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Benton Park Event Series

Sat., Oct. 6, 12-4 p.m. and Sat., Oct. 27, 12-4 p.m.
phone 314-771-0883
info@killeenstudio.com
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We're kicking off the 2018 Benton Park Event Series in style with Blues in Benton Park feat. Blues City Swing! Stop by the park located at the corner of Jefferson and Arsenal between 4-7pm on Sunday, May 20th for classic blues and a cold brew. This year's lineup includes a ton of great events from "musical house tours" to the return of the “Benton Park Classic bike races” and everything in between. Mark your calendars so you don't miss any of the excitement. free

http://www.bpnastl.org
Benton Park (map)
Arsenal St. & S. Jefferson Ave.
St. Louis - South City

Flora Borealis

Thursdays-Saturdays, 6 p.m., Thursdays-Saturdays, 6 p.m. and Thursdays-Saturdays, 6 p.m. Continues through Oct. 20
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Summers in St. Louis are no picnic, what with the brutal heat and oppressive humidity. At night conditions improve a bit, and that's the time to get outside and experience the city. The Missouri Botanical Garden (4344 Shaw Boulevard; www.mobot.org) takes full advantage of the nocturnal respite with Flora Borealis, a nighttime-only special exhibition. Thanks to the artistic and technical brilliance of AVI Systems Inc., a section of the garden is temporarily transformed into a new experience with active lights, moving images and sounds that alter and enhance the familiar landscape. Tickets for Flora Borealis are $10 to $25 and are sold for specific time slots each night (Thursday through Tuesday through August 26). While you're waiting for your scheduled time you can take advantage of MoBOT’s new tented biergarten, which features live entertainment on select nights. $10-$25

Sanford Biggers and Basquiat Before Basquiat: East 12th Street, 1979-1980

Wednesdays-Sundays. Continues through Dec. 30

The Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis opens some of the most ambitious and vital shows in its history this month, with a series of exhibitions by, and about, black artists and the black experience. Sanford Biggers works directly with the materials of his forebearers — quilts and African sculptures — only he reshapes and repurposes them as contemporary statements about black identity, history and trauma. Biggers gives found quilts new life with new handwork, encoding personal messages into their original pattern. The fact that the work of an anonymous black craftsman or woman now appears in galleries and museums around the world, even in Biggers' modified form, is both subversive and celebratory. With wooden sculptures, some of which are copies, he dips them in wax and then works them over with firearms. What begins as a statue of a human or human-shaped supernatural being becomes obscured, disfigured and unrecognizable through the violence wrought upon it.

In addition to Biggers' work, CAM presents a show of the private photos of Jean-Michel Basquiat. Basquiat emerged from the New York City hip-hop/punk/graffiti scenes in the 1970s as one-half of the graffiti duo SAMO, along with Al Diaz. The pair together tagged buildings with cryptic phrases denouncing the establishment, politics and religion, always signed "SAMO" (an acronym for "Same Old Shit"). When the duo broke up, Basquiat performed in the noise rock band Test Pattern (later named "Gray") with Vincent Gallo and Michael Holman. He lived on the streets, sold drugs and experimented with Xerox art, painting and drawing. Basquiat Before Basquiat: East 12th Street, 1979-1980 will showcase everything the artist made while living in a small East Village apartment with his friend Alexis Adler before he hit the big time. It's a treasure trove of paintings, sculptures and works on paper, as well as Adler's photographs of his friend.

Both exhibitions open with a free reception from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday, September 7, at the Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis (3750 Washington Boulevard; www.camstl.org). The shows continue through December 30.

free admission

Art on Campus Walking Tour

Sat., Oct. 6, 11 a.m.
phone 314-935-4523
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@ Washington University, Bauer Hall, 1 Brookings Dr
Put on your walking shoes for a tour of artworks installed throughout the Danforth Campus as part of the Art on Campus program, led by Leslie Markle, curator for public art. The tour will begin at Bauer Hall and will include stops at the Sumers Recreation Center, the South 40, and Hillman and Umrath Halls to see works by acclaimed contemporary artists Jaume Plensa, Katharina Grosse, Tom Friedman, Ann Hamilton, Spencer Finch, and Ayse Erkmen. Free

http://www.kemperartmuseum.wustl.edu/events/tours/12667
Washington University (map)
Forsyth & Skinker boulevards
University City
phone 314-935-5000
Art on Campus Walking Tour

