The train, once a glorious and modern mode of transportation, isn't as respected as it previously was — the Quad City DJs' "C'mon N' Ride It (The Train)" is case in point. Hopefully, the St. Louis Artists' Guild (2 Oak Knoll Park, Clayton; 314-727-6266 or www.stlouisartistsguild.org) can erase most of our memories of that Jock Jams staple with its new show. Trains: Past, Present, Future opens with a reception from 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday, August 20, and the juried exhibit includes multimedia artworks inspired by trains. From photographs of stations to romantic images of the tracks, the history of railroads is explored through Trains, and these works aim to show us that the locomotive's future is in our hands.

For a more whimsical view of this form of transport, check out Train Models, which opens the same day in the Guild's Lopata Gallery; the miniature-train exhibition is sure to delight the children (and the kid in everyone). Both shows remain up through Saturday, October 14; admission to the St. Louis Artists' Guild is free.
Tuesdays-Sundays. Starts: Aug. 20. Continues through Oct. 14

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