10 Arts Events You Need On Your Calendar This Month

By Klara Kobylinski
In Culture

The busy, bustling event season is here! Mark your calendar for these exciting arts events this month.

Photo courtesy of Ted Collier.

Photo courtesy of Ted Collier.

Dec. 10: Timothy Riley Gallery Talk at Kemper Art Museum
Curator Timothy Riley from the National Churchill Museum at Westminster College will discuss the exhibition “The Paintings of Sir Winston Churchill.” Riley amassed loans from over 40 museums for this full survey of landscape, portrait, and still-life paintings. Don’t miss this insightful explanation straight from the curator of the Kemper’s latest exhibition.
Free | 1 Brookings Drive

Dec. 10-11:  Wyatt Kahn Puppet Show at CAM
Renowned New York artist Wyatt Kahn will showcase his series “WORK” in St. Louis for the first time at CAM at 7:30pm both evenings. Experience a liveliness of Kahn’s painting you never knew existed during this puppet show performance piece. The best part? Kahn balances more serious commentary on the artistic process and art theory with puppets on selfie sticks and arguments over Instagram followers.
Tickets | 3750 Washington Blvd.

Dec. 11: The Foundry Art Centre Opening Reception: “Context”
The Foundry Art Centre will open the “Context” exhibition this weekend, a show that explores the effect of combining written and visual language. “Context” compiles text-heavy multimedia art by over 50 artists from around the country. Buzz Spector, an artist, curator and professor at Wash U, will present a “Juror’s Talk” from 5:30-6pm with a reception to follow. Enjoy refreshments from 6-8pm while meeting and observing Foundry Art Centre artists working in studio.
Free | 3194 South Grand Blvd.

Dec. 11: Gondo Poetry 32: Farid Matuk & Steven Schroeder
Fort Gondo art gallery will host its 32nd poetry recitation series at 7pm on Dec. 11. The gallery’s poetry readings were named the “Best Literary Event” in St. Louis Magazine and feature talented local writers. Steven Schroeder and Farid Matuk will present at this session.
Free | 3151 Cherokee Street

Dec. 12: Green Door Gallery Cookie Walk
Explore the art of Green Door Gallery while mingling with artists from 10am-4pm on Saturday. Commission a portrait or silhouette on the spot as a holiday gift or just enjoy surveying paintings and nibbling delicious cookies.
Free | 21 N. Gore Ave., Webster Groves 

Dec. 12: Ted Collier Grand Opening
Celebrate the grand opening of Ted Collier Fine Art Studio & Gallery in Creve Coeur.  Live music, cocktails, Katie’s Pizzafood trucks and Strange Donuts will be offered from 6-10pm at this adults-only event. The opening will feature St. Louis artist Ted Collier’s latest paintings as well as furniture by Goebel & Co.
Free | 10644 Gateway Blvd, Creve Coeur 

Dec. 12: Artists First Holiday Party
This annual holiday fundraiser includes live music, a silent auction, an art show and refreshments. Artist First artists will exhibit and sell their art at Schlafly Bottleworks beginning at 6:30pm. All funds go to Artists First, a non-profit organization that fosters an inclusive community through artistic programs that promote the growth of individuals with disabilities through creative self-expression.
Tickets | 7260 Southwest Ave., Maplewood

Dec. 13: Drawing Down the Moon: Installation and Chamber Opera with Black House Collective
Experience opera, violin and videography simultaneously in the chamber music concert and performance installation “Drawing Down the Moon” at 8pm at The Luminary. The piece was organized by Black House Collective and produced by composer Hunter Long, visual artist Carmen Moreno, singers Rebecca Woodmass and Sarah Hawkey and violinist Maya Bennardo. Art with self-proclaimed ritualistic overtones, “Drawing Down the Moon” explores themes of magic, myth, repetition and power.
Free | 2701 Cherokee Street

Dec. 14: A Wicked Wonderland
The broadway cast of “Wicked” will perform a special holiday cabaret at Ballpark Village while they are in St. Louis on tour. Blues singer and native St. Louisan Kim Massie will also perform holiday tunes. Participate in a silent and live auction for the chance to win a backstage pass, free tickets and a walk-on role in “Wicked.” A Wicked Wonderland benefits Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS and the Saint Louis Effort for AIDS. Doors open at 6pm; show begins at 7:30pm.
Tickets| 601 Clark Ave.

Dec. 18: Duane Reed Gallery Exhibition Opening: CeramATTACK
CeramATTACK calls upon traditional forms and contemporary aesthetics in its show of ceramic work. The exhibition’s opening reception runs from 5-8pm at Duane Reed Gallery and features the work of artists Kevin Snipes, Jonathan Mess, Lauren Gallaspy, Peter Christian Johnson and Calvin Ma, among others. Original multimedia approaches to these avant-garde structures reveal new motifs of geography, figures and street art.
Free | 4729 McPherson Ave. 

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