Arts and Culture in St. Louis Are in Full Bloom This Spring

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As the calendar flips to March, the Equinox is right around the corner! But the warm(er) weather will likely come soon before March 19—thanks, prognosticator Punxsutawney Phil! That means it’s finally time to head out to enjoy and explore the spring arts season in St. Louis. From concerts to art shows and fairs to libation tastings, there’s an event for every culture aficionado.

[Due to COVID-19 restrictions, many of these events are postponed or cancelled. Please continue to support these organizations

City of Clayton
Learn about the food-friendly character of whiskey and bourbon at the next Sip Series, sponsored by the City of Clayton. The newly renovated Seven Gables Inn hosts this intimate, educational evening on April 20 from 5-7:30 p.m. Enjoy the outdoor courtyard (weather permitting) while sampling a variety of whiskeys and bourbons and snacking on delicious small bites that pair perfectly with each sample. The Wine Merchant provides both the samples and the educational portion of the event. The Sip Series continues in July and October, with dates and locations to be announced online.

Laumeier Sculpture Park
St. Louis’ favorite Mother’s Day weekend tradition, this annual three-day art fair features local food and beverage vendors, hands-on activities for kids, live music and up to 150 juried artists from across the country exhibiting work in 10 media categories: ceramics, fiber/textiles, glass, jewelry, mixed media 2D, painting, photography/digital, printmaking/ drawing, sculpture and wood. Admission to the 33rd Annual Art Fair May 8-10 is $10 for ages 11 and up (ages 10 and under and Laumeier members are FREE!). No pets or outside foods and beverage are allowed at this rain-or-shine event. Proceeds support Laumeier’s presentation of education programs, temporary exhibitions and public events. [Please consider donating to Laumeier to help make up for the lost revenue from the cancelled art fair. The 105-acre park remains open to the public.]

Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum
Discover experimental art of the 1950s and ’60s in “Multiplied: Edition MAT and the Transformable Work of Art, 1959-1965.” Presenting more than 100 works by such artists as Josef Albers, Marcel Duchamp and Roy Lichtenstein, the exhibition explores the rise of multiples—three-dimensional artworks issued in edition—and kinetic art in the post-World War II era. Don’t miss the Teaching Gallery exhibition “Truths and Reckonings: The Art of Transformative Racial Justice,” videos by Argentinian artist Tomás Saraceno and prints, drawings and photographs in the museum’s brand-new lower level galleries. The exhibitions are on view this spring through April 19. [The galleries are closed until further notice. Please consider donating to the museum, which offers free admission to more than 30,000 visitors per year.]

Opera Theatre of Saint Louis
Did you know that St. Louis is home to one of the country’s most celebrated opera festivals? Opera Theatre of Saint Louis presents a four-opera season every May and June on the idyllic grounds of Webster University. Not only will you see a world-class performance, but you can also top off your experience with pre-show picnics in the gardens and post-show cocktails under the starlight. Plus, every opera is presented in English with English supertitles, so you’ll never miss a beat of the drama! Purchase your tickets now for the 2020 Festival Season, which runs from May 23-June 30.

The Sheldon Concert Hall and Art Galleries
Enjoy world-class musicians performing in harmony with the perfect acoustics of the Sheldon Concert Hall in the upcoming spring concert series. Genre-spanning performances include the all-star ensemble SFJAZZ Collective, playing the music of Miles Davis and Sly and the Family Stone, on March 14; Broadway superstar Renée Elise Goldsberry, known for her starring role in “Hamilton,” on March 28; St. Louis folk innovators Brothers Lazaroff on April 4; acclaimed jazz guitarist and vocalist John Pizzarelli on April 18; and more. Tickets are now on sale. Visit TheSheldon.org to order tickets or for more information. [The Sheldon is currently closed to visitors, but its staff is working to reschedule postponed concerts from March, April and May. Please check the website for details.]

Saint Louis Art Museum
The Saint Louis Art Museum is making quite an impression with “Millet and Modern Art: From Van Gogh to Dalí,” open through May 17. The groundbreaking exhibition highlights the legacy of French painter Jean-François Millet (1814-1875), who profoundly influenced a wide range of artists of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Featuring masterpieces like Van Gogh’s “Starry Night” from the Musee d’Orsay, this international exhibition also examines how his inventive compositions, use of color and perceived spiritual and political content established Millet as arguably the best-known painter of his time. Tickets are on sale now. [The museum is currently closed, but a video and audio guide of the exhibit are available online.]

Saint Louis Visionary Awards
Each year, the Saint Louis Visionary Awards celebrate the contributions and achievements of women who work in or support the arts. The awards are considered to be one of the most prestigious recognitions in the local arts community. The 2020 visionary honorees are Pacia Elaine Anderson (Community Impact Artist); Ellie Balk (Emerging Artist); Kathryn Bentley (Outstanding Working Artist); Haniny Hillberg (Lifetime Achievement); Linda Lee (Major Contributor to the Arts); Lisa Melandri (Outstanding Arts Professional). The public is invited to celebrate the honorees and their transformational workat a ceremony on April 27 at the Sun Theater in Grand Center. [The ceremony has been postponed and the organizers are working to reschedule it.]

World Chess Hall of Fame
Visit the World Chess Hall of Fame on April 8 for a free opening reception celebrating two new exhibitions. “Dare to Know: Chess in the Age of Reason” showcases numerous chess sets, books, artwork and other artifacts representing Enlightenment centers in Europe and the United States, including chess sets belonging to Catherine the Great and Madame Tussaud. Also on view will be “Drawn Games: Chess Posters from Around the World,” which features posters celebrating important chess tournaments, events and championships as well as the placement of the game in movies, television, musical concerts and more. [The World Chess Hall of Fame is currently closed. Please check the website for details on the exhibitions.]

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