Cryptic Highlights this Weekend's Art Openings

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Allison Schulnik is a multi-media artist whose paintings, drawings, short films and "things" both disturb and entice with her eerie depictions of animals, people and hobo clowns. Her work, along with the works of five other artists, will be on display at the Contemporary Art Museum as part of the exhibition Cryptic: The Use of Allegory in Contemporary Art with a Master Class from Goya. More details on this event and more after the jump.

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Allison Schulnik, courtesy the artist and Mark Moore Gallery, Los Angeles.
The Flower, from Cryptic: The Use of Allegory in Contemporary Art with a Master Class from Goya at Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis.

Cryptic: The Use of Allegory in Contemporary Art with a Master Class from Goya: Six contemporary artists contribute works that describe the agonies of self-sufficiency, the problematic nature of point of view and the dangers of instant gratification, with special contributions by Goya. Opening reception from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday, May 20. Tuesdays-Sundays. Continues through Aug. 14, $3-$5, free Weds. & Sat. and opening night. Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis, 3750 Washington Blvd., St. Louis, 314-535-4660, www.camstl.org.

Identify Yourself:
Group show of art that reveals something about the artist through subtle clues. Opening reception from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, May 20. Tuesdays-Sundays. Continues through July 3, free. Craft Alliance, 6640 Delmar Blvd., University City, 314-725-1177, www.craftalliance.org.

Art Takes Flight Auction Gala:
Fundraising auction of 56 fiberglass butterflies decorated by local artists; proceeds benefit Wings in the City, a nonprofit aiding children with life-threatening illnesses. Sat., May 21, 6-9:30 p.m., $125, www.bjchospice.org/Art.aspx. Hyatt Regency St. Louis at the Arch, 315 Chestnut St., St. Louis, 314-655-1234, www.stlouisarch.hyatt.com.

Art Walk in Grand Center: Pick up an arts passport and collect stamps at more than a dozen galleries in the neighborhood; free concert in Strauss park at 8:30 p.m. by the Jeremiah Johnson Band, and look for Sarah's Cupcake Truck to make a stop. Fri., May 20, 5-9 p.m., free. Grand Center, N Grand Blvd. & Lindell Blvd., St. Louis, 314-533-1884, www.grandcenter.org.

Cinghiale:
Photographs from across Italy. Opening reception at 7 p.m. Friday, May 20. May 20-June 11, free. Subterranean Books, 6275 Delmar Blvd., University City, 314-862-6100, www.subbooks.com/.

Collectors Choice X: Preview party on Friday, May 20 allows you to view all of the donated art works while enjoying hors d'oeuvres and wine; on Sunday, June 12, you select the art you want when your number is called. Fri., May 20, 6-8 p.m.; Sun., June 12, 11 a.m., $165/ticket. St. Louis Artists' Guild, 2 Oak Knoll Park, Clayton, 314-727-6266, www.stlouisartistsguild.org.

David Johnson and Dominic Paul Moore: Two simultaneous solo exhibitions, one of photography (Johnson) and the other of paintings (Moore). Opening reception from 7 t0 10 p.m. Saturday, May 21. Sat., May 21, free. Los Caminos, 2649 Cherokee St., St. Louis, www.loscaminosart.com.

Encyclical Distractions:
Mixed media exhibition by Britt Bauer incorporates glass, textiles and paintings; in the fourth floor gallery. Fri., May 20, 7 p.m., free. City Museum, 701 N. 15th St., St. Louis, 314-231-2489, www.citymuseum.org.

Fearful, Feisty, Flexible:
Sean Starwars, Allison Ferring, Tom Huck and other St. Louis artists re-imagine the traditional school desk. Sat., May 21, 7-11 p.m., $50/person. University City Children's Center, 6646 Vernon Ave., University City.

Laura Beard: Thick and Smooth: New abstract paintings created through powerful brush technique. Opening reception from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, May 20. Wednesdays-Saturdays. Continues through July 2, free. Bruno David Gallery, 3721 Washington Blvd., St. Louis, 314-531-3030, www.brunodavidgallery.com.

Mahvelous May Mojo: Third Friday open house features glass blowing, hands-on activities ($20-$30), belly dancing, music and tapas-style small plates ($2-$8). Fri., May 20, 6-10 p.m., free admission. Third Degree Glass Factory, 5200 Delmar Blvd., St. Louis, 314-367-4527, www.stlglass.com.

Na+(aq)+C5H8NO--¥>(aq)NaC5H8NO4(s): New Ben Weiner video work comprising thousands of photographs of synthetic materials. Opening reception from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, May 20. Wednesdays-Saturdays. Continues through July 2, free. Bruno David Gallery, 3721 Washington Blvd., St. Louis, 314-531-3030, www.brunodavidgallery.com.

The Nature of Nature Photography: Five nature photographers exhibit their work. Fri., May 20, 7-9 p.m., free. Green Center, 8025 Blackberry Ave. (Kaufman Park), University City, 314-725-8314, www.thegreencenter.org.

Recent Sculptures and Metamorphosis:
An abbreviated version of Charles Reay's tree-top studio is transported and recreated in the galleries. Opening reception from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, May 20. Wednesdays-Saturdays. Continues through July 2, free. Bruno David Gallery, 3721 Washington Blvd., St. Louis, 314-531-3030, www.brunodavidgallery.com.

Redux:
Deb Douglas: Paintings and works on paper. Opening reception from 6 to 10 p.m. Friday, May 20. Mondays-Saturdays. Continues through June 15, free. Third Degree Glass Factory, 5200 Delmar Blvd., St. Louis, 314-367-4527, www.stlglass.com.

Sharp Shooters: The Best Photography (just) West of the Mississippi: Group photography show. Opening reception from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, May 20. Tuesdays-Sundays. Continues through July 16, free. Chesterfield Arts, 444 Chesterfield Ctr, Chesterfield, 636-519-1955, www.chesterfieldarts.org.

Shaw Neighborhood Arts and Crafts Festival: Craft works for sale, blues concert, story tellers and puppeteers, movies and food & drink for sale in local restaurants. Fri., May 20, 6-9 p.m.; May 21-22, 9 a.m.-10:30 p.m., $5 for one day entry, $10 for three-day pass, www.spacfest.org. Shaw Neighborhood, 39th Street & Flad, Ferguson.

SIU-Carbondale Faculty & Student Show: Works by the faculty and students of the glass department. Opening reception from 6 to 10 p.m. Friday, May 20. Mondays-Saturdays. Continues through June 15, free. Third Degree Glass Factory, 5200 Delmar Blvd., St. Louis, 314-367-4527, www.stlglass.com.

Systems By Which We Live:
Photography, drawing and installation art by Bridgette Rehg. Opening reception from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday, May 20. Through May 26, free. Art Park Ost Gallery, 1410 Niedringhaus Avenue, Granite City, 314-406-4638.

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