St. Louis Art Gallery Openings and Art Events Labor Day Weekend
Labor day is traditionally spent relaxing with friends and family, feasting at backyard barbecues and maybe taking in a live show or two. It’s also a great opportunity to get your art on, and St. Louis has a few tasty art events this holiday weekend offering something for everybody, so nobody goes away hungry.
Fontbonne Fine Arts Gallery
The photography art of Ellen Jantzen opens at the Fontbonne University Fine Arts Gallery Friday, August 29 through September 26, with an opening reception tonight from 6-8pm. Jantzen—whose work consists of digitally altered photography—tried her had at everything from graphic design to cheese-making before she turned to photography, which recently landed her a first place spot at this year’s Prix de la Photographie in Paris, a worldwide competition that included entries from more than 85 countries. Regular gallery hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday, and Noon to 4 p.m. Saturday. For more information visit the Fontbonne Fine Art Gallery website.
Art Fair at Queeny Park
The Art Fair at Queeny Park gets underway tonight from 6-9pm and runs through Sunday, August 31. With approximately 140 juried artists from 20 or more states, variety is guaranteed. It all takes place inside the Greensfelder Recreation Center, so weather or heat is not a factor. It’s also a great place to both see and buy original and reasonably priced art and fine craft from the artists themselves. The Art Fair at Queeny Park has grown up over the years to become one of the better known and longest-running art fairs in the region. Pay them a visit and see why. Admission is $5 per person. $1 off coupons and more information is available for download from the art fair website.
Hoffman LaChance Fine Art
“My Extended Family” is the name of the weekend show of Paul Art Space resident Alfonso Fernandez opening at Hoffman LaChance Fine Art, Friday 29, with a reception from 6-10pm tonight. Fernandez is a Chilean painter, draughtsman, illustrator, printmaker, stage designer, sculptor and ceramicist. The show is this weekend only. For more information visit the Hoffman LaChance Fine Art website.
St Louis Art Museum
As part of the 250th anniversary of the founding of the city of St. Louis, the Saint Louis Art Museum presents “Louis IX: King, Saint, Namesake,” a free exhibition August 29 through November 2, highlighting not only art from the reign of Louis IX, but later works inspired by the celebrated 13th-century monarch. Presented in two galleries, the exhibit will focus on the arts created under Louis IX as well as the ongoing interest and devotion to this very popular king turned saint. Expect to see carved ivory and metalwork, as well as decorated manuscripts, including pages from the famed Morgan Library Picture Bible, believed to have been commissioned by Louis IX, himself. For more information visit the SLAM website.