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The Sheldon brings the art

When most people think of the Sheldon, they probably reflect on the building's "perfect acoustics." And while this venue is, in fact, a wonderful place to catch a concert, it also houses some swell art galleries. These art spaces are all adjacent to one another, yet they are separated by theme, allowing the art from gallery to gallery to vary wildly, which it does at times. The current round of shows is as diverse as they come.

To get an eyeful of all kinds of art, drop by the Sheldon Art Galleries (3648 Washington Boulevard), on Friday, October 3, when several shows open to join the very visceral James M. Smith exhibit of three-dimensional wall hangings and sculptural beings, a show that went up a few weeks ago. But that's just in one gallery. Michael Eastman, another local artist, presents his large-scale photographs of a historic house in Charleston, South Carolina, and the architecture gallery showcases images of modern architecture with a technology twist. Children's art has a home at the Sheldon, too: More than 80 drawings by both local kids and young people in Mozambique are on display. Then, for the young at heart, there's the exhibition of memorabilia from 40 years of St. Louis concerts, including photos, instruments, video clips and more. And to celebrate the centennial of the journalism school at the University of Missouri-Columbia, there's the Pictures of the Year International exhibit, which brings together an array of some of the most memorable photographs ever taken from around the world (that's W. Eugene Smith's Tomoko Uemura in her Bath, Minamata, Japan, 1956, pictured).

The free reception for these shows runs from 5 to 7 p.m. and is followed by a concert at 8 p.m. ($10 to $15), which features a moving piece of music by Paul Reuter that was commissioned by the journalism school. To learn more about the art shows and the performance, call 314-533-9900 or visit www.thesheldon.org. The exhibitions' closing dates vary, and the galleries are open Tuesday through Saturday.
Tuesdays-Saturdays. Starts: Oct. 3. Continues through Feb. 14, 2008

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