Laumeier Art Fair returns Mother’s Day weekend

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Enjoy a St. Louis Mother’s Day tradition at the 32nd annual Laumeier Art Fair May 10, 11 and 12 at Laumeier Sculpture Park in Sunset Hills. More than 150 juried artists from across the country participate in the art fair, which aims to further the sculpture park’s mission of “engaging the community through art and nature.” 

Laumeier Sculpture Park spans 105 acres and is home to 60 large-scale, outdoor sculptures. Throughout the year, the park hosts temporary exhibitions and engages in sculpture conservation and education. At the Laumeier Art Fair, the park becomes a nexus for great art from all over the U.S.

“We’re going to have 146 artist booths, and it’s really a wide variety of different media, with fine art and also crafts,” said Lauren Ross, the park’s executive director. “We have such a large audience, and we want there to be something for everyone.”

A number of local establishments will provide food. New options at this year’s festival include Hawaiian fare from Poke Doke and boozy treats from Clementine’s Creamery. For the thirsty, Narwhal’s Crafted, 4 Hands Brewing Co. and 1220 Artisan Spirits will return to the festival, along with Beer Outside’s pop-up beer garden in a 20-tap trailer.     

Live music will play throughout the weekend, featuring local favorites like Sean Canan’s Voodoo Players, the River Kittens and Kim Massie. The Creation Location will be a kid-friendly hub for hands-on activities and crafts, and the entire park will be open for viewing and exploration.

“It’s a beloved community event. It’s not unusual for us to see 15,000 visitors over the course of the weekend,” Ross said. “It’s always our hope that seeing that the entire park will be open, people will explore and be inspired to come back. It’s a different experience every time. It’s really a living space.”

The fair runs from 6 to 10 p.m. Friday, May 10; 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday, May 11; and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, May 12. Tickets are available online, as well as a full concession vendor list, music lineup and full art fair judge and jury bios. 

James Boeckmann is an editorial intern at Sauce Magazine. 

Sauce Magazine is a sponsor of the Laumeier Art Fair.