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Printing the Pastoral: Visions of the Countryside in 18th-Century Europe

Fridays, 10 a.m.-9 p.m. and Tuesdays-Thursdays, Saturdays, Sundays, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Continues through Dec. 1


The consumers of middle- and upper-class society in the eighteenth century developed a passion for rural scenes of traditional country life, just as the introduction of copperplate printing to the textile industry made it possible to produce fabrics with intricately detailed scenes printed upon them. Textile factories began churning out yards of fabric with shepherds, village fêtes and strolling couples for a market that could afford to buy them as furniture coverings, bedding and curtains. Printing the Pastoral: Visions of the Countryside in 18th-Century Europe, an exhibition at the Saint Louis Art Museum, includes numerous examples of the craft, several of which have never before been shown at the museum. The centerpiece of the exhibit is a reconstructed bed with printed bedding and curtains. Printing the Pastoral continues through December 1 in gallery 100 at the Saint Louis Art Museum (1 Fine Arts Drive; www.slam.org). Admission is free. 314-721-0072

Poetics of the Everyday: Amateur Photography 1890-1970

Tuesdays-Thursdays, Saturdays, Sundays, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Continues through Aug. 25


Portable cameras democratized photography. Once anybody could carry a camera with them, photography became a hobby as well as an art. Poetics of the Everyday: Amateur Photography 1890-1970, the new exhibition at the Saint Louis Art Museum (1 Fine Arts Drive; www.slam.org), features 110 works by unknown moms and dads. They show children, landscapes, family gatherings and of course the family dog, with often unintentional effects such as the dreaded double exposure. Despite being made by strangers, the images of family vacations and candid shots have a familiarity that makes them universal. Poetics of the Everyday is on display in galleries 234 and 235 from Friday, April 26, to August 25. Admission is free. 314-721-0072

Grease

Tuesdays-Sundays. Continues through Aug. 18
Robert G. Reim Theatre 111 S. Geyer Road, Kirkwood Kirkwood


The Jim Jacobs/Warren Casey musical Grease is a loving tribute to the music of the 1950s and the golden age of teenage hijinks. The T-Birds are all about girls, cars and some light troublemaking. The Pink Ladies are their gals of choice, but that changes for de facto leader Danny Zuko when his summer crush, Sandy, enrolls in Rydell High with him. Danny pretended to be sophisticated and mature with Sandy, and the T-Birds aren't. Will Danny change to win back Sandy? The T-Birds hope not, but stranger things have happened. Stages St. Louis presents Grease Tuesday through Sunday (July 19 to August 18) at the Robert G. Reim Theatre (111 South Geyer Road; www.stagesstlouis.org). Tickets are $25 to $65.

Paul Gauguin: The Art of Invention

Tuesdays-Sundays. Continues through Sept. 15


While Paul Gauguin is perhaps best known for his lush paintings of Tahiti, he was an inveterate experimenter (as most artists are). Gauguin's prodigious output in all media is showcased in the new exhibition at Saint Louis Art Museum (1 Fine Arts Drive; www.slam.org), Paul Gauguin: The Art of Invention. Built around a loan of 55 pieces by Danish institution Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek, The Art of Invention includes examples of Gauguin's early Impressionist works, woodcarvings, prints, sculptures and writings. It includes a rare edition of the artist's manuscript Modern Thought and Catholicism, which was gifted to the museum by actor and art collector Vincent Price. The Art of Invention is on display in the main exhibition gallery Tuesday through Sunday (July 21 to September 15). Admission is $6 to $15, and free on Fridays. 314-721-0072

Carlos Zamora: cART

Through Dec. 22


Art is something to be appreciated, and St. Louis-based illustrator/graphic designer Carlos Zamora's cART exhibition at Laumeier Sculpture Park is one of those examples. Zamora transformed three golf carts into kinetic sculptures by installing his oversized paper boat sculptures on top and wrapping the bodies with printed vinyl slogans. A fourth large paper boat sculpture will be placed in a creek on the Laumeier grounds. The Cuban native drew inspiration for the project from his heritage, specifically the song "Baraquio de papel" — "Little Paper Boat" — as well as Cuban car culture, nursery rhymes and politics.

