5 Best Visual Art Exhibits or Fairs this May

By Katie Davis
In Culture
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Pure Photography: Pictorial and Modern Photographs. Photo courtesy of Foundry Art Centre.

No matter if you prefer walking through galleries indoors or studying art in the great outdoors, this May in St. Louis has plenty to offer in terms of exciting arts exhibits. From woodworking, new and old photography, paintings and even unusual art made out of children’s toys, this is a great month for getting out and satisfying the need for visual inspiration.

Pure Photography: Pictorial and Modern Photographs
May 2-Aug. 1, Foundry Art Centre
In this unique, free photography exhibit, the vintage style of pictorial photos is looked at and compared with more modern work. Visitors can see the differences between how artists have manipulated pictures in the past, how they do so now and how all of this compares to styles that are more straightforward. Find more info through Foundry Art Centre.

Art Fair at Laumeier
May 9-11, Laumeier Sculpture Park
Featuring 150 top artists from around the country, the annual Art Fair at Laumeier celebrates all sorts of art genres including jewelry, textiles, painting, sculptures, printmaking, photography, mixed media, woodwork, glass and so much more. Enjoy all of these beautiful works as you walk around the incredible outdoor sculpture park. Info online.

“Overview_2014” and Chris D. Smith: “Interaction”
May 9-June 21, Bruno David Gallery
Bruno David Gallery has a few new exhibits this month including “Overview_2014,” which features numerous works from 2013 and 2014 that were created by some of the gallery’s regular top artists. The idea of being original or originality, is challenged in this mixed media exhibit as a variety of different art is showcased. In the front room, check out artist Chris D. Smith’s new exhibit, “Interaction,” which takes abstract art and flips it around, giving it emotion and plenty of context. Find more information through Bruno David Gallery.

Nature Connects Art with LEGO® Bricks
May 24-Sept. 7, Missouri Botanical Garden
This summer, the Missouri Botanical Garden gets a slight makeover with a brand-new exhibit. The Nature Connects Art with LEGO® Bricks exhibit takes over the garden’s Climatron and features plants interlaced with spectacular LEGO® bricks artwork. This exhibit is perfect for nearly any age and runs though early September. Find more info online.

“Wooden Grace” and “Musicale”
May 26-July 12, Atrium Gallery
Atrium Gallery has two exquisite new exhibits beginning this May that deserve the attention of St. Louis art fans. “Wooden Grace” features detailed and thought-provoking wooden sculptures created by artist John Schwartzkopf. Separately, collage work gets a whole new meaning with artist Janet Sorokin’s exhibit “Musicale,” in which she shows her love for music with many unique colors, textures and patterns. Find info online through Atrium Gallery.

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