Ok – before anything else, I’ve got to come clean! I am a curatorial intern at the ContemporaryArt Museum(see my comments on the internship here & think about applying for the Fall. So, openly and admittedly, there is some bias going on here.
But, CAM’s up-and-coming City Wide Open Studios weekend really does capture a lot of what Arched Art Now is trying to promote – cutting-edge, local, exciting art that is extremely accessible. Coming up this weekend on Saturday July 30 and Sunday July 31, City Wide Open Studios is all about meeting artists all over St. Louis right in their studios, seeing what they are up to and how they do it. With over 150 artists participating, there’s a lot to see, so narrow it down by the category you are interested in seeing (eg: glass, photography, print media) or by neighborhood. All the information, including a map, is available here.
Last night, a buzzing preview of CWOS opened at the Contemporary, with one piece submitted by each artist. Packed together and hung salon-style, the gallery space is also a really great visual landscape of what artists are thinking about, making, and inspired by in St. Louis in a plethora of media. The CWOS gallery will be open through Sunday, when a BBQ at the Contemporary will close the weekend. I suggest starting at the museum, picking up a CWOS map, checking out the sampling of the art, and hitting the streets with a bike or car. Seeing our city’s art together in one space, and then in its own space is such a treat. Don’t miss this weekend!