The fine folks at the Sheldon Art Galleries wanted to do something different this year, something that combines art with family fun. And they hit the mark with this summer’s new installation: Golf the Galleries!
Mitch and I were invited to to a media sneak peek of the exhibit and we were blown away! This is the perfect mash up of art and classic summer fun–a mini golf course designed entirely by local artists! And bonus: it’s indoors, which is totally awesome for those sweltering St. Louis summers.
Golf the Galleries
There are Nine Holes of golf in Golf the Galleries, each designed by a local artist or architect firm. Here’s what we found while playing through nine holes of St. Louis art.
This crazy hole was designed by Andy VanMeter and Cannon Design–the architect firm currently overhauling the Power House over by Union Station. They normally build slightly bigger things like hospitals and schools, so this was probably a fun project for them!
Arcturis put together an optical illusion mini golf hole! It’s harder than you might think. Who’s Arcturis? Oh, just a little firm that designed the GROW building at the St. Louis Science Center.
Mate in Four
Can you tell this hole is from the World Chess Hall of Fame? Yep, you can golf through a chess puzzle! Take time to read the walls too, you might pick up some chess tips.
This Alice in Wonderland themed hole was designed by Natalie Pinson, a local interior designer. Can you believe that most of this installation was made from recycled bits of other projects? Look closely and you’ll see dozens of fabric flowers, a fabric covered tree and other found objects. This one has TONS of details!
Over the Moonbow
This black light hole was Mitch’s favorite! It’s set up by local artists Ashley Kaemph and Chris Goodin who recommend you wear something with splashes of white so you’ll light up too!
I was looking forward to this part of the exhibit because it’s made by cardboard artist extraordinaire Justin King. During Spring Break we rushed to South Grand to check out his (short lived) cardboard duck. Here you can catch a selfie with a monkey and golf under an elephant. Just don’t let your kids climb the display–it’s only cardboard after all.
The Gateway Green — A Hole in One for STL
Golf through the new Gateway Arch National Park! This hole was set up by Switch, who seem to know a little something about our favorite landmark. You’ll play this hole from Kiener Plaza, through the Old Courthouse and then into the new entrance to the Arch for a hole in one!
Ok, I dropped the ball here and didn’t get a good photo of the packing peanut volcano metaphor for the environment. I’m not sure it was working when we played through — you’re supposed to get an eruption of packing peanuts when you get a hole in one. It’s by local artist B.J. Vogt. I’ll see if I can get a nice Boomerang when we go back with friends!
Swimming with the Houska Fishes
The final hole is super bright and colorful obstetrical course of whimsical pop-art fish and flowers by local artist Charles Houska. This one is sure to appeal to the kids!
Times and Tickets
The exhibit opens for play on June 3 at 11am and will stay open until August 12.
Tickets are $10 for adults and $6 for kids, with a $2 discount for Sheldon Members and U.S. Bank Cardmembers. (If you have a U.S. Bank card, you’ll need to pay with that card to get your discount.) Only the kids want to play? Viewing the exhibit is free, you only pay if you want to play.
When Can I play?
- Tues-Fri: Noon to 8pm (last tee time at 7pm)
- Saturday: 10am to 3pm (last tee time at 2pm)
- Sunday: 11am to 4 pm (last tee time at 3pm)
Where’s the Sheldon?
The Sheldon Concert Hall and Galleries is located at 3648 Washington Boulevard, St. Louis, 63108, in the Grand Center Arts District, near the Contemporary Art Museum, The Fox and Powell Hall. Parking on the Sheldon’s lot is FREE when there are no concerts.
Check it out on Insta
Pop over to my Instagram to see a few stories we made while playing golf today!