Top Winter 2014-15 Art Events In St. Louis

Top Winter 2014-15 Art Events In St. Louis

St. Louisans tend to hibernate in winter. In December, everything is focused on the holidays, and in January and February the city sleeps off its holiday exhaustion. Not many events are planned because of the constant threat of an ice storm or blizzard. Still, there are a few choice art exhibits and events in store for St. Louis to help liven up this dark time.

“Atua: Sacred Gods from Polynesia”
Saint Louis Art Museum
1 Fine Arts Drive
St. Louis, MO 63110
(314) 721-0072
www.slam.orgDate: Through Jan. 2, 2015

Atua are Polynesian ancestors, the greatest warriors, leaders and explorers, who became spirits and protectors of the people after their death. This extraordinary exhbition is a collection of sculptures of the Atua that embody their spirits, the most powerful and revered Atua artworks that haven’t been destroyed by missionaries or exported to the West by colonialism. The Saint Louis Art Museum will be the only North American venue to host the exhibit, organized by the National Gallery of Australia, so this is a rare opportunity to glimpse these works.

First Night St. Louis
Grand Center
Grand Ave., Lindell to Page, and surrounding area
St. Louis, MO 63103
(314) 289-1500
www.grandcenter.orgDate: Dec. 3, 2014 from 6 p.m. until midnight

First Night is an alcohol-free arts celebration of the New Year, and St. Louis will be putting on a rockin’ First Night celebration this year to celebrate her 250th birthday. Your admission button (available online or at Dierbergs and Schnucks) grants you admission to all of the events, indoors and out. Some of the year’s best performances by local artists happen at First Night, including all styles of dance, music, performance art and more. There will be participatory art events, food booths and, of course, fireworks at midnight. This event is family-friendly, but you don’t need children to enjoy it.

Fete de Glace
Historic Saint Charles
100 N. Main St.
St. Charles, MO 63301
(800) 366-2427
www.historicstcharles.comDate: Late January, 2015 (Exact Date TBD)

Embrace the cold at this ice carving extravaganza! Dress warmly and watch over a dozen ice carvers working in an area that covers several blocks of the charming historic Main Street in St. Charles. The artists will bring blocks of ice to life before your eyes, using everything from chain saws to hot irons. Each carver will begin with a 260-pound block of ice and finish with a glistening frozen work of art. You can warm up around the outdoor fire pits, or by steppin into one of the street’s delightful boutiques. Duck into one of the neighborhood eateries for lunch when you need a longer break. 

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Third Fridays
Third Degree Glass Factory
5200 Delmar Blvd.
St. Louis, MO 63108
(314) 367-4527
www.thirddegreeglassfactory.comDate: Third Friday of every month, starting at 6 p.m. 

When the weather outside is frightful, the fiery kilns of Third Degree Glass Factory offer a delightful refuge. If you haven’t been to one of the wildly successful Third Friday evenings, you’re in for a treat. Live music and entertainment, gallery displays, an art market and live glassblowing demonstrations surround a lively cocktail bar for an evening of art, nibbling and socializing like no other. You can even make your own take-home project from glass if you like.

First Fridays in Grand Center
Grand Center
Grand Ave., Lindell to Page, and surrounding area
St. Louis, MO 63103
(314) 289-1500
www.grandcenter.orgDate: First Friday of every month, from 5 p.m. until 9 p.m.

Even in winter, Grand Center offers you the chance to get out of the house and enjoy a gallery walk. Every month, on the first Friday of the month, the museums and galleries around the Fabulous Fox Theatre are free and open all evening. Eight venues, all within walking distance of each other, are participating in the program. The area has a number of restaurants and evening venues as well — have dinner at the City Diner, a meal and show at Jazz at the Bistro or smoke a hookah and watch a bellydance show after your meal at Double Apple Cafe and Hookah Lounge.

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Lauren Haas was the founder and publisher of The St. Louis Area Family Gazette magazine, and editor-in-chief of Marketplace Magazine. Now, Lauren is a full-time freelance writer who travels the world, using St. Louis as her base. Contact her at