Meet Cindy Sherman: Artist, Photographer, Chameleon

Fri., Nov. 30, 6:30 p.m.
phone 314-535-1999
info@iphf.org

How does someone become a ground-breaking artist? Does it start when you’re very little and discover that you like to play dress up? Does it happen when you’re ten years old and someone gives you a Polaroid camera for Christmas? Maybe it begins in college, when you’re finally on your own to discover the world as you see it for the first time. Looking at the life of legendary photographer Cindy Sherman, Jan Greenberg and Sandra Jordan have created an unconventional biography, that much like Cindy Sherman’s famous photographs, has something a little more meaningful under the surface. $5 Members; $10 Non-Members

http://iphf.org/education/jan-greenberg-presents-meet-cindy-sherman-artist-photographer-chameleon/

Mixed & These Sacred Days

Through Sept. 29, 8 a.m.-8 p.m.
phone 636-922-8575
bsmith@stchas.edu

Two concurrent exhibits will be on display at St. Charles Community College from Sept. 4-29. ‘Mixed’ is a multimedia invitational art exhibit focusing on mixed media artwork by nine established and emerging artists from the St. Louis region, including Bruce Alves, Brent Becker, Joe Chesla, Tim Hahn, Ruth Kolker, Amy Reidel, Allana Ross, Kathie Thomas and Timothy Wagner. ‘These Sacred Days’ features the recent photographs of SCC professor Kathleen Sanker. An opening reception will be from 6-8 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 12. The exhibition is free and open to the public. Free

https://www.stchas.edu/student-life/arts-entertainment/art-exhibits
St. Charles Community College (map)
4601 Mid Rivers Mall Drive
St. Peters
phone 636-922-8000

Sunday Open Artist Studio

Sundays, 12-6 p.m. Continues through Nov. 20
phone 314-260-1689
astlcomics@gmail.com

We're having an artist open studio! We're making an open invite to any local artist/writer that wants to come in on Sundays to work, promote themselves, interact with customers and help other artists improve their work. While you're here, we're going to give you 20% off your drinks. Tell your friends and we'll tell our customers. Free

https://www.facebook.com/events/2029209407338504/
Apotheosis Comics (map)
3206 S Grand Ave
St. Louis - South Grand
phone 314-260-1689
Sunday Open Artist Studio

Big Splash 2018

Starts Oct. 2. Tuesdays-Saturdays, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Continues through Oct. 27
phone 314-645-4040
info@NortonsFineArt.com
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Saint Louis Watercolor Society - 21st Annual Member Awards Exhibit “Big Splash 2018.” The opening reception for “Big Splash 2018” will be on September 29 from 4–6:30 pm. The exhibit will run through October 27, 2018. Hours of operation are Tuesday through Saturday 10am–6pm. Exhibition and reception are free and open to the public. The Saint Louis Watercolor Society is a charitable non-profit corporation formed in 1996 for the purpose of providing educational opportunities to artists interested in water media and to exhibit water media artwork to the public. Visit www.stlws.org to view workshop opportunities, find information on how to be part of our exhibits, past exhibition award winners, or to join the organization. free

http://www.NortonsFineArt.com
Norton's Fine Art & Framing (map)
2025 S. Big Bend Blvd.
Richmond Heights
phone 314-645-4040
Big Splash 2018

Art in the Park: Preview Party

Fri., Oct. 12, 6-9 p.m.
phone 618-558-0054
LSchuepbach@iscucc.org
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The Preview Party is the opportunity to become a V.I.P. and attend the Preview Party on Friday, October 12th prior to opening the show to the general public. Anyone can become a V.I.P. The Preview Party is the only place you can see the art before the general public and get your own money back to spend on art at the show. Your pre-pledge dollars allow you and a guest to attend the Preview Party from 6 pm – 9 pm AND use that money to buy art! $100 minimum

https://www.highlandartscouncil.org/
Lindendale Park (map)
2025 Park Hill Drive
Outstate IL

