Art, in and about nature (May 3)

May 1, 2009

If you’re hoping to expose your children to more art, Sundays are the day to do it. The Saint Louis Art Museum, COCA and many other institutions offer art-related activities, often at no charge, on a monthly and sometimes weekly basis (see the link to Monthly Happenings at right for details). A nice addition to that list is the Laumeier Sculpture Park’s docent-led tours, happening the first and third Sundays of the month from this weekend (May 3) into October. Tourists meet in front of the Museum Shop at 2 p.m. and then set off on a one-hour exploration of the outdoor exhibit space.

Reservations can be made with the park’s education office at 314.821.1209, x16; you can call that same number for general information about the tour. Or you can visit the Laumeier tour page online. Incidentally, the homepage’s best feature — and an example I wish more arts institutions would follow — is a comprehensive database of the park’s artworks that can be browsed by photograph, location or artist.

This Sunday only, you can also explore the intersection of artwork and nature at The Green Center’s Annual Spring Arts Festival. If you’ve never visited any of the University City-based organization’s sites, this is a great opportunity to check out what it offers both in terms of classes and in terms of public-access spaces. The artwork comes from students in the Field Arts program, but there will be an opportunity for prospective students to tackle activities of their own in short workshops. The Green Center draws attention to its own demonstration gardens (including a geodesic greenhouse) with a plant sale. You can learn more about the center by visiting its main location on Sunday, at at 8025 Blackberry Avenue, from 1 to 4 p.m., by calling 314.725.8314, or by taking a gander at its homepage.

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