A Guide To St. Louis Area Arts Events This Weekend And Beyond
If you’re looking for interesting arts events to fill your agenda this fall, we’ve done the work for you. Read on for a list of our top picks of cultural happenings this season.
Pulitzer Arts Foundation
Renowned American artist Glenn Ligon guest-curates “Blue Black,” on view this fall through Oct. 7, 2017. Regarded as one of the most significant artists of his generation, themes in Ligon’s work include American history, race, language and identity. “Blue Black” draws inspiration from the Pulitzer’s iconic Ellsworth Kelly wall sculpture of the same name, as Ligon expands Kelly’s exploration of the two colors with a diverse selection of more than fifty works from a range of styles and time periods. Admission to the Pulitzer Arts Foundation is free and parking is available.
The Sheldon Concert Hall
The galleries at The Sheldon are dedicated to showing work of the finest visual artists, while the concert hall hosts performances by world-class musicians, from jazz and folk to classical and bluegrass. Enjoy a number of rising stars and legends alike this fall, including jazz vocalist Cecile McLorin Salvant, classical-hip-hop crossover artists Black Violin, singer-songwriter Amy Helm, trumpeter Hugh Masekela, banjo master Béla Fleck and bluegrass pioneer Ricky Skaggs. Subscription tickets and single tickets are on sale now.
COCA (Center of Creative Arts)
COCA will present the beloved, seven-time Tony Award-winning musical “The Wiz”Oct. 20-22. Thisupbeat, family-friendly retelling of L. Frank Baum’s “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz” features a dazzling mix of rock, gospel and soul music, guest directed by Ron Himes of The St. Louis Black Repertory Company. Since its inception in 1986, COCA has shown how an arts nonprofit can revitalize a community, with programming, performances and classes focused on visual and performance art, which remains as true now as it was then.
Historic Shaw Art Fair
The 25th annual Historic Shaw Art Fair will take place Oct. 7-8 of this year, featuring 135 fine artists displaying their wares alongside live music, demonstrations, food and drink. Walk along the tree-lined streets of Shaw and explore the work of artists who are masters in drawing, painting, jewelry making, photography, printmaking, fiber art, woodworking, glass work and more. Tickets are $7 for adults and valid both days. Receive $1 off ticket price with a canned food donation.
South Grand Cultural Alliance
The South Grand business district in St. Louis is a rich cultural center of art, dining, shopping, sight-seeing and more, all within six blocks. This year’s fourth annual South Grand Fall Fest will be held Saturday, Sept. 16, featuring more than 40 local boutique vendors selling vintage and handmade items. Local bands performing include AndroBeat, Golden Curls, Boomtown United, Raw Earth and Blank Generation. Families will enjoy a DIY Craft Zone for kids, free balloon animals and a photo booth.
SOHA Studio & Gallery
SOHA Studio & Gallery’s annual holiday show presents the work of over 70 artists and makers from the St. Louis area. Enjoy the work of prominent and inspirational St. Louis artists, with a perfect opportunity to add to your personal collection or purchase a one-of-a-kind gift for the art-lover amongst your friends and family. Support the arts in St. Louis and add a personal touch to your collection, home or office space with a piece from the show, running Nov. 18-Dec. 31 of this year. sohastudioandgallery.com
MOSAICS Fine Art Festival
The MOSAICS Fine Art Festival will take place in St. Charles, Missouri during the weekend of Sept. 15-17 on Historic Main Street, where attendees can enjoy live music alongside paintings, drawings, sketches, jewelry, sculpture and photography on view from artists. This free event brings nearly 100 artists, both invited and juried, to exhibit, sell their work and compete for cash prizes. The festival also includes featured exhibitions and the Children’s Village, with hands-on arts experiences for kids and the Art for Youth Gallery, where children can purchase professional works of art for a nominal fee.