Wujcik. Opening reception from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, May 7. May 7-July 31, free. Webster University May Photography Gallery, 8300 Big Bend Blvd. (2nd Fl., Sverdrup Bldg.), Saint Louis, 314-961-2660,

Focus on Photography: Recent Acquisitions: The Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum shares its bounty of recently acquired modern photography with this special exhibition featuring more than 100 new pieces by 20 artists. Opening reception from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday, May 7. Mondays, Wednesdays-Sundays. Continues through July 26, free. Washington University-Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum, 1 Brookings Dr. (Steinberg Hall), University City, 314-935-4523,

Jillian Paloneo MFA Thesis Exhibition: Wearable objects and sculptural jewelry. Opening reception from 7 to 10 p.m. Saturday, May 15. Starting May 8, Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through June 12, free admission. phd gallery, 2300 Cherokee St., St. Louis, 314-664-6644,

Leslie Holt: Hello Modern Art: Forty miniature oil paintings replicate the great masterpieces of modern art, with the addition of Japanese pop icon Hello Kitty. Opening reception from 7 to 10 p.m. Saturday, May 15. Starting May 8, Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through June 12, free admission. phd gallery, 2300 Cherokee St., St. Louis, 314-664-6644,

Marks of Absence: Caleb Cole: Photographs by Caleb Cole; part of dual exhibition with Fort Gondo. An opening reception will be held Saturday, May 8, from 6 to 10 p.m. Starting May 8, Fridays, Saturdays. Continues through June 5, Free. Good Citizen Gallery, 2247 Gravois Ave., St. Louis, 314-348-4587,

Marks of Absence : Lily Cox-Richard and Lori Larusso: Sculptural work by Cox-Richard and shaped panel acrylic paintings by Larusso; part of a dual exhibition with Good Citizen Gallery. Opening reception from 6 to 10 p.m. Saturday, May 8. May 8-June 5, free, call for hours. Fort Gondo Compound for the Arts, 3151 Cherokee St., St. Louis,

Sweet Dreams & Nightmares: New mixed media works by Janiece Senn. Opening reception from 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday, May 8. May 8-31, free. Marbles Yoga Studio, 1905 Park Ave., St. Louis, 314-621-4744,

Editor's note: If you don't see your show listed, please leave the information in the comments (and drop a note to so we can list 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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