Carlos Zamora: cART opens with a free reception from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, July 25, at Laumeier Sculpture Park (12580 Rott Road; www.laumeier.org). The following night a Havana Night celebration takes place in the park's Aronson Fine Arts Center from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m., with mojitos, snacks, "Casino" dance lessons and a screenprinted poster station. Tickets are $25, but admission to the park and Zamora's boat sculptures is free. The exhibition continues through December 22, and the park is open daily from 8 a.m. to 30 minutes past sunset.

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Biennial Faculty Exhibition

Tuesdays-Sundays. Continues through Aug. 18
Craft Alliance Center of Art + Design 6640 Delmar Blvd., University City Delmar/ The Loop


Several generations of children have gained valuable hands-on experience with art at the Craft Alliance. From ceramics to hot glass to textiles to comic book creation, untold numbers of kids have taken their first serious creative steps there. It is the Craft Alliance's teachers — artists all — who have made all of that possible. The Biennial Faculty Exhibition showcases the work of those educators, and it features a wealth of items from metalsmithing to painting. The Biennial opens with a free reception from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, July 12, at the Craft Alliance in the Delmar Loop (6640 Delmar Boulevard; www.craftalliance.org). The gallery is open Tuesday through Sunday, and the exhibit continues through August 18. 314-725-1177

Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis' Summer Exhibitions

Wednesdays, Saturdays, Sundays, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Continues through Aug. 18


The Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis' summer exhibitions open at 7 p.m. Friday, May 17, and there are some heavy hitters involved. Lawrence Abu Hamdan is a finalist for this year's Turner Prize for his exhibition Earwitness Theatre (which CAM co-commissioned with several other institutions), which incorporates the artist's audio analysis of Saydnaya prison in Syria, site of numerous humanitarian abuses, a soundbooth and groups of objects Abu Hamdan uses as mnemonic devices to facilitate reenactments of crimes. Photographer Paul Mgapi Sepuya receives his first major museum survey thanks to CAM. Sepuya's images jumble and reorder the human body, while also revealing the mechanics of photography. Cameras are often a central figure in his work, while tripods, backdrops and lighting show up in his collages. Avoiding digital manipulation, Sepuya's work is about the importance of touch and contact, both between his subjects and his materials. Both shows remain on display at CAM (3750 Washington Boulevard; www.camstl.org) through August 18, and admission is free. 314-535-4660

Seen Around Our City

Wednesdays-Sundays, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Continues through Aug. 29
Green Door Art Gallery 21 N. Gore Ave., Webster Groves Webster Groves

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Green Door art gallery presents “Seen Around Our City”. The Reception is Friday, July 12  from 5-8 pm is free and open to the public. Featuring encaustic scenes of St. Louis by Leah Merriman, mixed media mandalas by Mira Patel, oil paintings by Michael Anderson, and whimsical animal paintings by Alison Bozarth. Available from July 1 through August 29, 2019 along with 30 other artists. 21 N. Gore in Old Webster Groves in the historical Heritage Building.  Hours are Wednesday thru Sunday 10:00 am to 5:00 pm- Closed Monday and Tuesday   www.Greendoorartgallery.com (314) 402-1959 314-402-1959

Flock

Through Aug. 31, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
Central Print 2624 N 14th St, St. Louis St. Louis - North Downtown


Join us for a series of events with Rachel Simmons as she presents Flock with an exhibition, artist talk, and a workshop. “Flock is a socially engaged project which draws connections between the subculture of bird watching and our broader cultural values through collaborative, community dialogue and printmaking.” Rachel Simmons has exhibited at the Constellation Studios in Lincoln, NE, Orlando Science Center, and Cornell Fine Arts Museum on the Rollins campus. “Flock began in Lincoln, NE, where I facilitated a “print action” in which local art/bird enthusiasts assisted me in creating a flock printed bird silhouettes at Constellation Studios." 314-241-1346

Balinese Art

Through Sept. 22, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.


