8 Visual Art Exhibits to Check Out this September

By Katie Davis
In Culture

Art thrives in St. Louis this September with exhibits featuring multiple genres, styles, themes and artists. Check out our top art fairs, exhibits and events in the list below.

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Picturing Narrative: Greek Mythology in the Visual Arts. Photo courtesy of Kemper Art Museum.

21st Annual Saint Louis Art Fair
Sept. 5-7, Downtown Clayton
The annual Saint Louis Art Fair is back again in its 21st year with a huge selection of artists and artwork from around the country. Taking place in the heart of downtown Clayton, the fair also features kids’ booths and activities, entertainment and plenty of great dining and drink options.

Art Outside Alternative Art Fair
Sept. 5-7, Schlafly Bottleworks
Boasting more than 50 St. Louis area-based artists and their best work, the Art Outside Alernative Art Fair supports local business and beer. Now in its 11th year, the fair features great food and beverages, includes live music and takes over the area surrounding Maplewood‘s Schlafly Bottleworks.

Mel Chin: “Rematch,” Mark Flood: “Another Painting and Carla Klein
Sept. 5-Dec. 20 or Jan. 3, Contemporary Art Museum
Evading classification or stereotypes, this broad collection of artist Mel Chin’s work goes back through the past 40 years and includes everything from sculptures, videos, paintings and more. Houston-based artist Mark Flood showcases his first solo exhibition featuring his signature work filled with text, lace and corporate logo art. Occupying CAM’s 60-foot-long wall, Dutch artist Carla Klein’s landscape work features her favorite blue-gray palette and her fondness of abandoned “non-places.”

Repetition, Rhythm, Pattern
Sept. 12-Oct. 18, Duane Reed Gallery
Curated by Jane Sauer, the “Repetition, Rhythm, Pattern” exhibit showcases five different artists and their individual passions for the the theme of patterns. Explore thematic variations, look upon numerous types of art including paintings and multimedia pieces and question what motivations prompted these different artists to use rhythms, echoes and, overall, the idea of pattern.

Drawing Ambience,” “Encountering the City” and “Picturing Narrative: Greek Mythology in the Visual Arts
Sept. 12-Jan. 4, Kemper Art Museum
Featuring the private collection of architectural drawings done by Alvin Boyarsky, “Drawing Ambience” is a unique look into the late artist and architect’s style as well as a period of time where design changed dramatically. “Encountering the City” combines a unique group of artists and each one’s particular relationship with urban culture and landscapes. Expect to see paintings, photography, sculpture, videos and more. Greek mythology and its ongoing impact on visual art is center stage in “Picturing Narrative,” where visitors can see everything from ancient artifacts to work done by Picasso, Dufy and more.

Kirkwood Greentree Festival
Sept. 12-14, Kirkwood Park
This annual festival takes place in the heart of Kirkwood’s main park and features numerous craft and arts booths, delicious food options, live entertainment, kids’ activities and plenty of outdoor fun in mid-September. Don’t miss the highly anticipated Greentree Parade, which sets off through the area on Saturday morning.

Missouri Mosaics Festival for the Arts
Sept. 19-21, Historic St. Charles
Featuring numerous pieces of art from artists all across the region, the Missouri Mosaics Festival for the Arts includes a wide array of photography, watercolors, traditional paintings, multimedia work, sculptures, jewelry, woodwork and much more. Bring friends, family, a date or just yourself to experience beautiful crafts and art while also enjoying the best food and entertainment Historic St. Charles offers.

Photography V
Sept. 26-Nov. 7, Foundry Art Centre
Featuring internationally recognized Tony Schanuel as the main juror, “Photography V” is a unique photo exhibit with work representing multiple artist and photographic processes. Numerous themes and ideas are explored such as visual ideals, expression or theoretical concerns.

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