UnRavel - Couture Under the Big Top

Fri., Oct. 12, 6-10 p.m.
gatewaychapteriida@gmail.com
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Step right up for the Greatest Show on Earth! Unravel is a fashion show hosted by the IIDA (International Interior Design Association) Gateway Chapter. This year’s theme, Couture Under the Big Top, is sure to inspire all who join the 7th Unravel Show. Models strut the runway wearing fashions made from carpet, tile, wall coverings and more created by local architecture and interior design firms! Enjoy the spectacular show, circus inspired hors d'oeuvres, and complimentary bar. Come join us October 12th, where fantasies and dreams become reality on the runway! Doors open at 6:00pm and the show starts at 7:30pm. $25 - $95

https://www.facebook.com/events/217330365595091/
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Circus Flora Big Top (map)
3401 Washington Blvd
St. Louis - Grand Center
phone 314-289-4040

Art in the Park

Sun., Sept. 30, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
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Art in the Park returns to Francis Park in St. Louis Hills on Sunday, Sept. 30, when 70 artists will come together to showcase their creative wares amid live music, tasty food and kids’ activities in one of St. Louis’ most popular parks. Admission is free and open to the public. Free

http://www.artintheparkstl.com
Francis Park (map)
Eichelberger St. & Donovan Ave.
St. Louis - St. Louis Hills Art in the Park

Chuseok Korean Harvest Festival

Sat., Sept. 22, 12-4:30 p.m.
uskg12@gmail.com
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The Gateway Korea Foundation will host its 5th annual Chuseok Korean Harvest Festival, marking the start of fall with a free arts and culture festival on September 22nd from 12-4:30pm at McGrath Elementary School. Fun for all ages! Visitors can learn the Korean alphabet and calligraphy. Enjoy traditional games, crafts, try on Korean costumes and listen to kpop music. Sample delicious Korean food like Bibimbap, Bulgogi, and kimchi.  Enjoy modern and traditional dance, drum and martial arts performances by the Chicago Korean Dance Company, Washington University’s Samul-Nori Drum team, Y.S. Rho Martial Arts and SLU's kpop dance team K:ODE. Free

https://www.facebook.com/events/251789552325312/
McGrath Elementary School (map)
2350 St. Clair Ave
Brentwood
phone 314-962-6824

Sick Time, Sleepy Time, Crip Time

Fri., Sept. 21, 7-10 p.m. and Wednesdays-Saturdays, 12-5 p.m. Continues through Nov. 8
phone 314-773-1533
info@theluminaryarts.com

Sick Time, Sleepy Time, Crip Time focuses on how the body is articulated in various discourses around health. The artists in this exhibition, through artworks and practices with care-focused groups, examine how support for the body in states of illness, rest, and disability can prompt us to re-imagine collective forms of existence as life under capitalism becomes impossible. The exhibition is curated by Taraneh Fazeli and artists include Fia Backström, Danilo Correales, Jen Liu, Sondra Perry, Cassie Thornton and Constantina Zavitsanos. Free

http://theluminaryarts.com/exhibitions/sick-time
The Luminary (map)
2701 Cherokee St
St. Louis - South City
phone 314-773-1533
Sick Time, Sleepy Time, Crip Time

ArtsFest

Sat., Sept. 29, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
phone 636-391-6326
arts@manchestermo.gov
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A festival celebrating the arts! Stop by to check out our visual art booths, music pavilion, poetry & storytelling grove, or one of our many participatory art stations! We are also featuring a complimentary wine tasting from Randall's Wine & Spirits, and food from Noto Pizza & Nothing Bundt Cakes. www.manchestermo.gov/artsfest Free

https://www.facebook.com/events/676383579389929/
Paul Schroeder Park (map)
Old Meramec Stn between Manchester & Big Bend roads
Manchester/ Ballwin
phone 636-391-6326
ArtsFest

Open Studios STL

Sat., Oct. 6, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sun., Oct. 7, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
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This weekend event connects the public to artists' studios across the city, creating a unique opportunity to promote dialogue about art-making in St. Louis. Studios East of Grand Boulevard are open on Saturday; Studios West of Grand Boulevard are open on Sunday.

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