Art Exhibits Opening This Weekend at Craft Alliance, SOHA Gallery, Yeyo Arts, Fort Gondo and Beverly

By Christopher Reilly
In Culture

Craft Alliance Center of Art + Design

Craft Alliance continues to celebrate their 50th anniversary with “St. Louis Collects: A Passion for Contemporary Craft,” at the Kranzberg Arts Center from 7pm to 9pm on Friday, May 2. If you like a little champagne with your art, Craft Alliance is hosting a champagne toast from 5pm to 7pm prior to the opening as they dedicate their Grand Center Gallery and honor David and Jacqueline Charak, who have made significant contributions to the organization. Plus it’s First Friday in Grand Center, so a grand time is guaranteed.

Artist Rudy Autio Courtesy of Craft Alliance

Artist Rudy Autio
Courtesy of Craft Alliance

Drawing from many outstanding personal art collections in the area, visitors get a chance to see many works that have been collected by local collectors but seldom seen by members of the public. Many artists who have exhibited with Craft Alliance in the past are represented in “St. Louis Collects,” which shows how Craft Alliance has served not only as means for the public to see great works, but as a resource for collectors, particularly St. Louisans.

The exhibit, curated by Stefanie Kirkland and Ken Langsdorf, opens Friday, May 2 at the Kranzberg Arts Center, 501 N. Grand, St. Louis. If attending the champagne toast from 5pm-7pm, please RSVP to Danielle Sommer (314) 725-1177 x 333. Opening reception from 7-9pm. For more information, visit the Craft Alliance website or call (314) 534-7528.

SOHA Gallery and Studio

Thomas Dykas "Vitreous Attachment"

Thomas Dykas
“Vitreous Attachment”
Courtesy of SOHA Gallery

SOHA Gallery welcomes the return of ceramicist Tom Dykas with his newest collection, “Vitreous Attachment,” which features, according to the gallery, “some very beautiful, functional and impeccably crafted ceramic works.” The exhibit opens Friday with a reception from 6-10pm. RSVP via the gallery’s Facebook page if planning to attend. In addition, the gallery features their ever-popular Family Day on Saturday, May 10 at 11am, and an artist talk with Dykas on Wednesday, May 14 at 7pm. For more information, visit the SOHA website.

Yeyo Arts Gallery

Yeyo Arts Gallery will celebrate its grand re-opening Saturday, May 3, with doors opening at 2pm and a party beginning at 7pm. Food, beverages, vendors, art exhibits, music, B Boy recitals, body paint, models, live painting, silent auctions and more will keep the day and evening lively. Yeyo Arts is located at 2907 S. Jefferson For more information, visit the Yeyo Arts Facebook page.

fort gondo and Beverly Galleries

Brian DePauli, Fuck Work, 2012. Oil on birchwood.

Brian DePauli, Fuck Work, 2012.
Oil on birchwood.
Courtesy of the Artist

Fort gondo and Beverly art galleries each open new exhibits this weekend, with fort gondo featuring “Every Day Is A Beautiful Day,” a solo show by St. Louis-based artist Brian DePauli. The exhibit is a celebration of the working man’s plight. DePauli meticulously executes painting, drawing, animations and sculpture to escape the drudgery of day-labor and the reality of the working-class as he explores the humble but heroic quest that is central to each and every one of us: The search for happiness.

Amy Kligman, Two Packs A Day, 2013. Oil on canvas. Courtesy of the Artist

Amy Kligman, Two Packs A Day, 2013.
Oil on canvas.
Courtesy of the Artist

Simultaneously opening next door at Beverly, “You, Me, Florida” is a exhibition featuring seven Midwestern artists of figuratively-based or dependent sculpture and paintings. Florida in the Midwest? That’s the idea, but it’s a place that doesn’t exist on any maps, statistical data or coordinates. It’s an imaginary place, as in a response to a short essay assignment, “Where would you like to go this summer?”

Both exhibits open with a free public reception on Saturday May 3, from 7pm to 10pm, and run through May 24. Fort gondo and Beverly are located at 3151 and 3155 Cherokee Street, St. Louis. For more information, visit the fort gondo website.

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