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Arts & Museums
When you hear the word 'legend', Ford trucks generally do not come to mind. This is not true in St. Louis, the home of the Bigfoot 4x4. In the St. Louis showroom, visitors can see the legendary Bigfoot 1, the very first of the 4x4 monster truck phenomenon. The showroom also houses some truly great Bigfoot souvenirs, apparel and collectibles. Visiting Bigfoot 4x4 Inc. is an adventure in itself and includes a tour of the factory that makes the infamous monster trucks. It features more than 20 years of monster truck history and displays the world's largest collection of monster truck memorabilia.
Aviation fans of all ages will enjoy a tour of this history-of-flight museum located at Boeing's headquarters in St. Louis. Eight decades of history are represented here, with everything from cloth models and bi-planes to spaceships on display. There are also scale models of the F-15 Eagle, Apache helicopters, military transports and the president's Air Force One. Additionally, there are life-size replicas of the Gemini and Mercury spacecraft that launched the U.S. space exploration program. Other historical exhibits represent the first around-the-world flight in 1924 and the first flight to the South Pole in 1956.
Dedicated to preserving the world's greatest combat aircraft, this venue features numerous restored planes including a B-25, B-25J, and a B-25-B. Hangar rentals are available.
The George Denninger Gallery, located in beautiful, historic St. Charles is a definite must see whether you're visiting the neighborhood for the first time or checking out the new exhibits. The welcoming storefront windows offer passers by a glimpse of the remarkable artwork displayed inside. The unique, hand sculpted piano with its immaculate avant-garde woodwork is only one of the amazing displays on the floor. Each portrait is framed distinctly to reflect the mood of the scene within the painting. The graphic, digital, and contemporary architectural designs give insight into Denninger's artistic vision. Whether browsing to buy or searching for inspiration, this gallery is no disappointment. -Cathryn D. Blue
Before the current state capitol was built in Jefferson City, legislators debated slavery and states rights in this historic area of St. Charles. After Missouri became a state in 1826, the people of St. Charles provided this site as a temporary capitol. Tour the capitol offices on the second floor of the historic building that originally housed the Peck Brothers General Store. The offices of the governor were kept in an adjoining building. Daily tours of this restored historic site include an audiovisual presentation and a trip through a museum.
Quite a find, Native Traditions Gallery offers a comprehensive display of Native American art and history from the Missouri/Mississippi River perspective. The gallery carries exquisite, original paintings, pottery, jewelry, and sculptures by Native American artists and craftsmen. Marvel at the colorful, miniature handcrafted kachinas, traditionally recognized as spirit beings by the Pueblo tribe. The immaculate hand made Taos drums, also known as Powwow drums, are made from northern New Mexico wood and animal skins, designed to make that wonderful, soulful sound. The works on display and for sale were acquired by benevolent means and the artists benefit from the sale of their wares. The staff is knowledgeable and friendly and can bestow a wealth of knowledge about the pieces in the gallery as well as the history of the Native people from the area now known as St. Charles. Visit Native Traditions Gallery for a lesson in history and then, enjoy the rest of Historic Main Street in St. Charles. -Cathryn D. Blue
Follow the adventures of Lewis and Clark at this hands-on museum where you'll see displays on Indian tribes, walk through a forest, and see the equipment the men used on their expedition.
The Foundry Art Centre aims to preserve cultural history and support present artistic endeavors throughout the St. Louis region. A 5,000 square foot exhibition space for the visual arts, a concert stage in the Grand Hall, and glass-fronted artist studios are all located in the Centre, a renovated train car factory from the 1940s. Education and community involvement is a primary consideration in the Centre's planning, inviting locals and tourists to experience contemporary art in a historic setting. Adult and children's classes are offered.
For the past 25 years, Shirley Schwartz has dedicated her life to the love of art and sharing beauty with others. Barucci Gallery is nationally known as one of the premier contemporary art galleries. The gallery offers artistic consulting as well as framing for private collections and is the official framer for the St. Louis Art Fair. The gallery includes pieces by select award-winning contemporary artists and incorporates original paintings, glasswork, ceramics, and jewelry. The selection is quite eclectic, with pieces from all over the United States. Even if purchasing art isn’t in the stars, the gallery is a great place to spend the afternoon browsing. - Cathryn D. Blue
The 560 Music Center, located in the University City Loop, has been a host to the arts in St. Louis since 1930. Currently, the 560 Music Center is the home of Washington University’s Department of Music. The location is not only a hub for incredible performances, exciting musical acts, and art exhibits, but it is also a space for art lovers to gather and network. Private organizations can rent the space for events and the beautiful ballroom can be used for parties. Check the website for community events, classes, or to plan a visit.
Visitors to St. Louis can feast their eyes here on what the city has to offer in terms of contemporary craft. Educating the locals since 1964, Craft Alliance has held numerous exhibitions and sales in the past, including Glass-Wear, Leandra Spangler and Rimas VisGirda, and Realities and Illusions. The gallery also promotes art by lesser-known and upcoming artists. Other areas of interest include sales and volunteer work. Check the website for detailed information on these.
The bustling city of Clayton is full of unique finds. Tomsich Fine Art gallery is no exception. Tomsich curators carefully select artworks by 19- and 20-century American regionalist painters. The rare, unique and historic pieces can be enjoyed in the public gallery or purchased for amusement of a more clandestine nature. Bring in a treasured painting from a private collection and let the staff frame it with one of their beautiful, fine frames. If an old painting has been damaged, restoration is also offered. - Cathryn D. Blue