5 Visual Art Events You Shouldn't Miss this July

By Katie Davis
In Culture

From outlandish outdoor art fairs to East Asian art exhibits and abstract pieces, there is something for every type of art fan this month in St. Louis.

melissa wilkinson: schism

Melissa Wilkinson: Schism. Photo courtesy of Foundry Art Centre.

Melissa Wilkinson: “Schism
May 2-Aug. 1, Foundry Art Centre
Artist Melissa Wilkinson challenges the notion of the male form as the main heroic form in traditional art and the female as the object to be viewed by switching roles, creating abstract pieces and re-examining the whole idea of gender roles in artistic expression. Her paintings are vivid, bold and sure to catch the eye of anyone who walks past.

Dave Charak and Steve Novik Exhibit: Selected Works
June 27-July 27, Craft Alliance in The Loop

If woodwork is your thing, you won’t want to miss out on this spectacular exhibit featuring specially selected works from artists Dave Charak and Steve Novik. Using woods like maple, rosewood and more, these two are able to create unusually shaped bowls, pots and more featuring gorgeous color and unique design.

Jon Rafman: “The End of the End of the End
June 27-Aug. 10, Contemporary Art Museum
Featuring Canadian artist Jon Rafman’s single channel video, “Still Life,” and plenty of new sculpture and photography works from his “New Age Demanded” series, this unusually titled exhibit explores the reality of online lives and looks into the ability of people being able to create Utopian landscapes for themselves while online.

Facets of the Three Jewels”: Tibetan Buddhist Art
July 4-Feb. 22, Saint Louis Art Museum
“Facets of the Three Jewels” centers itself on the three different foundations of Buddhism – these include Buddha himself, his teachings and those who follow his practices and beliefs. Visitors to the exhibit will see bronze sculptures, ritual objects, elaborate paintings and more.

Let Them Eat Art”
July 11, Downtown Maplewood
An annual event that, in part, celebrates Bastille Day, Let Them Eat Art features demonstrations and exhibits from more than 35 different artists or artisans. This largely outdoor event also boasts great food and drink specials from local establishments, live music, dream interpretation, tarot card and psychic readings, unique performances, children’s activities and much more.

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