We Heart STL: Gallery Walk
The citys top galleries have everyone watching.
Best Place to Discover Local Artists: Houska Gallery
Artist-owner Charles Houska doesn’t limit the love: His space is a celebration of the best of St. Louis’ artist community, featuring not only his bold, joyous works but also the work of Renee Raub-Ayers and fellow gallerist-artist Michael Hoffman. If you want a taste of St. Louis’ top talent, you’ll find it here. Central West End, 314.496.1377.
Best Gallery Curation: Philip Slein Gallery
In three recent exhibitions, gallerist Philip Slein has gone for shows with a message: most notably when he was curating African-American artwork in “Other Ways; Other Times: Influences of African-American Tradition from St. Louis Collections” and its sequel. His timely and relevant approach, with a deliberate selection of works to convey a theme, has created a unique context in which gallery artwork is shown and sold. Central West End, 314.361.2617.
Best Place to Start Your Collection: Soha Studio and Gallery
SOHA’s styles and price points are varied, meaning that no matter a beginning collector’s budget or aesthetic, there’s likely to be work shown here to fit. And with its extensive artist engagement and community-building efforts, potential buyers can get that much closer to their new favorite piece. After all, art can be an even better conversation piece if there’s a story behind it. South Hampton, 314.497.5202.
Best Gallery Expansion: Bruno David Projects
For a gallery to spill into a sequel is a sign of a strong arts community, and Bruno David is a veteran at expansion (at one point, he had three galleries going in NYC). With Keri Robertson helming the wheel at Projects, Bruno David Gallery’s less formal satellite space near The Grove, this next location is a feather in St. Louis’ cap indeed. The Grove, 314.449.6438.
Photo credit: Jennifer Silverberg