Art on the Square Highlights Weekend's Art Happenings

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We humans like to compartmentalize -- generally thinking of our senses as separate entities. Zach Smithey challenges that notion in his latest exhibit, The Process: Life and the Vibrations of Sound, that explores the idea of using paintings to visualize sound.

Smithey's opening today at Concrete Ocean Art Gallery is one of many great art events this weekend, including that grand-daddy of an art festival in Belleville -- Art on the Square. More details on all the events after the jump.

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Zack Smithey
From The Process: Life and the Vibrations of Sound, at Concrete Ocean Gallery.

Art On The Square: Dozens of artists working in all media sell their wares in a festival setting at the Belleville Public Square with music, kids' activities, food and more throughout the weekend. Fri., May 13, 5-9 p.m.; Sat., May 14, 10 a.m.-8 p.m.; Sun., May 15, 11 a.m.-5 p.m., free admission, Belleville Public Square, IL-159 & Main St., Belleville.

Artcrank STL: Bike-inspired poster artwork by 34 local artists in honor of the Tour de Grove. All posters priced at $30. Through May 14, free admission. Atomic Cowboy, 4140 Manchester Ave., St. Louis, 314-775-0775,

Fine Print, Rare Book and Paper Arts Fair: Forty booths of vendors selling fine prints, books, maps and other paper-based art. Fri., May 13, 10 a.m.-7 p.m.; Sat., May 14, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., $5 entry fee. UM-St. Louis-Mercantile Library, 1 University Blvd. at Natural Bridge Rd., Normandy, 314-516-7240,

The Process: Life and the Vibrations of Sound:
Zack Smithey explores visualizing sound through his paintings.. Opening reception from 7 to 11 p.m. Friday, May 13. Mondays-Fridays. Continues through June 3, Free. Concrete Ocean Art Gallery, 2257 Jefferson Ave., St. Louis, 314-497-0199,

Untold Stories: Photo-collages by Sandra Matthews: Closing reception from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Friday, May 13. Mondays-Fridays. Continues through May 13, free. Bonsack Gallery, 755 S. Price Rd. (in John Burroughs School), Ladue, 314-993-4040,

Viva La Masters Gala: The gala celebrates the Contemporary Art Museum's international reputation and its accomplishments and contributions to the St. Louis community. Fri., May 13, 6:30 p.m., $500 +. Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis, 3750 Washington Blvd., St. Louis, 314-535-4660,

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