Art Gallery Exhibits Opening This Weekend include Bruno David, SOHA, Ober Anderson and Vino Gallery

By Christopher Reilly
In Culture

Bruno David Gallery opens the new exhibition, “Storms,” by Carmon Colangelo, with a reception Friday, April 4 at 5pm. The works by Colangelo, who is the Dean of the Sam Fox School of Design and Visual Arts, began with weather maps and storm patterns which the artist used to motivate the works which focus on environmental instability. The works consist of eight prints, four of which represent storms in process, and four of the aftermath. Colangelo uses these to explore the dichotomy of beauty and destruction. A storm is both beautiful and horrific in its awesome destructive potential, and even the ugly aftermath can sometimes look beautiful. The gallery is also showing Thomas Sleet in the Project Room and a Lana Z Caplan video-work in the New Media Room. Bruno David Gallery, 3721 Washington Blvd, St Louis. For more information, visit the Bruno David gallery website.

Artist Carmon Colangelo at Bruno David Gallery Courtesy of Bruno David Gallery

Artist Carmon Colangelo at Bruno David Gallery
Courtesy of Bruno David Gallery

SOHA Studio and Gallery opens “New Magic,” featuring the work of Hap Phillips and Nita Turnage, beginning with an opening reception Friday from 6-10pm. As collaborative multi-media artists, for more than 14 years Phillips and Turnage have been creating work more expansive than either artist could have created on their own, including painting, sculpture, murals and installation. Soha will exhibit both collaborative work and individual work by each artist. Regular components of a SOHA exhibit include a family day with art activities for kids—this one happens on Saturday, April 12 from 11am-3pm—that relate to the gallery show. Another regular feature, the artist talk, takes place on Wednesday, April 23 at 7pm. SOHA Studio and Gallery, 4915 Macklind Ave, St. Louis. For more information, visit the gallery website.

Mark Appling Fisher at OA Gallery Route 66 and Beyond Courtesy Ober Anderson Gallery

Mark Appling Fisher at OA Gallery
Route 66 and Beyond
Courtesy Ober Anderson Gallery

OA Gallery kicks off “Route 66 and Beyond” by Missouri-based photographer Mark A. Fisher with an opening reception Friday, April 4 from 6-9pm. For the past seven years, Fisher’s been driving around the Midwest, small town after small town, photographing his experiences using a variety of techniques including infrared film, plastic Holga cameras and a pinhole camera made from a matchbox. Fisher himself grew up in a small town in Missouri, and views the photographs as study of what “was” and “is.” He recently raised nearly $8000 on Kickstarter to print a coffee table book titled “Turn Left at the Blinking Light,” featuring about 120 of the photos. The Ober Anderson exhibit offers the opportunity to see many of the photos in person, along with an artist talk on Saturday, April 12 from noon to 1pm. OA Gallery, 101A W. Argonne, Kirkwood. For more information, visit the gallery website.

Kit Keith at Vino Gallery Courtesy of the Artist

Kit Keith at Vino Gallery
Courtesy of the Artist

The Vino Gallery opens an exhibit featuring recent artwork by Terry Shay and Kit Keith with a reception on Saturday, April 5, from 6-9pm. Terri Shay, an art teacher at St. Louis University, creates work to amuse, intrigue, and foster curiosity and mystery with work that is inspired by organic growth and nature. Kit Keith, who was named best local artist of 2013 by the RFT, certainly has one of the most interesting backgrounds. Daughter of a sign painter, the whole family was rushed off to the circus where Keith observed the world from the heights of a trapeze platform. Her work is often collage and, no matter the subject, seems to capture the mystery and atmosphere of the old-fashioned circus as it exists in our imaginations; exciting, desperate and freaky. The exhibit runs through May 31. The Vino Gallery, 4701 McPherson Ave., Saint Louis. 

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