A Guide To The Arts In St. Louis This Spring
Spring is finally upon us in the Midwest—and with it has come a roundup of intriguing new experiences available at some of St. Louis’ finest arts institutions.
Laumeier Sculpture Park
This spring, Laumeier Sculpture Park features a must-see indoor exhibition and outdoor commission by artist Farid Rasulov, titled “1001 Skewers”and “Bird #1,” 2018, respectively. This innovative artist lives and works in Baku, Azerbaijan; his work utilizes whimsical, humorous applications of design techniques inspired by his heritage. “1001 Skewers” is a large-scale, sculptural installation located inside Laumeier’s Aronson Fine Arts Center, constructed with more than 1,000 stainless-steel kebab skewers, while “Bird #1,” 2018 is a monumental, outdoor sculpture that plays with abstract, geometric shapes inspired by Asian carpet ornaments. To fully comprehend it, you just have to see it.
Saint Louis Fashion Fund
Saint Louis Fashion Fund is a nonprofit dedicated to catalyzing a 21st-century fashion ecosystem in St. Louis. The organization supports emerging fashion brands through its Incubator program for designers, provides fashion education to area students and is working with city organizations to revitalize St. Louis’ historic Downtown garment district. This year, join Saint Louis Fashion Fund every second Saturday of the month for a unique, fashion-forward shopping experience with Incubator designers as well as local St. Louis brands. Become a part of the conversation, meet extraordinary designers from across the country and support fashion in St. Louis.
The Sheldon Concert Hall
Enjoy the music of world-class musicians this season at the Sheldon Concert Hall. The Sheldon draws musicians specializing in a variety of genres, from jazz and folk to classical and bluegrass music. Revel in the expertise of jazz stars like Delfeayo Marsalis & The Uptown Jazz Orchestra on March 3, as well as St. Louis Symphony musicians performing Bernstein and Barber on April 11 and Nashville legend Marty Stuart & His Fabulous Superlatives on April 20. Tickets are on sale now. Be sure to visit the website for more information and tickets.
Third Degree Glass Factory
Learn the ancient tradition of creating glass art at Third Degree Glass Factory, the only place in St. Louis dedicated to offering amazing experiences with glass. Become a glassblower in the Hotshop, work with fused glass, make glass beads and much more. Try the Glass Art Sampler class on March 3 or May 5 for an introduction to the master craft of glass work, or take a Path to Independence class, which will guide you from novice to glass artist in just 16 weeks. Third Degree also welcomes private groups for tours and hands-on experiences.
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