Balinese Art features a selection of rich and varied works of art produced in Bali, Indonesia during the 20th century. Bali’s visual and performing arts reflect the Hindu religious beliefs of its people that are distinct from the predominantly Islamic culture found elsewhere in Indonesia. Artists drew inspiration from nature, village life, and narratives from Hindu epics and local tales. The installation includes eight paintings and two ceremonial masks used for the central figures in the giant puppet dance known as Barong Landung, which may still be experienced today. Gallery 225 is devoted to the periodic rotation of Asian art 314.721.0072

Paul Gauguin: The Art of Invention

Through Sept. 15, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.


Journey through the fascinating progression of Paul Gauguin’s artistic career, from his early Impressionist paintings to his iconic works from Brittany and Tahiti to his exploration of ceramics and sculpture. This exceptional display of ninety artworks, many of which have never before been seen in St. Louis, unveils Gauguin’s experimental and innovative artistic nature. The exhibition is presented in partnership with the distinguished Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek in Copenhagen. 314.721.0072

Architectonic, 250 Years of Saint Charles, & Marked: Rusted Wovens

Tuesdays-Sundays, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Continues through Sept. 13
Foundry Art Centre 520 N. Main Center, St. Charles St. Charles

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Three free exhibitions will be on display July 26 - September 13. "Architectonic" is an all media national exhibition juried by Nancy Newman Rice highlighting works that are inspired by architecture or that incorporate architectural elements. "250 Years of Saint Charles" is an exhibition of local architecture throughout the city’s history. Blueprints, etchings,drawings, paintings, and photographs curated and shared from the St. Charles County Historical Society and the Frenchtown Heritage Museum will be on display in Gallery III of the Foundry Art Centre. Emerging Artist Jennifer Moss will display fiber creations in solo exhibition "Marked: Rusted Wovens". 6362550270

Vaughn T. Davis, Jr.: Ascending Forms

Through Sept. 1, 9 a.m.-9 p.m.
The Millstone Gallery at COCA 524 Trinity Ave., St. Louis University City


In a world fascinated and obsessed with height, flight, and constant progress, St. Louis artist Vaughn T. Davis, Jr. responds by calling attention to the idea, mechanics and feeling of ascension. For his first site-specific installation in the city, Davis has created a collection of vibrant geometric forms characterized by his signature cut out, frayed, ripped, shredded and sliced surface treatments of flatly pigmented and unprimed large-scale canvases. Opening reception from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Friday, June 7. 314-725-6555

Zombie Love Murder Mystery Dinner Theater

Fridays, Saturdays, 7-10 p.m. Continues through Nov. 2


Join us and enjoy an exciting evening of murder, mystery and mayhem at the most dangerous comedy dinner theater show in town. Dig into a fantastic three-course dinner at the Famously Haunted Lemp Mansion and figure out who-dun-it during Zombie Love! Parts will be passed out at the door and guests can participate as much or as little as they would like to. Seats are just $52.95 per person and include a delicious 3-course dinner. Call 314-664-8024 for more details and to make your reservations. Learn more about Jest Murder Mystery Company jestmurdermystery.com/st-louis-mo/ 314-664-8024

Grease

Sundays, 7:30-9:30 p.m. and Thursdays, Sundays, 2-4 p.m. Continues through Aug. 18
Robert G. Reim Theatre 111 S. Geyer Road, Kirkwood Kirkwood

Buy Tickets$25 - $65


Welcome to Rydell High where Danny Zuko rules the school and, secretly, Sandy Dumbrowski’s heart after a summer fling ends in feelings that could last forever. Bursting with explosive energy, GREASE blends an irresistible mix of adolescent angst and electrifying All-American teen spirit as the 1950s come to life onstage in this pop-culture phenomenon. Bust out your poodle skirts and leather jackets as you hand-jive along to a roster of jukebox hits including “Hopelessly Devoted To You,” “Greased Lightnin’,” “You’re The One That I Want,” and “We Go Together.” Grease is a high octane rock ‘n roll party! 314-821-2407

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